Sports shorts: Former Wildcat Turner changes plans, will turn pro

2012-07-11T00:00:00Z 2013-04-22T15:41:53Z Sports shorts: Former Wildcat Turner changes plans, will turn proStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Josiah Turner's brief but turbulent college career came to an end Tuesday, when the former Arizona Wildcats guard told Yahoo Sports he will turn professional rather than attend SMU.

The point guard had committed to the Mustangs in May after deciding to transfer from the UA a month earlier.

He told the website he changed his mind during summer workouts, declaring that playing in Europe or the D-League is "getting me closer to my dream and what I want to do in life."

Turner was suspended twice in his freshman - and only - season at the UA, the second time as the Wildcats' began the Pac-12 tournament.

After declaring he would transfer, Turner was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI after recording blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 and 0.16, driving a car without a license plate or proof of insurance, and not having a driver's license.

The 20-year-old told Yahoo that alcohol and marijuana were "big issues" for him at the UA, but he felt he has matured since.

UA baseball

Heyer signs with Cardinals

With three days left before the signing deadline, Arizona Wildcats ace Kurt Heyer and the St. Louis Cardinals reportedly struck a deal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the club and its sixth-round (210th overall) pick have signed a deal, ending Heyer's college eligibility after three years.He will take a physical in St. Louis on Thursday, according to the newspaper; the Cardinals are likely to announce the deal once Heyer passes.

Heyer is slotted to earn a $165,100 bonus for signing; the Cardinals have enough money budgeted to pay him without being charged with a luxury tax, the Post-Dispatch reported. His signing comes two days before Major League Baseball's deadline to sign draft picks.

A right-hander, Heyer went 13-2 as a junior with a 2.24 ERA. He struck out 113 batters and walked 28 and made two starts in last month's College World Series. The Wildcats won their fourth national championship with a run through Omaha.

Heyer is the fifth and final UA junior to sign a pro contract after being drafted. Shortstop Alex Mejia (fourth round, Cardinals), outfielder Robert Refsnyder (fifth round, Yankees), third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (eighth round, Reds) and outfielder Joey Rickard (ninth round, Rays) all signed in recent weeks.

WNBA

Parker leads Sparks past Mercury

PHOENIX - Candace Parker had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 90-71 victory over the Phoenix Mercury for a fourth straight win.

Kristi Tolliver added 19 points and six assists, and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 14 rebounds for L.A. Parker also had four assists and three blocks.

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