Miami’s Bruce Brown going pro after two years, will hire agent

Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. has decided to hire an agent and turn pro.

Coach Jim Larranaga says Brown informed him of the decision Monday. Brown announced earlier he would declare for the NBA draft, and by retaining an agent he’ll give up the option of continuing his college career.

Hurricanes freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV last week announced his decision to turn pro this year. The NBA draft is June 21.

And Philadelphia set a club record for the quickest two goals when Giroux fired past Lundqvist’s glove side with a wrist shot from the slot just 6 seconds after Raffl’s tally to make it 4-0. Raffl set up the play by intercepting a Rangers pass at the blue line and dropping a pass to Giroux.

The fans unleashed a thunderous “M-V-P!” `’M-V-P!” chant for Giroux when he was shown on the video board after his second tally.

And Giroux had the sold-out crowd of 20,028 in a frenzy when he scored his third on a breakaway with 9:49 left in the third period. Hundreds of hats littered the ice, causing a seven-minute delay, and Giroux smiled on the video board and waved to the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation.

“(Giroux) has worked hard,” Hakstol said. “He earned that and he’s very deserving of that moment.”

The Rangers (34-39-9), who are out of the postseason for the first time since 2009-10, ended their regular season with their ninth loss in the last 11.

The Angels couldn’t make up for another bad performance by their pitching staff, which wasn’t significantly bolstered in the offseason beyond the addition of Ohtani. The Angels walked 10 batters, the franchise’s most in a nine-inning game since April 21, 2006.

J.C. Ramirez (0-2) and his first two relievers issued eight walks and hit a batter in the first five innings alone. Oakland went up 3-0 on Stephen Piscotty’s RBI double and Semien’s key single in the second, and Ramirez didn’t return for the third after throwing 55 pitches and walking five of his 12 batters.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Ramirez felt tightness in his right forearm.

“When you’re uncomfortable throwing the ball, it’s not going to be the way you want it,” said Ramirez, who walked five of his 12 batters. “I was just trying to survive today, and that happened.”buccaneers_084

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