• Connecticut prep star Diarra commits to UConn

    Updated: 28 min ago

    WOODSTOCK, Conn. — Mamadou Diarra was outside the school library Friday morning, making the final phone call of his recruiting process. It was to tell the coaches at Virginia Commonwealth where he would be going in 2016. Then Diarra walked in, sat down behind the microphone and donned a UConn ballcap, telling the world, “I will be attending the University of Connecticut,” as the smile spread across his face and his prep school teammates applauded. Diarra, a 6-foot-8 power forward who just graduated from Putnam Science Academy, is the Huskies’ first commitment from the Class of 2016. With Putnam Science closing, he will play as a post-grad at Woodstock Academy next season, close enough for the friends he has made in th

  • Lyons, Murray continuing hoops careers in college

    Updated: 41 min ago

    ABILENE, Texas - For the past three years, Kashus Lyons and Nick Murray have mesmerized area hoops fans with their dynamic scoring abilities. This month, the duo provided more special moments as each signed with college programs. Lyons has signed with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College of the National Christian College Athletic Association, while Murray will continue his career at Kansas Wesleyan, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program. ACHS coach Kevin Brooks said the signings were a proud moment for him and the school community. "It was huge for a school of our size," Brooks said. "Any time a kid here is able to sign somewhere is huge. For a school of our size, not too many kids, 27 seniors, that

  • Thunder again set to participate in Orlando Pro Summer League

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Thunder will play a five-game schedule in the this year’s Orlando Pro Summer League, which will run from July 4-10 . Oklahoma City will be joined by Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn, Memphis and host Orlando, which will enter two teams in the field. The Thunder opens summer league play […]

  • Rapper Lil B goes from hounding Kevin Durant to putting James Harden on notice

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    You remember Lil B? The rapper who over the past several seasons has engaged in a comical internet beef with Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a beef in which the rapper supposedly put a curse on KD? Well, he’s back. Now the rapper has sent out a warning to Houston guard James Harden that he could […]

  • SEC agenda includes graduate transfers, satellite camps

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference agenda for spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantage, either from satellite camps or graduate transfers. Coaches have grumbled about outside competitors like Penn State's James Franklin and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in the SEC's fertile recruiting territory. It's something the league doesn't allow its own coaches to do elsewhere, though that's subject to change if the SEC fails to get the practice banned. Satellite camps will be a hot topic when the retiring Slive presides over his final spring meetings next week in Destin, Florida.

  • Hurricanes' Caputo promoted to associate head coach

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami Hurricanes assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo has been promoted to associate head coach. Coach Jim Larranaga announced the promotion Friday. It follows the departure this week of assistant Eric Konkol, who was hired as Louisiana Tech's coach. Caputo is going into his fifth season with the Hurricanes and his 14th on Larranaga's staff. His primary responsibilities at Miami have included recruiting and scouting the opposition.

  • World University Games schedule for KU men's basketball team announced

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Brace yourselves for some late-night — and early-morning — basketball during the month of July. When Kansas heads to South Korea to represent the United States at the World University Games, the time difference will play a major factor in the viewing habits of fans back home. The United States men’s team will open the pool play portion of the tournament against Turkey at 10 p.m. Central time July 3, which translates to noon the next day (July 4) at Dongkang Gymnasium in Gwanju. Team USA will then play Brazil at 6:30 a.m. Central on July 5, which will be 8:30 p.m. on the same day in Korea. In all, the United States, which is in Pool D, will play five pool play games in a six-day span, with a day off on July 6

  • Best of times, worst of times for James Harden, Rockets

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    James Harden was spent. Physically. Emotionally. Strategically. As the Houston Rockets star stay slumped down on the Oracle Arena floor on Thursday night, his worst moment having come last on this night that was easily one of his best, there was a reason that the bruising, balling, old-man body of his lay still until Trevor Ariza came by to pick him up as the yellow confetti fell, USA TODAY reports.

  • Calipari promotes Tony Barbee to Wildcats assistant coach

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari has promoted Tony Barbee to assistant coach after spending last season as his special assistant with the Wildcats. The former Auburn and UTEP head coach fills the spot formerly held by Barry Rohrssen, who left last month to become associate head coach at St. John's. Barbee played for Calipari at Massachusetts and has worked either as his graduate assistant or assistant coach for nine seasons at that school and Memphis. He was also an assistant at Wyoming. Barbee said in a statement Friday that he enjoyed last season in Lexington and added, "I'm looking forward to returning to the bench as a coach. ...

  • Live from H&H Shooting Sports: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Columnist Berry Tramel will be chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Come talk about the NBA Playoffs, the OKC Thunder and anything else that may be on your mind.

  • Big 12 notebook: Will TCU still end up as a national top-8 seed?

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TCU is out of the Big 12 tournament. But are the Horned Frogs out of the mix for a postseason national seed? That was a hot topic of debate Thursday after they were eliminated after just two games in an 8-1 loss to Texas Tech. A day earlier, they were stunned by eighth-seeded Baylor. The top eight teams, as determined by the NCAA’s selection committee, earn national seeds and are assured of hosting regional and super regional tournaments. Heading into this week, TCU was ranked fourth in RPI. TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said his team should be a “slam dunk” for top-eight consideration. “We’ve earned that,” Schlossnagle said. “We earned that before we got on the bus to come here, but I don’t get a vot

  • During Baltimore riots, college coaches and ADs tried to persuade recruits to stay

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BALTIMORE — The riots that gripped the city late last month were taking place just a few blocks away when Coppin State men’s basketball player Christian Kessee received a phone call from his mother. “She wanted to know how quickly I could get to the airport,” the junior guard said. Kessee said that he and his teammates stayed together on campus and vowed to “take care of each other and ride it out together,” but despite attempts by coach Michael Grant to reassure members of Coppin’s eight-player recruiting class, some future teammates made a different decision. “The parents were very, very concerned,” said Grant, whose team went 8-23 in his first season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.

  • Wildcats' non-conference schedule includes champion Duke

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will face defending champion Duke and host in-state rival Louisville in a challenging non-conference schedule including road games at UCLA and Kansas. The Wildcats will also host Arizona State (Dec. 12) and meet Ohio State on Dec. 19 in Brooklyn, New York, in the non-league schedule released Thursday. They open at home Nov. 13-14 against Albany and NJIT respectively before meeting the champion Blue Devils on Nov. 17 in Chicago. Kentucky follows with home games against Wright State, Boston and Illinois State sandwiched around a Nov. 27 meeting in Miami against South Florida, which is coached by former Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua. The Wildcats face UCLA on Dec. 3 and will host Eastern Ken

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • AHS basketball team is Special Olympics Texas-bound

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ABILENE, Texas - For the eight Abilene High basketball players, and the coaches and special education teachers, headed to Arlington for the Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, it’s all about the shoes. Many of them chose to wear their new sneakers, featuring bright green and orange colors, to the team’s sending-off ceremony held Thursday morning in front of the school despite the cold, rainy weather. But not only are the shoes impressive-looking, they’re also a symbol of the team’s impressive journey. “They’ve worked so hard learning plays and having fun,” said Phyllis Grubb, head coach of the team and a paraprofessional for the Abilene Independent School District. “We’re all so proud of them. They pl

  • Former Lady Norse standout Lewis nominated for Indiana honor

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MIAMI — Former Northeastern A&M Lady Norse basketball player Anissa Lewis has been nominated to the Silver Anniversary Team for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Lewis, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, helped guide coach Randy Gipson’s 1991-92 and 1992-93 Lady Norse teams to consecutive appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Division 1 National Tournament in Tyler, Texas. During her freshman season, 1991-92, Lewis helped NEO finish 30-5 on the season and third in the nation. She ranked third on the team in scoring with an 8.8 average on 274 total points. With 114 offensive and 116 defensive rebounds, Lewis led NEO with an 8.9 rebounding average. She also recorded 40 assists, 29 steals an