John Beilein brought success, pride to Michigan

Sports 05/13/19, 17:08

John Beilein called it a heck of a ride.That felt like a typical understatement from Michigan's outgoing coach.Beyond all the wins, the conference titles and the NCAA Tournament runs, Beilein's basketball team became an embodiment of the way so many Michigan fans like to feel about their athletic programs. Successful ...

Mississippi casinos win more as sports betting boost extends

Sports 04/30/19, 18:01

Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the second-highest monthly amount ever in March, boosted by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament.Although casinos in other parts of Mississippi remain beset by increasing competition, they too have been showing strength since the advent of sports betting.Figures released this month show gamblers ...

Likely NBA top pick Zion Williamson referenced at NCAA trial

Sports 04/25/19, 14:48

The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help recruiting him.The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before entering the draft scheduled for ...

Wade bonus forfeiture, Woodward $8M deal before LSU board

Sports 04/25/19, 10:31

LSU coach Will Wade will forfeit $250,000 in incentive bonuses and new athletic director Scott Woodward will receive a six-year, $8 million pay package under contracts recommended for approval by the university's board of supervisors.Wade is paid about $2.5 million annually and his contract includes a $50,000 bonus for winning ...

Writings on gender issues magnify scrutiny of Trump Fed pick

Politics 04/23/19, 18:15

Additional provocative commentaries about women written by Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve board, emerged Tuesday, April 23, a day after a second White House Fed choice withdrew from consideration. In a column for the Washington Times, Moore wrote in 2000, "Colleges are places for rabble-rousing. For ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Auburn, coach Bruce Pearl agree to new 5-year contract

Basketball 04/12/19, 18:40

Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract.The deal announced Friday runs through the 2023-24 season. Auburn didn't release terms.Pearl led the Tigers to their first Final Four and a Southeastern Conference Tournament title last season, turning around a program that went 15 years without ...

March Madness leads to gladness for New Jersey sports books

Sports 04/12/19, 14:51

A blizzard of bets from college basketball fans in March helped New Jersey to its second-highest monthly sports betting total, as March Madness translated into March Gladness for sports books.More than $372 million in sports bets were made in the state last month. That brings New Jersey's total since sports ...

Nevada quickly hires Alford to replace Musselman

Basketball 04/11/19, 20:39

Nevada moved quickly to replace one big-name coach with another.Nevada hired former UCLA coach Steve Alford on Thursday, four days after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas.Alford is expected to be introduced at a Friday news conference"There is no better coach than Steve Alford to continue the rise of Nevada basketball ...

RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after 1 season at Duke

Sports 04/10/19, 11:43

RJ Barrett is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.Barrett announced his decision Wednesday in a video posted on social media . He said playing at Duke is a dream but added that "it's also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great ...

Beal averages 25-5-5 for season, Wiz lose 116-10 to Celtics

Basketball 04/09/19, 20:34

Bradley Beal became the first player in Washington Wizards franchise history to average at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for a season, reaching the numbers he needed in a 116-110 loss to the playoff-bound Boston Celtics in a finale Tuesday night that was meaningless to both clubs.Eliminated ...

Michigan trio declaring for NBA draft, but can still return

Basketball 04/09/19, 16:59

Michigan's Charles Matthews, Iggy Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole are declaring for the NBA draft, although they can still come back to the Wolverines.The school announced Tuesday that the three players intend to sign with agents, but under new NCAA rules, they are allowed to have agents during the evaluation process ...

NCAA title game, tournament see increases over last year

Basketball 04/09/19, 15:50

An average of 19.6 million people watched as Virginia beat Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament championship game, an increase of 23% over last year.The audience peaked at 23.5 million during overtime Monday night, according to Nielsen and CBS.Last year's championship game between Villanova and Michigan averaged 16.5 million on ...

St John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ‘personal loss’

Sports 04/09/19, 15:38

Chris Mullin "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's on Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss."Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying the team "progressed well." He noted Mullin's "contributions" and "deep passion for this program," but did not detail any reason for ...

Federal probe, Virginia’s reign top 2019-20 storylines

Sports 04/09/19, 13:01

Virginia's redemption is complete.The Cavaliers won the program's first national championship by beating Texas Tech in overtime on Monday night. That sends the Cavaliers into the offseason and the 2019-20 season as a champion trying to stay on top — much more desirable than its position last year, recovering from ...

UCLA hires Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin as basketball coach

Sports 04/09/19, 12:08

Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday, ending a months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford.The university says Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal.He had a 296-146 record at his alma mater Cincinnati over 16 seasons and led the Bearcats to the ...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington to enter NBA draft, hire agent

Basketball 04/09/19, 10:32

Kentucky forward PJ Washington will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent, ending his collegiate career after leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore.The 6-foot-8 Dallas native averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while leading second-seeded Kentucky (30-7) to the NCAA Tournament Midwest ...

A way-too-early poll for the 2019-20 college hoops season

Sports 04/09/19, 09:11

Virginia pulled off one of the great redemption stories in NCAA Tournament history, winning its first national title a year after losing to a No. 16 seed in the first round.The bad news: it's seven months until the next season.The confetti is still being swept up in Minnesota, but it's ...

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