• Arkansas baseball team names volunteer assistant

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn has named a former Razorbacks pitcher as a volunteer assistant coach. Van Horn said Wednesday that Christian Kowalchuk will become a volunteer assistant after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at UA. Kowalchuk was a left-handed pitcher for Arkansas in 2009 and 2010, going 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his career. He will assist pitching coach Dave Jorn and also work with hitters and outfielders.

  • Arkansas-Monticello names assistant baseball coach

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Monticello has named the school's first full-time assistant baseball coach. UAM said Wednesday that Mark Jelks has been hired after spending the past two years as an assistant coach at Arkansas Tech. Jelks also worked as an undergraduate assistant at the University of the Ozarks — where he played for three seasons — and was an assistant coach at Bryant High School. He also worked as director of baseball operations at the University of Central Arkansas.

  • UALR women's nonconference basketball schedule set

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has released a nine-game women's nonconference basketball schedule. The schedule released Monday includes four home games and five on the road. UALR opens the season Nov. 14 at LSU, then hosts Missouri State on Nov. 18 before traveling to play at Rice. UALR is back home Nov. 26 against Oral Roberts, then travels to Memphis on Nov. 29 before back-to-back home games Dec. 6 against Tulane and Dec. 14 against Oklahoma followed by road games at South Dakota State Dec. 18 and Tulsa on Dec. 21. The Sun Belt Conference schedule was announced in July.

  • Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart to throw out first pitch at Red Sox game

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will perform in Boston Saturday night, but not on the basketball court.  According to the Boston Celtic's Twitter account, he is throwing out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox's game against the Houston Astros. 

  • OU releases women's basketball schedule

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has released the women's basketball non-conference schedule. The Sooners open with an exhibition game against Great American Conference member Southeastern Oklahoma State on Nov. 5. The regular season kicks off on Nov. 14 against Washington at home. Head Women's Basketball Coach Sherri Coale said in a news release that the team will face an early challenge against Washington. Other highlights of non-conference play include a Thanksgiving trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam Tournament and the Big 12/SEC Challenge contest against Arkansas in Little Rock on Dec. 21. The Sooners will conclude non-conference play hosting Yale on Dec. 30. It will b

  • Kentucky non-league foes include Louisville, Duke

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's non-conference opponents include Baylor at Rupp Arena and Duke and in-state rival Louisville on the road. Highlighting the Wildcats' early-season schedule released Thursday is a Nov. 17 meeting at Rupp against Baylor, which they beat 133-130 in four overtimes last December. The Wildcats will travel to Duke (Dec. 21) after visiting Louisville on Dec. 7. Kentucky will also visit Central Michigan (Nov. 22) before facing Illinois, Oklahoma and South Florida at the Paradise Jam Island Tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Nov. 27-29. The Wildcats' other non-league home opponents include Appalachian State (Nov. 14); Morehead State (Nov. 19); Northern Kentucky (Dec. 3); Middle Tennessee S

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners release schedule

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma’s last two Big 12 basketball games could have big implications on the conference race. The Sooners close out the regular season at Iowa State on March 2 and at home against Kansas on March 7. The Big 12 released its men’s basketball schedule Thursday, making Oklahoma’s schedule complete. The Jayhawks have won the last 10 Big 12 regular-season championships, but the Sooners, Iowa State and Texas are among teams that have a chance to put an end to Kansas’ streak. All of OU’s conference games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNews. The Sooners open Big 12 play at home against Baylor on Jan. 3 before heading to Texas on Jan. 5.

  • TCU baseball coach Schlossnagle new deal to 2020

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle has signed a contract extension through the 2020 season after leading the Horned Frogs to their second College World Series in five seasons. Schlossnagle is 465-221 with 10 postseason appearances in his 11 seasons at TCU. The Frogs were 48-18 this year, when they were Big 12 champions and hosted an NCAA super regional. Schlossnagle was already signed through the 2018 season before the extension Thursday. Athletic director Chris Del Conte said Schlossnagle is synonymous with TCU and Fort Worth, and that the coach has established the Frogs as one of the nation's premier baseball programs while doing it the right way. The Horned Frogs also went to the Col

  • OSU announces women's basketball schedule

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Cowgirls have announced the team's schedule for the coming women's basketball season. OSU will open the regular season on Nov. 14 at home against Loyola-Marymount and has non-conference road games at North Carolina on Nov. 19 and at USC on Dec. 21. The Cowgirls open Big 12 play on Jan. 3 at Baylor and will take on Bedlam rival Oklahoma in Norman on Jan. 21 and in Stillwater on March 2. The Big 12 Championship tournament is set for March 6-9 in Dallas. OSU has exhibition games on Nov. 4 against Southwestern Oklahoma and on Nov. 9 against Arkansas-Monticello. _____ 11/04/14 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma (Exh.) Gallagher-Iba Arena 7:00 p.m. CT 11/09/14 vs. Arkans

  • Kentucky hires Tamika Williams as assistant

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has announced the hiring of Tamika Williams as an assistant coach. Williams, 34, won NCAA championships at Connecticut in 2000 and '02 and set the Division I career field goal percentage record (70.3 percent) before becoming the sixth overall selection by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2002 WNBA Draft. She played six seasons with the Lynx and one with the Connecticut Sun, setting a single-season record for field goal percentage (67 percent) in 2003. Williams was previously an assistant coach at Kansas and Ohio State and has worked as an ESPN analyst.

  • Wilson, Staley lead US to gold

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina freshman A'ja Wilson got to see many sides of her new coach Dawn Staley at the FIBA U18 Americas championship last week, not all of them pleasant. Now that's it's over, the 6-foot-5 Wilson, the country's top high school prospect last winter, is ready to handle Staley's direction however intensely it's delivered. Wilson won the tournament's MVP as she averaged more than 19 points and eight rebounds a game for Team USA, which was coached by Staley. Wilson expected some fire from Staley and saw the coach "get furious" at times at repeated mistakes. Wilson called it a different Staley than during recruiting when the Gamecocks beat out national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tenness

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls' schedule released

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team enters the 2014-15 season fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance last season, but will return to the hardwood without its previous four-year starter at point guard. Tiffany Bias is now with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. But the Cowgirls do bring back forward Liz Donohoe and guard Brittney Martin. Both averaged 11 points per game last season. Two matchups to keep an eye on in 2015: The Cowgirls open Big 12 play at Baylor, which reached the Final Four last season, and OSU’s home finale will be a Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma on March 2. OSU’s regular-season opener is Nov. 14 against Loyola-Marymount. 2014-15 OSU Schedule November 4 vs. SW Oklahoma State

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooner women's Big 12 schedule released

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Oklahoma’s women’s basketball team will open its Big 12Conference schedule against West Virginia on Jan. 4 at Lloyd Noble Center. The Big 12 announced its conference schedule on Wednesday. Oklahoma returns seven letterwinners from the team that made the NCAA Tournament last season, but just one regular starter, senior Sharane Campbell-Olds. Junior Kaylon Williams and sophomore Gioya Carter also started at times last year. The Sooners host Texas on Jan. 14 and a week later host the first Bedlam game of the season on Jan. 21 against Oklahoma State. Oklahoma doesn’t play Baylor for the first time until Feb. 11 in Waco. The Sooners host the Bears on Feb. 25. The regular-season wraps up with Bedlam in

  • Big 12 schedule set for OU women's basketball

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Big 12 Conference schedule for the Oklahoma women's basketball team is now set. The 18-game schedule released Wednesday includes home and road games against each conference opponent. OU opens Big 12 play Jan. 4 at home against West Virginia. The other eight league home games are Jan. 14 vs. Texas, Jan. 21 vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 24 vs. Texas Tech, Feb. 4 vs. Iowa State, Feb. 7 vs. Kansas State, Feb. 14 vs. TCU, Feb. 25 vs. Baylor and Feb. 28 vs. Kansas. OU will play road games Jan. 7 at Kansas, Jan. 10 at Texas Tech, Jan. 17 at TCU, Jan. 28 at Texas, Jan. 31 at West Virginia, Feb. 11 at Baylor, Feb. 16 at Iowa State, Feb. 21 at Kansas State and March 2 at Oklahoma State.

  • Troy's Bobby Pierce to retire after season

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    TROY, Ala. (AP) — Troy baseball coach Bobby Pierce is retiring after the 2015 season. The Trojans announced Wednesday that longtime assistant Mark Smartt will take over the program. Pierce is a two-time Sun Belt Conference coach of the year. He has led the Trojans to four conference titles and four NCAA regionals since taking over in 2003. Troy won a share of the Sun Belt title last season and lost to Florida State in the regional finals. Smartt has been on Pierce's staff during his entire tenure. The former second baseman helped lead the Trojans to Division II national championships in 1986 and 1987 and finished with the third-highest career batting average in school history.

  • Operations director named for NDSU women's hoops

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — New North Dakota State University women's basketball head coach Maren Walseth has filled out her staff with the addition of a director of operations for the program. Arianne Johnson will fill the role. She most recently served as head varsity girls' basketball coach at Hope Academy in Minneapolis. Before that she coached at high schools in Minnesota. She also spent the past two summers as head coach of an AAU team in Minnesota. Johnson is a Minneapolis native. She played two seasons at Concordia St. Paul, from 2009-11. NDSU earlier this year named Walseth to replace Carolyn DeHoff, who resigned after six seasons. Walseth is a former pro player and Penn State assistant.

  • MSU says it will spend $40 million on stadium

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State says it will spend $40 million on renovations to its baseball facilities. The plan for Dudy Noble Field, which was released on Tuesday, has a double-tiered grandstand with chair-back seating, an elevated concourse that circles the playing field, improved field lighting, a high-definition video board and additional team areas. The stadium will also have 50 skyboxes and additional premium seating. Mississippi State says a timetable for construction will be based on its Bulldog Club meeting a $20 million fundraising goal. Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement that the renovations will "provide our players, coaches and fans the best ballpark in a

  • Moshak gets boost from advocacy group in lawsuit

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches are receiving support from a women's legal advocacy group in their lawsuit against the university. The American Association of University Women announced Tuesday it would assist Moshak and ex-Lady Vols strength coaches Heather Mason and Collin Schlosser through its legal advocacy fund. The association describes itself as a nonprofit organization that uses its legal advocacy fund to provide financial and organizational backing in gender discrimination cases.

  • Media notes: OU will make three or four appearances on ESPN's “Big Monday” basketball package; OSU left off

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The OU men’s basketball team will make three or four appearances on ESPN’s “Big Monday” package. OSU was left off the “Big Monday” schedule for the first time in several years.

  • Tulsa women announce non-conference schedule

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa women's basketball team has announced a non-conference schedule that includes games against Arkansas, cross-town rival Oral Roberts and a Thanksgiving tournament in Florida. TU opens the season with home games Nov. 14 and Nov. 17 against Northern Iowa and Lamar followed by a trip across town to play at ORU on Nov. 21. The Golden Hurricane travel to Texas Southern Nov. 25 then to the Thanksgiving tournament Nov. 28 against Illinois State and either Miami or Buffalo in the second game the following day. TU will host St. Louis on Dec. 3, play at Valparaiso Dec. 6 before hosting Arkansas on Dec. 14. TU hosts New Orleans on Dec. 18 and Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 21. Tulsa