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In this image provided by Vanderbilt Athletics, Vanderbilt goalkeeper Sarah Fuller kicks a goal kick during an NCAA college soccer game against South Carolina on Oct. 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Fuller will don a football uniform on Vanderbilt's sideline and she is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores take on Missouri on Sarturday. (Eric Glemser/Vanderbilt Athletics via AP)

Column: Sports hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar

Nov. 27, 2020 5:10 PM EST

The games will go on, hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar. Even as the coronavirus rages out of control over wide swaths of the country, and some facets of society are beginning to shut down again in hopes of stemming the deadly tide, there are no plans to shutter sports like they did back in March. Too...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) pushes past Ohio's forward Dwight Wilson III (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

Nov. 27, 2020 4:40 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois (3-0). Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1). Ben Vander Plas added 20...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nigeria's Ike Diogu, right, drives to the basket ahead of Spain's Pau Gasol during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In the 2005 NBA Draft Ike Diogu was the only Nigerian-American, but now fifteen years later, Nigerians are setting records in last week's Draft with two players from Nigeria as first-rounders, and another six who have at least one Nigerian parent were also picked. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

Nov. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties. “I saw the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, Minnesota Timberwolves' Luol Deng in action suring an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis, USA. The two-time NBA All Star, who became president of the South Sudan basketball federation after retiring as a player last year, Luol Deng wants to build up basketball in his native South Sudan that may mean him coaching the national team himself, as they prepare to play against Mali upcoming Saturday Nov. 28 2020.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone, FILE)

Retired NBA player Deng coaches South Sudan at tournament

Nov. 27, 2020 10:47 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Luol Deng wants to build up basketball in his native South Sudan and sometimes that means coaching the national team himself. The two-time NBA All-Star, who became president of the South Sudan basketball federation after retiring as a player last year, stepped in when the team was a...

Belinelli signs deal to return to his native Italy

Nov. 26, 2020 4:47 PM EST

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Marco Belinelli is going back to Italy, announcing Thursday that he has signed a three-year contract to play for Virtus Bologna. The 34-year-old guard spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for nine different teams — Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago, Charlotte,...

FILE- In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson sits on the bench watching teammates during practice for the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, that Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season.  Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California the day before.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Warriors star Klay Thompson has surgery on right Achilles

Nov. 26, 2020 12:52 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Warriors guard Klay Thompson underwent surgery on his torn right Achilles tendon Wednesday and still is expected to be sidelined the entire season for Golden State. Dr. Richard Ferkel performed the operation in Los Angeles, the team said. Thompson got hurt playing in a pickup game last...

Freshman Miles, O'Bannon help TCU beat Houston Baptist 69-45

Nov. 25, 2020 11:30 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Freshman Mike Miles scored 13 points and Chuck O'Bannon had 11 points, nine rebounds and two steals to help TCU beat Houston Baptist 69-45 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Junior center Kevin Samuel had six points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. He has 165...

Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

What an offseason! Hawks bulk up big time in free agency

Nov. 25, 2020 8:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Just like that, the Atlanta Hawks transformed themselves into a playoff contender. A team that averaged less than 25 wins the last three seasons added to its impressive young core with a whirlwind of free-agent signings, capped by the news late Tuesday that Sacramento would not match a...

NBA moves Indianapolis' All-Star weekend to 2024

Nov. 25, 2020 1:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2024, the league said Wednesday, formally rescheduling the plans for that city to be the site of the league’s midseason showcase this season. Cleveland will play host in 2022 and Salt Lake City will do so in 2023, both of those...

Longtime Tennessee county judge to retire

Nov. 25, 2020 5:34 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Longtime Tennessee Chancery Court Judge Walter L. Evans is retiring at the end of November, court officials said. Evans has served as a chancery court judge in Shelby County for 22 years. He has presided over numerous high-profile cases, including some involving Memphis-based shipping...