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UConn, Hoyas renew rivalry in 2016, '17

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn and Georgetown have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry, which ended with the split of the old Big East conference.

The schools announced Friday they would play a home-and-home series beginning next season.

Georgetown is scheduled to visit Connecticut on Jan. 23, 2016, with the Huskies traveling to the Verizon Center on Jan. 21, 2017. It was not immediately clear whether the game in Connecticut would be held in Storrs or Hartford.


Arizona picked by media to win Pac-12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Just about everybody agrees - except for one person, apparently - that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season.

How everything else shakes out is up for debate.


Haith excited to be coaching at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A lot of eyebrows lifted when Frank Haith left Missouri and the Southeastern Conference for the University of Tulsa. On the dawn of the Golden Hurricane's first season in the American Athletic Conference, Haith seems at ease and genuinely excited about his decision.

"I had a great experience at Missouri," Haith said at Tulsa media day on Thursday. "We won 76 games in three years and I had three years remaining on my contract. I was not feeling pressure to the level people were saying, as in `He's about to get fired.'


Judge questions concussion settlement

CHICAGO (AP) The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades.

Facing NCAA and plaintiffs' attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, golf and swimming would be covered by the proposed agreement along with football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.


Iowa St. G Cooke to miss 6-8 months

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State guard Hallice Cooke is having surgery to repair cartilage tears in both hips and will be out 6-8 months.

The Cyclones say Cooke, who is redshirting the 2014-15 season, will have surgery to repair one of his ailing hips in New York City on Monday. Cooke, who is from Union City, New Jersey, will have a second surgery four weeks later.


1,500 athletes in UNC academic fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal's fallout.

The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could've stopped the problem years earlier. More than 3,100 students - about half of them athletes - benefited from sham classes and artificially high grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department (AFAM) in Chapel Hill.


Lawyers for O'Bannon seek $50M from NCAA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The bill has come in for former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon's successful court challenge of the NCAA - and it's a whopper.

Lawyers for O'Bannon want more than $50 million from the NCAA in attorney fees and other costs as part of the price of winning an antitrust lawsuit that took five years to make its way to trial.


Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2 in SEC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings believes the Southeastern Conference can play with any of the so-called best basketball leagues in the country.

Leading the way once again this season will be the SEC's Final Four teams of Kentucky and Florida.


'Nova unanimously picked to win Big East

NEW YORK (AP) Villanova coach Jay Wright is happy to just be talking about basketball this year and not conference realignment.

"Last season, with it being the first year of the new conference we were talking about a lot of different things," Wright said. "Now we can just focus on what's best for basketball."


Pac-12 officiating remains top priority

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott remains committed to the continual improvement of officiating in the conference for both men's and women's basketball and considers it a top priority.

It's been more than a year since the Pac-12 teamed with the Mountain West Conference to form a men's basketball officiating alliance to better coordinate the two leagues' officiating, putting longtime Mountain West coordinator Bobby Dibler in charge of the programs and of managing a pool of top national and regional officials.

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