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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Hillcrest Prep's Makur Maker (20) controls the ball against Sunrise Christian Academy during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Highly touted prospect Maker picked Howard University over UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN began tracking such things in 2007. Maker is a 6-foot-11 center who declared for the NBA draft in April before opting to consider college basketball. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Top prospect Maker picks Howard over UCLA, Kentucky, Memphis

Jul. 3, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highly touted prospect Makur Maker verbally committed to Howard University on Friday, picking the Bison over college basketball powerhouses UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN...

In this April 25, 2020 photograph, a small Mississippi state flag is held by a participant during a drive-by

Following athletes, NCAA takes aim at Confederate flag

Jun. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the athletes it serves, the NCAA is taking another stand on a social issue. The NCAA on Friday expanded its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events, one day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, LSU assistant coach Bill Armstrong, center, coaches from the bench during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game against Yale in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. LSU assistant coach Bill Armstrong and support staff member Kevin Nickelberry have been promoted after the LSU Board of Supervisors approved new contracts for the pair of Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

LSU approves promotions for Armstrong, Nickelberry

Jun. 19, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU assistant coach Bill Armstrong and support staff member Kevin Nickelberry have been promoted after the LSU Board of Supervisors approved new contracts for the pair of Friday. Armstrong, who is entering his fourth year on head coach Will Wade's staff, has been promoted to...

Sporting's mascot lion waves from the empty stands during the Portuguese League soccer match between Sporting CP and Pacos de Ferreira at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, June 12, 2020. The Portuguese League soccer matches are being played without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Antonio Cotrim/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Inter Miami tests positive for COVID 19

Jun. 18, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Inter Miami says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus, making it five MLS teams with at least one player in that situation. The player was not identified. The team says it is “working directly with...

LSU top assistant Greg Heiar leaving men's basketball staff

Jun. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU associate head basketball coach Greg Heiar is leaving the staff, he announced on social media Thursday. Heiar left Wichita State to join LSU as an assistant when current Tigers head coach Will Wade took over in 2017. Heiar's promotion to associate head coach came before last...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas players sing

NCAA encourages day off from college sports on election day

Jun. 12, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

The NCAA on Friday encouraged its 1,100 member colleges and universities to give athletes the day off from sports on election day, responding to grassroots movements of activism from players and coaches. Following nationwide protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Georgia Tech announced earlier this...

South Carolina's Martin to chair hoops committee on race

Jun. 4, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large. The NABC's board of directors announced the new...

Florida guard Andrew Nembhard (2) powers past Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)

Florida G Nembhard withdraws from NBA draft, transfers

May. 30, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school — just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman said Saturday that Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Stadium first reported...

FILE - In this March 23, 2007, file photo, Alabama-Huntsville's Shaun Arvai, left, kneels on the ice after Alabama-Huntsville lost 3-2 to Notre Dame in two overtimes in a semifinal of the NCAA men's hockey Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. When the word came down in one of those end-of-the-week news dumps that Alabama-Huntsville was dropping its men's hockey team,  it hit especially hard. UAH also eliminated its men's and women's tennis teams at the same time it announced hockey's demise _ all in the name of balancing a bottom line that has taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Adam Bird, File)

Column: A college hockey program worth saving in Alabama

May. 29, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

They've always been an outlier, a major college hockey program in the Deep South. As with most pioneers, they've teetered on the brink of failure, shouldered through plenty of skepticism and ridicule. That only made it more imperative to save the Chargers of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. When the word...

Kentucky, Notre Dame meet this fall to begin 3-year series

May. 28, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky and Notre Dame play this fall to begin a three-year series between two of college basketball’s winningest programs. Kentucky hosts Notre Dame on Dec. 12 in the first regular-season meeting between the schools since Notre Dame's 64-50 victory at home on Nov. 29, 2012....