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As March Madness wraps, players like ZaKiyah Johnson juggle basketball with recruiting calls and NIL

Apr. 06, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Recruitment letters have overwhelmed one long shoe box, along with a backpack set aside for the frontrunners. ZaKiyah Johnson will eventually get around to reading them, her mother believes, though it could be a while before the highly prized basketball recruit responds to...

Muslim athletes push boundaries to keep on training despite fasting during Ramadan

Apr. 05, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Approaching midnight, the hard work is just beginning for Sabir Hussein. Trains running on the elevated railway above Diesel Gym in East London’s docklands are mostly empty. Inside, a mixed martial arts session awaits. Hussein’s 10:30 p.m. agenda:...

Michigan Associated Press Division 2 Player of Year: Vanessa Rodriguez of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard

Apr. 03, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Vanessa Rodriguez makes everyone who doubts her pay. The 5-foot-5 Rodriguez isn’t the most imposing player on the basketball court when she's just standing, but that changes once the game starts. And by the time opposing players realize...

Top recruits Sarah Strong, Joyce Edwards lead East over West in McDonald's girls' basketball game

Apr. 02, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sarah Strong, the top-ranked girls’ basketball recruit for the class of 2024 who has not yet committed to a college, had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the East team’s 98-74 win over the West on Tuesday night in the McDonald’s All-American game. Strong, a...

Mio's Mia McGregor named the Michigan Associated Press Division 4 All-State Player of the Year

Apr. 01, 2024 18:01 PM EDT

Every text message offers a reminder. Every phone call brings a recollection. Like most teens, Mia McGregor’s phone is her friend. But hers is the kind of friend who is constantly poking and prodding and pushing her buttons. And the Mio girls basketball sensation wouldn’t have it...

Wisconsin AP names Allie Ziebell girls high school basketball Player of the Year

Apr. 01, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

Allie Ziebell’s potential as a basketball player became clear the day she accepted a scholarship offer from UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma. The Huskies have won 11 national championships since 1995 and remain one of the top teams in the country. The opportunity to become part...

Wisconsin AP names Kon Knueppel boys high school basketball Player of the Year

Apr. 01, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

Kon Knueppel was one of the state’s top players as a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, and that was reflected in the recruiting process. In addition to schools like Wisconsin and Marquette, Knueppel’s appeal stretched to other parts of the country and reached another...

SafeSport Center announces changes designed to address widespread complaints

Apr. 01, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport announced 10 changes to the way it operates Monday in a move it says is designed to increase efficiency and “trauma sensitivity,” while addressing complaints that have come from both victims and the accused involved in cases at the center. ...

Massachusetts joins with NCAA, sports teams to tackle gambling among young people

Mar. 28, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Top Massachusetts officials joined with NCAA President and former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday to announce a new initiative aimed at tackling the public health harms associated with sports gambling among young people. Baker said those harms extend not...

Ukraine's soccer victory provides welcome distraction from tragedy of war

Mar. 27, 2024 21:11 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians have expressed pride and gratitude toward their men’s national soccer team for qualifying for the European Championship, a rare bit of good news and a welcome distraction from the war with Russia. Though celebrations after Ukraine's 2-1 win over...