• Gamecocks' women hoops prospects set to make mark

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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


    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

  • Former Duke guard Alexis Jones going to Baylor

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Alexis Jones is going to Baylor after starting every game she played at Duke the past two seasons. Baylor announced Monday that Jones had signed a financial aid agreement to attend the Big 12 school. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in February and missed Duke's last seven games. Jones, a 5-foot-8 guard from MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, will sit out the 2014-15 season and then have two full seasons of eligibility remaining. She averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals in her two seasons at Duke, and was the ACC tournament MVP as a freshman. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has said she supports Jones' decision. Jones says she wanted to be closer

  • Oklahoma basketball: Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas finds a perfect fit at the school he never thought he'd attend

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    After leaving Houston, the native of Killeen, Texas, didn’t think he’d play for any college other than Houston and never thought he’d wind up a Sooner.

  • Ex-Texas Tech player dies in holiday drowning

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech University officials say an All-American junior college baseball player who later competed for Tech drowned while swimming with family and friends over the holiday weekend. Tech athletics spokesman Scott Lacefield said Monday that 21-year-old Elliot Richoux (ree-SHOO') died Friday at Lake Conroe (KAHN'-roh). Authorities say he had jumped from a dock before slipping below the water. His body was found about 30 minutes later. Richoux was a second-team All-American catcher at Howard College in Big Spring before playing the 2013 season with the Red Raiders. He earned all-state honors playing for The Woodlands High School.

  • Staley holding softball fundraiser

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is turning to softball to help an effort for her INNERSOLE charity. Staley will help host a celebrity game on July 19th between Gamecock coaches and celebrities. Those participating will include former Gamecock football standouts Alshon Jeffrey, Sheldon Brown, Corey Miller and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Others who've agreed to play include Staley's boss in South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner, and women's basketball personalities Cynthia Cooper and Nell Fortner. The money raised will go to the group's Educate My Sole Challenge that's an initiative for grade school students to attend school and stay engaged in classroom work.

  • US wins women's U17 title, beating Spain 77-75

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Lauren Cox scored 20 points and blocked eight shots to help the United States beat Spain 77-75 in the women's under-17 world championship game Sunday. The 6-foot-4 Cox is from Flower Mound, Texas. Asia Durr of Douglasville, Georgia, had 17 points and four assists, and Arike Ogunbowale of Milwaukee added 15 points and eight rebounds. The United States was 7-0 in the tournament and is 23-0 overall in the biennial event that started in 2010. Angela Salvadores led Spain (6-1) with 40 points.

  • US women edge Spain 77-75 to win U17 world title

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Lauren Cox had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the U.S. women's team to a 77-75 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the under-17 world championship on Sunday. Asia Durr added 17 points, and Arike Ogunbowale had 15 for the United States, which finished 7-0 in the tournament. The trio scored the final 10 points for the Americans. Cox scored off a putback with 1:29 left to give the Americans a 73-71 lead. She then had a block and a defensive rebound at the other end, which set up a jumper by Durr with 44.4 seconds left. Durr sealed the win by making two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining. Angela Salvadores had 40 points to lead Spain (6-1) and earn MVP honors. Sh

  • Barrett steps aside from Razorback baseball

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Longtime University of Arkansas baseball announcer Chuck Barrett is stepping down. Barrett and the university say he will continue as the Razorbacks play-by-play voice for football and basketball - but is giving up baseball duties after 23 years. Barrett has done all three sports the past seven years while also serving as the UA athletic department's director of broadcasting. Barrett was first hired in 1992 to announce Razorback baseball games and has called more than 1,250 games since.

  • Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.

  • Tulsa Shock: How a season with 'Coach C' helped spark former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris' breakout WNBA season

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    How did Courtney Paris go from bust to boom in the WNBA? It goes back to a city on the Mediterranean coast and a man who she calls Coach C — Ceyhun Yildizoglu, a coach in the Turkish Basketball League.

  • Texas Tech basketball player suspended for fight

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech guard Amber Battle has been suspended for a month for her involvement in a fight with a football player at the university's recreation center. The school says the senior is "suspended from competition for the entire month of November." Battle also says in Friday's statement that she "initiated first contact" in the fight with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend. Bethel then responded and, according to a police report, caused serious bodily injury with "hands, fists, feet, etc." He has been dismissed from the team. Battle apologized to Bethel, the school, coaches and her teammates for her actions. Battle led the Lady Raiders last se

  • Ex-Lady Vols official responds to school's motion

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The lawyer for former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings says discovery of information regarding former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt should be included in his client's lawsuit against the school and athletic director Dave Hart. David Burkhalter made his argument Thursday in a response to Tennessee's motion for a protective order that would forbid discovery of information related to Summitt's illness and the circumstances surrounding her departure as Tennessee's coach. Tennessee said the requested information isn't relevant to Jennings' claim of disability retaliation. Burkhalter's response said granting the school's motion "would be the equivalent of granting the death penalty"

  • Cunningham named assistant at Louisiana-Monroe

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Monroe women's basketball coach Jeff Dow has hired Amber Cunningham as an assistant coach. Cunningham served as the video coordinator at Rice University during the 2013-14 season. She began her coaching career in the high school ranks as an assistant at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Dow said Thursday that Cunningham had a stellar playing career at Rice and impressive career playing professionally in Europe. He says Louisiana-Monroe will be upgrading its video editing system and Cunningham will help give players feedback through that system and in other ways.

  • Clemson's Leggett confident Tigers will rebound

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Jack Leggett says he's ready to put last season behind him and return the Tigers to the top of college baseball. The Tigers longtime coach said his team never really found its groove this past spring and ended at 36-25 after getting knocked out of NCAA regional play in two straight games last month. The coach met with Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich following the season and both agreed there was reason for optimism moving forward to 2015. Leggett thinks there's a strong core of players in the lineup and on the mound to make Clemson more competitive in the improving Atlantic Coast Conference.