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Syracuse Orange inks Canadian small forward Oshae Brissett

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse has signed Canadian high school star forward Oshae Brissett to a national letter of intent to play for the Orange next season. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Brissett, of Mississauga, Ontario, played for Athlete Institute Prep this past winter. Brissett, who verbally committed to Syracuse in November, is rated as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.

Virginia QB Benkert healthy again, ready to start the season

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert says he's not the same player he was a year ago. That player was heavier, injured and admittedly too quick to abandon the pocket. Benkert is now healthy, has lost some weight and shed the brace protecting his surgically repaired right knee. The incumbent starter's shoulder also is now healed, and in spring practice has also shown off some other offseason improvements.

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NC State's Keatts building for 'long haul' with Wolfpack

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts is getting to know the players he inherited and pursuing recruits who can thrive in his style of play. He's prepared to wait, too, instead of loading up the roster with recruits or transfers who aren't the right fit just to add numbers. "I think it's the long haul," Keatts said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Celtics beat Bulls, take 3-2 lead in series; Wizards lead Hawks 3-2 in their series BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Saudi council rejects proposal for female sports colleges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's top advisory body, a council member who drafted the plan said Wednesday. The proposal needed 76 out of 150 votes in the Shura Council, but fell three votes short. It called for the establishment of colleges that would train Saudi women in how to teach fitness and well-being.

Ex-Spartan football player returned to Michigan in sex case

MASON, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is jailed on a $250,000 bond after being returned to Michigan from Indiana to face a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. The 19-year-old Robertson was arraigned in 55th District Court in Mason on Tuesday via videoconference from the Ingham County Jail. He is scheduled to return to court next month. Robertson's attorney David Rosenberg says "a strong defense" is planned.

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SOUTH CAROLINA-STATEHOUSE Staley, national champion Gamecocks honored at Statehouse COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and her national champion Gamecocks got a standing ovation from lawmakers as they were honored at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The women's basketball team defeated Mississippi State earlier this month for its first national championship.

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

NEW YORK (AP) -- You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. Trump's frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28 million Twitter followers. Anything he tweets can serve as fodder for social media, TV news shows and, often, late-night comedy.

Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons. Florida State and Ohio State have done it five straight seasons.

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NC State freshman Kapita on list of early NBA draft entrants

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State freshman Ted Kapita has made himself eligible for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent. The NBA released its official list of early draft entrants on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 Kapita appeared on the list, though school athletic spokesman Fred Demarest said Kapita hasn't hired an agent.

UNC's Berry withdrawing from draft to return for senior year

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina point guard and Final Four most outstanding player Joel Berry II is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season. The school announced Monday that Berry would join teammates Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson in declaring for the draft but wouldn't hire an agent to maintain his college eligibility.

Martin looking for more after Gamecocks' Final Four run

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It took a trip to the pristine beaches of Grand Cayman nearly two weeks the Final Four for South Carolina coach Frank Martin to soak in the Gamecocks' accomplishment. Now he's wants more. Martin is determined the Final Four appearance won't be a one-time thing. He faces an uphill challenge, losing his core leaders and starting point guard off that squad.

After whirlwind month, Miller settling into Indiana job

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Archie Miller left the Assembly Hall suite Tuesday, walked down a few steps and immediately started snapping cellphone photos of the empty arena. It gave Indiana's coach a clear perspective on his new job. Directly across from Miller were five NCAA championship banners hanging from the rafters. When he returned to the suite, he was surrounded by reminders from the Hoosiers' 1975-76 undefeated championship team.

Man charged in death of Florida State football star's father

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the man who fatally shot the father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph while working in a strip club storage room has been charged with manslaughter. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office news release says 36-year-old Paul Senat was arrested Tuesday in the death of 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph.

South Carolina pitcher Schmidt sidelined with elbow injury

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right elbow. He will have Tommy John surgery. Schmidt was 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts. He was considered among the top 25 prospects for the Major League Baseball draft in June and expected to go in the first round.