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Kentucky's Ashton Hagans takes an uncontested shot during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Tennessee won 81-73. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter NBA draft

Apr. 5, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter the NBA draft and forego his final two seasons of eligibility. He said Sunday the “time is now” to pursue his dream of playing professionally. The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the...

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer shouts at an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Texas hires Schaefer from Mississippi State

Apr. 5, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved quickly to hire a new women's basketball coach, luring Vic Schaefer away from powerhouse Mississippi State on Sunday. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte announced the move by tweeting a picture of himself with Schaefer and his family holding up the “Hook'em...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) is pursued by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Shelby Harris (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver. The coronavirus pandemic has forced NFL teams to make free agent decisions without the benefit of meeting players face to face. That suppressed the market for plenty of lower-tier free agents such as Harris who signed a one-year deal for $2.5 million with a chance to earn another $750,000. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Column: Virus will make the timeline for sports, too

Apr. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

The unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened. The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters. There was no opening day in baseball. The odds are increasingly...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Indiana wide receiver Nick Westbrook runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Bloomington, Ind. Gone for the most part this year are access to in-person interviews, campus workouts and visits to team headquarters. Those who competed in college all-star games but didn't receive a combine invite, like Indiana receiver Nick Westbrook, have the advantage of performing in front of scouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process

Apr. 5, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL's draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of pro days canceled because of the new coronavirus, the Hall of Fame executive who constructed multiple Super Bowl teams...

FILE - In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Villanova's Kris Jenkins makes the game-winning three-point shot during the second half of the NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game against North Carolina, in Houston. A panel of Associated Press sports writers has come up with the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The top game on the list is Villanova's buzzer-beating victory against North Carolina in the 2016 national championship game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP Was There: Villanova's Jenkins beats Heels at '16 buzzer

Apr. 5, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game was voted No. 1 and this story was sent April 5, 2016. ...

FILE - In this March 29, 1999, file photo, Duke's Chris Burgess tries to keep the ball from going out of bounds as Connecticut's Edmund Saunders (51) watches in the first half of the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Final Four, in St. Petersburg, Fla. UConn won 77-74. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Top title games: UConn's '99 win vs. Duke a program changer

Apr. 5, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

Khalid El-Amin remembers Connecticut’s resolve to win a program-changing national championship. The last hurdle to transforming the Huskies into a national power? Edging a dominant Duke team in a classic title game 21 years ago. “We thought and we knew that if we ever had an opportunity to play...

This recent photo shows the new indoor courts at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome. Ga. (Doug Walker/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

Indoor tennis courts finished, with no one to play

Apr. 5, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ROME, Ga. (AP) — The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is now fully capable of hosting major NCAA championship events with the completion of the new six-court indoor tennis pavilion. When anyone will actually get to play in it is entirely dependent on the containment of the novel coronavirus. The...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump talks with US pro sports leaders to discuss virus

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House....

Baylor guard Moon Ursin (12) passes the ball against Oklahoma center Aspen Williston (31) and guard Gabby Gregory (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/ Jerry Larson)

The Latest: Grandmother of Baylor star Ursin dies from virus

Apr. 4, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The grandmother of Baylor junior guard Moon Ursin has died in the New Orleans area after being infected with the coronavirus. Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, selected Saturday as part of the 2020 class for the Naismith Memorial...

FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

Apr. 4, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin...