• Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Homecoming & Hoops a big deal for Michael Cobbins

    By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    “I spent most of the time before the game fighting back tears, and I couldn’t fight it anymore,” Cobbins said. “Even after the game was over with, I still couldn’t fight it any more. It’s the last go around, and this really is home. It’s something you care about.”

  • College player fights tumor for moment on court

    Yesterday

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Lauren Hill is the last player to take the court for the 6 a.m. stretch before basketball practice. She's moving slowly today. The freshman wearing the blue No. 22 Mount St. Joseph jersey has days like this lately. Days when the inoperable tumor squeezing her brain also saps her energy and robs her of coordination. Days when it would be easy just to stay in bed. Not a chance. Since her diagnosis a year ago, she makes sure no opportunity gets wasted. "That's kind of how I look at it," Hill said during an interview, resting in a folding chair after practice Thursday. "I'm spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment's not promised. Anything can happen a

  • Rwandan government bans BBC local language service

    Yesterday

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide. President Paul Kagame's government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over the recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down his predecessor's plane, a crash that triggered the mass killings. The hour-long documentary — "Rwanda, The Untold Story" — also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that many of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have been ethnic Hutus, and not ethnic Tutsis as

  • Rwandan government angry at BBC over documentary

    Yesterday

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over a recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down of his predecessor's plane. The hour-long documentary — "Rwanda, The Untold Story" — also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that most of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have been ethnic Hutus, and not ethnic Tutsis as is the common portrayal. Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo said the documentary is an "attack on Rwanda and its people" and that her government is contemplating taking action against the BBC.

  • Power Lunch: Live chat with OSU writer John Helsley

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  • AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Networks Inc. said Thursday it will pay $200 million to acquire a stake in BBC America. The entertainment company known for shows such as "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Men" will have a 49.9 percent equity stake in the cable channel that is home of shows such as "Doctor Who" and "Orphan Black." BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., will retain 50.1 percent ownership. The BBC said in a statement the partnership will help it reach new audiences in the U.S., strengthen BBC America, while creating opportunities for the U.K.'s "creative community." New York-based AMC will have operational control of BBC America and manage it as a stand-alone channel, adding to its portfolio t

  • Lady Vols' DeShields using year off to recover

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields says sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules will give her time to recover from a leg injury that has bothered her since high school. DeShields says she played at "probably about 75" percent last season at North Carolina, though she still performed well enough to be named the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year. The 6-foot-1 guard said she wouldn't be healthy enough to take the floor right now even if she were eligible to play this season. DeShields isn't practicing with her new team yet and says she hasn't done any full-scale, five-on-five workouts the last two months, though she did play some pickup basketball this summer.

  • UND women picked to repeat as Big Sky champs

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota women's basketball team is picked by coaches and also by members of the media to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions. UND is tops in both preseason polls, followed by Montana. UND shared the league's regular-season title last season and won the postseason tournament. The team advanced to its first NCAA Division I Tournament. A dozen letter-winners are back this season for head coach Travis Brewster, last year's coach of the year in the Big Sky. UND opens its regular season Nov. 15 at Colorado, in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament.

  • Irish the favorite to win ACC women's hoops title

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference looks a lot different in women's basketball these days — especially at the top. Two of the top three teams in the league's preseason poll announced Wednesday weren't even in the league two years ago. Defending champion Notre Dame — which has yet to lose an ACC game — is the consensus preseason favorite while Louisville was picked third by both the league's coaches and a panel of school representatives and media members. It's made for an interesting blend of traditional ACC powers and newcomers who fit right in: All four teams have reached the Final Four during the past decade, either from the ACC or the Big East. "The league's like the Final Four," Nort

  • Stanford picked to win Pac-12 regular-season crown

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No surprise that Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's Stanford team is picked to win a 15th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season women's basketball championship, though she doesn't pay much attention to preseason hype. "We want to be a championship team at the end," she said. "I hope we'll live up to the pick by the other coaches, I don't want to disappoint them." VanDerveer learned from her father to always prepare to be best at the end. The rest of the conference is confident the Pac-12 is better than it has been in years. "Having been at Stanford as long as I've been at Stanford, every year is really hard," VanDerveer, in her 29th year as Cardinal coach, said during Wednesday's media day.

  • DePaul unanimous pick for Big East women's title

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With most of the team back from last season's special run, it's no surprise that DePaul is the unanimous choice to win the Big East again. Coach Doug Bruno returns four starters from the squad that won the conference's regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Sweet 16. "It's an honor, but it's always about the review," Bruno said. "Previews are great, but they are without substance. They are speculation. What you do during the year is never taken from you. It's all about the reviews not the previews. We have a lot of really great kids back and we'll see in a few weeks where we are." St. John's is second in the poll announced Wednesday, receiving the other first-place vote since coaches

  • Preseason all-ACC women's hoops teams

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

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  • ACC women's preseason order of finish

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The preseason ACC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by both the league's coaches and by a panel of school representatives and media members, as released Wednesday: ___ COACHES' POLL ___ ACC Champion Notre Dame ___ 1. Notre Dame, 223 points (14 first-place votes) 2. Duke, 196 (1) 3. Louisville, 194 4. North Carolina, 193 5. Florida State, 152 6. Syracuse, 149 7. Georgia Tech, 136 8. Miami, 117 9. Virginia, 98 10. N.C. State, 87 11. Wake Forest, 82 12. Virginia Tech, 54 13. Clemson, 44 14. Pittsburgh, 43 15.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Putnam City West's Tre Evans commits to Cowboys

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Junior guard like OSU’s up-tempo style.

  • South Carolina women's hoop team picked to win SEC

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley knows the work it took to reach the top of the Southeastern Conference. She understands it'll be an even greater challenge for the defending SEC champs to stay there. Gone are the days when everyone would pencil in Tennessee to dominate the SEC, win the league title and easily move on to the Final Four. While the Gamecocks were picked to repeat, Staley expects the defending champions to be challenged by a hungry, talented group of teams looking to finish on top. "You have to be prepared for this meat grinder," Staley said Tuesday. "There isn't a conference in the country that's challenged like we are night in and night out.

  • The preseason SEC order of finish

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The preseason SEC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by the media and released Tuesday: ___ SEC Champion South Carolina ___ 1. South Carolina, 210 points 2. Tennessee, 191 3. Texas A&M, 179 4. Kentucky, 154 5. Vanderbilt, 150 6. Georgia, 132 7. LSU, 122 8. Mississippi State, 108 9. Florida, 96 10. Auburn, 83 11. Arkansas, 77 11 Missouri, 77 13. Alabama, 74 14.

  • All-SEC preseason women's basketball team

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

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  • OVC preseason predicted order of finish

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The predicted order of finish for women's basketball in the Ohio Valley Conference as predicted by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday. Eleven points for first-place vote, 10 for second, etc. Coaches and sports information directors could not vote for their own teams (with first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Belmont (14) 224 2. UT Martin (3) 203 3. Jacksonville State (2) 189 4. Tennessee Tech 169 5. SIUE 152 6. Tennessee State (2) 144 7. Eastern Kentucky (3) 138 8. Eastern Illinois 92 9. Murray State 83 10. Southeast Missouri 73 11. Austin Peay 71 12.

  • Ohio Valley Conference women's preseason team

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Ohio Valley Conference preseason women's team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday: ___ Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jordyn Luffman, Belmont G/F Jordyn Luffman, Belmont F Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois G Candace Morton, Jacksonville St. G Almesha Jones, Morehead St. F Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee St. F Ashia Jones, UT Martin G Destany McLin, Jacksonville St. G Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay G Keiona Kirby, Murray St.

  • Judge grants motion to strike Summitt reference

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches must remove a reference to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt from their complaint in a lawsuit against the university. The complaint in the lawsuit filed by Moshak, Heather Mason and Collin Schlosser said Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart "forced Coach Pat Summitt into an involuntary early retirement." Summitt has indicated it was her choice to step down for health reasons in April 2012, and she remains on Tennessee's staff as head coach emeritus. U.S. District Judge Bruce Guyton granted the university's motion to strike that reference Monday.