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Basketball: NCAA closes draft window

The NCAA board of directors today approved legislation that will substantially reduce the period of time during which underclassmen can withdraw their names from the NBA draft. Players will have only until May 8 — currently the deadline is June 15 — to change their minds and return to college.

The change won’t go into effect until at least the 2010-11 season.

Here’s the complete story, courtesy of the Associated Press.

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Cal football: Spring reviews

Now that spring practice is over and the NFL Draft is behind us, it’s a good time to catch our breath and take a look back at what happened this spring. Starting Monday, I will be doing a position-by-position review of spring practice — what happened, what did we learn, and where do we stand. We’ll begin with everybody’s favorite subject — the quarterbacks. Stay tuned.

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Basketball: Boykin’s drawings on display

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Cal senior-to-be Jamal Boykin will host an art show to display 44 drawings he has done of President Barack Obama on Saturday, May 9, at the Alphonse Berber Gallery at 2546 Bancroft Ave., in Berkekey. The showing will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

(Note: We originally were given the wrong address for the gallery. The address above is correct).

The Barack Obama Collection also includes photography work done by Nican Robinson, who played on the Cal team the past two seasons.

At 7 p.m. on May 9, Boykin will talk about his drawings, and teammate Patrick Christopher will deliver a poetry reading.

Donations will be encouraged to raise money for art supplies for students at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. Refreshments will be served.