• BRIEF: Air Force coach spends emotional time with family of cancer victim Lauren Hill

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than $2 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The couple also traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a fundraiser put on by Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger. The part of the weekend that had the most impact on Pilipovich was sharing a table at Vitale’s event with the parents of Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball player who saw action this past season as she battled an inoperable brain tumor. Hill, 19, died on April 10. “It was pretty emotional, being with her parents when they showed a tribute video,” said Pilipovich, a father of two. “They

  • Mississippi's Coleby leaving men's basketball program

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Dwight Coleby is leaving the basketball program, creating a sizable hole in the Rebels' frontcourt rotation. The school confirmed Wednesday that Coleby has asked for his release. The 6-foot-9 forward played in all 34 games last season as a sophomore, starting three. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Coleby's role was expected to increase next season after the loss of seniors Aaron Jones and M.J. Rhett. He shot 53.2 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the free throw while blocking nearly a shot per game. Ole Miss recently added transfer forward Tomasz Gielo, who might help absorb the loss of Coleby. Gielo averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds last season

  • Report: Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks passing on interviews, likely sitting out next season

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    According to a report from Yahoo.com, Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California, sources said. After missing the playoffs because of a bevy of injuries this year, Oklahoma City fired Brooks in April. Billy Donovan was hired in May to take over as the Thunder's head man.

  • Florida State to face national champ UConn at Mohegan Sun

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Three-time defending national champion UConn will face Florida State in December in the second Women's Holiday Showcase game, put on by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The game will be played Friday, Dec. 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The arena, which is the home of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, is about 30 miles south of the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. UConn is coming off a 39-1 season and the program's 10th national title. Florida State finished 32-5 after losing by six points in the regional finals to South Carolina.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with John Helsley

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Big 12 baseball tournament kicks off today in Tulsa. Come talk about the Cowboys and Sooners with college baseball writer John Helsley. He'll also be talking all things Oklahoma State football and basketball. Join him at 11 a.m.

  • Mizzou adds Indiana guard to backcourt

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. • Wednesday is the final day for basketball recruits to sign national letters of intent during the spring signing period, and Missouri beat the deadline with a signature. On Tuesday, the Tigers officially announced the signing of K.J. Walton, a 6-3 shooting guard from Brownsburg, Ind., who committed to the Tigers earlier this month while in Columbia on his official recruiting visit. Walton, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, chose Missouri over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Xavier. He’s rated the No. 103 player in the 2015 class by Rivals.com. He averaged 19.7 points and five rebounds a game as a senior playing for Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch. “He’s a driver, creator and very good at ge

  • Latest signee Tevin Mack viewed as shot in arm for Longhorns' offense

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Texas men's basketball team badly needed another explosive scorer, no matter who's coaching on the sideline. Shaka Smart thought Tevin Mack was good enough to play at Virginia Commonwealth. Now, the 6-foot-6-inch forward is following Smart to Austin. The Columbia, S.C., native announced Tuesday that he'll be a Longhorn this fall. "I heard reports he was going to leave, and I didn't think too much of it because I hear he's going to leave every year," Mack said after a lightning-quick announcement ceremony by recruiting standards. Smart's first signee plans to enroll in summer school and will be on campus in June. "I didn't really believe it at first," Mack added, "but once I got released, he told me he wanted me to c

  • Shortening college basketball's shot clock could have big impact on Air Force

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    It's only five seconds, but it could set Air Force basketball back years. Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich is understandably opposed to a proposed rules change in college basketball to take the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. Air Force runs a variety of the Princeton offense that relies on time to run complicated motion until the defense loses track of someone. It needs every second it can get. To lose five, which Pilipovich believes is a mere formality after the proposal cleared the rules committee, is a big deal. "Was I in favor of it? No. I'm always one that if it's not broke, let's don't fix it," Pilipovich said. "And I didn't think it was broke." "I think people are saying that it's a slower game and it's not as ent

  • Lakers’ lucky number comes up in the NBA lottery: No. 2 draft pick

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    NEW YORK — The agony subsided after many, many months of it. Something finally went right for the Lakers after their worst season ever. They hung on to the pick they could have lost because of the Steve Nash trade and doubled down by jumping from No. 4 to No. 2 in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday. The franchise that built its foundation upon George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal now has a chance to draft a promising big man next month. The reward for a 21-61 season is almost surely Duke’s Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, to be determined between now and the first few minutes of the June 25 draft. The Lakers had only a 12.6 percent chance at winning the No.

  • OKC Thunder: Consider No. 14 a consolation prize from the Harden trade

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The hidden benefit of the trade was a solid roster and payroll flexibility

  • OKC Thunder: What kind of player can the Thunder get at the 14th pick?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The Thunder didn’t hit the lottery on Tuesday night. But the consolation prize isn’t a bad one. It’s official: OKC will have the 14th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 25th. In the coming weeks, their options at that slot will be dissected both internally and externally. But NBA history has […]

  • Sam Presti says Kevin Durant's recovery going well, but not yet at a "weight-bearing stage"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The Thunder has a new head coach for the first time in seven years. It has the 14th overall pick in next June’s draft. It has to deal with Enes Kanter’s impending restricted free agency. But Kevin Durant’s recovery from his latest foot surgery remains the most important storyline of this Thunder offseason. With him, OKC is […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to pick 14th after NBA Draft Lottery

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City remained in the 14th slot after the NBA Draft Lottery determined the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams on Tuesday night.

  • Australian big man on the radar for Wichita State

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The goal, usually, is not write something that produces more questions than answers. When it comes to recruiting, however, sometimes that goal is secondary. Which brings us to center Isaac Humphries, a 7-footer at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. Humphries, from Australia, recently visited Wichita State and Rivals.com ranks him a four-star prospect and No. 28 nationally in the class of 2016. I’ve been besieged by e-mails and calls asking about Humphries and the possibility of him reclassifying to the class of 2015. Reclassifying is a complicated subject, especially for an international student. So if Humphries is trying to reclassify, it is the kind of move people close to him might want to keep quiet, in case it d

  • Russell Westbrook talks Billy Donovan and his community award with NBA TV

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    During his appearance at the Draft Lottery in New York City, Russell Westbrook joined NBA TV’s GameTime show. It was the first time he’s spoken publicly since the firing of Scott Brooks and the hiring of Billy Donovan. Westbrook, donning a colorful shirt that looked like a bowl of fruity pebbles — still relatively tame by […]

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow was magnificent for much of the season as a sharpshooter off the bench. He played the third most minutes of any season in his career, but he was so good he left most wondering why he didn’t play more.

  • OKC Thunder: What Anthony Morrow's coaches and teammates have to say about him

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow’s reputation precedes him. He’s known throughout the NBA as being one of the best shooters in the league. Nobody knows better than those that have played with him and coached him.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's lofty offseason goal provides a peek into the mind of one of the league's best marksmen

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Morrow easily could be satisfied with what he did in his first season in a Thunder uniform. But he’s not. He wants more.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow is without question the biggest free agent signing in Thunder history. And after the way he performed in his debut season in OKC, he’s ensured that he wasn’t just the biggest but also the best.