• NC House Bill 2 has uncertain impact on sports locker rooms

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Among the questions that John Swofford, the ACC commissioner, has addressed about North Carolina’s House Bill 2, this one might have been most difficult to answer: Was he concerned, he was asked recently, about how the law might affect access to sports locker rooms? HB2, as it’s more well known, has created nationwide controversy. One part of the law requires people to use the bathroom of the gender specified on their birth certificates, and opponents of HB2 say it discriminates against people who are transgender. Supporters of the law, meanwhile, maintain that it protects standards of privacy in public bathrooms. For high school, college and professional sports teams in North Carolina, HB2 has also raised questions about

  • After Briles firing, Baylor supporters again reconcile with scandal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Wolfgang Draving, a junior at Baylor University, is old enough to remember the school’s struggling football program. But the new-age Bears — those who win Big 12 championships, play in the shiny $250 million McClane Stadium and run the nation’s best offense —are all he knows. “It’s always been a big, bright green and gold,” Draving said Thursday as he rolled through the quiet campus on a longboard. “Now it’s just kind of associated with the scandal.” Months of speculation about Baylor’s handling of sexual assault cases culminated this week with the firing of football coach Art Briles and the demotion of President Ken Starr.

  • Site near UT soccer stadium is preferred campus location for new arena

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    A parking lot just south of the track and soccer stadium at the University of Texas has emerged as the preferred location on campus for building an arena to host basketball games and other events when the Erwin Center is razed. And although officials say they haven’t ruled out building off campus, a new athletics master plan says a “location on or adjacent to campus is preferred.” That would suggest that sites near the Austin Convention Center downtown or on the property currently occupied by the American-Statesman and the Texas Department of Transportation, along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, aren’t likely to be favored.

  • UNC coach Williams undergoes knee replacement surgery

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams underwent surgery on Friday to replace his right knee and was “resting comfortably,” UNC basketball spokesman Steve Kirschner said. Williams’ surgeon, the Charlotte-based Dr. Walt Beaver, told Kirschner the surgery went “very well.” Williams said earlier this month that he hoped to be recovered and ready to travel by July, in time for a busy college basketball recruiting season. After the Tar Heels ended their season with a defeat against Villanova in the national championship game, Williams spent weeks seeking treatment evaluations for his ailing knees. He had considered having both of his knees replaced, and still might eventually have his left knee replaced.

  • Mississippi self-imposes scholarship cuts in football

    Mississippi self-imposes scholarship cuts in...

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has self-imposed scholarship reductions in football because of NCAA violations and is still investigating more allegations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil. The university released its 154-page response Friday to the notice of allegations received in January. The NCAA's long-running investigation began in 2012 after a university probe discovered academic and recruiting misconduct involving the women's basketball program. Ole Miss later acknowledged the investigation had spread to the football and track and field programs. "The University has accepted responsibility for the violations that occurred and self-imposed meaningful penalties," Ole Miss said in its response.

  • UNC's Roy Williams recovering from knee replacement surgery

    UNC\'s Roy Williams recovering from knee...

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee replacement surgery. In an email Friday, athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner says Williams is "resting comfortably" after the procedure on his right knee performed by Dr. Walt Beaver in Charlotte. Kirschner says there's no exact recovery timetable but Williams is expected to be on the road for July recruiting "as usual." The 65-year-old Williams had procedures on both knees last year but experienced discomfort during the season as the Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles before losing in the NCAA title game on a last-second shot to Villanova.

  • North Carolina Williams Knee Surgery Basketball

    North Carolina Williams Knee Surgery Basketball

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    FILE - In this March 5, 2016, file photo, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts against Duke during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C. Williams had knee replacement surgery on his right knee on Friday, May 27, 2016. An athletics spokesman says in an email that Williams is "resting comfortably.

  • Former Asbury University coach wins civil case

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two state courts have affirmed a Jessamine County jury's verdict in favor of Debi Powell, a former women's basketball coach at Asbury University. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/25mCE8n) Powell alleged that Asbury had engaged in gender discrimination and had retaliated against her when she was fired in 2008. The jury found that Asbury hadn't engaged in gender discrimination, but found in favor of Powell's claim that the school had retaliated against her in response to her complaints about discrimination. The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed the jury's decision in 2014, and the Kentucky Supreme Court did this spring. Last week Powell and her attorneys received more than $978,1

  • Mountain West hoops loses a lot next season

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Wednesday brought with it the NCAA’s deadline for players flirting with turning pro to either remain draft eligible or return to school. While anything can, and often does, happen to a team’s roster up until the opening game (see Utah State losing a potential all-league center to transfer a couple days before last season started), the dust has mostly settled and we now have an idea of who is gone. Based on the All-Mountain West team selected by league media in March, the league returns only six of the top 15 players from this past season. The UNM Lobos are the only team returning two first-team selections in Elijah Brown and Tim Williams, who was a second-team pick by the coaches. But the Lobos also lose the highest-scori

  • Britain Soccer Evans Trial

    Britain Soccer Evans Trial


    FILE - This is a Sunday, April 12, 2009 file photo of former Manchester City's Ched Evans, right, a s he evades Fulham's Simon Davies, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England. Ched Evans, a Wales international who has played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, appeared at a court in Cardiff on Friday May 27, 2016 and pleaded not guilty to raping a woman at a hotel in May 2011. He has already served half of a five-year sentence, before being released from prison and getting the conviction overturned following an appeal.

  • PV's Nykki Benally picks Haskell basketball


    FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista’s Nykki Benally faced a difficult decision over the past couple of months as she weighed whether she would play basketball or softball at the college level. She had options of playing either sport at the next level and ultimately chose to continue her hoops career at Haskell Indian Nations University, signing a letter of intent this afternoon. Benally said part of the reason she chose Haskell over other programs was the result of persistent recruiting from head coach Shane Flanagan. “He contacted me throughout the season and told me, ‘We need you. We need you on this team. You’re a great fit,’” Benally said.

  • BYU Utah Rivalry Basketball

    BYU Utah Rivalry Basketball

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, BYU forward Kyle Davis, left, and Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, right, vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Salt Lake City. Utah will play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017 in a game that will end a "cooling off period" Utah demanded due to events at recent games. Utah said in a news release Thursday that the two schools have agreed to play in 2017 at BYU.

  • Exchange Austin Hatch Talks

    Exchange Austin Hatch Talks

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Former Canterbury basketball player and current University of Michigan student Austin Hatch speaks during an interview after delivering comments during a breakfast for Erin's House on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Memorial Coliseum Conference Center, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Utah to play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017 in a game that will end a "cooling off period" Utah demanded due to events at recent games. Utah said in a news release Thursday that the two schools have agreed to play in 2017 at BYU. The school's athletic directors are talking about scheduling future games. The decision to cancel the rivalry upset BYU and ignited a controversy that lit up sports talk radio and triggered legislators to order a state audit of Utah athletics. The game had been played every year since 1909 except for during World War II. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in January that the rivalry had become a "venomous and toxic environment.

  • Column: Baylor should pull plug on its athletic program

    Column: Baylor should pull plug on its athletic...

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    More than a decade ago, Baylor was at the center of a sordid scandal involving murder and drugs, leading to some of the harshest penalties the NCAA has ever doled out. Apparently, the Bears didn't learn their lesson. Now, with the school accused of covering up numerous cases of sexual assault involving the football team, it's time to go a step further. Pull the plug on Baylor's entire athletic program. For good. This is not a step taken lightly, and plenty of innocent people would undoubtedly be hurt. But there's always collateral damage when it comes to dealing with wrongdoing of this magnitude, so let's get on with it. If there's any honor at the nation's largest Baptist university, it will make this

  • NC State Martin twins transferring to Nevada hoops

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Caleb and Cody Martin, the 6-foot-7 twin brothers who played basketball at North Carolina State last season, are transferring to Nevada. Cody Martin told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/z82wan6) they committed Wednesday because they liked Nevada's fast-paced attack under first-year coach Eric Musselman, and believe the program is on the rise. The brothers announced their plans to leave North Carolina State in March. Caleb Martin averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while averaging about 30 minutes of play per game last season. Cody Martin averaged 6 points and 4.4 rebounds over about 26 minutes a game. The two will have to sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility

  • Baylor contacted NCAA about possible violations related to sexual assault scandal

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Baylor has alerted the NCAA about possible rules violations stemming from its handling of sexual assault cases involving football players, outgoing board of regents chairman Richard Willis said Thursday. “The university has made contact with the NCAA to initially discuss potential infractions and offer full cooperation,” Willis said in a media teleconference. In the wake of a report on sexual assaults at the school from Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, the regents voted to suspend football coach Art Briles with “intent to terminate.” School president Ken Starr lost his title but will remain as chancellor.

  • Korn excited to be back at K-State

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    When Brad Korn left Kansas State for Missouri State in 2013 his wife Kristin decided to keep her Wildcat gear. "My wife always thought that we would come back," Korn said. "She just always had a feeling in the back of her heart and her mind. It was always a dream." That dream came true on Wednesday when Korn was officially tabbed as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team. The former director of operations for the program in 2013, Korn comes in after three years as an assistant coach at Missouri State. Korn formerly played for K-State head coach Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois. Korn said their relationship has been constant since he was first recruited by Weber in 1997. Korn fills a spot vacated by Alvin

  • Clemson signs another transfer, ex-Valparaiso F David Skara

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has added former Valparaiso forward David Skara to its roster. Tigers coach Brad Brownell announced the signing on Thursday. Skara, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, played the past two seasons at Valparaiso. He will have two years of eligibility at Clemson after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. Skara played in 63 games for the Crusaders over the past two seasons, averaging 6.5 points last season. Brownell says Skara is an athletic player who can be very productive. Skara becomes the latest Division I transfer to join the Tigers. Clemson brought in Marcquise Reed of Robert Morris, Shelton Mitchell of Vanderbilt and Elijah Thomas of Texas A&M the past year.

  • Fleming hired to coach St. Bonaventure women's basketball

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — St. Bonaventure has hired Bowling Green assistant Jesse Fleming to coach its women's basketball team. It's a homecoming for Fleming, who is a St. Bonaventure graduate and spent 11 seasons working his way up from being the Bonnies team manager to eventual assistant coach. He has spent the past four seasons at Bowling Green, where he served as associate head coach under Jennifer Roos. He replaces his mentor, Jim Crowley, who left St. Bonaventure two weeks ago following 16 seasons to take over the Providence program. Fleming takes over an Atlantic 10 Conference team that went 24-8 last season and earned its second NCAA Tournament berth. He spent his first four years at St.