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 ...

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 ...

Texas Tech goes through lot of changes with new coaches

Football 04/13/19, 19:42

Texas Tech players have been through a lot of changes with their new coaching staff."Different way to lift, brand new defense, a little bit different offense, new accountability, new things off the field, all that kind of stuff," head coach Matt Wells said. "I commend our players, I do. I ...

Virginia fans turn out to celebrate NCAA hoops title

Basketball 04/13/19, 16:38

Thousands of fans turned out Saturday to celebrate Virginia's first national championship in basketball.The crowd, estimated at 21,000 on the school's Twitter account, filled one side of Scott Stadium five days after the Cavaliers beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime to win the title."This is more than we expected," coach ...

Duke’s Barrett wins guard honor at College Basketball Awards

Basketball 04/12/19, 19:19

RJ Barrett of Duke has won the Jerry West Award as the nation's top shooting guard at the College Basketball Awards.He was presented with the trophy Friday night by its namesake West during the nationally televised show in Los Angeles.Barrett beat out Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, ...

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 ...

Kentucky’s Herro enters NBA Draft to consider his prospects

Sports 04/12/19, 11:05

Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent but leave open the possibility of returning to school.Herro is the third Wildcats underclassman to enter the draft, joining forward PJ Washington and guard Keldon Johnson. The 6-foot-5 player from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says in a ...

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 ...

Duke’s Cam Reddish turns pro, hires agent

Sports 04/11/19, 17:30

Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft.Reddish announced his decision on his verified Instagram page Thursday, one day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft. School spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Reddish has hired an agent.Reddish averaged 13.5 points and hit ...

Woman who alleged rape by ex-MSU players speaks publicly

Sports 04/11/19, 14:21

A Michigan State University student who sued the school after alleging three former men's basketball players gang-raped her in 2015 said at a news conference Thursday that she wants to encourage other "silent survivors" of sexual assault to tell their stories.Bailey Kowalski, 22, who will graduate in May with a ...

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