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NCAA accuses Louisville over escort allegations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:05:00 PDT

The NCAA accused Louisville of four violations stemming from its investigation into allegations that a former basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with recruits and players.

The governing body's report Thursday does not mention a lack of institutional control — the most...


Baltimore native, Army veteran Isaiah Brock cleared to play basketball at Oakland

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:33:00 PDT

Oakland men's basketball player and Baltimore native Isaiah Brock, an Army veteran who had been deemed ineligible this season because of poor high school grades, was cleared to play by the NCAA on Monday.

Oakland appealed the NCAA's ruling Thursday, which was based on Brock's academic profile when...


Fred Slaughter, who helped lead UCLA to its first NCAA basketball title, dies

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:30:00 PDT

Fred Slaughter, who helped UCLA win its first NCAA basketball championship as a senior under coach John Wooden in 1964, has died. He was 74.

The school announced Saturday that Slaughter died Oct. 6 at his home in Santa Monica. No cause of death was given.

He was the Bruins' starting center from...


UConn Women's Insider: Huskies' 75-Game Winning Streak Will Be Tested Early

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:33:00 PDT

The winning streak has spanned nearly two calendar years, a 75-game journey that includes two NCAA titles.

The four-time defending champion UConn women's basketball team hasn't lost a game since falling to Stanford in overtime way back on Nov. 17, 2014. It was the second game of the season and...


Supreme Court rejects NCAA appeal of Ed O'Bannon case

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:50:00 PDT

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the NCAA's appeal of the Ed O'Bannon case, leaving in place lower court rulings that found amateurism rules for big-time college basketball and football players violated federal antitrust law.

The justices on Monday rejected the appeal in a class-action lawsuit...


Southern Conference decides to keep championships in North Carolina, bucking boycott trend

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:25:00 PDT

The Southern Conference reportedly has chosen to keep four upcoming league championships in North Carolina despite a controversial state law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

Southern Conference officials announced Friday they will not join the NBA, NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference, all...


Georgetown proposes fans say 'Yes' during basketball games

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:34:00 PDT

Georgetown University might have found a basketball promotion more pressure packed than trying to make a shot from halfcourt.

The school is offering a marriage proposal package for its 17 home games this season that includes a money-back guarantee in the event that someone's significant other says...


Bowie native Lonergan out as GW basketball coach

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:14:23 PDT

Bowie native Mike Lonergan, who coached the George Washington University men's basketball team to the National Invitation Tournament championship last season, has been fired, the school announced on Saturday.

The move to remove Lonergan came six weeks after The Washington Post reported several former...


NCAA turns up pressure on state of North Carolina over bathroom law

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:53:00 PDT

The NCAA's decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina ratchets up the pressure on this college sports-crazy state to repeal its law on bathroom use by transgender people.

Unlike the recent one-time cancellations by the NBA and various rock stars, the move by college sports' governing...


Central Florida eyes NCAA championship events lost by North Carolina

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:47:00 PDT

The Central Florida Sports Commission will pursue six of the seven national championships that the NCAA plans to relocate from North Carolina because of that state’s controversial bathroom law.The NCAA has not announced how it plans to determine new host sites. The commission is interested in the...


NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:45:00 PDT

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, for the coming year because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by its board...


Kent Baker, longtime Baltimore Sun sportswriter, dies

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:34:00 PDT

Kent Baker, a former Baltimore Sun sports reporter whose byline was familiar to readers for more than four decades, died Sunday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 73.

"Kent was a very personable guy and always a pleasure to work with," said Seymour Smith, a retired Sun sportswriter...


NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board...(image)

Lonergan out as George Washington coach after investigation

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:50:06 PDT

George Washington says it has parted ways with men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan. University provost Forrest Maltzman announced the move in a statement Saturday, saying Lonergan was no longer coach and that the school "will not tolerate conduct that runs counter to" the principles of inclusion...(image)

Illini land top-flight basketball recruit Trent Frazier

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:29:00 PDT

Illinois’ recruiting class continues to grow stronger.

Four-star point guard Trent Frazier orally committed to the Illini on Sunday, according to recruiting web sites. 

Frazier, who is from West Palm Beach, Fla., ranks as the 20th best point guard in the nation, according to the composite...


Former Butler basketball star Joel Cornette dies at age 35

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:35:00 PDT

Joel Cornette, who helped Butler make the transition from a traditional mid-major program into a surprising power in college basketball, died Tuesday in a Chicago apartment. He was 35.

The Cook County coroner said Cornette was found dead in the apartment at 1:02 a.m. An autopsy was scheduled for...


Digest: DeWayne Burroughs named Coppin's women's basketball coach

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:04:00 PDT

Coppin State hired alumnus DeWayne Burroughs as women's basketball coach.

Last season, his first as head coach at the University of the District of Columbia, he led the Division II Firebirds to a 21-9 record; he'd been on UDC's staff since 2011.

Burroughs previously coached at Chesapeake College,...


Dundalk grad Malik Winston commits to Morehead State

Tue, 9 Aug 2016 15:02:00 PDT

For months, Malik Winston’s post-grad plan was to attend prep school. The former Dundalk star, who graduated this spring, had the grades to attend college immediately. But the level of basketball interest just wasn’t quite where he thought it should be.

That all changed “about a week or so ago”...


North Carolina says academic fraud doesn't fall under NCAA jurisdiction

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 19:56:00 PDT

North Carolina is challenging the NCAA's jurisdiction to pursue charges in the school's long-running academic fraud scandal and is holding off on self-imposed penalties. 

The school on Tuesday publicly released its response to five potentially top-level NCAA charges, which include lack of institutional...


Oklahoma State officials: Tyrek Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:13:00 PDT

Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, university officials said Friday.

Coger, a 22-year-old forward who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear to be struggling during Thursday's workout at Boone...


GW to bring in 'outside counsel' to assist in probe of Mike Lonergan allegations

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:51:00 PDT

George Washington University said Thursday it was bringing in "outside" counsel to assist in the investigation of allegations by basketball players against men's Coach Mike Lonergan, in reaction to a Post article published earlier in the day. The university said that it "will not tolerate retaliation"...


Edmondson grad Kani Coles commits to Central Florida

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:55:00 PDT

Kani Coles knew he was headed to junior college. So did Kevin Norris. But that realization never stopped “Coach Stink” – a Lake Clifton graduate and then-Southern Cal assistant – from keeping tabs on Coles as he approached graduation last year from Edmondson.

“I knew that he wouldn’t forget about...


Digest: Shadae Swan named coach of Bowie State's women's basketball team

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:19:00 PDT

Bowie State named Shadae Swan women's basketball coach Wednesday.

Swan (St. Frances) took over leadership of the Bulldogs in January 2015 and coached the team the 2015-16 season on an interim basis, going 11-17 overall and 3-13 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

"After a very...


Summitt's Legacy Shines In The Fight Against Alzheimer's

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:29:00 PDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt's fight against Alzheimer's disease continues, and has even gained momentum since her death.

The former Tennessee women's basketball coach made sure of that through her efforts the last five years. As soon as she announced her diagnosis in 2011, Summitt vowed to take...


LGBT law creates hole in Duke's basketball schedule

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:59:00 PDT

Duke has an opening on its men's basketball schedule because of the state law that impacts LGBT people.

The Blue Devils were supposed to play Albany on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament but there's no opponent listed on that day in Duke's schedule that was released Wednesday.


As in NBA, Duncan was reluctant, unassuming star at Wake Forest

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:59:00 PDT

Here’s how understated Tim Duncan was and is: Mike Krzyzewski and I forgot about him.

This was two seasons ago, and Krzyzewski asked me to appear on his satellite radio show to talk about ACC basketball. Coach K arrived at Duke in 1980, and I began covering the league two years later, so our conversation...


Larry Brown resigning after 4 seasons as SMU's coach

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:54:00 PDT

Larry Brown is leaving SMU after turning down a contract extension, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.

SMU athletic director Rick Hart said Friday that Brown had been offered...


Sheryl Swoopes 'disappointed' in firing by Loyola but feels 'vindicated'

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 04:05:00 PDT

Two days after Loyola fired her as its women's basketball coach, Sheryl Swoopes released a statement Tuesday expressing her disappointment in the university's decision.

The statement did not specifically address allegations of mistreatment levied against her by former players, but it hinted that...


Former St. Frances forward Josh Ayeni headed to St. Bonaventure

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:30:00 PDT

After a post-grad year, Josh Ayeni (St. Frances) will suit up for St. Bonaventure, joining another former Baltimore Catholic League star in Jaylen Adams.(image)

Loyola fires Sheryl Swoopes after investigating claims of player mistreatment

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Loyola's lengthy investigation into allegations of player mistreatment by women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes ended Sunday evening with a three-sentence statement announcing Swoopes has been fired.

Swoopes, a Hall of Fame player regarded as one of the greatest to play the sport, had been under...


Pat Summitt remembered as trailblazer, intense competitor

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:51:00 PDT

On Jan. 26, 2012, the Tennessee women's basketball team came to Tuscaloosa, Ala., one more Southeastern Conference stop on what Briana Hutchen called Pat Summitt's "farewell tour."

It's an apt description of the longtime Lady Vols coach's final season on the sideline, if a bittersweet one, because...


Bill Plaschke: I regret marginalizing Pat Summitt's greatness

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:50:00 PDT

It was a battle of unbeatens, the Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, one of the biggest regular-season games in WNBA history, the story of the season.

Sadly, for me, it wasn’t even the story of the day.

Last week I planned to visit Staples Center to write about what could have been a very nice...


Appreciation: Pat Summitt used the sport to empower women

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:53:00 PDT

Needing yet another men's basketball coach, Tennessee officials turned to the one person they thought would be perfect to take over the Volunteers program.

Pat Summitt said no.

She wasn't interested in the job in 1994 after Wade Houston was forced out, and she turned it down again when Jerry Green...


Past few days 'difficult' for former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:51:00 PDT

Pat Summitt's family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women's basketball coach as her Alzheimer's disease progresses.

Amid reports of Summitt's failing health, her family issued a statement asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt...


Dismissed Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn transferring to Oakland

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:50:00 PDT

About a month after Illinois dismissed him from the basketball team, guard Kendrick Nunn will transfer to Oakland.

Robert Smith, Nunn's high school coach at Simeon, told the Tribune that Nunn verbally committed Wednesday to transfer to the Horizon League school in Rochester, Mich.

Illinois kicked...


'Nova's Arcidiacono just wants a chance

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:37:00 PDT

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Arcidiacono is optimistic about Thursday night's NBA Draft.

"I think there's a chance I could get drafted in the second round," said Arcidiacono after Monday's workout with the hometown 76ers.

While a number of mock drafts don't have the former Neshaminy High and Villanova standout...


Basketball: Green Terror hoops camp about fundamentals, fun

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:33:00 PDT

Annual summer hoops camp tips off this week at McDaniel College(image)

Ex-Michigan State standout Keith Appling arraigned on gun charge

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:39:00 PDT

Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arraigned Sunday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Detroit police say Appling was arrested after officers stopped a fast-moving vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw him place a gun under a seat.

Appling's attorney, Cyril Hall,...


Mystics Outlast Sun In Triple OT

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:59:08 PDT

UNCASVILLE — The Connecticut Sun have been riding the rough waves this season, the type that can bruise a team if it can't figure out a way to successfully navigate them.

That's just made the job of rookie coach Curt Miller more challenging as he tries to do what he was hired to do — take the team...


Loyola coach Sheryl Swoopes defends reputation amid exodus of players, coaches

Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:35:00 PDT

Embattled Loyola women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes defended herself for the first time publicly Thursday against allegations of inappropriate behavior made by former players.

"In the recent months, there have been accusations and false attacks made of my character and coaching," Swoopes said...


NCAA basketball attendance declines slightly in 2015-16

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:31:00 PDT

The NCAA says attendance at men's college basketball games declined slightly last season.

Total attendance in all three NCAA divisions was 32,382,283, the 10th-highest total in history. The per-game average dropped by 25 from 2014-15.

Fewer fans also attended Division I games, dropping to 27,234,610....


Notre Dame assistant coach Martin Ingelsby to take Delaware job

Tue, 24 May 2016 12:31:00 PDT

In a big way, Mike Brey was trying to push Martin Ingelsby out the door that March day before the Sweet 16.

Brey, Notre Dame’s basketball coach, saw his wish granted Tuesday when, according to multiple reports, his former player and now-former assistant will take over the job Brey held for five...


Digest: Former Coppin State guard Christian Kessee signs with Memphis as graduate transfer

Fri, 20 May 2016 22:01:00 PDT

Memphis has signed former Coppin State guard Christian Kessee as a graduate transfer. Kessee, who led the Eagles with 14.6 points per game and scored in double figures 25 times this past season, will be able to play for the Tigers in 2016-17. The 6-foot-2 guard made 88 3-pointers, shot 39.5 percent...


2 years after City's title, Grant twins sign with DI school

Fri, 20 May 2016 08:58:00 PDT

They were the big men and unsung heroes on one of Baltimore’s most accomplished high school basketball teams. The 6-foot-6 transfers provided toughness in the paint, allowing guards Kamau Stokes, Timmy Bond and Omari George to flourish and lead City to a 27-0 record that culminated with the Class...


Jaylon Tate reinstated to Illinois basketball team after charge dropped

Fri, 20 May 2016 11:27:00 PDT

Illinois reinstated guard Jaylon Tate to the basketball team Friday, one day after prosecutors dropped a domestic-battery charge against him.

No decision has been reached on guard Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery earlier this week in Champaign, stemming from an arrest in...


Digest: KaVaughn Scott signs letter of intent with Loyola Maryland men's basketball

Thu, 19 May 2016 20:08:00 PDT

KaVaughn Scott, a 6-foot-7 forward from Irvine, Calif., has signed a letter of intent with Loyola Maryland to complete the Greyhounds' incoming freshman class. Scott, a McDonald's All America nominee, averaged 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game as a senior in 2015-16 to help...


NBA draft: Here's the best guess on how the first round will play out

Thu, 19 May 2016 21:20:00 PDT

The presumption across the NBA is that Ben Simmons from Louisiana State and Brandon Ingram from Duke are the best players in this year's draft and they are expected to go one-two to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Lakers.

After that, it's a big guessing game because there are no obvious standouts...


Ex-NBA player Chris Herren assists fight against addiction

Wed, 18 May 2016 17:18:00 PDT

As a starting NBA point guard, Chris Herren traveled coast to coast, playing the sport he had loved since childhood. But Herren wasn't just shooting hoops as he crisscrossed the country for various professional basketball teams. He was shooting heroin and popping pills.

No matter where he went,...


Are ESPN and Big Ten headed to divorce?

Wed, 18 May 2016 13:18:00 PDT

The Big Ten and ESPN could be headed to Splitsville.

It's not that the romance is gone. This isn't personal. It's business.

"ESPN has been a great partner, as CBS has, as BTN has, as Fox has," Commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday during the Big Ten's spring meetings. "It's a new day."



New NCAA rule a benefit to players uncertain about NBA draft futures

Sun, 15 May 2016 07:03:00 PDT

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes will keep his mind and his phone line open until May 25 as he waits to hear from an NBA team willing to select him in the draft.

"If a team tells my family or myself, 'Hey, we want you,' then my decision is made," Hayes said Friday at the NBA draft combine at Quest...


Former UConn Center Stefanie Dolson Comes Out As LGBT Athlete In ESPN Article

Wed, 11 May 2016 15:55:00 PDT

Stefanie Dolson, the All-America center from UConn now immersed in a respected professional career in the WNBA and Europe, will reveal in the May 23 issue of ESPN The Magazine that she is an LGBT athlete.

"Someone I knew growing up always joked that I'd be gay just because I was into sports. Not...


Audit finds overspending on travel by Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino

Wed, 11 May 2016 08:53:00 PDT

A University of Minnesota audit shows Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino spent more than double his allowance for private jet travel since his hiring.

The audit to be considered by university system regents Thursday shows Pitino spent $325,000 on jet travel for recruiting and other university...


Reunion Tour: Geno And Players Together Again; Last Call With Obama

Tue, 10 May 2016 15:40:53 PDT

WASHINGTON — Fresh off their first national title, the UConn women's basketball team visited Bill Clinton's White House with a sense of awe back in 1995.

Clinton posed for pictures with each player and chatted about the team's journey to an NCAA championship. When it was over, the team and its coach...


Digest: Former Johns Hopkins basketball player Brian Cosgrove dies

Sat, 7 May 2016 22:09:00 PDT

Brian Cosgrove, a 2002 graduate of Johns Hopkins and a four-year member of the men's basketball team, died Thursday after a long fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the university announced Saturday.(image)

Basketball stars pay tribute to Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington, who died in April

Sat, 7 May 2016 17:40:00 PDT

The five o'clock shadow and lunchtime paunch were stylistic, genetic accouterments that accented his baby-bear physique.

Dwayne Alonzo "Pearl" Washington broke presses and led fastbreaks with his lean-forward posture and high dribble. He broke down defenders with rocker steps, in-out dribbles,...


Illinois reinstates Leron Black to team, but suspends him for four games

Fri, 6 May 2016 15:40:00 PDT

Illinois announced Friday it has reinstated junior forward Leron Black to its basketball team but will suspend him from playing in the two exhibition games and the first four regular-season games of the 2016-17 season.

Black pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge and was sentenced...


Digest: Terps, Hoyas to meet again in Gavitt Games

Tue, 3 May 2016 20:32:00 PDT

Maryland will play Georgetown on Nov. 15 at Verizon Center as one of eight matchups in the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Big Ten and Big East men's basketball teams.

The game, the only rematch from the 2015-16 series, will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

"We are excited to continue this series with...


Ex-Michigan State player Keith Appling faces weapons charges

Wed, 4 May 2016 08:28:00 PDT

Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon after he was found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 24-year-old Appling was arrested outside a Dearborn club...


Villanova's Kris Jenkins returning for senior season

Tue, 3 May 2016 10:09:00 PDT

VILLANOVA — The Villanova player who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the national championship is sticking around for his senior season.

Kris Jenkins and Villanova officials said Monday that Jenkins has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration.

Jenkins says on Twitter that it was a...


Ex-Loyola basketball players say Sheryl Swoopes' coaching methods behind mass transfers

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:43:00 PDT

In the summer of 2013, less than four months after beginning her first coaching job at Loyola, Sheryl Swoopes gathered her team at a campus theater to watch an ESPN documentary about her emergence as one of the best women's basketball players ever to compete, as well as her trials with finances...


Digest: Angel McCoughtry makes U.S. women's basketball Olympic team

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:25:00 PDT

Forward-guard Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream has been selected to the 12-member U.S. Olympic team, which was announced Wednesday.

McCoughtry, who starred in college at Louisville, was a member of the 2012 gold-medal winning squad as well as a member of the 2010 and 2014...


Digest: Coppin State women's basketball coach Derek Brown announces retirement after 30 seasons with school

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:52:00 PDT

Derek Brown, the winningest coach in Coppin State women's basketball history, announced his retirement after 30 years at the school. Brown coached the Eagles for the past 17 seasons and finished with an overall record of 269-237. Previously, he was an assistant coach on the men's staff for 15 years,...


Bob Knight, a man known for tossing chairs, throws support behind Donald Trump

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:34:00 PDT

Add Bob Knight, the legendary former Indiana men's basketball coach and chair-throwing enthusiast, to the list of Donald Trump supporters.

Knight is expected to be by Trump's side when the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination speaks Wednesday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis,...


Pearl Washington, New York City Playground Legend, Syracuse Star, Dies At 52

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:11:51 PDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, who went from New York City playground wonder to Big East star for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse, has died. He was 52.

Washington died Wednesday of cancer, the university said.

Washington was not particularly fast, nor could he jump particularly high. Neither...


UConn's Geno Auriemma Out Of Hospital, Back Home With Family

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:43:57 PDT

UConn coach Geno Auriemma was released from the hospital Tuesday and is at his Manchester home, resting with his family. The UConn athletics department issued a statement:

"UConn head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma returned home from the hospital on Tuesday morning. He is feeling better...


After 316 Wins At UHart, Jen Rizzotti Leaving To Coach At George Washington

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:34:18 PDT

When Jen Rizzotti accepted the job as Hartford women's basketball coach in September of 1999, she was still a kid in many ways — a UConn icon, just 25, playing in the WNBA, only four years removed from pushing the Huskies to their first national championship and herself onto the cover of Sports...


UConn's Stewart, Jefferson, Tuck Taken 1-2-3 In WNBA Draft

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:36:00 PDT

UNCASVILLE – It barely took 15 minutes for the three best players in college basketball to become the first three chosen in the WNBA draft.

That was no surprise. It seemed to make perfect sense in every way considering where they came from. And now UConn, with its four straight national championships,...


Digest: Terps' Moseley drafted 21st overall by WNBA's Indiana Fever

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:11:00 PDT

Brene Moseley of the Maryland women's basketball team was selected by the Indiana Fever with the 21st pick overall in the 2016 WNBA draft Thursday night. Moseley led the Terps in assists with 5.9 per game and led the Big Ten with an assist-turnover ratio of 2.41. The Washington Mystics selected...


Geno Auriemma Remains Hospitalized, Resting Comfortably

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:42:00 PDT

UConn coach Geno Auriemma remains hospitalized for observation after being admitted on Saturday after taking himself off a plane scheduled to depart Bradley Airport.

A university spokesman reiterated Sunday there would be no further comment on Auriemma's condition until there was something substantive...


UConn Coach Auriemma Taken To Hospital

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:28:00 PDT

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has been under the weather since securing his 11th national championship on April 5, was taken to a hospital Saturday and was "resting comfortably," the school said.

Auriemma, who returned home from Indianapolis with the Huskies on April 6, missed...


Jen Rizzotti In Negotiations With George Washington For Head Coaching Job, Sources Say

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:23:31 PDT

University of Hartford women's basketball coach Jen Rizzotti has interviewed for the job at George Washington and, according to two sources, has begun contract negotiations toward accepting.

Rizzotti, 41, a New Fairfield native, was hired at Hartford in September 1999 by former athletic director...


NCAA tournament deal with CBS, Turner extended through 2032

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:35:00 PDT

With eight years left on their deal to broadcast the NCAA tournament, CBS and Turner are tacking on another eight.

The extension announced Tuesday goes all the way through 2032. The length of the contract is not unusual for college sports these days, though with the NCAA facing legal challenges...


Lonergan gets hometown hero's welcome in Bowie

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:11:00 PDT

Bowie native and George Washington University men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan is worn out these days — and with good reason.

During the past month, Lonergan and his team went through all kinds of emotional ups and downs. He and the Colonials ultimately persevered, though, winning the National...


For Villanova, the national-championship celebration continues

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:00:00 PDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright had one more coach of the year trophy with his name on it waiting for him.

Wright's name wasn't inscribed on the hardware.

Rather, Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli had stuck a Post-it note with "Jay Wright" scrawled on it to cover his own name for Big 5 coach of...


Veterans Classic provides 'special' homecoming for Wojciechowski

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:39:00 PDT

Marquette head coach is a Severna Park native, Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Famer(image)

New men's basketball coach Ryan Odom calls UMBC a 'sleeping giant'

Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:36:00 PDT

Ryan Odom pulled a folded sheet of paper out of his black suit — talking points — and rarely needed to consult it. UMBC's new men's basketball coach knows what he wants and how to articulate that vision.

He might not have forseen the emotion that would accompany his words, though.

Roughly three...


There's Another Coach In Storrs With 11 Titles, And Chris Dailey Is Never In Background

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:18:56 PDT

As she was leading her team to a fourth national championship in a row, Breanna Stewart was continually seated under the spotlight.

The best player in college basketball was the face of the 2015-16 UConn Huskies, answering one question after another and often answering the same question multiple...


One More Honor For Breanna Stewart: Her Second Wooden Award

Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:00:00 PDT

Breanna Stewart's season of championships and personal accomplishments concluded Friday with her selection as winner of the Wooden Award for the second time.

This is the fifth time one of coach Geno Auriemma's players has won the award in 13 years. Maya Moore won it in 2009 and 2011 and Tina Charles...


Bryce Drew leaves Valparaiso, officially hired as Vanderbilt coach

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 18:37:00 PDT

Bryce Drew was asked about the difficulty of leaving Valparaiso for Vanderbilt.

"I met with our team (Tuesday) and I was crying like a baby for a lot of the time, just because of the sensational kids they have and the relationship you build over three, four years," Drew said Wednesday during an...


Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis says he'll enter NBA draft

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:50:00 PDT

The exodus of Kentucky players heading to the NBA continued on Wednesday with point guard Tyler Ulis becoming the third Wildcat in the past week to announce his intention to turn pro.

"I feel like this is my time," Ulis said during a news conference, adding that he plans to sign with an agent.


Grayson Allen to return to Duke for junior season

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:38:00 PDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke guard Grayson Allen returning to school for his junior season.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Allen's decision Wednesday.

Allen said in a statement he discussed the decision with his parents, "I had the feeling that it was right." He says he built relationships with his...


UConn's Geno Auriemma To NBA? Sporting News Report Says It's Possible

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The coaching future of UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been a source of speculation over the years.

Would the Huskies' coach, with a freshly minted 11th national title in his pocket, consider coaching a men's college team? Perhaps the WNBA? Well, how about in the NBA?

Rather than...


UConn's Morgan Tuck Officially Bound For WNBA

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:41:14 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — The confetti that fell from the ceiling of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the twine that was snipped off its rims, seemed perfect metaphors for what was happening in the moments following UConn's latest national championship.

The Huskies' 82-51 win over Syracuse Tuesday signaled...


Fans Gather To Welcome Home The Huskies

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:23:00 PDT

STORRS — Morgan Tuck capped off her career at UConn by helping her team win its fourth straight national championship and then seeing her name go up on the Huskies Wall of Honor at Gampel Pavilion.

About 1,000 fans gathered at Gampel Wednesday to celebrate UConn's 11th national title, an 82-51...


UConn Women Ring Up 11th National Title; Defeat Syracuse, 82-51

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:49:00 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — In time, future generations will want to know about the man who built the castle in the cornfield, the women's basketball program which for decades defined greatness, consistency and dedication to task.

They will look back and study his methodologies, remember the great players that...


Mount Saint Joseph grad Phil Booth helps Wildcats to national title

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 16:21:00 PDT

Phil Booth was a senior at Northeast High in Philadelphia when Villanova won its first NCAA men's basketball championship 31 years ago. He recalled celebrating when reserve sophomore guard Harold Jensen hit four late free throws to beat Georgetown, 66-64, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

On Monday...


Senior Sweep: Savor The Huskies' Big Moment

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:54:00 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — As they walked off the court together with 1:46 remaining in their final night, first hugging each other and then hugging their coach, the thought was irresistible.

Yes, this is what history looks like.

Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck and Geno Auriemma, the four locked...


Tuck Keeps Everybody Waiting: Still Won't Divulge Future Plans

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:41:00 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — Morgan Tuck said she would let the world know if she would stay at UConn for a fifth season or declare for the WNBA draft after the title game Tuesday night. ESPN asked the question, but Tuck wouldn't bite. She smiled and didn't answer.

At the request of her coaches, she didn't address...


CCSU Officially Announces Donyell Marshall As Next Men's Basketball Coach

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:05:00 PDT

Former UConn All-American Donyell Marshall is officially the head coach of the Central Connecticut State University men's basketball program, the school announced Wednesday in a press release.

Marshall signed a five-year contract to become the program's 10th head coach and will be introduced at...


Shea Ralph Has Been Living UConn Dream For 20 Years; 'It's Utopia, In Some Ways'

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 02:56:00 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — Shea Ralph joined the UConn basketball program as a prized recruit 20 years ago, when Geno Auriemma's budding dynasty was a year removed from his first national championship.

On Tuesday night, Ralph will be sitting on the UConn bench as a member of Auriemma's coaching staff as the...


Stewart's Parents Face Breanna's Future As She Moves Past Storrs

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:59:00 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday at 7 p.m., fans began flooding into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the NCAA title game between UConn and Syracuse.

It was more than 90 minutes before tip-off, but the UConn faithful were hustling into the arena. And among the early arrivals was the family of the player all those...


Villanova, North Carolina look to be in NCAA title mix again next season

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:29:00 PDT

HOUSTON — Not long after Villanova coach Jay Wright had left the court to sit at a table with a giant crystal trophy, he was still struggling to conceptualize what had just happened.

The reality was the second NCAA championship in program history, following up the 1985 upset of Georgetown three...


Villanova fan arrested for assaulting police horse during celebration of NCAA championship

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:24:00 PDT

Some Villanova basketball fans probably aren't feeling quite as festive Tuesday morning as they were the previous night.

Especially the person who decided the best way to celebrate a national championship is to assault a police horse.

Needless to say, that genius was among the six people arrested...


Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino witnesses another thriller

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:42:00 PDT

Villanova Coach Jay Wright strolled past half-snipped nets late Monday evening, feet fluttering over confetti, an arm around Rollie Massimino.

Massimino, the former Villanova coach, is no stranger to championship-game thrillers. In 1985, his Villanova team shocked Georgetown, 66-64, to win the...


Villanova's winning 3-pointer typical of national champs' unselfishness

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 04:25:00 PDT

Villanova's 1985 national championship team gathered for a reunion Monday night at NRG Stadium. Former coach Rollie Massimino grinned and waved from the stands.

The last time the Wildcats won an NCAA title 31 years ago, it took a so-called perfect game. Monday night's was almost as flawless.



Villanova recovers after blowing late lead to beat North Carolina for national title

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 23:50:00 PDT

The ball was in the air, and two teams, two coaches and 74,340 fans craned their necks to catch a glimpse.If it went in, it would be a thunderous, thrilling conclusion to one of the best college basketball games in years. For Villanova and North Carolina, the national championship hung in the balance.Villanova's...


NCAA championship: Villanova 77, North Carolina 74

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:50:00 PDT

All of the action from NRG Stadium.


UNC's Roy Williams bristles at retirement questions

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:25:21 PDT

HOUSTON — Throughout the Final Four, North Carolina coach Roy Williams has made it clear there are a few questions he does not feel like answering. Especially one.

"If I'm going to retire, I think I'll retire in the next two minutes," he said after the Tar Heels beat Syracuse on Saturday night....


Duke's Brandon Ingram declares for the NBA draft

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:16:00 PDT

Brandon Ingram did Monday what most everyone was expecting -- declared for the NBA draft after just one season at Duke.

“On one hand, one year at Duke isn't a very long time. I know that,” Ingram wrote in an article posted on the Players' Tribune that announced his intention. “But I've done a lot...