Gophers blow 17-point lead, suffer crushing loss to No. 9 Maryland at Williams Arena
MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers got their most complete half of the season when they needed it the most Wednesday night, but they needed more to put away Big Ten-leading Maryland.There weren’t many home games when everything seemed to go in their favor. Even when Richard Pitino’s teams were playing extremely well, it eventually got tight in the end.Minnesota fans had experienced collapses down the stretch recently in back-to-back losses to Iowa and Indiana that hurt their team’s NCAA tournament hopes. This one likely stung the most.That sour taste of missed opportunities continued when Darryl Morsel...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dolphins likely to draft a top running back to improve NFL's worst rushing attack
INDIANAPOLIS — Along with identifying and drafting the franchise’s next starting quarterback, the Miami Dolphins have another pressing matter to address for their offense to flourish under coach Brian Flores.The Dolphins had the worst running game in the NFL last season. Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carson and Lamar Jackson all had more rushing yards than Miami’s 1,156 yards in 2019.The encouraging news: The Dolphins have met with many of the top running backs in the 2020 draft class during the NFL scouting combine this week.Now, it’s just a matter of ...
Penn athletic department placed on two years of NCAA probation in Jerome Allen scandal
PHILADELPHIA — The Penn athletic department was placed on probation for two years and fined $5,000 Wednesday, and its men’s basketball program was assessed recruiting restrictions by the NCAA in connection with recruiting violations committed by former head coach Jerome Allen.Allen, 47, a former Episcopal Academy and Penn star who coached the Quakers from 2010 to 2015, pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to probation last July for accepting $300,000 in bribes from a Florida businessman to get the man’s son into the university’s Wharton School.The penalty announced by the NCAA Committee on I...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Free counseling offered to accusers in high-profile U-M sex assault cases
DETROIT — The University of Michigan sought Tuesday to reassure a growing number of accusers of two different employees that an independent investigation of sexual misconduct will get to the truth of what happened. At the same time, the school said it would pay for counseling for accusers of either former football team doctor Robert Anderson or Provost Martin Philbert.“The university is in the midst of engaging a national counseling firm to coordinate this care with local counselors in communities where these individuals now live,” a statement issued by the university said. “We are working dil...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Bradley: Is UGA's Anthony Edwards worthy of the No. 1 pick?
Short answer: no. Longer answer follows.A gentle reminder: The NBA doesn’t care what a player’s college team does. We note again that the No. 1 picks in 2016 and 2017 — Ben Simmons of LSU and Markelle Fultz of Washington — didn’t grace the NCAA tournament. (Fultz’s Huskies went 9-22, if you can believe that.) The No. 1 pick in 2018, the massive DeAndre Ayton of Arizona, played on a team that lost its first NCAA game by 21 points to Buffalo.In this century, here’s the complete list of No. 1 picks who played in that year’s Final Four: Greg Oden in 2007, Anthony Davis in 2012, Karl-Anthony Towns ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kansas Jayhawks slam Oklahoma State as Udoka Azubuike hits 1,000-point milestone
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Despite being completely healthy in just two of his four seasons of college basketball, Udoka Azubuike has reached the 1,000-point milestone at the University of Kansas.The 7-foot senior center from Delta, Nigeria, who on Monday was chosen Big 12 player of the week and Naismith Trophy player of the week for his 23 points and 19 rebounds in Saturday’s victory at Baylor, scored 19 points on 6-of 7 shooting (7 of 8 from the free throw line) and grabbed 16 boards in a 83-58 win over Oklahoma State on Monday in Allen Fieldhouse.Azubuike entered the game with 998 career points — a l...
The Kansas City Star
Bryce Miller: In the end, all Aztecs might lose in UNLV setback is history
Turns out the Aztecs’ first loss in 27 college basketball games — on Saturday, to formerly .500 UNLV — did not alter astronomy, causing the sun to skip its scheduled shift as Copernicus did post moves in his grave.That giant, life-giving mass of hydrogen and helium arrived right on time Sunday. Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher, with a chuckle, confirmed there was no celestial shot-clock violation … with a caveat.“A little less bright,” he said.Little changed — and possibly nothing at all, depending how the next two weeks play out — other than history high-tailing it for the arena parking lot. This r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Former Texas tennis coach Michael Center sentenced to 6 months in college admissions scandal
AUSTIN, Texas — Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in 2015 to help the son of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist get into the school by falsely designating him as a skilled athlete worthy of a scholarship to play for Center’s nationally ranked program.Center, 55, received the sentence in a federal courtroom in Boston from U.S. Judge Richard Stearns, in whose court Center pleaded guilty last April to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Center is the 15th pe...
Marcus Hayes: Donte DiVincenzo could be helping the Sixers as a Philadelphia darling, as Jay Wright knew
MILWAUKEE — It seems The Ghost of Mikal Bridges will haunt his hometown team for years, painfully, pointedly, and very close to home. That haunting continues in the form of a former college teammate.Donte DiVincenzo and the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Sixers on Saturday in a referendum game: A first-place team with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a surging, reconfigured club whose All-Star point guard, Ben Simmons, entered the break like a freight train and whose All Star center, Joel Embiid, exited the break like a rocket ship.DiVincenzo’s 31 points in Villanova’s NCAA Champion...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Heidi Stevens: I watched Michael Bloomberg debate with wrongly arrested man in mind
Michael Bloomberg joined his Democratic rivals on the debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, and I watched the discussion with Jaylan Butler on my mind.Butler, 20, is the Eastern Illinois University student athlete who was falsely arrested and detained by police in East Moline, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Two officers held Butler on the ground. One officer held a gun to his head and said, “If you move, I’ll blow your (expletive) head off,” according to the suit.Butler was traveling with his swim team back to Charleston, Illi...