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April 3, 2014 - 5:04pm
1 week 5 days ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — It was 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday, more than four hours before tip-off against Mississippi, and Florida guard Michael Frazier II was in the visiting arena putting up shots.

About 400 of them.

By the time Frazier was done, he was soaked in sweat and reeking from the hour-long workout.

For him, this was the look, feel and smell of success.

Frazier's sharp-shooting prowess comes at a price....

April 3, 2014 - 4:56pm
1 week 5 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Suspended Washington wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief after two incidents in February.

The King County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges Thursday. Stringfellow is scheduled to be arraigned in King County District Court on April 16. All three charges are gross misdemeanors in the state of Washington, punishable by at least 90 days but less than one year...

April 3, 2014 - 4:54pm
1 week 5 days ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Top-ranked UConn heads to the Final Four in Nashville as the best shot-blocking team in the history of women's basketball.

The defending-champion Huskies have blocked 313 shots so far this season, breaking the NCAA single-season record of 310 set by Baylor and Brittney Griner in 2011-12.

Center Stefanie Dolson, one of three Huskies who swat more than two blocks a game, says having a trio of players 6-foot-3 or taller helps. But...

April 3, 2014 - 4:54pm
1 week 5 days ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier has a chance to escape Kemba Walker's shadow.

Connecticut's do-everything guard won a national championship as a freshman playing under the tutelage of Walker.

Three years later, Napier has the Huskies two wins away from another championship after leading them in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and big shots.

UConn faces Florida, the NCAA tournament's top overall seed in the national...

April 3, 2014 - 4:52pm
1 week 5 days ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The tournament that began with the lure of a billion-dollar bracket will end at a billion-dollar stadium outside of Dallas.

Big as March Madness and the Final Four have become, they're not big enough to blot out the storm clouds on the horizon. The NCAA has issues looming — among them, the possible unionization of players and a lawsuit challenging the NCAA's ban on paying players.

If the NCAA loses either case, it would...

April 3, 2014 - 4:48pm
1 week 5 days ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kentucky forward Julius Randle has helped Big Blue Nation reach Big D, and along the way given his mother at least one more chance to see her big boy play in a college game.

The freshman averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds for the Wildcats, who face Wisconsin in the national semifinals on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. Randle built his stock to such a point that many predict him to be an NBA lottery pick in June....

April 3, 2014 - 4:42pm
1 week 5 days ago

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Angel Yin was asked if there was a player she wanted to meet this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but was too shy to approach.

"Michelle Wie," said Yin, the 15-year-old high school freshman who shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to finish a stroke behind her idol after the first round.

"If she sat next to me and said 'Hi' to me, I'd probably run."

The 24-year-old Wie laughed when told about Yin's...

April 3, 2014 - 4:39pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Venus Williams couldn't dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Williams had fought back in each of her first two matches to advance. She seemed to follow the same game-plan in this one, rallying from a set down to win the second set and lead 2-1 in the third.

That's when the 20-year-old Canadian, took over, breaking Williams'...

April 3, 2014 - 4:37pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky first inning as an emergency starter in place of ailing Jordan Zimmermann, and the Washington Nationals rallied past the New York Mets 8-2 Thursday for an opening three-game sweep.

Ryan Zimmerman tied his career high with four hits, including three that led off innings. His second-inning home run started the Nationals' comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

Washington's leadoff batter reached in the first...

April 3, 2014 - 4:31pm
1 week 5 days ago

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Tommy McClelland says head men's basketball coach Michael White has agreed to a six-year extension worth $3.6 million.

White has been the head coach at Louisiana Tech for three seasons. His record of 74-31 gives him the best winning percentage at the 100-game mark of any men's coach in school history.

The past season was Tech's first in Conference USA. The Bulldogs went 29-8, winning a share of the...

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