• Calipari, Towns impressed by Wildcats' summer workouts

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his latest class of talented recruits can keep the Wildcats in the national championship discussion. Playing pickup games against those newcomers has No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns just as convinced of the Wildcats' potential. Back in Lexington this week to help with Calipari's summer camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves' top selection is impressed by the mix of returnees from last year's 38-1 Final Four squad and another group of prized prospects. Leading Kentucky's class are Canadian forward Jamal Murray and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere, from Haiti. Labissiere has amazed the 6-11 Towns in those impromptu games, but Calipari's third No.

  • BOYS HOOPS: Tom Shields hired as new AHS head coach

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Alamogordo Public Schools Director of Athletics Jerrett Perry announced Friday that Tom Shields was hired as the new Alamogordo High School head boys basketball coach. Shields, a 2010 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, has an impressive resumé in his 30-year coaching career that includes a 609-236 record. Shields replaces Mike Day who returned to Texas to take a coaching position at Snooks High School after serving the last three seasons at AHS. "The APS athletic department is excited to announce our new Tiger basketball coach — Tom Shields," Perry said. "Coach Shields brings a dimension to our program that is unprecedented. His knowledge, experience and wisdom puts him in a elite category of gr

  • Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south. Before the initial fanfare of his hiring had subsided, Hurley was already at work, watching recruits, building his coaching staff, doing all the little things behind the scenes to get his tenure off to a good start. Hurley promised he'd bring passion and a strong work ethic to the program during the hiring process and he didn't waste any time proving it. "His hitting the ground running immediately when he got here, the blue-collar work ethic hit everybody in the heart that this guy is a worker, he's blue collar," Arizona State athletic director

  • Kentucky faces North Carolina in alumni charity game at Rupp

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky pro players will face a similar squad of North Carolina stars on Sept. 13 at Rupp Arena in an alumni game benefiting charity. It is the first game matching current or former pro players from both schools. NBA rules prohibit the schools from saying which players will participate in the exhibition. The schools won't face each other this season after playing the past two years, so the game will serve as a substitute in the rivalry between two of college basketball's winningest programs. It will also be Kentucky's first alumni contest in two years; last year's game was cancelled because a number of players were unable to participate because of other commitments.

  • Justin Brown named Coach of the Year

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Locust Grove girls’ basketball head coach Justin Brown was named the 2014-15 Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Girls Coach of the Year during the All-State games Wednesday evening at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. Brown guided the Lady Pirates to a Class 4A state championship, the first state title for any girls athletic program in school history. “It’s a big honor,” Brown said. “It’s a huge honor for coaches in the state, and it’s the highest honor you can have. “It doesn’t happen without really, really good kids. I was just really blessed to have the kids that I’ve had.” Locust Grove defeated Anadarko, 51-33, in the championship game and went 26-3 overall.

  • Louisville coach Walz, Cardinals' Moore win 2nd USA gold

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz and Cardinals standout Mariya Moore have their eyes set on an NCAA championship after teaming up to lead Team USA to a second consecutive international championship. Walz was an assistant and Moore the best perimeter threat on the unbeaten U.S. Women's team that earned the gold medal last weekend in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Russia. It follows last year's 5-0 run toward the FIBA Americas Under-18 championship. Now comes the challenge of chasing a national championship with an incoming class ranked No. 1 by several recruiting services — maybe the best ever at Louisville.

  • NCAA O Bannon Trial


    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. A court has granted the NCAA's request for a stay in the O'Bannon case, delaying the implementation of possible payments to athletes for use of their names, images and likenesses until an appeals court has made a ruling. The NCAA says in a statement it is pleased with the decision of the 9th Circuit Court.

  • Johnson says TCU will have its most talented team 'since I've been here'


    Trent Johnson is not hedging his evaluation of his next men’s basketball team at TCU. In terms of ability, it will be his best. "Are we more talented than we’ve been since I’ve been here? Yes, we are," he said. "Do I thinnk defensively we’ll be much better? No question. Will be rebound better? No question." The fourth-year Horned Frogs coach talked about his team Thursday after a press conference to announce the new name of the renovated basketball facility, the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. "We’re more talented, and we should be better," he said. "But I’m also very realistic in that this next step is the hardest step.

  • Pittsburgh extends McConnell-Serio's contract through 2021


    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh and women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio have reached an agreement on a new contract that will run through the 2020-21 season. The deal announced Friday comes after McConnell-Serio guided the Panthers to a 20-12 mark in 2014-15 and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in six years. McConnell-Serio is 154-100 in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 31-32 mark at Pitt. McConnell-Serio, a Pittsburgh native, is also a two-time Olympic medalist, former WNBA Coach of the Year and a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Athletic director Scott Barnes called the turnaround McConnell-Serio has guided since being hired at Pitt in 2013 "remarkable.

  • BRIEF: AC men's hoops duo recognized


    The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2014-2015 Honors Court for Academic Excellence and Austin College’s Alvin Michael and Harry Hampden-Smith were each honored. The NABC Honors Court recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and

  • South Africa Basketball


    NBA basketball player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers watches his shot during the Team World practice for their NBA Africa Game at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 31, 2015. The NBA is in Africa, and a practice session at a downtown Johannesburg arena on Friday, the day before the NBA's first exhibition game on this continent, was dominated not by basketball but by talk of who is going where and doing what off the court.

  • TCU's renovated basketball facility gets new name: Schollmaier Arena


    TCU’s renovated basketball arena remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the season in November, and it will have a new name when it does — the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The school announced the name change Thursday in a news conference, with athletic director Chris Del Conte thanking Schollmaier, the retired CEO of Alcon Laboratories, “for making our dreams a reality” with a project that started at $30 million and is now close to $80 million. “I’m not putting up any more,” Schollmaier said drolly. The line drew laughs at a news conference with a celebratory feel. The men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaches attended, along with football coach Gary Patterson and other athletic de

  • BRIEF: MVC championship will stay on CBS through 2020 season

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament title game will remain on CBS through the 2019-20 season, the MVC announced on Thursday. The extension also includes CBS Sports Network broadcasting the tournament semifinal games and eight regular-season games. The semifinals were previously shown on Fox Sports affiliates in the MVC area. “Having our championship game aired on the first weekend in March by CBS Sports places our league in elite company,” MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said in a news release. “We are elated to have CBS Sports Network televising a regular-season men’s basketball package and our tournament semifinals.

  • TCU Arena Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    In this 2014 photo, TCU's new basletball arena is under construction. A new name for the arena was revealed at a news conference in the Four Sevens Team Meeting Room at the school on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The TCU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Horned Frogs' new basketball facility as the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2015. The entire area will be known as the Daniel Meyer Athletic Complex.

  • EDITORIAL: August-to-March Madness: A GOP debate bracket proposal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The highly anticipated media event that is the Aug. 6 Republican presidential candidate debate has grown even more complicated. Fox News, the sponsor of the first of what could be as many as 12 party-sanctioned debates between now and March 10, has backed off its plans to limit the first debate to “only” the 10 top-polling candidates. The solution won’t make the Bottom Six very happy: They’ll get their own debate, four hours before the prime-time event in Cleveland. Wise guys immediately called it “the kids’ table” debate. Fox and the GOP have a problem: You can’t put 16 politicians on a stage and expect any sort of useful discourse. Even 10 will strain the available oxygen in the room.

  • South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson returns with more US gold

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another summer, another international title for Southeastern Conference freshman of the year A'ja Wilson. Wilson, who led the United States to the FIBA Americas U18 crown last summer, turned in another stellar performance during America's run to gold at the FIBA U19 World Championships earlier this month. Wilson set a U.S. record with 30 points against host-country Russia in the championship game, lifting the Americans to a 78-70 victory this Sunday. Wilson was voted the tournament MVP, averaging better than 22 points and eight rebounds over six games. Not that the event didn't take a toll. Wilson returned in a walking boot to protect a left ankle sprain suffered in the event.

  • Arkansas State announces nonconference basketball schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced its nonconference schedule for the coming season with games against Missouri, Baylor and Oregon — plus three games against in-state rivals Lyon College, Arkansas-Monticello and Central Arkansas. ASU opens the season Nov. 13 at SIU-Edwardsville, then will host Lyon on Nov. 16. The Red Wolves then play at Savannah State on Nov. 18, then host Jackson State on Nov. 22. ASU then plays at Oregon on Nov. 25; at Baylor Nov. 27 and at Missouri on Dec. 1. ASU will host North Dakota State on Dec. 4 and UAM on Dec. 12 before traveling to Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 18, then hosting Central Arkansas on Dec. 22. Arkansas State also has an exhibition game scheduled for Nov. 9

  • Iowa-Iowa State game moved to Dec. 10 for TV coverage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ames say the Iowa-Iowa State men's basketball game has been rescheduled to accommodate national television coverage. The game has been moved up a day, to Dec. 10. The start time and network will be announced later. It will be Cyclone head coach Steve Prohm's first game against the in-state rival Hawkeyes. Prohm has been hired to replace Fred Hoiberg, who's been hired to coach the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

  • South Africa NBA Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • South Africa NBA In Africa Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.