• College of Charleston president orders second investigation of Doug Wojcik

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell has ordered a second investigation of embattled basketball coach Doug Wojcik based on new allegations of a physical confrontation with a player and verbal abuse of athletic department staff. One of the allegations in the new report includes a physical confrontation between Wojcik and former Cougar guard Trevonte Dixon, which occurred during a game in the 2012-13 season, multiple sources told The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. A source also said a video of the confrontation between Wojcik, a former coach at Tulsa, and Dixon is part of the report.

  • Lady Vols coach wants a stronger finishing touch

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test. The Lady Vols were rolling going into last season's NCAA tournament. The momentum carried only so far and Tennessee lost in a regional semifinal. Warlick wants to make sure her team doesn't peak too early again. "I think our team needs to have a little bit more togetherness," the Tennessee coach told The Associated Press. "We have to have a little bit more discipline, a little bit more toughness. I thought we were tough at times, but not all the time. I thought sometimes when our back got against the wall, we folded a little bit." Tennessee has shown plenty of grit at tim

  • Rogers State coach signs 6 in recruiting class

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers State University women's basketball coach Bobby Cope has announced the six players who make up his first recruiting class heading into the 2014-15 season. Jordan Evans, from Tulsa; Amari Jones, also from Tulsa; Jalissa Felici, from Bellevue, Nebraska; and Taylor Koelsch, from Owasso; all join the Hillcats as transfers. Kelsy Byrd, from Ketchum and Madison Dearmin, from Balko, come to RSU from the high school ranks. The Hillcats are entering their second year in the Heartland Conference, beginning their second year in the NCAA's Division II membership process. For more information on the school's women's basketball program, visit www.rsuhillcats.com .

  • Gail Goestenkors quits WNBA job, enters hoops hall

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    This was a roller-coaster weekend for Gail Goestenkors. On the day she resigned as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, it was announced she would enter the women's basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. "I thought the timing was absolutely perfect if there is such a thing," said Goestenkors, who built Duke into a national power, guiding the Blue Devils to four Final Four appearances and seven straight seasons with at least 30 wins. "It epitomizes the business of women's basketball. It's a series of highs and lows. ... I think I've been so blessed and fortunate over the years to make so many great memories. I've had so many messages that were congratulations and I'm sorry about the LA situation.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Kurt Budke elected to Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

    By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who died in a 2011 plane crash, has been posthumously elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Budke in the class are four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors and longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith. The group will be inducted next June at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. The Immaculata teams that won championships from 1972-74 will receive the Hall’s trailblazer award. Budke was a successful coach at Louisiana Tech before arriving at Oklahoma State in 2005. He was 80-16 while in charge of the Lady Techsters, leading them to three

  • Leslie headlines 2015 women's Hall of Fame class

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday. She is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors, longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith and Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011. The Immaculata teams that won championships from 1972-74 will receive the Hall's trailblazer award. Leslie also won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and was the league's MVP three times. She helped the U.S. win gold medals at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. The group will be inducted next June at the Hall of

  • College athletics: Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione to head NCAA Men's Basketball Committee in 2015-16

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    On Friday, Joe Castiglione added one of the most important, high-pressure gigs in college athletics to his future agenda. The OU athletic director was named as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair for the 2015-16 season. He’ll serve as vice-chair during the upcoming year.

  • Trial date moved in ex-Lady Vols officials' suit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trial date for a lawsuit filed by former Tennessee associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches against the university has been moved to June 23, 2015. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves granted Tennessee's motion to continue a trial originally set for April 21, 2015. Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings has a lawsuit against the university with an April 27 trial date. The school's motion said having two trials so close together would create "an undue burden on the university and its counsel.

  • Charleston Southern extends Lake's contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston Southern has signed baseball coach Stuart Lake to a four-year contract extension through 2019. The school announced the new deal for Lake on Thursday. Lake has been with the Buccaneers for six seasons and led them to a 30-26 mark this past spring for the team's most wins since 2000. Lake is third in school history with 134 career victories. Charleston Southern did not disclose financial terms of the contract. Lake thanked the school's administration for its commitment and says he's excited about the chance to keep building the Buccaneers' program. Lake was the 2011 Big South Conference coach of the year. The team has finished third in the league's South Division the past

  • MACJC confirms changes for baseball in 2015

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is changing scheduling and playoff formats for the 2015 baseball season. The association says in a news release that each junior college team in the state will play each other once in the regular season and play a 28-game schedule. Those games will be played in 14 doubleheaders. League opponents will play Wednesdays and Saturdays. The North and South divisions will remain, with the top two teams from each division earning an automatic berth to the MACJC state playoffs. The remaining four playoff spots will go to the teams with the best league records, regardless of divisions.

  • Lady Vols' Massengale eager for comeback

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is preparing to welcome back a senior point guard while monitoring the status of an ailing post player. Ariel Massengale is looking forward to returning for her senior season after missing the final 16 games of the 2013-14 season with a head injury. Massengale, who also underwent offseason surgery on her right knee, said her head feels better now and that she's hoping to be 100 percent by the start of the school year next month. While Massengale awaits her return, sophomore center Mercedes Russell is recovering from offseason surgery to her right foot. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Russell is "out kind of indefinitely right now" and was uncertain whether the injury would affect the 6-f

  • UCLA's Holiday retires due to head injuries

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Lauren Holiday is ending her college basketball career after just 12 games over two seasons because of repeated head injuries. The younger sister of former Bruins star and NBA player Jrue Holiday averaged 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Holiday, a redshirt freshman, will remain with the team as an undergraduate assistant and continue pursuing a sociology degree. Coach Cori Close made the announcement on Tuesday. Holiday, from nearby Calabasas, began her career at UCLA in 2012-13, when the first of four head injuries ended her first season after she played in just three games. Last season, Holiday sustained three other head injuries and a broken nose.

  • Mid-America announces D'Shala Culberson to roster

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Mid-America Christian University women's basketball team has announced that the team is adding D'Shala Culberson to this year's roster. The sophomore forward comes to MACU from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Culberson averaged two points and 1.3 rebounds in limited action as a freshman at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, on a team that went 24-7 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Culberson will be joining a team that won its most games overall and conference games under first-year coach Marcus Moeller since joining the NAIA in 2007.

  • Gamecocks' women hoops prospects set to make mark

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A'ja Wilson is South Carolina's most-talked about newcomer on the women's basketball team this fall and she's part of the country's No. 2 signing class. Coach Dawn Staley brought in two other McDonald's All-Americans besides Wilson in 6-foot-4 forward Jatarie White and 5-6 guard Bianca Cuevas. Those three along with fellow freshmen in guards Kaydra Duckett and Doniyah Cliney all come in looking to make a quick and significant impact for the defending Southeastern Conference regular-season champions. "I just see a lot of potential when I look around the room at team meetings," said White, the country's No. 7 best prospect according to ESPN. "I just see how we could make a difference." That's the a

  • ORU announces women's non-conference schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oral Roberts women's basketball team has completed and announced its non-conference schedule for the coming season. ORU had previously announced it will open the season with road games Nov. 14 at Baylor and Nov. 17 at Tennessee. The remainder of the schedule released Thursday includes a road game in December at Kansas State and home games Nov. 21 against cross-town rival Tulsa and on Nov. 24 against Missouri State. Other nonconference home games will be against Southwestern Christian; Eastern Michigan; Grand Canyon; and St. Gregory's.

  • 'Orphan Black,' 'Broadchurch' back for new seasons

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — BBC America is bringing the critically acclaimed dramas "Orphan Black" and "Broadchurch" back for new seasons in 2015. The cable channel said Wednesday that the third season of "Orphan Black" will include 10 episodes. In the eerie drama, Tatiana Maslany plays varied clones of her main character. Crime drama "Broadchurch" will return for its second season next year with original stars including David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Jean-Baptiste will be among the new cast members.

  • Ex-UALR assistant baseball coach hired at Campbell

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former University of Arkansas at Little Rock assistant baseball coach Chris Marx has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell University in North Carolina. Marx spent the previous three seasons with UALR as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and as interim head coach. Marx joins a Campbell program that is coming off three straight 40-win seasons and a 2014 NCAA Regional appearance.

  • Oral Roberts scheduled includes Baylor, Tennessee

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oral Roberts women's basketball team will open the coming season with road games against two recent national championship teams. Golden Eagles coach Misti Cussen announced Tuesday that ORU will open the season Nov. 14 against Baylor in Waco, Texas, followed by a Nov. 17 game against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Baylor won national titles in 2005 and 2012 while Tennessee has eight championships — the most recent in 2008. Tipoff times for the two games have not yet been set.

  • LSU Lady Tigers add transfer Alexis Hyder

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Lady Tigers have added North Texas transfer Alexis Hyder to their squad. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell, who announced the addition of Hyder on Tuesday, says the 5-foot-11 forward will sit out next season and will be eligible to play as a junior in the 2015-16 season. Under NCAA rules, she'll be allowed to practice during the upcoming academic year. Hyder has averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while starting 51 games of 59 games in which she had appeared during the past two seasons for North Texas. The native of Austin, Texas, has scored 20 or more points seven times and has 13 double-doubles.

  • Dive injured ex-Texas Tech player before drowning

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — An official says a former Texas Tech baseball player drowned at a lake over the holiday weekend after suffering head and neck trauma when he dove into shallow water at a lake. Wayne Mack, a Montgomery County justice of the peace, said Tuesday that the cause of death for 21-year-old Elliot Richoux (ree-SHOO') was drowning, which was a result of the head and neck injuries suffered in the dive from a dock. Richoux died Friday at Lake Conroe (KAHN'-roh) in Southeast Texas. Richoux was a second-team All-American catcher at Howard College in Big Spring before playing the 2013 season with the Red Raiders. Richoux, who did not play this season for Tech, earned all-state honors playing for The Woodlands H