• Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62. Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale. He played four years for Milwaukee after being drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Shortly after, Meyers was part of a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Bucks in exchange for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The 6-foot-8 Meyers led UCLA in scoring at 18.3 points and rebounding at 7.9 in his final season, helping the

  • Dave Meyers Obit

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    FILE - In this Jan. 1974, file photo, UCLA's Dave Meyers looks for the ball after losing it against Notre Dame's Adrian Dantley during an NCAA college basketball game in South Bend, Ind. Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the team's lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. He was 62.

  • Obit Dave Meyers

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    FILE - In this Dec. 15, 1973, file photo, UCLA's Bill Walton (32) and Dave Meyers, right, reach for a rebound following a shot by North Carolina State's Tommy Burleson (24) during an NCAA college basketball game in St. Louis. Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the team's lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. He was 62.

  • BRIEF: CU men's basketball: Buffs complete first week of preseason

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    It's only practice. And it's only been one week. Yet so far, CU men's basketball coach Tad Boyle is pleased with what he has seen out of his Buffaloes. "I like our intensity level. I like our focus," Boyle said. "Our guys are very coachable. They're listening. We've made some strides. We're doing some new things offensively and a few new things defensively, so even the veteran players, there's a learning curve going on. That's what October is for. "I like the chemistry and the mentality of this team. I really do." Friday morning's session featured the Buffs' first workouts with NCAA officials blowing their whistles judiciously during the team's scrimmage sessions. "We're going to do that more often," Boyle said.

  • SMU will not appeal Larry Brown suspension or postseason ban

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    DALLAS (AP) — SMU will not appeal the NCAA postseason ban on the men's basketball team or the nine-game suspension for coach Larry Brown. School President Gerald Turner revealed the decision in a letter Friday posted for the SMU community. The NCAA said last week that a former men's basketball administrative assistant completed the online course work for a student to meet NCAA initial eligibility and be admitted to the university. That was among several infractions against the men's basketball and men's golf programs. But SMU does plan to appeal several sanctions, including scholarship losses in men's basketball and men's golf, and recruiting restrictions in men's basketball.

  • SMU to appeal some NCAA sanctions, but not those involving Larry Brown, postseason basketball

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    SMU President R. Gerald Turner said in a statement posted Friday that the university plans to appeal some of the NCAA sanctions leveled against the men's basketball and golf programs. But Turner said the school will not fight the head coach Larry Brown's partial-season suspension or the basketball team's ban from post-season play. Instead, said Turner, by no later than Oct. 14 SMU will appeal the sanctions involving scholarship losses and recruiting restrictions impacting basketball and golf; the golf team and individual players' ban from post-season competition; and the vacating of the 2013-'14 men's basketball victories.

  • Kugler's salary trails most C-USA head coaches

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    UTEP's Sean Kugler is among the lowest paid head football coaches in Conference USA, but at slightly more than $500,000, his pay is pretty much in line with most midmajor schools, according to a USA Today analysis of NCAA football coaches' pay. USA TODAY Sports on Thursday released a special report examining the 2015 compensation of NCAA Bowl Subdivision football head coaches. Kugler's pay is listed at $514,041 for this year, a slight increase from last year. "First off, it's not about the money; I'm well-compensated," Kugler said. "I'm happy. I'd do this job for free, I really would." According to the report, the average total pay among C-USA coaches is $628,060.

  • UNC Volleyball falls to Big Sky leader Idaho State in 5 sets

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    There’s two ways to look at the University of Northern Colorado’s volleyball loss to Idaho State University on Thursday night at Bank of Colorado Arena. The final score is one: ISU maintained its stranglehold atop the Big Sky Conference with a 3-2 victory and exhibited why it’s the team to beat by coming from behind 2-1. The Bengals put on a show at the net in front of 971 fans with four players — Makenzie Filer, Tressa Lyman, Marissa Todd, and Chloe Hirst — recording double-digit kills. The proactive and politically correct way to look at the match: The Bears proved they’re not going to go away quietly in defense of their conference title, taking the top team to five sets before losing 15-11 in the differen

  • Washington U. continues sports excellence

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    If one comment during Josh Whitman’s interview process at Washington University stood out, it was when he inferred that as good as the school was athletically, it should be better. Whitman was seeking to become athletics director at a time when Division III Washington University had finished among the top five for eight consecutive years in the Directors Cup, which measures overall athletics success. “He’s the one guy who said, ‘This is a good start,’” said Jeff Stiles, who coaches track and cross country. “He was saying, ‘You’re top five consistently. I want to be No. 1.’” Whitman, meanwhile, emerged from the process similarly struck by something he heard from chancellor Mark Wrighton.

  • SLU basketball team starts practice

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    Feet have been an issue for St. Louis University since the end of last season, and coach Jim Crews is hoping that prolonged rest will be the answer to keeping his players on theirs as the team begins practice this week. Guard Marcus Bartley suffered a nagging foot injury at the tail end of his freshman year and was sidelined until recently. Forward Reggie Agbeko suffered a broken foot and had surgery. And freshman Elliott Welmer recently needed surgery for a stress fracture that will force him to redshirt. The Billikens regained the services of Bartley and Agbeko when they officially started preparation for the 2015-16 season Thursday. Bartley’s workload could vary early and Agbeko said he has no restrictions.

  • BRIEF: All-Big 12 men's pre-season basketball team: OU's Hield named top preseason player

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    Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was named the Big 12's preseason player of the year and heads the all-conference men's basketball team selected by conference coaches Thursday. Hield led the Big 12 in scoring last season at 17.4 points a game and was a third-team All-American by The Associated Press. He's joined on the preseason first team by Baylor's Rico Gathers, Texas' Isaiah Taylor, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Kansas' Perry Ellis. Deonte Burton of Iowa State was named the newcomer of the year, with Cheick Diallo of Kansas selected as the freshman of the year. On Twitter: ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content A

  • Allegations that Louisville hired escorts prompts 2 reviews

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    An escort's allegations in a tell-all book that former Louisville men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her to provide dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals recruits, their fathers and players stunned the college basketball world when word of its pending release surfaced a week ago. Four investigations have been launched, two this week, to review Katina Powell's allegations in the book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." Powell said in the book that three of her daughters were among those who danced with her in a dormitory on Louisville's campus, creating a lingering unease and uncertainty looming over Rick Pitino's program.

  • Texas Tech hopes to rebound vs Iowa St after 2-game skid

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    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech looks to rebound from back-to-back losses to top-five teams when the Red Raiders take on Iowa State on Saturday. The Cyclones are aiming for a second Big 12 road win after beating Kansas last week. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kinsgbury sees a much improved Iowa State team led by quarterback Sam Richardson. The Red Raiders are No. 124th in the nation — fourth from the bottom — in total defense, giving up 581 yards per game. "Anytime you have a senior quarterback that's played a lot, that's going to give you problems," the third-year coach said. "He can run well, he throws well, so it'll be a good challenge for us.

  • Spurs Kings Basketball

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    San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina talks with guard Ray McCallum during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not travel with the team and Messina filled in. The Kings won 95-92.

  • Washington USC Football

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    Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, center, is helped up by running back Justin Davis during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. Washington won 17-12. (AP Photo/Jae C.

  • Texas Tech men's hoops looking to continue bond built in Canada


    Toddrick Gotcher had one word to describe Texas Tech’s Canadian Foreign Tour — magical. “I can’t say enough about it,” the senior guard said. “It’s been magical for us because we bonded well, we won games and we learned our roles during the games. We know who to go to. If we need stops, we know who to go to and things like that. That Canada trip was magical and it really helped us out.” The Red Raiders went 4-0 on that trip during mid-August. Now, Texas Tech has begun practice for its 2015-16 campaign with hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009-10. This year, a 30-second shot clock will be used instead of the 35-seconds given in years past. While the Red Raiders were in Cana

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    Cleveland Cavaliers' James Jones in action during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Philadelphia.

  • Red Raider basketball adds nine TV appearances


    The Texas Tech men’s basketball program has added nine television appearances to its 2015-16 schedule announced Thursday by the Texas Tech Athletics Department and Red Raider Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports. Every regular season and postseason game of the 2015-16 season will be televised. The Red Raiders will make six non-conference appearances on the school’s third-tier network, Texas Tech TV on FOX Sports, coupled with two games on FOX Sports Southwest and one game televised nationally across the FOX College Sports platform. Tech’s season opener against High Point (Nov. 13 – 8 p.m.) will be carried on FOX College Sports and is part of a three-sport tripleheader at the United Supermarkets Aren

  • Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Knicks' coach


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The NBA is investigating the incident between Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes and Knicks coach and former teammate Derek Fisher, a situation Barnes said is "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point. "Life happens, and being a professional athlete, you have to be able to maneuver and separate your personal life from your professional life," Barnes said Thursday after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround, noting the league's investigation of the incident in California. "And I'm here to play basketball, so there won't be any distractions." The veteran said in video posted by The Commercial Appeal that he has not spoken with the NBA yet. "All the real details will come out at

  • Illinois forward Leron Black to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery


    CHAMPAIGN — During Illinois’ overseas tour this summer, Leron Black posted three double-doubles and finished the exhibition schedule with a 21-point, 15-rebound performance that indicated big things to come this season. That will have to wait. The sophomore forward will miss four to six weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, coach John Groce revealed Thursday at the team’s media day. Black will undergo surgery Friday. “I’m just trying to rehab and get back as soon as possible,” Black said. “I know everything happens for a reason.” He’s the latest Illinois player sidelined by an injury. Point guard Tracy Abrams is out for a second straight season with a torn Achilles. Freshman guard J