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  • UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les signs extension

    May 23, 2015

    DAVIS, Calif. (AP) UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.The school announced the deal Friday.Les led the Aggies to the Big West regular-season title and a spot in the National Invitation Tournament last season. They were 14-2 in the Big West and 25-7 overall, a year after going 9-22. The turnaround was the biggest in NCAA Division I last season.

  • Hurricanes' Caputo promoted to associate head coach

    May 23, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo has been promoted to associate head coach.Coach Jim Larranaga announced the promotion Friday. It follows the departure this week of assistant Eric Konkol, who was hired as Louisiana Tech's coach.

  • UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

    May 23, 2015

    North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal.In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the ''lengthy'' notice and will release it publicly ''as soon as possible'' after redactions to comply with privacy laws.

  • Longtime Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp dead at 69

    May 23, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.

  • SMU guard Moore to join Kansas for World University Games

    May 23, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) SMU guard Nic Moore will join the Kansas basketball program to represent the U.S. as the World University Games in South Korea later this summer.The Jayhawks are unable to include Svi Mykhailiuk on their roster because he is from Ukraine, and fellow guard Brannen Greene recently had hip surgery. So with a depleted backcourt, coach Bill Self reached out to his former mentor Larry Brown for help.

  • Kentucky's Calipari signs 1-year contract extension to 2022

    May 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 that will pay him a total of million.The contract was signed on May 13 and a copy was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through an open records request. It replaces the .5 million, seven-year agreement he signed last June.

  • Wake Forest reinstates G Jones from offseason suspension

    May 23, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has reinstated Madison Jones from an offseason suspension from all basketball-related activities.Coach Danny Manning suspended the rising senior in March. He didn't specify a reason then, saying that Jones ''needs to make better decisions and earn his way back.''

  • Wisconsin's Alvarez: Abolish so-called 20-hour rule

    May 23, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said it's time to abolish the so-called 20-hour rule designed to limit how much time students spend on athletics instead of academics per week.Alvarez acknowledged athletes need time off. But the rule in place is not the way to go about it.

  • Duke, Kentucky basketball teams earn top marks in classroom

    May 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) National champion Duke and perennial powerhouse Kentucky topped the list of men's basketball teams singled out by the NCAA for academic achievement Wednesday.Public recognition awards are earned by finishing in the top 10 percent of a sport based on Academic Progress Rate scores. Any school with a perfect score of 1,000 also is recognized.

  • Indiana Mr. Basketball Swanigan commits to Purdue

    May 23, 2015

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Caleb Swanigan of Fort Wayne, the reigning Indiana Mr. Basketball, plans to play for Purdue next season.Swanigan's guardian, Roosevelt Barnes, tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1S80sY7 ) the 6-foot-9 Swanigan chose Purdue because he wants to win a national championship in Indiana at a school that hasn't done it before.

  • Calipari: 'Not interested' in vacant Pelicans coaching job

    May 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says he's not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching job and is happy at Kentucky.The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team's NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis.

  • Former NBA player Julius Hodge joins Buffalo staff

    May 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) From NBA first-round draft pick to playing in Vietnam and many points in between, Julius Hodge is prepared to start his post-professional basketball career at the University at Buffalo.Hodge on Monday was named the Bulls director of player development under new coach Nate Oats.

  • Louisiana Tech basketball names Konkol as new coach

    May 23, 2015

    RUSTON, La. (AP) Louisiana Tech has hired Miami assistant Eric Konkol as the Bulldogs' new men's basketball coach.Konkol, whose appointment was announced Monday, takes over for Michael White, who was hired by Florida earlier this month.Louisiana Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland says Konkol ''has a national reputation as a great recruiter'' and is a rising star in coaching.

  • Former University of San Francisco president dies at 90

    May 23, 2015

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.Lo Schiavo died in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, said University of San Francisco spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine Tasto.

  • Albany a victory away from its first Final Four

    May 23, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany lacrosse coach Scott Marr is on the cusp of reaching a lifelong goal - championship weekend.All that stands in the way of his high-scoring Great Danes (16-2) making lacrosse's final four is top-seeded Notre Dame (11-2). The teams meet Saturday in Denver in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, a reprise of a scintillating quarterfinal matchup a year ago won by the Irish in overtime.

  • NCAA committee calls for switch to 30-second shot clock

    May 23, 2015

    The NCAA made a series of changes to men's college basketball two seasons ago in an attempt to boost scoring and reduce physical play under the basket.Those changes barely moved the needle, so now the NCAA is taking more drastic steps.The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds on Friday, the biggest step in a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring two of the past three seasons.

  • NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposes reducing shot clock to 30 seconds

    May 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposes reducing shot clock to 30 seconds.

  • Indiana dismisses Davis, Mosquera-Pera after pot incident

    May 23, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana dismissed sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea on Thursday, cutting two of the players whose off-court problems have led to a series of embarrassing headlines for the storied program.The school said the two were dismissed ''effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program.''

  • Kentucky's visit to Kansas highlights Big 12-SEC Challenge

    May 23, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Kentucky's visit to Kansas highlights the first Big 12-SEC Challenge to be held while both conferences are in the middle of their league schedules.The two winningest programs in college basketball will meet for the second straight season on Jan. 30, when all 10 of the matchups will be held. The Wildcats lead the series 22-6 and have won the past three meetings, including the NCAA title game in 2012. But the Jayhawks have beaten Kentucky three straight times at home.

  • Clemson men's basketball team signs Robert Morris G Reed

    May 23, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Marcquise Reed, who helped Robert Morris to the NCAA Tournament last season, has transferred to Clemson.Clemson announced the move Wednesday.Reed averaged 15.1 points in his freshman season with the Colonials, who won the Northeast Conference this past March. Reed scored 19 points as Robert Morris won its opening NCAA game. He had 22 points in a loss to eventual champion Duke.

  • Maryland-UNC headlines ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups

    May 23, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Maryland will visit an old Atlantic Coast Conference rival in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.The made-for-TV event's 14 matchups were announced Wednesday.The Terrapins - who recently completed their first season in the Big Ten after leaving the ACC - will visit North Carolina in a matchup of teams that figure to enter the season as favorites to win their leagues. Additionally, the Terps have added Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon to their roster.

  • NC State: Assistant coach Rob Moxley out of hospital

    May 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says assistant men's basketball coach Rob Moxley is out of the hospital and recovering at home from an unspecified medical issue.In a statement Wednesday, the school said Moxley was released from Rex Hospital on Monday evening after making ''significant progress'' in his recovery from an emergency medical condition.

  • Former UNC coach, assistant Bill Guthridge dies at 77

    May 23, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The North Carolina basketball family has lost a second beloved coach in the last few months with the death of Bill Guthridge, Dean Smith's ''perfect sidekick.''Guthridge, who was Smith's longtime assistant and later succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, was 77. The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night.

  • AP source: Calipari, Kentucky negotiating contract extension

    May 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A person close to the situation said that coach John Calipari and Kentucky are negotiating a one-year, million contract extension through 2022.The person said the deal could be completed by the end of the week. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the university has not publicly announced any contract negotiations with its sixth-year coach.

  • Charlotte F Willie Clayton transferring to Georgia State

    May 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Charlotte forward Willie Clayton is transferring to Georgia State to play his final college season.The 6-foot-7 Clayton started 22 games for the 49ers last season, averaging 7.3 points and ranking 13th in Conference USA in rebounding at 6.3 per game. He decided to finish his career closer to home, having played at Thomasville (Ga.) High School.

  • Virginia Tech's top scorer Smith heading to Georgia Tech

    May 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Adam Smith is returning home to play his final year at Georgia Tech after leading Virginia Tech in scoring last season.The 6-foot-1 guard was the top 3-point shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference (42.4 percent) and paced the Hokies with 13.4 points a game.

  • Indiana suspends Davis after marijuana possession citation

    May 23, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana sophomore basketball player Devin Davis has been suspended from all team activities after being cited for marijuana possession.Additional action could be taken against Davis after a review, coach Tom Crean said Tuesday. He also said junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time but was not charged by the Indiana University police department. Crean said the school will review what role Mosquera-Perea played in the incident.

  • Smart says 'Havoc' style a way of life, not just a copyright

    May 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas may have bowed out of the legal fight with Virginia Commonwealth over the copyright of ''Havoc.''Don't expect new Longhorns coach Shaka Smart to shy away from the coaching style that got him there.Smart on Monday called a recent copyright tussle between Texas and VCU ''comical.''

  • Mississippi adds Miami transfer Deandre Burnett, a 6-2 guard

    May 23, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi's basketball team has added Miami transfer guard Deandre Burnett.The school announced Burnett's signing on Monday. The 6-foot-2 guard must sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis to step down

    May 23, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has announced that he will step down on June 30.De Carolis released an open letter Monday announcing his decision.''There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after 17 years of a journey,'' De Carolis said. ''However, I believe we are in the best possible position in Oregon State University's history to have success on and off the field.''

  • White gets guidance from Donovan, embraces tough task

    May 23, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White is getting a few pointers about his new job.Not just anyone's two cents, either.White has spoken to former Florida coach Billy Donovan several times in the last few days about what to expect and who to lean on as he makes the most daunting coaching transition of his life.

  • Texas regents set to make Smart a nearly million coach

    May 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas System regents are set to approve new basketball coach Shaka Smart's nearly million contract, with most of that money guaranteed.The regents meet Wednesday and Thursday in Austin and released some of the financial details used to lure Smart away from Virginia Commonwealth last month.

  • Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon transferring to Maryland

    May 23, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will play his final season at Maryland.Coach Mark Turgeon announced the addition of Sulaimon to his roster on Monday. The guard from Houston said on Twitter that he is ''blessed and honored for the opportunity.''

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    May 23, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- BALTIMORE - Playing before home fans for the first time in two weeks, the Orioles hope a game at Camden Yards can serve as a pick-me-up for themselves and the beleaguered city. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

  • Former Alcorn coach Davey Whitney dies at 85

    May 23, 2015

    LORMAN, Miss. (AP) Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday. No cause of death was given.Whitney spent nearly three decades at Alcorn State over two stints from 1969 to 1989 and again from 1996 to 2003.

  • Canadian forward Kyle Alexander signs with Tennessee

    May 23, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has added Canadian forward Kyle Alexander to its recruiting class.The school announced Saturday that the 6-foot-10 Alexander had signed his letter of intent. He plans to enroll at Tennessee in June as a freshman.Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in a statement that Alexander has ''only been playing basketball for about 2 1/2 years, but it's clear the sky is the limit in terms of his potential.'' Alexander is a senior at Athlete Institute, a prep school in Orangeville, Ontario.

  • Albany's Lyle Thompson readies for final postseason run

    May 23, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Senior Lyle Thompson is at the point in his lacrosse career at Albany where his next game could be his last. The career scoring leader in Division I history isn't quite ready to hang up his stick and gloves.''I just want to prove to the lacrosse world that this team is a championship team. I truly believe that,'' Thompson said. ''We have a big upside this year. I really like our chances. I think we're going to be there on championship weekend.''

  • UNC adding ex-VCU recruit Williams, Maye to veteran squad

    May 23, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has signed guard Kenny Williams and forward Luke Maye to play basketball next season.Williams, a 6-foot-4 guard from Midlothian, Virginia, was originally committed to VCU, but reopened his recruitment after coach Shaka Smart left for Texas. The late addition of the four-star recruit fills a big need with his outside shooting.

  • Syracuse stars Coleman, Devendorf and Jones to get degrees

    May 23, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman became the top pick in the NBA draft a quarter of a century ago, he didn't have enough credits to earn his degree.He does now.Former guards Eric Devendorf and Mookie Jones also will receive their degrees this weekend, as well as current players Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney. Senior Rakeem Christmas graduated a semester early in December.

  • Duke begins chase for three-peat in NCAA men's lacrosse

    May 23, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke followed one national championship in men's lacrosse by winning another.Now it's time for the Blue Devils to try to do it again. The two-time reigning champions will look to take their first step toward a three-peat.Duke midfielder Myles Jones says ''the formula's the same'' because the Blue Devils have the ''same plays, same coaches. Just different guys filling different roles.''

  • NC State: assistant coach Rob Moxley hospitalized

    May 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says assistant men's basketball coach Rob Moxley is hospitalized and recovering from an unspecified medical issue.In a statement Friday, the school didn't reveal the reason for Moxley's hospitalization Wednesday evening, citing privacy for the family. But it says Moxley is ''responsive, in stable condition and recovering.''

  • Cal introduces Michael Williams as new athletic director

    May 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The moments that made Michael Williams want to be California's athletic director were the ones he never expected.There was the time defensive lineman Austin Clark gave him ''the biggest, sweatiest, bloodiest, nastiest hug.'' Or when he ''ended up almost drowning'' in the pool after the women's swimming and diving team won the national championship. And then there was swimmer Missy Franklin, dripping wet, running over to embrace Williams anyway.

  • Wichita State lands Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady

    May 23, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State has filled a significant void in the post by signing Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady to a financial aid agreement for next season.Grady, who has already graduated, will be eligible to play his final season immediately. He averaged 14.3 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds last season.

  • UConn guard Terrence Samuel to transfer

    May 23, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn says point guard Terrence Samuel has been granted his release from the team and plans to transfer.Samuel averaged just more than 20 minutes a game backing up Ryan Boatright for the Huskies, who went 20-15 last season and lost in the first round of the NIT.

  • Cal to announce hiring of Williams as AD

    May 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California has decided to give interim athletic director Mike Williams the full-time job.The school said Thursday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will introduce Williams at a news conference on campus Friday.Williams took over from the departed Sandy Barbour last summer and originally said he was not a candidate for the job. That changed once he was in the position and proved himself to be a viable candidate.

  • Florida hires Louisiana Tech's White to replace Donovan

    May 23, 2015

    Florida believes it has another young, up-and-coming coach.The first one made basketball matter in Gainesville.This one has the tough task of following Billy Donovan.The Gators hired Louisiana Tech's Michael White on Thursday, a week after Donovan left to take the head coaching job with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • Clougherty retiring as ACC head of men's basketball referees

    May 23, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference says John Clougherty will retire as coordinator of men's basketball officials after the 2015-16 season.Clougherty has worked in this role with the ACC since June 2005, part of a long career that includes 30 years as an oncourt referee. His responsibilities with the league include evaluating and grading league officials.

  • Guard Nigel Williams-Goss transferring to Gonzaga

    May 23, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Former Washington starting point guard Nigel Williams-Goss will transfer to Gonzaga and be eligible for the 2016-17 season when the series between the Huskies and Bulldogs is scheduled to resume.Gonzaga announced Wednesday that Williams-Goss will enroll this summer and have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • New Jersey prep guard Malik Ellison signs with St. John's

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New Jersey high school guard Malik Ellison signed a national letter of intent with St. John's on Wednesday.The 6-foot-6 Ellison, the son of former Louisville and NBA player Pervis Ellison, averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior for Life Center Academy.

  • Nebraska guard Tarin Smith transferring to Duquesne

    May 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Nebraska guard Tarin Smith is transferring to Duquesne.Coach Jim Ferry announced Wednesday that Smith has signed a financial aid agreement and will be with the team this fall. Smith must sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Dukes.

  • Pitt guard Newkirk undergoes knee surgery

    May 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh sophomore guard Josh Newkirk underwent left knee surgery on Wednesday but should be ready in time for the 2015-16 season.Coach Jamie Dixon says the surgery repaired the lateral meniscus and a microfracture in the knee. Newkirk will need four to six months to recover, though Dixon said he believes Newkirk will be fine by the time practice starts in the fall.

  • Warrant issued for former Gophers basketball player McNeil

    May 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) An arrest warrant has been issued for former Minnesota basketball player Daquein McNeil after he failed to appear in court on assault charges.McNeil, a 21-year-old native of Baltimore, is accused of attacking and injuring his girlfriend last November. He failed to appear in Hennepin County court for a scheduled hearing last week, so the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

  • On web site, Kentucky coach Calipari says 'no' to platooning

    May 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky nearly made history last season with a two-platoon system. Now coach John Calipari says the strategy is history.Calipari said Tuesday on CoachCal.com that he was happy to make the strategy work but added that ''last season was an absolute outlier.'' Kentucky began 38-0 before its quest to become unbeaten national champions ended with a Final Four loss to Wisconsin.

  • NCAA's new head of officials ready to make tough calls

    May 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) J.D. Collins has one goal as the NCAA's coordinator of men's basketball officials: Get it right.A few hours after Tuesday's announcement of his new job, Collins told The Associated Press he expects referees to enforce the rules correctly, consistently and efficiently - and that he plans to advocate for refs taking as much time as they need to review late-game replays.

  • Texas withdraws 'Havoc' basketball trademark applications

    May 23, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) While VCU lost its basketball coach to the University of Texas, its trademarked ''havoc'' label is staying in Virginia.Officials at Texas say they have withdrawn attempts to federally trademark ''HORNS HAVOC'' and ''HOUSE OF HAVOC.'' The attempts to trademark the phrases came after the Longhorns hired Shaka Smart as their men's basketball coach in early April.

  • Mississippi, coach Kennedy agree to extension through 2019

    May 23, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has agreed to a contract extension with men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy that will keep him at the school until 2019.The four-year deal, which was announced by the school on Tuesday, is the longest allowed by state law. The school says it includes a base salary of .925 million per season, as well as possible performance incentives.

  • Forward Willie Carmichael transferring from Tennessee

    May 23, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward Willie Carmichael is transferring from Tennessee.Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed Tuesday that Carmichael had filled out the necessary paperwork to transfer and had been granted a release. The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported Carmichael was planning to transfer.

  • UND releases list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames

    May 23, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) From ''Amber Waves'' to ''Zombies,'' the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday.

  • J.D. Collins is new NCAA coordinator of basketball officials

    May 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) J.D. Collins, coordinator of officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League, was named the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating on Tuesday.J.D. Collins, who has two decades of experience in officiating, replaces the retired John Adams. As an official, Collins worked two Final Fours, a regional final and five regional semifinals, and he called games in seven conferences, including the ACC, Big East and Big Ten.

  • VCU F Mo Alie-Cox arrested for simple assault

    May 23, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a woman claimed he punched her in the face in a nightclub.According to the arrest warrant, the incident took place April 3, about two hours after Rams coach Shaka Smart told his team his was leaving to take the same job at Texas. Court records show the complaint was filed April 22, and Alie-Cox was served with the warrant last Thursday.

  • Cal signs another elite high school star in Jaylen Brown

    May 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Cuonzo Martin has added another elite player with the signing of high school All-America small forward Jaylen Brown on Monday.Brown joins a recruiting class already featuring All-America forward Ivan Rabb from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High, a consensus top-10 prospect in the nation.

  • UNC: Pinson recovering from surgery on injured left foot

    May 23, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina freshman swingman Theo Pinson is recovering from foot surgery.Pinson had surgery on his left foot Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. He broke a bone in the foot in the Tar Heels' win at Wake Forest in January, sidelining him for 10 straight games and 14 of the last 19.

  • AP source: Cal to promote interim AD to full-time job

    May 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California will name interim athletic director Mike Williams to the full-time job.A person with knowledge of the plans said Monday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to announce Williams' promotion later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.

  • Donovan says goodbye, Florida moves on with coaching search

    May 23, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's search to replace basketball coach Billy Donovan began weeks - really months- ago.The Gators have been collecting information on potential successors since at least February, probably even sooner.Although athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday he would sit down with his search team later in the day and discuss potential candidates, he made it clear that school officials have been planning for Donovan's departure for some time.

  • Little-used freshman center decides to transfer from Indiana

    May 23, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Freshman Jeremiah April has decided to transfer from Indiana, coach Tom Crean said Friday.The 6-foot-11 center battled injuries all last season and played in only four games, averaging 1.5 points.Crean says April is looking for a school where he will get more playing time and that Indiana couldn't give that assurance.

  • Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard receives college degree

    May 23, 2015

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Gina Johnson was rooting hard for the Portland Trail Blazers to upset the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Damian Lillard is her son, so she didn't have much of a choice.Johnson, however, did have other thoughts.

  • K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020

    May 23, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to 5,000 annually.The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his 5,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of 6,250.

  • Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri

    May 23, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, ''Win games.''''That's just human nature,'' Rhoades said. ''People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing.''

  • Oklahoma City Thunder hire Florida's Billy Donovan as coach

    May 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their coach Thursday, hoping he will help the franchise win an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.''We warmly welcome Billy and his family to Oklahoma City,'' team chairman Clayton Bennett said. ''He is the perfect fit for our organization and for our community, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.''

  • Trail Blazers' Lillard to give graduation speech at Weber St

    May 23, 2015

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will deliver an address when he graduates from Weber State on Friday.Lillard will graduate with a degree in professional sales from the College of Applied Science & Technology. He will be one of two student speakers at the Dee Events Center at 8 a.m., the school said Thursday.

  • Florida's Billy Donovan hired to coach Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their new coach.The Thunder made the announcement Thursday.The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Gators in December that would have paid him an average salary of million through 2020.

  • VCU men's basketball coach Wade to earn million annually

    May 23, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Will Wade will be paid million per season as the men's basketball coach at VCU, and his five-year contract has bonus opportunities that could significantly boost his annual compensation.The 32-year-old Wade, hired earlier this month after Shaka Smart left for Texas, will draw a base salary of 0,000 and make 0,000 in supplemental compensation such as radio and television programs and participation in events affiliated with the university.

  • AP source: Thunder reach agreement to hire Florida's Donovan

    May 23, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is headed back to the NBA.This time, he's expected to stay more than a day.Donovan agreed Thursday to become the Oklahoma City Thunder's next coach, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has announced the agreement.

  • Alabama signs Memphis forward/guard transfer Nick King

    May 23, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Memphis transfer Nick King has signed to play for Alabama.New Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced the signing of the forward/guard on Wednesday, the second signee since his hiring in April.King will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Ex-Louisville basketball player cleared of rape charge

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former University of Louisville star player Chris Jones is hoping to resurrect his basketball career after he was cleared of allegations that he sexually assaulted two women at a party near campus.A grand jury in Louisville declined Wednesday to indict the sharp-shooting guard on rape and sodomy charges stemming from the Feb. 22 incident. Two other men were also cleared of those allegations by a grand jury.

  • Chris Mullin completes 1st month as coach at St. John's

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin was headed to lunch, walking along the main street that borders the St. John's campus.''I'm walking over here and my wife called and said, `What are you doing?' I said, `I'm walking down Union Turnpike going to lunch.' It's kind of strange really,'' Mullin said laughing Wednesday of his 30-year flashback to when he was the basketball star of stars at the New York City school.

  • AP Source: Thunder, Donovan in talks about coaching vacancy

    May 23, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is entertaining a move to the NBA again.This time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person familiar with the search said.Eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, he appears poised to make the jump and not look back this time.

  • Valparaiso streaks past Trinity International, 79-54

    December 10, 2014

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Tevonn Walker came off the Valparaiso bench to score 15 points and spark the Crusaders to a 79-54 win over NAIA Trinity International Wednesday night.Walker scored seven points in the final seven minutes of the first half to fuel a 16-5 run to send Valparaiso (9-2) into the locker room with a 42-24 lead.

  • Greene has 19; No. 10 Kansas tops Georgetown 75-70

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Brannen Greene went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night as No. 10 Kansas made a basketball statement with a 75-70 win over Georgetown, even as Hoyas players were making a societal statement by wearing ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' T-shirts for the national anthem.

  • Campbell tops Delaware State in 70-55 win

    December 10, 2014

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - D.J. Mason scored 15 points and Kyre' Hamer added 12 more to lead Campbell to its second straight win of the season with a 70-55 victory over Delaware State on Wednesday night.Campbell (3-5) took control midway through the first half with a 24-2 breakaway run that included 3-pointers from Hamer, Luke Moyer, Curtis Phillips, Nehemiah Mabson and Andrew Ryan to build a 35-13 lead with 3:32 left before the break.

  • No. 19 Maryland cruises past NC Central 67-56

    December 10, 2014

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland played so well in the first half, it didn't really matter what happened over the final 20 minutes against North Carolina Central.Richaud Pack scored 17 points, Jake Layman added 15 and the 19th-ranked Terrapins cruised to a 67-56 victory Wednesday night.

  • Georgetown players wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Georgetown basketball team is the latest to stage an ''I Can't Breathe'' protest.The entire roster emerged for the final warmups wearing black short-sleeve T-shirts with the words ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' in white before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.

  • NJIT on hoops map, energized after Michigan win

    December 10, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The days of just family and friends attending New Jersey Institute of Technology basketball games are over, at least for now.And the timing for the Highlanders to become one of the hottest names in college hoops couldn't be better for the school as it fights to find a conference.