• BRIEF: Kansas State women promote Jacie Hoyt-Capra to assistant basketball coach

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    MANHATTAN – Jacie Hoyt-Capra is the newest assistant coach for the Kansas State women’s basketball team. Hoty-Capra, a Hoxie native who played at Wichita State, was promoted to the position Thursday. She was serving as the team’s coordinator of recruiting operations under Jeff Mittie. Mittie hired Hoyt-Capra last year following a three-year stint as a Nevada assistant under former Wichita State coach Jane Albright. Hoyt-Capra had a distinguished high school career before playing at Wichita State. She was a three-time all-class performer in volleyball and basketball at Hoxie High. As a senior, she averaged 28.4 points. The Wildcats are coming off a 19-14 season in which they qualified for the WNIT. Reac

  • SMU guard Moore to join Kansas for World University Games

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — SMU guard Nic Moore will join the Kansas basketball program to represent the U.S. as the World University Games in South Korea later this summer. The Jayhawks are unable to include Svi Mykhailiuk on their roster because he is from Ukraine, and fellow guard Brannen Greene recently had hip surgery. So with a depleted backcourt, coach Bill Self reached out to his former mentor Larry Brown for help. Brown, now the coach at SMU, said Moore would love to play. The reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists last year. Part of the reason Moore makes sense is SMU runs a system similar to Kansas, making it easier to incorporate him into the roster.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook named All-NBA second team

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook recently completed the best season of his career, finishing fourth place in MVP voting. But his statistically dominant year wasn’t enough to earn him All-NBA First Team honors. For the fourth time in his career, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Stephen Curry and James Harden — the duo who finished 1-2 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with Ryan Aber

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It's Day 2 of the Big 12 baseball tournament in Tulsa and Ryan Aber is there to provide coverage off the Cowboys' and Sooners' games. Log on at 11 a.m. to talk all things Big 12 baseball, OU football and OU basketball with Ryan.

  • Local hoops shooter joins York College

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Warrensburg – Stellar shooting sent another Warrensburg Tigers basketballer on to college Monday. Wearing a hefty grin, Maurice Ingram, Jr., penned his intent to join the York College Panthers in the fall. “I was just a little kid who dreamed of playing college basketball.” Ingram, Jr. said. “Most people’s careers end here, but (I) got blessed with the opportunity.” Ingram, Jr., finished sixth on the Tigers in scoring at 3.5 points per game and scored a career-high 13 points in a 63-56 win against St. Pius X on Jan. 5. Warrensburg coach Chris Nimmo said Ingram, Jr., struggled finding a role until later in his career.

  • BOYS HOOPS: Alamogordo's Josey Mills signs with Western New Mexico

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Alamogordo High School senior Josey Mills signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Western New Mexico University in front of friends, family and coaches Wednesday afternoon at the AHS athletic office. The WNMU Mustangs compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and at the NCAA Division II level. Silver City is located 186 miles west of Alamogordo. The Mustangs got to compete against Division I programs in New Mexico State University, Grand Canyon University and the University of New Mexico this past season. Former AHS Tiger Eric Schalk played for the Mustangs during the 2013-2014 season scoring 20 points in 18 games. Mills liked the campus and feels he can help their team.

  • Sam Mellinger: Around Kansas, a strong distaste about resuming Border War with Missouri

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    This time, the questions are natural. They are needed. They are coming in the wake of Missouri hiring a new athletic director. His name is Mack Rhoades, and he is friendly with Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, which is a big change from the last Missouri athletic director. That was Mike Alden, and even he knows his name is something like a curse word around Lawrence, Kan. When Alden retired recently, he mentioned more than a few times that he hoped the Border War rivalry could be renewed, a nod to the understanding from all sides that the way he led Mizzou’s departure from the Big 12 left many at KU feeling misled, or worse.

  • New Mexico State AD talks conference membership following Sun Belt meetings

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> New Mexico State Athletics Director Mario Moccia is on his way back to Las Cruces on Wednesday after several weeks on the road. Among his travels were recent conference meetings for the Western Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. Though Moccia would not go into specifics regarding the future conference affiliation of the local university, it was obvious at the Sun Belt Conference meetings over the weekend in Montgomery, Ala., that New Mexico State joining the league as an all-sports member at some point remains a topic of discussion outside of Las Cruces. "We have another year and then (the Sun Belt) is going to analyze our membership," said Moccia, referring to the school's four-year agreemen

  • Mizzou hires Wren Baker as deputy director of athletics for external relations

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Missouri announced Wednesday that Wren Baker has been hired as the deputy director of athletics for external relations. Baker, 36, joins new athletic director Mack Rhoades’ staff from Memphis and replaces former deputy athletic director Doug Gillin, who became the Appalachian State athletic director in April. “We are very excited Wren is becoming a member of our team,” Rhoades said in a statement. “He is regarded as one of the up-and-coming administrators in the nation and has established an impressive track record of success at every stop of his career path. “Throughout his career, Wren has demonstrated terrific work ethic, the ability to genuinely connect with people and uncompromising integrity.

  • BRIEF: Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider makes three staff additions

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    One week after hiring his final assistant, new Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider officially announced three more additions to his staff. Andy Majors, an assistant under Schneider at Stephen F. Austin and Emporia State, will join the KU program as the director of player development. Donease Smith, who spent the last six years at Memphis, will assume the role of director of basketball operations. And Natalie Knight, a former Kansas player and Olathe South standout, will remain with the program as a graduate student manager. Majors, a graduate of Shawnee Mission West, is a former quarterback at Pittsburg State, while Smith, a graduate of Central Missouri, also worked in the WNBA during a long career that includ

  • BRIEF: Kansas basketball program earns NCAA academic award for eighth straight year

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Kansas men’s basketball program earned a public recognition award for academic performance for the eighth straight year, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The honor — officially titled the NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award — is awarded to programs that achieve Academic Progress Rate success in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs. Just six men’s basketball programs have earned as many or more public recognition awards than Kansas’ eight — and none of those schools resides in an NCAA power five conference. The list includes academic heavyweights Belmont (10), Davidson (10), Holy Cross (10), Bucknell (9), Elon (8) and Penn (8).

  • Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday. Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy. "We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said in a press release Wednesday. "He is a great young man who understands what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level. Matt's versatility and playmaking ability on the perimeter, along with being a highly competitive player, make him a great fit for our program." Mooney averaged 6.9 points this past season as Air Force went 14-17.

  • Teddy Greenstein: Big Ten seeking ways to emphasize academics in college sports

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Commissioner Jim Delany emerged from three days of Big Ten meetings in Rosemont, Ill. with a mandate for widespread change. “It’s a time of tumult,” Delany said Wednesday. “And a time of opportunity.” And, as always, a time for healthy skepticism. It’s one thing to talk about a renewed emphasis on academics, as Delany and Big Ten athletic directors have done. But can anything be enacted to encourage schools to emphasize midterms over jump shots? Same goes for the time demands on college athletes. Everyone agrees they should have the opportunity to study abroad, take internships and enjoy a more well-rounded college experience. But can legislation help achieve that? “It requires a deep dive,”

  • Minnesota adds Texas prep star Murphy to recruiting class

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has added San Antonio prep star Jordan Murphy to its 2015 recruiting class. Golden Gophers coach Richard Pitino announced the addition Wednesday. Murphy is a 6-foot-7 forward and averaged 23.6 points and 10.5 rebounds for Brennan High School. He was named most valuable player in his district and is the sixth player to join the Gophers class. Murphy originally committed to Virginia Commonwealth. But he reopened his recruitment after coach Shaka Smart left the school for Texas. Indiana and Boston College were among the other schools Murphy was considering. The Gophers have one spot left in their class.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones enters offseason facing unknown future

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Jones still has one year left on his relatively cheap rookie deal. Despite what would expectedly be a small role, Jones wouldn’t be eating up much cap space. But he would be taking up a roster spot. And that’s a bigger deal.

  • Kentucky's Calipari signs 1-year contract extension to 2022

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 that will pay him a total of $54 million. The contract was signed on May 13 and a copy was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through an open records request. It replaces the $52.5 million, seven-year agreement he signed last June. Calipari's latest contract extension follows Tuesday's announcement that he wasn't interested in the coaching vacancy with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans or any other job, adding that he's happy at Kentucky.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones' season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Following a flood of injuries, Perry Jones burst out for a fantastic five-game stretch to start the season. Then he got hurt. And upon return, he never really got much of an opportunity and didn’t perform when given the occasional look.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Perry Jones' 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Perry Jones had a bit more opportunity in his third NBA season, getting some brief spurts in the starting lineup due to the Thunder’s injury issues. But it didn’t prove to be all that more productive than his first two.

  • Wake Forest reinstates G Jones from offseason suspension

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has reinstated Madison Jones from an offseason suspension from all basketball-related activities. Coach Danny Manning suspended the rising senior in March. He didn't specify a reason then, saying that Jones "needs to make better decisions and earn his way back." Manning issued a statement Wednesday lifting the suspension, saying the guard has "made great strides." Jones started six of 32 games played during his junior season, averaging 4.7 points, 3.0 assists and 21 minutes.