Alan Griffin's career-best 24 points push Illinois to 74-66 victory at Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. — Alan Griffin received a standing ovation in an opponent’s arena Thursday night.True, a majority of the fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday night were dressed in orange. But the Illinois guard had a night any basketball fan could appreciate in a 74-66 victory at Northwestern.Griffin scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on 9-of-11 shooting, hitting three straight 3-pointers in the second half and bringing down the house with a spectacular dunk. Griffin was 6 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc.Northwestern dropped its 12th straight game as Illinois (19-9, 11-6 Big Ten) had...
T.J. Gassnola set to receive subpoena from former Kansas football coach David Beaty's lawyers
Former Kansas football coach David Beaty’s lawyers are prepared to file a subpoena to ex-Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola in pursuit of documents relating to Beaty’s current lawsuit against KU Athletics.Beaty’s lawyers, in a memo dated Wednesday, are requesting Gassnola’s communications with KU coach Bill Self, assistant Kurtis Townsend, athletic director Jeff Long and deputy athletic director Sean Lester concerning the recent federal court case and NCAA investigation relating to KU basketball.In addition, Beaty’s counsel is asking for any agreements Gassnola made with either KU or KU Athletics...
The Kansas City Star
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
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
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...
Sideline Chatter: No word on if Beast Mode insisted on Skittles on set
Marshawn Lynch is also just ‘bout that actin’, boss.Turns out the ex-Seahawks RB will have a “pretty substantial” role in “Westworld,” HBO’s sci-fi series, when its third season premieres March 15.Even more shocking? It’s not a silent movie.———Stat of the Week66: average number of times an MLB team’s hitters got plunked by pitches in 201941: times that Houston hitters “took one for the team” last season83.5: William Hill sportsbook’s over-under on number of Astros HBPs this season———Grass stainedFormer NFL wideout Quan Bray, along with free-agent tackle Greg Robinson, was arrested after drug-e...
The Seattle Times
San Diego State's unbeaten season ends with 66-63 home loss to UNLV
SAN DIEGO — The bright side: Sergio Ibarra can shave now.The athletic trainer for San Diego State’s basketball team hasn’t since the start of the season, got superstitious and let the beard grow as the Aztecs kept winning. It quickly passed Abraham Lincoln stage, moved into Fidel Castro territory and now has approached Mountain Man status.No more. He’ll no longer be unshaven because the Aztecs are no longer undefeated.They lost, 66-63, on Saturday at Viejas Arena to maybe the least likely culprit, a UNLV team they’d defeated in 16 of their last 17 meetings.But all the elements for an historic ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune