Career highs by Shaquille Morris and Conner Frankamp power Wichita State past Tulane

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Down one of its top scoring options, No. 13 Wichita State had to rely on others to defeat Tulane, 93-86, on Wednesday at Koch Arena.

Shaquille Morris tied his career high of 24 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, as WSU improved to 22-5 and 12-3 in the American Athletic Conference without the services of leading ...Read more

No. 5 Duke cruises past Louisville at home; picks up fourth win without Bagley

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Even with Duke's best scorer on the bench, Louisville had no real answers on how to stop the Blue Devils.

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III missed his fourth consecutive game with a "mild knee sprain." And for the fourth time, Duke won again in convincing fashion at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Senior guard Grayson Allen knocked down ...Read more

Villanova rolls to 93-62 win over DePaul in Phil Booth's return

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PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova welcomed back Phil Booth to the court Wednesday night after a four-week absence and the redshirt junior guard seamlessly moved back into the lineup as if he had been gone for four days.

The third-ranked Wildcats raced out to an 18-point first-half lead and were never threatened after that in a 93-62 victory over DePaul...Read more

Michigan basketball holds off Penn State for key Big Ten road win, 72-63

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan ran into a Penn State team Wednesday night that was playing as well as it has during Patrick Chambers' seven years as head coach.

The Wolverines didn't care. They won anyway.

No. 16 Michigan got 19 points from Duncan Robinson and 18 from Moritz Wagner, clawing its way to a scrappy 72-63 win at Penn State.

The ...Read more

Berry, Pinson lead UNC past Syracuse, 78-74

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse kept coming back. Joel Berry kept coming up with answers.

Berry's steal and layup with 1:36 left helped No. 10 North Carolina escape with a 78-74 win at Syracuse on Wednesday night.

It's the sixth straight win for UNC (22-7, 11-5 ACC) since a three-game losing streak at the end of January and the Tar Heels' sixth ...Read more

Heat to wear 'MSD' uniform patches in memory of Stoneman Douglas victims; Wade speaks out for change

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat are the latest South Florida professional sports team to wear a uniform element in memory of those slain in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead.

The Heat plan to add an "MSD" patch on the shoulder area of their jerseys for the balance of the season. The hope is to ...Read more

NBA will return to Seattle, and so will Durant, in Kings-Warriors preseason game, sources say

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The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.

The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and became the Thunder.

The surprising ...Read more

Cavs' James opposes changing NBA playoff format to top 16 teams, regardless of conference

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Changing the NBA playoff qualifiers to the 16 teams with the best records instead of the top eight in each conference has been seriously discussed at the league office over the last few years, Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night.

But Cavaliers star LeBron James disagrees with that suggestion and said he believes ...Read more

Rick Pitino urges Louisville to take NCAA to court to keep title banner flying

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Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino urged the university Wednesday to fight the "unjust" NCAA ruling that vacated the Cardinals' 2013 national title.

"To say I'm disappointed with the NCAA appeals ruling would be a gross understatement," Pitino said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon in New York. "I hope Louisville will ...Read more

How could an NBA investigation punish Mavericks for workplace sexual misconduct?

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The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban are in hot water.

On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated's executive editor Jon Wertheim and reporter Jessica Luther released a months-long feature story on that alleged a wide-spread workplace culture of sexual harassment.

The report is based on the detailed accounts from more than a half-dozen ...Read more

The NBA didn't take too kindly to Mark Cuban's tanking comments

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It hasn't been a good couple of days for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on Julius Erving's podcast over the weekend. On the podcast Cuban said it would benefit the Mavs to lose games the rest of the season (to improve their draft position). It's a fact that everyone knows about the ...Read more

Kentucky weathers early storm on way to victory at Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The strides Kentucky insisted had been made during the recent losing streak became obvious Tuesday night.

UK's 87-72 victory over Arkansas looked like giant steps of progress.

With a pep band addicted to the William Tell Overture and a sellout crowd urging the home team on, Kentucky had plenty to overcome.

The situation ...Read more

Bruins take a holiday when star guard is on the bench

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LOS ANGELES--In the time it takes to complete an eight-clap, UCLA went from rollicking to reeling in the second half Saturday.

One minute the Bruins had Pauley Pavilion roaring amid a series of layups and three-point shots that pushed their lead into double digits, the next they were trailing after surrendering a massive Oregon run.

It didn't ...Read more

Hornets' Malik Monk misses most of practice after Sunday car accident

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday's practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break.

Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday's late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center...Read more

Michigan State clinches share of Big Ten title with 81-61 win against Illinois

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges came back to hang banners inside Breslin Center.

He helped secure his first on Tuesday night.

The sophomore scored 11 first-half points, and No. 1 Michigan State used a 12-1 run over the first 5 minutes of the second half to capture at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with an 81-61 ...Read more

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall still wants to play Michigan for the 2013 national title

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The NCAA announced on Tuesday that it had denied Louisville's appeal, meaning the men's basketball team must vacate its records from 2011 to 2015, including the 2013 national championship that featured a 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four.

Back in October at the American Athletic Conference media day, WSU coach Gregg Marshall ...Read more

Bulls' youth movement begins in earnest with starting roles for Felicio, Nwaba

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CHICAGO -- Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday and Jerian Grant are out. Cristiano Felicio, David Nwaba and Cameron Payne are in.

And the Bulls' rebuild remains centered on Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen.

That's the gist of executive vice president John Paxson's message to both his team and reporters before Tuesday's first post-All-Star ...Read more

The first time Kobe Bryant almost became a Bull

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It's confirmed: The Bulls missed out on Kobe Bryant -- twice.

The Lakers great demanded to be traded to Chicago in 2007, but in a sit-down with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant admitted he was making moves to join the Bulls three years earlier.

Back in 2004, the Lakers had lost in embarrassing fashion to Pistons in the NBA Finals, and ...Read more

Terrence Phillips, subject of Missouri Title IX investigation, is off basketball team

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Terrence Phillips is no longer on the Missouri men's basketball team, an athletic department employee confirmed Tuesday.

Phillips had been indefinitely suspended from the team since January and is under Title IX investigation by the university following complaints from at least four women, some of whom have made reports of ...Read more

Michigan coach John Beilein won't claim Louisville's vacated 2013 national championship

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Michigan did not beat Louisville for the 2013 men's basketball national championship.

And though the NCAA will indeed force the Cardinals to vacate that championship win, Michigan coach John Beilein is not about to claim it for his own program.

Instead, he maintains fond memories of what he'll remember as one of the best groups to ever do it ...Read more