• MSG honors women's basketball anniversary

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden will honor the first women's basketball game played at the arena 40 years ago with a rematch between Queens College and Immaculata as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic on Jan. 4. Immaculata won the inaugural game 65-61 in front of 12,000 fans on Feb. 22, 1975. "It was a defining moment for women's basketball and for women in general," said former WNBA President Donna Orender, who played for Queens College. "I can still hear Helen Reddy singing 'I am woman hear me roar' the crowd was screaming and tears rolled down my cheeks on the layup line. I was a freshman and so proud matching up against the more pre-eminent guard in the country — Marianne Crawford Stanley. It is so important we ce

  • Mississippi baseball coach receives extension

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi baseball coach Mike Bianco has received a contract extension through the 2018 season after leading the Rebels to the College World Series. The school announced the extension, which starts with a base salary of $640,000 per season, on Friday. It includes incentives for academic and on-field accomplishments and will increase the salary pool for assistant coaches by 15 percent. Bianco has a 557-323-1 record at Ole Miss over 14 seasons, including 12 seasons with a .500 or better record in SEC play. He's led the Rebels to 12 NCAA tournaments, but they advanced to the CWS for the first time in his tenure in 2014.

  • Freshman guard to miss South Carolina season

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A member of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley's highly regarded recruiting class, New Jersey guard Doniyah Cliney, will sit out the season. Staley said in a statement Friday the NCAA approved an initial eligibility waiver to allow Cliney to enroll but not compete for the Gamecocks this winter. Staley said the 6-foot Cliney will concentrate on academics. She will be eligible to practice with the Gamecocks during the spring semester. Cliney was part of a five-woman class that was ranked No. 2 in the country by ESPN.com and was led by the country's top-rated prospect in 6-5 A'ja Wilson. Wilson and fellow McDonald's All-Americans in forward Jatarie White and guard Bianca Cuevas, plus guard Kaydra Duckett ar

  • Hatchell's return provides boost for veteran UNC

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Things finally seem normal for Sylvia Hatchell and North Carolina after a year that was anything but. In that time, the Hall of Fame coach was diagnosed with leukemia and missed the season, her freshman-led team pushed all the way to an NCAA regional final in her absence, then star freshman Diamond DeShields abruptly transferred. Now Hatchell is back, along with a roster stocked with talent and experience from last season's run. "They're anxious to get this season started and to move forward — and to just be a great team," Hatchell said. "It's not about one player. They're anxious to prove that the strength of the team is the unity of all five of them out there, of five of them on the court

  • UConn back on Notre Dame's regular-season schedule

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame and Connecticut will play again in the regular season in women's basketball after taking last season off. The two teams that played for the national championship in April, with UConn winning, 79-58, are scheduled to play Dec. 6 in South Bend. Notre Dame officially announced its schedule on Tuesday. Before facing UConn, the Fighting Irish will play Maryland in Fort Wayne on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It is a rematch of an NCAA semifinal the Irish won 87-61. It will be the first time the Irish will play a home game outside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish also will face Michigan in South Bend on Dec. 13 and Tennessee on Jan. 19. Notre Dame plays at DePaul on Dec. 10 and at U

  • Texas center has bone surgery in left leg

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas center Imani McGee-Stafford had surgery to reinforce the tibia in her left leg, the school announced Saturday. Texas officials did not release details of whether McGee-Stafford was injured or what else may have prompted Friday's surgery, other than to announce that she will begin rehabilitation immediately. The 6-foot-7 junior from Los Angeles averaged 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds last season as Texas went 22-12 last season.

  • Mo'ne Davis 'sad' about UConn NCAA violation

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Little League star Mo'ne Davis says she's "sad" Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma's congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last month about her success in the World Series for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, and there was no recruiting talk. "I heard about that this morning, and it's sad," Davis said. "There wasn't anything about recruiting in the call, he was just congratulating me." On Thursday, the NCAA announced the recruiting violation after a complaint was brought to the attention of the American Athletic Conference. Davis mentioned during the World Series she'd like to play basketball for UConn and

  • UALR baseball announces walk-on tryout

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball coach Chris Curry has announced plans for walk-on tryouts for the Trojan team. Curry says the tryouts will be Wednesday at Gary Hogan Field starting at 1:30 p.m. Full-time UALR students are eligible to try out for the team. Players must bring a physical signed by a medical doctor within the past year and proof of health insurance.

  • NCAA: Coach call to Little League star broke rule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The NCAA has determined that UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'ne Davis last month, the school announced Thursday. Athletic Director Warde Manuel said the school accepts the decision but does not agree with it. Auriemma told reporters Wednesday that he talked to the 13-year-old Philadelphia girl at Little League headquarters during the Little League World Series after a friend of his in the Philadelphia 76ers organization suggested it. Davis, who is also a standout basketball player, was the 18th girl to play in the event and the only one to win a game on the mound.

  • Who is Nina Earl?

    Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Russell Westbrook's fiance Nina Earl was an English major who knows American Sign Language and baked an award-winning caramel cake, according to her UCLA biography. Her cousin is former UCLA football great Kenny Easley, and her list of accomplishments at UCLA is lengthy.

  • Louisiana Tech dismisses Perry from women's team

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt says guard Lulu Perry has been dismissed from the women's basketball program because of repeated violations of team rules. Summitt, in a news release Wednesday, said the university had given Perry multiple opportunities to "adjust her decision-making process off the court" but she repeatedly made "poor choices that ultimately led to her dismissal." Summitt did not provide any details of the alleged violations. Perry, a junior from Benton, Louisiana, saw action in 60 games for Louisiana Tech, including 41 starts. She averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 33 percent from the floor.

  • Chattanooga to host Stanford, Lady Vols in 2014-15

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga will host 2014 NCAA semifinalist Stanford and eight-time national champion Tennessee as part of its 2014-15 women's basketball schedule. The Lady Mocs released a schedule Tuesday that includes a Nov. 26 home game with Tennessee and a Dec. 17 home game with Stanford. Chattanooga also has a Nov. 21 trip to 2014 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame. Chattanooga coach Jim Foster and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer are longtime friends. Foster said they'd often discussed having their teams play each other. They set up this game as part of a home-and-home series, with Chattanooga playing at Stanford in 2015-16. When Chattanooga last hosted Tennessee in 2012-13, the Lady Mocs upset the Lady Vols 80

  • Lady Vols release complete 2014-15 schedule

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's 2014-15 women's basketball schedule includes 18 games against teams that reached the NCAA tournament last season. The Lady Vols released their complete schedule Friday after the Southeastern Conference announced its composite schedule. Last month, the Lady Vols had announced the nonconference portion of their schedule, which includes games with 2014 NCAA tournament runner-up Notre Dame and semifinalist Stanford. Tennessee hosts Stanford on Dec. 20 and visits Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Tennessee's SEC schedule includes two games each with Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Lady Vols have one game each with the rest of the SEC teams. They open SEC competition Jan. 2 by hosting Missouri.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

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  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kentucky C Drake to forego senior season

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says center Samantha Drake will forego her senior season to focus on academics following last year's serious left knee injury. Drake's senior season lasted just three games after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in the first half against Central Michigan last November. She injured the same knee as a freshman and missed time. Scheduled to graduate in May, the 6-foot-3 Drake finishes with per-game career averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 88 contests with 23 starts. The Bardstown, Kentucky, native thanked Wildcats teammates, coaches and athletic director Mitch Barnhart in a release that said "although I won't be playing anymore, I'll still be the biggest cheerleader f

  • Clemson adds former INF Harbin to baseball staff

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson infielder Taylor Harbin has returned to the baseball team as a student assistant coach. Coach Jack Leggett announced Harbin's return on Wednesday. Harbin played at Clemson between 2005 and 2007 and was part of the team that reached the 2006 College World Series. Harbin hit .343 with 63 RBIs as a freshman and made the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2005 and 2007. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the MLB draft in his junior season and reached as high as Triple A in eight seasons of minor league baseball.

  • Mike Kirby is new baseball assistant at Nebraska

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mike Kirby has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at Nebraska after spending the past three seasons at Cal State Fullerton. Cornhuskers coach Darin Erstad said Tuesday that Kirby would oversee the team's offense, infielders and base running and coach third base. He replaces Will Bolt, who took an assistant's job at Texas A&M. Kirby had two stints on Fullerton's staff and knows Nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva from Silva's days with the Titans. Kirby most recently coached first base, infielders and served as Fullerton's recruiting coordinator. He previously was on Oregon's staff.

  • Former Baylor star Brittney Griner dunks with authority in WNBA playoff game

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    We saw it several times when she played at Baylor and she's done it several times since joining the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. But Brittney Griner hasn't dunked with quite as much authority as she did Sunday night in a WNBA playoff game vs. the Los Angeles Sparks.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Ebi Ere, Sooner alumni get back on the court

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Ebi Ere is just waiting for the call. He knows he’s heading back to Italy to continue his professional basketball career. “I don’t know when I leave,” the former Oklahoma standout said Saturday after playing in the OU Legends Alumni Game at Lloyd Noble Center. “I just wait until they give me a call and it’s usually the next day.” For the second year in a row, Ere took over the alumni game. Saturday, he finished with a game-high 23 points as his Crimson team beat the Cream team 99-96. “It’s great to come back,” Ere said. “You get to have a lot of fun. These older guys, they’re really funny out there on the court. It’s an honor to get out there with them.