• Auburn players Shamsid-Deen, Reed won't return next season

    Updated: 26 min ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is ending his college career because of injuries and center Trayvon Reed also won't return. Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said Friday that Shamsid-Deen won't play his senior season after battling shoulder problems. He had surgery on both shoulders after his sophomore season and played only five games last season, when he separated his right shoulder on Nov. 27 against Northwestern State. "Tahj gave it all he had," Pearl said. "He continued to fight and come back many, many times and that shows how tough he is. The doctors say he has been though a lot, and it is time. He is a true student-athlete with the student being first.

  • Courtside seats at Iowa State games are a perk for lawmakers

    Updated: 47 min ago

    Tickets to Iowa State men's basketball games were hard to land for Cyclones' fans this year, but they were easier for one group: legislators being entertained by University President Steven Leath. Ten lawmakers accepted invitations to sit with Leath courtside at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, including House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and education appropriations subcommittee chairman Rep. Cecil Dolecheck, a review by The Associated Press shows. While legislators paid a face value for their tickets ranging from $25 to $50, comparable seats are usually only available to donors or cost far more through ticket brokers. Lawmakers avoided fees of $4 to $6 apiece assessed on tickets bought by phone and online, the way most fans acquire them.

  • Bills Rookie Camp Football

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Buffalo Bills draft picks Jonathan Williams (40), Reggie Ragland (59), Shaq Lawson (90) and Kolby Listenbee (18) gather during their NFL football rookie minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 6, 2016.

  • Former Kansas State star Rodney McGruder inching closer to NBA dream

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber had a question for Rodney McGruder last month. He wanted to know if McGruder, after three years playing professionally overseas and in the NBA Development League, was interested in trading in his jersey for a suit. Weber was searching for a new assistant, and he thought McGruder would make a nice addition to his coaching staff. After all, the last time they were together K-State won 27 games and shared the 2013 Big 12 championship. Maybe they could recreate that success. It was an intriguing and flattering thought. Still, McGruder shot it down almost immediately. “I couldn’t take him seriously,” McGruder said in a phone interview.

  • Udoka Azubuike, Bill Self's first 7-footer since Joel Embiid, officially signs with KU

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Kansas men’s basketball team has officially added a 7-footer to its frontcourt. Udoka Azubuike, who orally committed to KU on Jan. 28, signed this week and was announced to the Jayhawks roster by coach Bill Self on Friday. Azubuike, who is 6 foot 11 on most of his bios, will be listed on KU’s roster at 7 feet and 275 pounds. The Jayhawks’ last 7-footer was Joel Embiid in 2013-14. “We feel Udoka is as good as a big-man prospect as there is in the country,” Self said. “He’s got size, strength, explosiveness and is so young. Being only 16 years old, his best ball is well ahead of him.” Azubuike (pronounced As-a-boo-key) will have to attend KU at least two seasons because of the NBA’s minimum age

  • Iowa State Legislators

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016 file photo, Iowa State fans celebrate on the court after an 82-77 victory in an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, in Ames, Iowa. Courtside seats to Iowa State men's basketball games were hard to land for fans of the Cyclones this year but easier for one group: legislators being entertained by university president Steven Leath. Several lawmakers accepted invitations to sit with Leath courtside at Hilton Coliseum this season, including House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and education appropriations subcommittee chairman Rep. Cecil Dolecheck.

  • Key court hearing set for ex-Michigan State player Appling

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is scheduled to face a key court hearing next month on weapons and drug charges. A judge in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn on Friday scheduled a June 24 hearing to determine if the case goes to trial. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says the 24-year-old was arrested Sunday evening outside a Dearborn strip club. They say he was in the driver's seat of a car and two guns and a small amount of suspected marijuana were found in the vehicle. Appling's lawyer says the search of the car wasn't legal. Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-2014.

  • Minato Journey Basketball

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, Army's Kelsey Minato, center, runs during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in College Park, Md. Kelsey Minato dreamed of playing in the WNBA growing up. She never thought that would become a reality when she decided to enroll at West Point four years ago.

  • Oklahoma's Manyang suspended indefinitely from basketball

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has suspended Akolda Manyang from the basketball team indefinitely after he was charged with assaulting a former football player. The school announced the suspension Thursday after Manyang was charged with aggravated assault for an incident on Campus Corner in Norman. Court documents allege Manyang punched former Sooners' football player Tyler Evans in the mouth and broke two of his teeth early Sunday. Manyang is a 7-foot center who played in 25 games last season and averaged 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

  • Dallas Wings' rookie has good Metroplex vibes after beating Baylor

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Ruth Hamblin played in the biggest game of her Oregon State career more than a month ago at American Airlines Center. Two weeks later, she’s calling North Texas home after being drafted 18th overall by the Dallas Wings in the WNBA draft on April 14. I had a good vibe during the Sweet 16, and I realized it’s a great city to be in and it was an exciting feeling to be drafted here. Ruth Hamblin on playing at the American Airlines Center with Oregon State in the NCAA Women’s Tournament, then being drafted by the Dallas Wings The 6-foot-6 center, who was visiting Texas for the first time in March, led the Beavers to their best postseason run in program history after defeating Baylor in the Elite Eight on March 28

  • UNM audit shows possible fraud by aide

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A five-month audit of unreconciled purchases and cash withdrawals on a University of New Mexico purchasing card showed both systemic failures and possible fraudulent activity by former men’s basketball director of operations Cody Hopkins. “It is a situation with a person who engaged in potential fraud, and we had some systems that weren’t as tight as they should have been,” UNM President Robert G. Frank told the Journal on Thursday. “... It is very disappointing when you see human failures like this. We’re going to do our best to improve our systems.

  • Three from HCC men's basketball sign

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Three Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball sophomores have signed on for Division 1 four-year programs next season – Moataz Aly to Cal-State Bakersfield, Larry Dennis to Stetson and Bashir Ahmed to St. John’s. The Blue Dragons were 32-5 this past season and finished as the NJCAA Division 1 runner-up. Aly, from Egypt, started all 37 games for Hutchinson this past season. Though his numbers were not overwhelming in some categories – 1.4 points, 2.1 rebounds per game – the 6-foot-9 Aly was a tenacious rim protector, swatting 1.5 blocks per game. He ranked sixth in program history with 114 career blocks.

  • New Saint Louis coach signs first recruit

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — New Saint Louis coach Travis Ford signed his first recruit, 6-foot-7 forward Jalen Johnson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Johnson helped University Laboratory School win the Class 3A title last season, averaging 21.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. He was the MVP of the state title game after scoring 28 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Ford was hired in late March, not long after getting fired at Oklahoma State. Saint Louis is 22-42 the last two seasons.

  • Stars Sun Basketball

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Connecticut Sun’s Morgan Tuck, left, greets former UConn teammate, San Antonio Stars’ Moriah Jefferson, at the start of a WNBA basketball game between the teams, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn.

  • TCU basketball adds highest-ranked player ever, 4-star guard

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    New basketball coach Jamie Dixon has brought in his first player at TCU, four-star point guard ranked No. 34 by ESPN. The school announced the signing of 6-foot-2 Jaylen Fisher from Arlington, Tenn., on Thursday. He is rated the second-best player in Tennessee by 247Sports and ESPN and 55th nationally by Rivals. In its announcement, TCU said Fisher is the highest-ranked player ever to sign with the Horned Frogs. Fisher had committed to UNLV, but opted for TCU after a campus visit last week. In social media, he said he opted for Fort Worth because of his relationship with former UNLV assistant coach Ryan Miller, hired byTCU in April. -- Jaylen Fisher (@areal_hooper) May 4, 2016 He also held offers from Arkans

  • UNLV's Menzies fills out staff with 3 hires

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — New UNLV men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies has filled out his staff with three assistant coaches. The school announced on Thursday the hiring of Andre LaFleur, Rob Jeter and Eric Brown. Jeter was the head coach at Milwaukee for 11 seasons, winning 20 or more games five times. His record of 185-170 leaves him one short of the school record for most victories. La Fleur spent the past five seasons as associate head coach at Providence under Ed Cooley after 10 years working for Jim Calhoun at Connecticut. Brown has been an assistant coach at Long Beach State the last nine years.

  • Eastern Michigan hires Castro as women's basketball coach

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Fred Castro is taking over Eastern Michigan women's basketball program after three seasons as an assistant coach at Washington. The school announced the hiring Thursday. The 36-year-old Castro replaces Tory Verdi, who left to coach Massachusetts. The Eagles were 22-12 last season. Castro also has coached at Oklahoma, Rogers State, Mercer, Albany and Tulsa and was an advance scout for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream.

  • UConn women will make 11th trip to White House next week

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The national champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been invited back to the White House. The Huskies, who won their fourth consecutive NCAA championship last month, are scheduled to meet with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon. The White House says the visit also will allow the president to continue his tradition of honoring teams for their efforts in giving back to the community. UConn's visits to the White House date back to 1995, when the first of the Huskies' 11 championship teams met with President Bill Clinton.

  • Dallas Wings Media Day Basketball

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Dallas Wings' Glory Johnson poses for a photographer during the WNBA basketball team's media day, Thursday May 5, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The team plays their first regular season game on May 14 against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis.

  • Dallas Wings Media Day

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Dallas Wings head basketball coach Fred Williams talks with reporters during the team's WNBA media day, Thursday May 5, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The team plays their first regular season game on May 14 against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis.