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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo gives instructions against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 80-69. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

Apr. 2, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players. According to a police report...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots customized Boeing 767 jet rests on the tarmac at T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, R.I. The Patriots private team plane is expected to land in Boston on Thursday, April 2, 2020, returning from China with more than one million masks to help control the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Latest: Golden Gate Fields closes for live racing

Apr. 2, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area has been closed for live racing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alameda County Public Health Officer ordered the track to close, which resulted in the cancellation of...

In this 1975-76 season photo, Wake Forest coach Carl Tacy coaches the Deacons during the an NCAA college basketball game. Tacy, the Former Wake Forest and Marshall basketball coach, died died early Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was 87. (The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Former Wake Forest basketball coach Carl Tacy dies at 87

Apr. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Former Wake Forest and Marshall basketball coach Carl Tacy has died. He was 87. Tacy's son, Carl Jr., told The Associated Press his father died early Thursday. He had been transferred from a hospital to hospice care in Yadkinville, North Carolina last week following a December...

DePaul coach Dave Leitao's contract extended through 2023-24

Apr. 2, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — DePaul and coach Dave Leitao on Thursday agreed to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons went 16-16. The school said in September it was working on the deal. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The Blue...

Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating Saint Mary's in an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the West Coast Conference men's tournament Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Study: Gonzaga, Michigan top academics-based NCAA brackets

Apr. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gonzaga and Michigan stood out in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. The Zags were a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The Institute for...

UNC's Cunningham to join NCAA basketball selection committee

Apr. 2, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. The NCAA announced Cunningham’s addition Thursday. As UNC’s first-ever appointee, Cunningham begins a...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson drives against Iowa forward Ryan Kriener during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa. Wesson announced in a Wednesday night, April 1, 2020, tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson leaving to enter NBA draft

Apr. 2, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson plans to enter the NBA draft. Wesson announced in a tweet Wednesday night that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson runs over Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

Apr. 2, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

Athletic directors at the nation's biggest sports schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey released Thursday by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football schools, 63% forecast a worst-case scenario in which...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...