Montana State names Danny Sprinkle as new basketball coach

Basketball 04/04/19, 19:19

Former Montana State guard Danny Sprinkle will be the Bobcats' new head coach.Sprinkle, an assistant at Cal State Fullerton, replaces Brian Fish, whose contract was not renewed after Montana State went 65-92 over the past five seasons.Sprinkle graduated from Helena High School and played for the Bobcats from 1995 to ...

Final Four runs don’t mask problems in college sports

Sports 04/04/19, 16:22

One team's coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his assistants have been named in bribery scandals. Another team's coach is the most high-profile name in an athletic department scarred by its handling of a massive sex-abuse scandal.Few would argue Auburn's Bruce Pearl and ...

FINAL FOUR: 3 newcomers, one standby arrive in Minneapolis

Sports 04/04/19, 15:52

Tom Izzo certainly knows his way around the Final Four, even if the longtime Michigan State coach had never toured U.S. Bank Stadium until the Spartans arrived for practice Thursday.The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a road map.It's not just getting around that is challenging, though ...

Been there, done that: Experienced teams fill the Final Four

Sports 04/04/19, 15:01

Zion Williamson is not here. Neither is R.J. Barrett or the rest of Duke's freshmen.North Carolina's Coby White? Knocked out in the Sweet 16. So was LSU's Tremont Waters. Those Kentucky kids, all done by the Elite Eight.For the hype about college basketball's fantastic freshmen this season, none made it ...

Top 25 Podcast: Hurts brings ‘Bama process to Oklahoma

Sports 04/04/19, 14:49

Jalen Hurts is now at Oklahoma and apparently he is bringing a bit of Nick Saban's process to the Sooners.On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , George Schroeder of USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the transition from Alabama to Oklahoma for Hurts. The ...

NCAA Latest: Auburn 7% to win title? Player doubts it

Sports 04/04/19, 12:21

The Latest on the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (all times local):12:15 p.m.Auburn beat the bluest of blue blood programs on the way to the Final Four. The Tigers knocked off Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in their last three games. The last team to do that was Arizona ...

Coach Kelvin Sampson signs extension to stay with Houston

Sports 04/04/19, 11:16

Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season after helping the Cougars to their best season in 35 years.The move comes after Sampson turned around a downtrodden program and led the Cougars to their first Sweet 16 since 1984. Houston lost to Kentucky 62-58 to ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches at the Final Four

Sports 04/04/19, 02:25

The NCAA Tournament needed a little time to warm up.There were a few upsets, some close games and breakout performances, but not the usual wow factor we expect in the early rounds.Once the bracket hit the Elite Eight, the madness returned to March.FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file ...

Emmert: Court ruling reinforces NCAA athletes not employees

Sports 04/04/19, 02:06

NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge's recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees.Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men's basketball Final Four, making his first public comments ...

Morant, Williamson among finalists for John R. Wooden Award

Basketball 04/03/19, 20:20

Duke teammates RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are among the 10 players named to the John R. Wooden Award All American team, representing the top vote-getters to earn college basketball's player of the year honor.Others on the team announced Wednesday are: Brandon Clarke of Gonzaga, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Rui ...

Murray State: All-American Morant will enter the NBA draft

Basketball 04/03/19, 19:05

Murray State says that All-American guard Ja Morant will enter the NBA draft following a record-breaking season for the Racers.The school said Wednesday night on its website that Morant announced his decision at the team's arena. The athletic 6-foot-3 sophomore is projected as a lottery pick and could be chosen ...

Hokies AD: Buzz left program ‘a lot better than he found it’

Basketball 04/03/19, 16:49

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said Buzz Williams left the Hokies basketball program "a lot better than he found it" and expressed empathy for the team, which learned of Williams' decision to take the same job at Texas A&M in a meeting early Wednesday morning."They just laid it on ...

UNC freshman Coby White declares for NBA draft

Basketball 04/03/19, 16:06

North Carolina freshman Coby White is entering the NBA draft.White announced his decision on social media Wednesday, saying "this year, this school, this experience has prepared me for the next phase of my basketball journey."White averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds while helping the Tar Heels earn a ...

Little Lipscomb looks to topple Texas for NIT championship

Sports 04/03/19, 14:27

Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander walked off the Madison Square Garden court a winner in perhaps the biggest postseason win for the tiny school in program history.The Bisons stole the spotlight in New York and Alexander wanted his team to know they had the mettle necessary to cut down the nets ...

Undersized Jared Harper point man in Auburn’s Final Four run

Basketball 04/03/19, 13:50

Jared Harper might just epitomize this Auburn basketball team: overlooked, undersized and playing about as well as anybody.The Tigers' 5-foot-11 point guard has been a driving force in their surprising run to their first Final Four. He has supplied clutch plays , especially against Kentucky, blink-and-you-miss-it drives and 3-pointers.Now, Harper ...

Basketball refs using clock technology to get it right

Sports 04/03/19, 12:41

The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee's on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials.The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is used at nearly every ...

Virginia Tech AD: Buzz Williams taking Texas A&M job

Sports 04/03/19, 09:16

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock says coach Buzz Williams has accepted the same job at Texas A&M.Babcock made the announcement Wednesday and lauded Williams for making "a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech."Virginia Tech was 100-69 during those five seasons and went ...

Light-filled stadium creates complex Final Four conversion

Football 04/03/19, 01:31

The losses taken last weekend by Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Purdue pulled the curtains on their seasons, one painful game short of the Final Four. Those teams that made it to Minneapolis ? The guys from Michigan State, Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia will be greeted, literally, by giant drapes ...

Money, opportunity part of one-and-done’s winding past

Basketball 04/03/19, 01:27

Spencer Haywood set the stage, Michael Jordan made it bigger and Kevin Durant super-sized it when he helped usher in the one-and-done era. Decades after those players made their groundbreaking departures from college, March Madness and the NBA's mega-millions have taken all the novelty out of leaving early for the ...

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