• Duquesne coach Jim Ferry receives contract extension

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Duquesne men's basketball coach Jim Ferry signed a contract extension on Tuesday as his rebuilding project with the Dukes continues. Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Ferry is 33-58 in three seasons at Duquesne, including a 12-19 mark in 2014-15. The Dukes went 6-12 in the Atlantic 10 last winter and won an opening round game in the Atlantic 10 tournament for just the third time in the last 20 years. Ferry came to Duquesne in 2012 following a decade at Long Island, which he led to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. Ferry says his staff has made "significant strides" over the past two years. The Dukes will return four starters in 2015-16, including senior guard Derrick Colter a

  • Niagara hires Jada Pierce as women's basketball coach

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    LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara University has hired Saint Joseph's assistant Jada Pierce to become its women's basketball coach. Pierce was hired on Tuesday after spending the past three seasons working under Cindy Griffin, helping the Hawks reach consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and '14. She has 18 seasons of experience as an assistant coach split between the Division I and II levels. Pierce replaces Kendra Faustin, who left the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program three weeks ago to become head coach of Division II Ferris State in her native Michigan. The Purple Eagles went 77-169 in eight seasons under Faustin.

  • Correction: Wisconsin-Ryan Retiring story

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    In a story June 29 about coach Bo Ryan's retirement plans, The Associated Press reported erroneously who hired Ryan at Wisconsin. It was Pat Richter, the Badgers' athletic director at the time. A corrected version of the story is below: Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan says he will retire after next season with Badgers By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year's national championship game, the hard-charging 67-ye

  • Yow savors Wolfpack's work to reach goal of Top 25 status

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Athletic director Debbie Yow has spent five years pushing to turn North Carolina State into a top-25 program. The 2014-15 sports season has brought the Wolfpack to the edge of that goal. North Carolina State earned its best finish in the Directors' Cup rankings of Division I sports programs. It's finishing an indoor practice building that will end football's long wait for the status-symbol facility and recruiting chip. And it has started a renovation to a venerable campus arena that will displace several programs for more than a year but is part of the always-keep-improving drive. "I am pleased about it," Yow said in an interview with The Associated Press.

  • Hilltoppers earned 8 titles, bowl win in first C-USA season

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    Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart wants to follow up his program's strong debut in Conference USA with an even better encore. That will be a tall order for the Hilltoppers, considering they became the first C-USA member to win eight conference titles along with a bowl game in their rookie season. Don't bother asking Stewart what particular highlight stands out in what was supposed to be a transitional year from the Sun Belt Conference; he can't. "That's a good problem to have," Stewart said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. WKU athletes also excelled academically as every team achieved an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 947 or higher. Women's volleyball's 995 score ranked in the top 10

  • Bradley, SIU rebuilding after tumultous off-seasons stripped their rosters

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    On June 2, around 1,200 people filled the ballroom at the Peoria Civic Center to welcome new Bradley basketball coach Brian Wardle and athletic director Chris Reynolds. That attendance accurately represents the passion for Bradley basketball in Peoria, a city that is not-so-patiently waiting for the basketball program to return the favor. The Braves have played in one NCAA Tournament since 1997 — a Sweet 16 in 2006 — and haven’t finished higher than fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference since 2001. “It’s one of the reasons why I really, really wanted to get this opportunity to be the head coach here,” Wardle said Monday during a conference call with MVC coaches. “It’s always been a basketball town. The enth

  • BRIEF: NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mullings to play professionally in Germany

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings has signed a professional contract for Medi Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Germany, the team announced on Monday. Medi Bayreuth is in Basketball Bundesliga, the highest level of professional basketball in Germany. Mullings finished his career at NMSU scoring 1,677 points, which is fourth in program history, is the program's all-time leader in career steals with 249. Mullings averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as senior. The Toronto native was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year for 2013-14 during his junior season, when he averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Mullings had worked ou

  • Vols' Barnes: 'No legs' to Texas academic misconduct report

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says he doesn't have reason to be concerned about a Texas investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program. Texas hired an outside investigator following a Chronicle of Higher Education report that mentioned potential allegations involving three former men's basketball players dating back to 2006. Barnes had coached Texas the last 17 seasons before getting fired in March. Texas officials have said the university "has no information that suggests" Barnes knew of or was involved in any academic improprieties. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has said Barnes' exit had "nothing to do with any academic issues.

  • Wichita State basketball won't take exhibition option this summer

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    Wichita State’s men’s basketball team will likely push its foreign exhibition trip to the summer of 2016. Coach Gregg Marshall considered using the once-every-four-years option in August. Instead, he decided next season’s Shockers will benefit more from the 10 practices and three or four games against international competition. “Next year … will be a better time for us to go,” he said Monday on the Missouri Valley Conference coaches conference call. This season’s Shockers are experienced with seniors Evan Wessel, Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet, Bush Wamukota and Anton Grady. Baker and VanVleet will try out for the Pan Am team in July. Should they make the team, Marshall said he wouldn’t play them in August and

  • OU's Isaiah Cousins selected for Pan Am Games tryout

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    OU junior Isaiah Cousins will participate in USA Basketball training camp for a spot in the U.S. Pan American Games. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Oklahoma senior guard Isaiah Cousins has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Men's Basketball Team training camp, USA Basketball announced Monday morning. The camp, which will be attended by 22 players, will be used to determine the 12-player roster for the Pan American Games in Toronto in late July. The training camp will be held July 7-12 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Isaiah Cousins 1 of 22 picked for U.S. Pan Am Games training camp in July. See full list: http://t.co/4JmpqSfGlYpic.

  • Chicago Bulls introduce first round pick Bobby Portis


    CHICAGO (AP) — Growing up, Bobby Portis got accustomed to being the last player picked. So he prided himself on being the one who out-worked everyone else. Now, the Chicago Bulls first-round draft pick and the reigning SEC Player of the Year is ready to do it again. With his new team already well stocked in the frontcourt, Portis understands that working his way into coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation won't come easy. But armed with a work ethic he credits to his mother, Tina Edwards - who raised Portis and his three younger brothers in Little Rock, Arkansas - the 6-foot-11, 248-pound power forward is prepared to prove himself all over again. "I'm a guy that grades himself on hard work," Portis said at his introductory new

  • New coaches, talented freshmen to add intrigue to SEC hoops


    Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won't take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era. Donovan left for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech's Michael White, one of four new coaches in the league. The other newcomers are Tennessee's Rick Barnes, Mississippi State's Ben Howland and Alabama's Avery Johnson. Barnes reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times in his 17 seasons at Texas, Howland reached three straight Final Fours at UCLA and Johnson coached in an NBA Finals with the Dallas Mavericks. Their star power has SEC coaches bullish on the future.

  • University of Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan says he will retire after next season


    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan says he will retire after next season.

  • Calipari: Confederate flag 'offends,' should be removed


    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes Confederate flags should be taken down. During a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call Monday, Calipari said that "obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That's how I feel. It may offend, so I'd say do it." Calipari asked a reporter if Kentucky uses the flag — it doesn't. He was told that a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis stands inside the state capitol in Frankfort. Statues of two other leaders stand in downtown Lexington. The seventh-year coach deferred to the "powers that be" on that and added, "I'm not running for public office. ... I was thinking about running for p

  • Krzyzewski, Kyvallos to receive Lapchick Award


    NEW YORK (AP) — More honors for a couple of Coach Ks. Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015. The winners of the eighth annual award were announced Monday. The award is named for the Naismith Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. Lapchick coached St. John's and the New York Knicks. The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in New York. The recipients will be honored that night at the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Former NDSU standout playing in NBA Summer League again


    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota State University men's basketball standout Taylor Braun will play for the Orlando Magic in the 2015 NBA Summer League. The league runs July 4-10. NBA TV will televise the games. Braun concluded his NDSU career ranked among the school's all-time Top 10 in nine different statistical categories, including points, steals and rebounds. He was the 2013-14 Summit League Player of the Year and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a senior. Braun played for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League last year. He recently completed his first professional season with a team in Belgium.

  • Perkins-Tryon alumna earns dual sport All-American honors


    McKenzie Stanford proved she was one of the best athletes in Oklahoma when she competed for Perkins-Tryon High. After her sophomore season at Oklahoma Christian University, Stanford is showing she is one of the best athletes in the nation by earning first team All-American honors in basketball and track. In her second season, Stanford led the Lady Eagles with 432 points (16.6 per game), 161 rebounds (6.2 per game) and 10 blocks. She was second on the team with 36 steals and third in assists with 34. “I’ve been very blessed,” Stanford said. “I’ve had all good coaches in high school and college that have always believed in me and my abilities.” Stanford earned plenty of honors in her sophomore season.

  • Kirk, Bairstow renew practice rivalry for Lobos all-star game

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE — For years, Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow traded elbows during practice while both played for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team. On Sunday night in The Pit, they’ll get one more chance to do it. The only difference is it will be in a real game with real refs. Well, sort of. The two former Lobo big men will take part in Sunday’s inaugural Lobo All-Star Game, a reunion of recent ex-Lobos who were talked into making an appearance by Bairstow. Taken by the Chicago Bulls in last year’s NBA Draft, Bairstow organized the game to run in conjunction with a camp he has hosted this weekend in Albuquerque. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

  • Paul Klee: SMU coach Brown mile high on Nuggets’ selection of Mudiay

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    DENVER — He played for the Denver Rockets of the ABA and coached the Nuggets into the NBA. He lived in Boulder a few years ago and cites locals Bill Ficke, Tad Boyle, Larry Eustachy and Chauncey Billups among his inner circle. You know his story. Larry Brown is a New Yorker blessed with Colorado blood. And with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — the seventh pick in the NBA draft and a former Brown recruit — on his way to God’s country, Brown is all in. “He was the best guard in the draft. I don’t doubt it one bit,” Brown said Friday in a phone conversation. “I think they are really going to love him.” Mudiay was a surprise pick by the Nuggets, a surprise in that he wasn’t expected to fall to Denver at 7.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be h