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NCAA suspends Syracuse coach Boeheim, strips victories

By The Associated Press 10:40 p.m.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The NCAA denounced one of the country’s most decorated basketball programs Friday, suspending Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine conference games next year and outlining a decade-long series of violations that included academic misconduct, improper benefits, and ...

College basketball insider: Sons of former NBA stars have hoop dreams, too

By Bob Cohn
The 1991 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team included Hersey Hawkins and Dominique Wilkins. Shawn Kemp, who played in six consecutive All-Star games starting the ...

Earl Lloyd, 1st black player in NBA, dies at 86

By The Associated Press
Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he’s something much bigger. He was ...

Starkey: Court-storming stupidity must stop

By Joe Starkey
I’m not sure when profanity-laced chants became an accepted part of the college-basketball experience, but as embarrassing as they are, they’re not dangerous. Court storming ...

Plane problem forces No. 5 Wisconsin to land in Pittsburgh

By The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. — No. 5 Wisconsin had one tough night. The Badgers were stuck in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning after the plane that was flying them home from a 59-53 loss at Maryland had to make an emergency landing on Tuesday ...

Jeannette grad Gregory a 3-point threat for Charlotte

By Brian Knavish
You do the math. Ciara Gregory is seventh on the University of Charlotte women’s basketball team in minutes, but the Jeannette High School graduate is also ...

College basketball insider: Little-known Brown becoming big-time player

By John Grupp
There is something fitting that one of college basketball’s best dunkers plays at a school named High Point. But John Brown still hasn’t touched his ceiling. “I ...

Franklin Regional grad Pickens selected to dive at FINA Grand Prix meet

By Michael Love
Franklin Regional graduate Samantha Pickens will represent USA Diving at one of two FINA Grand Prix meets in April. Pickens will be a part of a contingent that will dive at an event April 16 to 19 in Puerto Rico. She will ...

College basketball extra: Two years after being No. 1 in RPI, Mountain West struggling

By John Grupp
The Mountain West is proving it’s easier to reach the top than it is to stay there. Two years ago, the Mountain West was the talk of college basketball after finishing the regular season as the nation’s top-ranked conference ...

14-time major winner Woods takes leave from PGA Tour

By The Associated Press
PEBBLE BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is “not acceptable” to compete in tournaments, and he will return when he thinks it is. Hopeful of having injuries behind him, Woods had a horrific start to the new ...

Jeannette grad gets over cold streak with pin for Kent State

By Brian Knavish
They say victory is sweet. That’s true in any sport, but in wrestling, winning by pinfall is even sweeter than a mere victory. Jeannette High School ...

Former Chartiers Valley guard McConnell takes on scoring role for No. 7 Arizona

By The Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. — The mayor of McKale Center goes to work any chance he gets, during free throws, TV timeouts, video reviews. Typically holding court near ...

College Basketball Tuesday: Pittsburgh native hopes North Florida becomes tourney darlings

By John Grupp
When No. 14 seed Mercer stunned Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March, North Florida coach Matt Driscoll’s phone started ringing off the hook. The ...

North Carolina basketball coaching great Dean Smith dies

By The Associated Press
Dean Smith was much more than a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after ...

Jordan says Smith was ‘my 2nd father’

By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan called North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith the most influential person in his life other than his parents. Smith died Saturday night at 83. In a statement on Twitter released through his business manager, Jordan said Smith ...

Players, coaches alike pay tribute to iconic Smith

By The Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Dean Smith did everything to bring the best out of his North Carolina players. Sometimes, that meant a handwritten note of encouragement. ...