Basketball

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurst throws during practice in norman, Okla., Monday, April 1, 2019. Jalen Hurts is now at Oklahoma and apparently he is bringing a bit of Nick Saban’s process to the Sooners. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, George Schroeder of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the transition from Alabama to Oklahoma for Hurts. (Kyle Phillips/The Norman Transcript via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 12:49 pm
Jalen Hurts is now at Oklahoma and apparently he is bringing a bit of Nick Saban's process to the Sooners. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , George Schroeder of USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the transition from Alabama to Oklahoma for Hurts. The start quarterback...
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Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw directs her team during practice at the women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Notre Dame faces Connecticut in a national semifinal on Friday.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 04, 2019 - 12:22 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Muffet McGraw says it's time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life, including women's basketball. "When you look at men's basketball, 99% of the jobs go to men, why shouldn't 100 or 99% of the jobs in women's basketball go to women?" the Notre Dame women's...
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Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl walks to a news conference after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 04, 2019 - 9:59 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Auburn, Virginia, Michigan State and Texas Tech have arrived in Minneapolis for the Final Four. Teams will practice on Thursday and hold open-to-the-public workouts on Friday. The national semifinals are on Saturday, when Auburn faces Virginia and Michigan State takes on Texas...
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Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson speaks during a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Houston plays Kentucky in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 04, 2019 - 9:16 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season after helping the Cougars to their best season in 35 years. The move comes after Sampson turned around a downtrodden program and led the Cougars to their first Sweet 16 since 1984. Houston lost to...
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Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00) passes the ball over New York Knicks' Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 04, 2019 - 12:35 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Milwaukee is on the verge of clinching the NBA's best record, which would lock the Bucks into the No. 1 spot. Toronto would then be No. 2 in the East, and Philadelphia has...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Michigan State's Cassius Winston (5) shoots past Indiana's Devonte Green, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in East Lansing, Mich. Winston has joined a select group of players in program history as an All-America player and Big Ten player of the year. If he can help the Spartans win two more games, he'll join Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as the school's national championship-winning point guards. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
April 04, 2019 - 12:25 am
The NCAA Tournament needed a little time to warm up. There were a few upsets, some close games and breakout performances, but not the usual wow factor we expect in the early rounds. Once the bracket hit the Elite Eight, the madness returned to March. All four games were close, two went to overtime...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts after being ejected in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 03, 2019 - 7:41 pm
DENVER (AP) — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich boiled over just 63 seconds into a game against Denver and was ejected. An irate Popovich appeared to be upset over a non-foul call Wednesday night and was given a technical by official Mark Ayotte. He kept it up and was handed another from fellow...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) smiles while answering questions during a news conference after beating Duke 68-67 in an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game, in Washington. Winston has joined a select group of players in program history as an All-America player and Big Ten player of the year. If he can help the Spartans win two more games, he'll join Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as the school's national championship-winning point guards. (AP Photo/ Mark Tenally, File)
April 03, 2019 - 4:15 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston is already in elite company. The crafty point guard is among a handful of Michigan State players to win Big Ten player of the year honors and earn a spot on The Associated Press All-America team. And if he can help the Spartans win two more games, he will...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma has words for the referee in the second half of a women's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State, in Storrs, Conn. UConn will face Notre Dame in a Final Four semifinal on Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)
April 03, 2019 - 3:08 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It seems as if almost every week another coach is getting accused of abuse by their players. Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and now Northern Kentucky are the latest schools to generate headlines over the past month. Women's basketball coaches have started to change the way they...
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In this photo taken March 8, 2019, a referee prepares to start a play using a Precision Time device during the first half of an Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament basketball game in Greensboro, N.C. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is used at nearly every level of the sport, including the NBA and college basketball's NCAA Tournament. Costabile estimates the ability to stop the clock automatically on a referee's whistle can save roughly 90 seconds formerly lost to reaction time when timekeepers manually stopped the clock. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
April 03, 2019 - 1:54 pm
The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee's on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is...
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