• Scheduling rival service academies a priority for Air Force

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    It was a neutral site tennis match played on the West Coast. Yet it was the most exciting day of the season for Air Force's Grant Taylor. That's what happens when service academies play each other. "When we get to play Army, it's all out," said Taylor, who won at No. 1 singles on March 15 in a match won 4-3 by the Falcons over the Black Knights. "Honestly, it's the team I look most forward to playing every year. Just the fire going out there, having some trash talk going between the teams, it's just a great experience. Especially when you win." Ask any intercollegiate athlete at Air Force which rival it would most like to defeat and the answer is most likely going to be either Army or Navy or both.

  • Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg released from hospital

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has been released from the hospital, less than a week after open-heart surgery. Hoiberg tweeted a picture of himself being wheeled out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on Thursday with the caption "it's been real...thanks for everything!" Hoiberg had surgery last week to replace his aortic valve. He's expected to need 4-6 weeks to recover. Hoiberg retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season following heart issues. He just completed his fifth season at Iowa State.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Will he stay or will he go pro? OU's Buddy Hield to announce decision on Friday morning

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Hield, the Big 12 Player of the Year last season as he led Oklahoma to the Sweet 16, will announce at a press conference whether he’ll return to OU or skip his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.

  • Johnson becomes third Arizona player to declare early

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona forward Stanley Johnson is leaving Arizona after one season to declare for the NBA draft. The athletic 6-foot-7 Johnson was one of the nation's top incoming freshmen and lived up to the billing, leading the Wildcats with 13.8 points per game and averaging 6.5 rebounds. He was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and helped lead Arizona to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Johnson was one of two freshmen in the major college basketball conferences to average at least 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, with Duke's Jahlil Okafor. He is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Johnson follows teammates Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Ollie reportedly withdraws himself from consideration for the Thunder coaching job

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Recently, Ollie released a statement that said he wasn’t pursuing any other opportunities. He’s entering the second year of a five-year deal. His contract buyout is $5 million, but drops to $4 million after June 1.

  • WNBA player Brittney Griner, fiancee arrested after fight, five years after Griner's infamous punch in Lubbock

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Five years after she threw a punch in Lubbock that was watched more than a million times on YouTube, Brittney Griner got in another fight Wednesday night and ended up in jail. Griner, a former Baylor center and current star of the defending champion WNBA Phoenix Mercury, was arrested along with her fiancee, Glory Johnson, on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. Officers arrested Griner and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, after a fight between the couple turned physical at their home in suburban Phoenix, Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told The Associated Press. No weapons were involved, and neither woman required hospital care for their minor injuries, Kutis said. They were released around 4 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A new coach could stimulate progress for Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The surest bet for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook staying in OKC is the new coach taking over and making the Thunder better.

  • Mullin signs 3 transfers for St. John's

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin, the coach at St. John's for less than a month, signed three transfers Thursday, two of whom will be eligible right away. Darien Williams, 6-foot-8 forward, played one season at Iowa Western Community College then sat out last season at City College of San Francisco while recovering from shoulder surgery. Ron Mvouika, a 6-6 native of France, is a graduate transfer from Missouri State who was limited to two games last season by injuries. They will be both eligible immediately for the Red Storm, who lost five seniors from last season's team that went 21-12 and played in the NCAA Tournament under coach Steve Lavin. He mutually parted ways with St. John's in March after five seasons.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Some wanted Scott Brooks fired. Others consider it an outrage.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Some in the pro-Brooks crowd took it personal. Who knew that some looked upon Brooks as they look upon the players? Who knew that a big chunk of Oklahomans consider Brooks to be like their son, and that to fire him, on 89er Day, no less, was more than unjustified, it was an outrage.

  • Michigan State basketball plans trip to Italy

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's basketball team will travel to Italy from Aug. 21-Sept. 1 with games scheduled against international teams. The school announced the trip Thursday, and it is expected to include stops in Rome, Florence, Maranello, Verona, Trieste and Venice. The Spartans will play a game in Florence on Aug. 25, then participate in a three-game tournament in Trieste from Aug. 28-30 against senior men's national teams from Italy, Russia and Georgia. Coach Tom Izzo says the trip will be an "excellent early measuring stick" for the team and a good bonding experience. Michigan State reached the Final Four last season for the seventh time under Izzo, who led the Spartans to the 2000 national champ

  • Majerus Foundation giving $1M to Marquette for scholarship

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The family foundation named after the late former Marquette coach Rick Majerus has given a $1 million gift to the university to create an endowed scholarship in his name. Marquette said the money will help first-generation students who demonstrate financial need pay for tuition in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is the largest scholarship gift in the school's history. Majerus died in December 2012. Also a graduate of Marquette with a history degree, Majerus spent 15 years as an assistant and head coach for the Golden Eagles. He was among the first members of his family to attend college. Majerus won 517 career games in a 25-year head coaching career. He took Utah to the NCAA title game in 1998, l

  • Drexel’s Damion Lee transferring to Louisville

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Damion Lee, who had decided to transfer after playing three seasons at Drexel, will complete his final year of college basketball eligibility at Louisville. On Lee’s Twitter account, there is a photo of Lee in a Louisville jersey with the words, “Louisville First Cards Forever.” The 6-foot-6 Lee, who was unavailable for comment, also mentioned on his Twitter page that he chose Louisville over Arizona, Gonzaga, Marquette and Maryland. He will be eligible immediately and enroll at graduate school at Louisville after earning his undergraduate degree in general humanities social science at Drexel in June. This past season Lee finished fourth in the nation in scoring for the Dragons, averaging 21.4 points per gam

  • Arkansas signs power forward Kapita

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says the school has signed prep power forward Ted Kapita, a much-needed addition following the early departures of forwards Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls. The 6-foot-9 Kapita played last season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, though he missed much of the season with a hip injury. Kapita averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game during his junior season in Florida, where the native of Congo burst on the recruiting scene with a 36-point, 18-rebound effort while playing for Pan Africa against the U.S. in the Nike Global Challenge. Kapita is the second signee in this recruiting class for the Razorbacks, joining Missouri guard Jimmy Whitt. Arkansas was 2

  • Arkansas announces 2-year extension for Dykes

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has announced a two-year contract extension for women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes, keeping the former ESPN analyst at the school through 2020. Dykes led the Razorbacks to an 18-14 record in his first season, helping them reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. Arkansas won its opening tournament game over Northwestern before losing to Baylor in the second round. Dykes returned to coaching for the first time in more than 20 years when he was hired last year by the Razorbacks. He was originally signed to a four-year contract with an annual salary of $250,000, but athletic director Jeff Long worked quickly to extend that deal after Arkansas' success this season.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who is your guess to be the next Thunder coach?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder […]

  • Tyrone Wallace to stay at Cal for senior season

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California guard Tyrone Wallace will return for his senior season instead of entering the NBA draft. Wallace announced his decision to stay at Cal on Thursday after talking with family, coaches and teammates. Wallace says he wants to earn his degree and is excited about what coach Cuonzo Martin is building. Wallace was a first-team All-Pac-12 pick this season when he averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He was the only player to rank in the top five in the conference in all three categories. Cal also announced that former Louisville assistant Wyking Jones has been hired for a spot on Martin's staff.

  • Ollie, agent reiterate coach’s desire to stay at UConn

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Kevin Ollie has no intention of leaving UConn. A day after the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder fired their coach, Ollie, who had been considered by many the No. 1 candidate, reiterated his desire to stay in Storrs, Conn. “Everybody has their sources,” Ollie said Thursday via Twitter, “but this is the only source I need. (hashtag)FamilyFirstAlways. (hashtag)UConnluv.” And he included an instagram photo of the Bible. That was Ollie’s way of chiding the media’s use of unnamed sources to link him to the Thunder job. An hour later, CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein reported that Ollie removed himself from consideration, citing a source. Bill Neff, Ollie’s agent, told The Courant via email: “Was there ever a consi

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan the betting favorite to get Thunder coaching job

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Is Billy Donovan the favorite to get the Thunder job? Bovada.lv says so. The online sports betting service has the University of Florida coach listed as an 11-to-10 favorite to replace Scott Brooks as Thunder coach. Donovan is one of seven candidates on Bovada’s initial list. Kevin Ollie has the second-best odds at 9/4, but […]

  • Kentucky coach Calipari says Poythress expected to return

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    After formally becoming the only two-time winner of the Adolph Rupp Cup (symbolizing The Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky’s national Coach of the Year), Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke optimistically about next season. For starters, Calipari said Thursday that Alex Poythress is likely to return to Kentucky for his senior season in 2015-16. “We’ve talked,” Calipari said. “I think he’s wanting to come back. So I think he’ll be fine.” Poythress’ return to pre-season practices will not be delayed because of the anterior cruciate ligament he tore in mid-December and had surgically repaired, Calipari said. The UK coach spoke excitedly about what Poythress and other returnees can do.

  • Blackmon Jr. decides to return for another year at Indiana

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. has decided not to enter the NBA draft this season. The 6-foot-4 Indiana native finished second on team in scoring last season with 15.7 points and was one of the Big Ten's highest scoring freshmen. The return of Blackmon, the earlier decision of 6-foot-7 forward Troy Williams to return next season and the recent signing of 6-foot-11 prep star Thomas Bryant gives the Hoosiers a solid core group of players for next season. Indiana is still waiting on the decision of junior guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, the Hoosiers' top scorer last season at 16.3 points. He is scheduled to make that announcement Saturday in his hometown of Indianapolis.