Sports shorts: Bucs, Saints invite ex-Wildcat Tutogi

2013-04-29T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Bucs, Saints invite ex-Wildcat TutogiStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Former UA Wildcats fullback Taimi Tutogi will get his shot at the NFL - in fact, he may get a couple of shots.

Tutogi has been invited to rookie mini-camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which begins Friday. He'll have three days to prove himself and earn a rookie free-agent contract. But if it doesn't work out, he'll head to rookie camp with the New Orleans Saints the next weekend.

He also received an invite from the New York Jets, but it's scheduled on the same weekend as New Orleans' camp. The Chula Vista, Calif., native said he picked the Saints over the Jets because it was a better fit.

Other ex-Cats who signed free-agent deals and will attend rookie mini-camps are quarterback Matt Scott (Jacksonville), wide receiver Dan Buckner (Arizona) and center Kyle Quinn (Philadelphia). Scott may battle ex-Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers, a free agent signee who's the brother of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

• Joseph Courtney fired a 1-over-par 72 Sunday to finish fourth as the Pima College men's golf team placed second in the four-round Region I Division I tournament at Gold Canyon to qualify for the NJCAA national tournament May 14-17 in Lubbock, Texas.

College basketball

Colorado's Roberson, Miami's Larkin leave

BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson will enter the NBA draft, where he's projected to be a second-round pick.

The school announced the decision Sunday on its website. He led the Pac-12 in rebounding (11.2 a game).

Also Sunday, Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Shane Larkin said he will enter the draft, where he's projected as a mid-to-late first-rounder.

MISCELLANEOUS

Nadal captures 8th title in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain - Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday, defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 for his fourth title of the year since returning from knee surgery. ... In Stuttgart, Germany, Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title.

• In cycling, Britain's Chris Froome finished third in the closing time trial to complete a start-to-finish victory at the Tour of Romandie on Sunday in Geneva, enhancing his status as the Tour de France favorite.

• In soccer, Paris Saint-Germain's David Beckham was ejected after players clashed at the finish. His team closed in on the French league title with a 1-0 victory at Evian. ... Reading and Queens Park Rangers were relegated from the Premier League, while Robin van Persie of Manchester United faced his former club in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Daniel Berk Includes material from news releases

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