• WSU athletes score well in class

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    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The NCAA has released its latest Academic Progress Rate for student-athletes and Washington State teams recorded six perfect scores. The announcement Wednesday was for the 2013-14 academic year. Women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's golf, rowing and volleyball all recorded perfect academic scores of 1,000 for the year. Washington State's football team recorded a four-year average score of 951, an improvement from last year's score of 944, and meeting the NCAA's 930 standard. The single-year score of 973 beat last year's mark of 963. Men's basketball had a four-year average of 938, also meeting the standard.

  • Majerle, Stankiewicz get 4-year extensions at Grand Canyon

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Grand Canyon has signed men's basketball coach Dan Majerle and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz to four-year contract extensions through 2019. The university also announced a five-year apparel deal with Nike on Wednesday. Terms of the deals were not released, but Grand Canyon said in a release that Majerle and Stankiewicz will be the highest-paid coaches in the Western Athletic Conference in their respective sports. Grand Canyon has finished second and third in its first two seasons under Majerle, a former star with the Phoenix Suns. The Antelopes won the WAC regular-season title while going 32-22 this season under Stankiewicz after finishing second a year ago.

  • Georgia Tech, Georgia make the grade on NCAA's APR

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Eight Georgia Tech teams and two Georgia teams have earned perfect scores on the NCAA's Academic Progress Report, and every team from the two schools made passing scores. Georgia Tech teams posting perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000 for 2013-14: golf, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's tennis, volleyball, women's outdoor track, women's indoor track, and women's cross country. Georgia's gymnastics and women's swimming and diving teams led the Southeastern Conference with their perfect scores. The Georgia men's basketball team scored a 990 and Georgia Tech's score was 989 for the second straight year on the tool used by the NCAA to measure the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.

  • Kansas State women add Wamego's Lanie Page to basketball roster

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    MANHATTAN – Lanie Page will join her older sister, Kaylee, on the Kansas State women’s basketball team next season. Lanie Page, a two-time Eagle All-State player from Wamego, is the No. 82-ranked prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, according to ESPN. She helped Wamego High win a 4A championship in 2013 and finish runner-up in 2014, while averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Kaylee Page transferred to K-State midway through last season after beginning her college career at Nebraska. ESPN ranked her as the No. 42 prospect in the 2014 recruiting class. She was named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, while averaging 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.

  • Ex-Providence forward Tyler Harris enrolls at Auburn

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    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Former Providence forward Tyler Harris has enrolled at Auburn as a graduate transfer. Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said at Southeastern Conference spring meetings that Harris started classes on Tuesday. The recent graduate played two seasons at Providence after transferring from North Carolina State. The 6-foot-9, 223-pound Harris averaged 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds last season, starting 12 games. He started all 35 games two seasons ago at Providence, which made back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. Pearl says Harris "gives us a multi-dimensional player" who can shoot the 3-pointer, pass and drive to the basket. Auburn has one scholarship still available but Pearl says he might not add another player.

  • Heather Butler returns to UT Martin, joins coaching staff

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    MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Heather Butler, the leading scorer in UT Martin history, is returning to her alma mater as part of the Skyhawks' coaching staff. In a university release Wednesday announcing Butler's addition, UT Martin coach Kevin McMillan said "we are happy to jump-start her coaching career while finding someone who knows our system and program from the inside and out." Butler completed her college playing career in 2014 after leading UT Martin to NCAA Tournament appearances each of her four seasons. Butler scored 2,865 career points, an Ohio Valley Conference record.

  • Nebraska coach Miles' pay hits $2 million after down season

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tim Miles has received a 21-percent raise that makes him the first Nebraska basketball coach to be paid $2 million a year. The school released Miles' new salary on Wednesday, a day after he received a one-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. Miles was paid $1.65 million in 2013-14. Miles' pay bump comes after the Cornhuskers slipped to 13-18 last season and lost their final nine games. They had finished fourth in the Big Ten in 2013-14 and went to the NCAA tournament.

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon supports KC as host of future Big 12 basketball tournaments

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    The state’s flagship university resides in the Southeastern Conference, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the Big 12 men’s basketball championship should remain in his state, in Kansas City. “It’s a great place to hold the Big 12 Tournament,” Nixon told The Star. The Big 12 is expected to announce sites for future tournaments later this week at its annual spring meetings in Dallas. Kansas City is among the bidding cities for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments through 2020. The Sprint Center has been the site of the men’s tournament since 2010 and in seven of the last eight years. It’s set to hold the 2016 event, which will mark the 20th Big 12 Tournament. After next year, 15 men’s basketball

  • As Big 12 prepares to award future basketball tournaments, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon throws support behind Kansas City

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The state’s flagship university resides in the Southeastern Conference, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the Big 12 men’s basketball championship should remain in his state, in Kansas City. “It’s a great place to hold the Big 12 Tournament,” Nixon told The Star. The Big 12 is expected to announce sites for future tournaments later this week at its annual spring meetings in Dallas. Kansas City is among the bidding cities for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments through 2020. The Sprint Center has been the site of the men’s tournament since 2010 and in seven of the last eight years. It’s set to hold the 2016 event, which will mark the 20th Big 12 Tournament. After next year, 15 men’s basketball

  • NMSU wins WAC Commissioner's Cup

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    DENVER, Colo. >> The Western Athletic Conference announced Tuesday the winner of its annual Commissioner's Cup with this year's honor going to New Mexico State with 89.25 points. It's NMSU's first Commissioner's Cup since joining the conference in 2005. The Aggies finished the year with 11 WAC championships, winning the postseason titles in men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's golf, women's golf and softball. The men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis and softball teams also claimed regular season titles. All 11 of the Aggies' titles came in less than a two-month span, from March 14-May 10, a timeframe that saw NMSU win seven-consecutive WAC postseason championships.

  • Kentucky coach Calipari says JUCO signee Mulder ‘fits our program’

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    The University of Kentucky officially announced the addition of junior-college All-American basketball player Mychal Mulder on Tuesday, making him the fourth member of the Cats’ signing class of 2015. Mulder, who has played the past two seasons at Vincennes University in Indiana, committed to Kentucky on April 28. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore, while also making 46.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. The Windsor, Ontario, native will have two years of eligibility at UK. “I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach.

  • Nebraska's Miles receives contract extension through 2019-20

    Yesterday

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles has had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season. Athletic department spokesman Shamus McKnight confirmed the extension Tuesday. McKnight did not have information on if any financial terms changed. The Cornhuskers finished fourth in the Big Ten in 2013-14 and went to the NCAA tournament. The Huskers slipped to 13-18 last season. Miles is 47-49 in three seasons at Nebraska. Miles was hired away from Colorado State in 2012 and signed a seven-year contract. It was the longest contract given to a Nebraska coach in any sport. Miles' annual salary was scheduled to increase to $1.775 million last month.

  • Gophers add Texas A&M transfer Fitzgerald to recruit class

    Yesterday

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas A&M forward Davonte Fitzgerald is transferring to Minnesota. The Golden Gophers announced the move on Tuesday. Fitzgerald is a 6-foot-7 forward who spent two years playing for the Aggies. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in those two seasons, but saw his role diminish as a sophomore. Fitzgerald is the seventh member of a recruiting class that includes Illinois State transfer Reggie Lynch and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Jarvis Johnson. Coach Richard Pitino says the Atlanta native's experience playing at Texas A&M will be a big boost to a young team. Under NCAA transfer rules, Fitzgerald will have to sit out next season. He will have two more years of eligibility beginning in 2016-17.

  • Illinois hires firm to further investigate claims against basketball coaches

    Yesterday

    Illinois has hired a Chicago law firm to further investigate claims by women’s basketball players that coaches mistreated them. An internal review by the university’s office of diversity, equity and access initially found no violation of “applicable law, NCAA rules or university policy,” but athletic director Mike Thomas and chancellor Phyllis Wise “have decided to contract with an external firm to continue and finalize that preliminary review,” according to a university spokeswoman. Pugh, Jones and Johnson, a Chicago firm, will examine on allegations of mistreatment that included coach Matt Bollant and assistant coach Mike Divilbiss making racist remarks and creating racial tension on the team.

  • Jannah Tucker planning to transfer from Tennessee

    Yesterday

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Jannah Tucker is planning to transfer from Tennessee. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Eric Trainer confirmed Tuesday that Tucker is leaving the Lady Vols' program. The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported that Tucker is transferring. Tucker, a 6-footer from Baltimore, was rated as a top-10 prospect by multiple recruiting services when she initially signed with Tennessee in November 2012. Tucker enrolled at Tennessee in January 2014 and redshirted the 2013-14 season while recovering from a knee injury that also prevented her from playing her senior year of high school. Tucker appeared in two games and played only four minutes this past season as a redshirt freshman. She had one r

  • New investigation launched into Illinois player allegations

    Yesterday

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois hired a Chicago law firm Tuesday and asked it to launch a second investigation into accusations of mistreatment made by the parents of former women's basketball players. The investigation will be handled by Pugh, Jones & Johnson, and will focus on accusations that coach Matt Bollant and now-former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss verbally abused players and created racial tension on the team, university spokeswoman Robin Kaler said. Those allegations were initially investigated by the school, which said no laws or university or NCAA policies were violated.

  • Maryland G Lexie Brown leaves school

    Yesterday

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland guard Lexie Brown has decided to leave the school after two seasons. Brown averaged 13.3 points per game last season and was selected to the All-Big Ten first team. She was also voted most outstanding player at the Big Ten Tournament. The daughter of former NBA star Dee Brown, Lexie says she wants to pursue playing basketball "at a university closer to my home." Brown played high school ball in Georgia before choosing Maryland over many other schools. While with Maryland, Brown was part of a team that twice reached the Final Four and won both the Big Ten regular-season title and the tournament championship in 2015. Maryland coach Brenda Frese says, "We wish Lexie nothing b

  • Hutchinson women's basketball team under investigation

    Yesterday

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team is under investigation for alleged improper benefits to players. The National Junior College Athletic Association confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating the program. Assistant executive director Mark Krug says an issue was brought to the organization's attention last week. He declined to comment further. Hutchinson coach John Ontjes says the school has until June 5 to respond to the NJCAA. In eight seasons under Ontjes, the Blue Dragons are 257-26 and have won five consecutive Jayhawk West titles. This season, Hutchinson's only loss was in the NJCAA national championship game to Chipola, Florida.

  • Memphis releases list of 2015-16 nonconference opponents

    Yesterday

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis will host Oklahoma and Ole Miss and will face Ohio State at a neutral site as part of its 2015-16 nonconference schedule. The Tigers released their list of nonconference opponents Tuesday. Home opponents include Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma (Nov. 17), Grambling State, UT Arlington, Louisiana Tech (Dec. 1), Southeast Missouri (Dec. 5), Manhattan (Dec. 12), Southern (Dec. 16), Ole Miss, IUPUI and NJIT. Exact dates for the Southern Mississippi, Grambling State, UT Arlington, Ole Miss, IUPUI and NJIT games will be announced later. The Tigers face Ohio State on Nov. 27 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Miami. Memphis' only true road nonconference game is Jan. 2 at South C

  • Tennessee men's basketball signs point guard Lamonte Turner

    Yesterday

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has added point guard Lamonte Turner to its recruiting class. Turner, a 6-foot-2 guard from Harvest, Alabama, graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He joins a Tennessee team that has no other pure point guards on scholarship. In a release announcing the signing of Turner, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said that "he shoots the ball extremely well, makes great decisions on the court and I love his poise." Turner is a cousin of former LSU and North Carolina State guard Ralston Turner. Turner is the fifth member of a Tennessee signing class that also includes forwards Kyle Alexander, Ray Kasongo and Admiral Schofield and guard Shembari Phillips. Kasongo is a junior-college




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