‘From the heart’: Mullin’s decision to leave St. John’s

Sports 04/22/19, 14:13

Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's.He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s."It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight ...

Michigan State’s Winston staying in school, Ward leaving

Basketball 04/19/19, 16:08

Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is returning for his senior year and Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career.The school announced the decisions Friday.Winston, the Big Ten player of the year, averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior and broke ...

Iowa’s Megan Gustafson wins Honda award for basketball

Sports 04/19/19, 15:28

Megan Gustafson of Iowa has won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman in college basketball.Gustafson led Division I women's basketball with an average of 28 points this season. She owns Iowa records for most career points (2,804) and rebounds (1,460).The 6-foot-3 center from Port Wing, Wisconsin, had 33 ...

St. John’s hires Mike Anderson as basketball coach

Sports 04/19/19, 12:17

Mike Anderson is getting another chance at St. John's.Anderson was hired as Red Storm coach on Friday after he was fired by Arkansas last month. He also had head coaching stints at Missouri and UAB before leading the Razorbacks to five postseason appearances and a 169-102 record in eight seasons."Coach ...

NCAA rejects mandatory 2-year commitment to grad transfers

Sports 04/19/19, 12:16

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by ...

UNC’s Hatchell resigns after findings from program review

Sports 04/19/19, 00:12

North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell resigned Thursday after an external review found she had made "racially insensitive" comments and applied "undue influence" regarding players' ability to compete through medical issues.The school issued a release late Thursday announcing the Hall of Famer's resignation and findings from the review by ...

Texas Tech’s Culver declares for NBA draft after 2 seasons

Sports 04/18/19, 15:38

Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history.Culver made the announcement Thursday, 10 days after the Red Raiders finished their season with an overtime loss ...

Diakite becomes fourth Virginia player to pursue NBA dream

Sports 04/17/19, 17:59

Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.Diakite made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page. He's the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.The 6-foot-9 ...

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo signs star guard Mark Watts

Sports 04/17/19, 12:34

Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark "Rocket" Watts.The school announced Wednesday it received a letter of intent from Watts, who attends SPIRE Academy in Ohio and is from Detroit. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall in Tom Izzo's recruiting class.Watts is ranked No. 32 and Hall is No. 55 ...

Barnes says buyout likely kept him from taking UCLA job

Sports 04/16/19, 18:23

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be settling in as UCLA's coach right about now if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down.Barnes' contract requires Tennessee to receive approximately $5 million if he leaves for another job with five years remaining on his deal.An agreement couldn't be worked out. Tennessee announced ...

Kentucky guard Tyler Herro will remain in NBA draft

Basketball 04/16/19, 16:23

Kentucky guard Tyler Herro says he plans to remain in the NBA draft after initially leaving open the possibility of returning to school.The 6-foot-5 freshman announced his decision in a news release Tuesday. Last week, he said he would enter the draft and hire an NCAA-certified agent but didn't commit ...

Virginia’s Guy entering NBA draft, could return to school

Basketball 04/16/19, 15:22

Virginia scoring leader Kyle Guy says he is entering the NBA draft. The junior guard announced his plans on Instagram Tuesday, adding he is leaving open the option of returning to school. Guy was named the most outstanding player in this year's Final Four and is the third member of the national ...

To slow flow of grad transfers, NCAA could constrain schools

Football 04/16/19, 13:38

Football and basketball coaches may less likely to add graduate transfers to their teams under a change being considered by the NCAA.The NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote by Friday on an amendment that would require a grad transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two ...

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sets a viewership record for HBO

Sports 04/16/19, 13:38

HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.The Nielsen company said 17.4 million people watched the Sunday opener to the show's final season, either live on the ...

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Sports 04/15/19, 17:04

Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy ...

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome declare for NBA draft

Basketball 04/15/19, 16:08

Virginia guards De'Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome say they are forgoing their final year of eligibility to make themselves available for the NBA draft.Both made the announcements Monday on Instagram, and their decisions were confirmed by Virginia.Hunter, a 6-7 redshirt sophomore, was the national champions' second-leading scorer (15.2 points per ...

Cincinnati stays in its backyard for next basketball coach

Basketball 04/15/19, 15:47

John Brannen played pick-up games at Cincinnati's on-campus arena when he was growing up and vividly recalls watching Kenyon Martin dunk over another player. He's coached — and lost — with visiting teams at the same arena.The local guy is now in charge of the home team.The Bearcats decided to ...

Harper: ‘Women’s basketball needs Tennessee back in there’

Basketball 04/15/19, 14:46

New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper believes it would be good for women's basketball in general to have the Lady Vols competing for titles again.How long that might take depends on how soon Tennessee can improve under Harper, a point guard for three straight Lady Vols national championship teams from 1996-98."Our ...

Virginia guard Ty Jerome declares for NBA draft

Basketball 04/15/19, 13:29

Virginia guard Ty Jerome says he is forgoing his final year of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.Jerome made the announcement Monday on his Instagram page. He says he made the decision after talking with his family and the Virginia coaching staff.The 6-foor-5 junior was the starting ...

LSU reinstates Wade after meeting over recruiting questions

Basketball 04/14/19, 19:46

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says the university is reinstating recently suspended basketball coach Will WadeAlleva says that during a meeting Friday with LSU and NCAA officials, Wade "answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting."Alleva says "Wade's explanations ...

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