Duke says Chase Jeter to transfer to a school closer to home

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke says backup big man Chase Jeter will transfer at the end of the semester. Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the move Thursday, saying he is in good academic standing. Jeter appeared in just 16 games as a sophomore this season, and didn't play after suffering a herniated disk in his back in mid-January. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing about 15 minutes per game.

Duke's Jayson Tatum declares for NBA draft after 1 season

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Jayson Tatum is leaving Duke after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft. The school announced Tatum's widely expected decision Wednesday , and team spokesman Cory Walton said Tatum plans to hire an agent, which means he won't have the option to return to his college team. "I'm excited to take the next step in pursuing my lifelong dream of playing basketball at the highest possible level," Tatum said.

South Carolina's Thornwell gets time to shine in tournament

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell squirms and shakes his head slightly the Gamecocks are referred to as a one-man team. He might as well get comfortable with the description. Thornwell has become the Jadeveon Clowney for men's basketball, the face of a basketball program the way the former No. 1 NFL draft pick was for Gamecock football.

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BRADY JERSEY FOUND Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over.

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BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING-WBC As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit.

From No. 1 to done: Duke looks to who stays, who leaves

Duke is facing its annual list of offseason questions -- who stays, who goes -- much earlier than anyone expected. The Blue Devils started the season as a favorite to win its sixth national title but instead failed to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. "Your mood is definitely down," guard Luke Kennard said. "You're ashamed of another loss and the season being over. There's definitely, definitely a quiet atmosphere.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-MEN No games today UNDATED (AP) -- They're still talking about the big upset in the NCAA -- no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) said, "at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we've lost or crying because we've just won." Krzyzewski said, "This is one of the most proud teams for me.

Big upset ... Top women's teams dealing with injuries ... Tokyo golf club makes changes in the Olympic spirit

UNDATED (AP) -- They're still talking about the big upset in the NCAA -- no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) said, "at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we've lost or crying because we've just won." Krzyzewski said, "This is one of the most proud teams for me." The NCAA men have no games today.

Tipping Off: On to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament

It's on to the weekend that many consider the defining mark of a season. Reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a season is a success. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games are in prime time. "I just told everybody, just wait," Michigan's John Beilein, one of three coaches taking a Big Ten team to the round of 16, said of the conference's early struggles.

Allen looks to lead 2nd seeded Duke to Sweet 16

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Duke's Grayson Allen long ago tuned out the boos, no matter how frequent they've become at all places not the Blue Devils home court. "It's something I don't hear anymore," Allen said. "But we like playing in buildings where it's loud. When there is noise in the crowd, it gives everyone on the court energy. We use that energy and play with it.

Count on defense when Duke plays South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- No. 2 seed Duke (29-7) vs. No. 7 seed South Carolina (23-10) Second round, East region; Greenville, S.C.; 8:40 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Count on tight defense from both teams. South Carolina plays a disruptive designed to take opponents out of their comfort zones. The Gamecocks are 27th nationally in points allowed this year. Duke is 21st in the country in scoring margin.

Thornwell leads Gamecocks to 93-73 NCAA win over Marquette

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a message for long-suffering fans: It won't take the Gamecocks 44 years to win another NCAA Tournament game. Sindarius Thornwell had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded South Carolina to a 93-73 victory over Marquette to close first-round play in the East Region on Friday night.

Allen's 3s lead No. 2 seed Duke to 87-65 win over Troy

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Grayson Allen has embraced his role as Duke's sixth man over the past three weeks. "It just to give the team that extra boost," he said. "And score points," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski interjected. Allen did both to keep second-seeded Duke's postseason perfect in an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region.

State politics in Carolinas clash with NCAA Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Times have changed in the Carolinas. Everyone knew this day was coming, but now it's a reality. The NCAA Tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed North Carolina, is tipping off in South Carolina on Friday. Because of state-level politics, the NCAA no longer considers North Carolina a suitable host, while a political move has put South Carolina back in the governing body's good graces.

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A quick look at Duke and Troy in the NCAA Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- No. 2 Duke (27-8) vs. No. 15 Troy (22-10) First round, East region; Greenville, South Carolina; 7:20 p.m. BOTTOM LINE: Duke is loaded with experience -- four players were part of the national championship team two years ago -- while Troy had six straight losing seasons before winning the Sun Belt Tournament title and qualifying for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003. QUITE A PERSON: Wesley Person Jr.

Busted: Teams at top of brackets find themselves in trouble

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- They are supposed to be the best of the best. In many instances, they have looked more like the ugliest of the ugly. Some of the top teams in this year's NCAA Tournament have seen their names pop up in off-the-court headlines all too often and for all the wrong reasons. --No. 1 seed Kansas has been beset by a series of run-ins with the law. --No.

Column: Wildcats a fun story, but stop Cubs comparisons now

The comparisons with the Cubs need to stop now. Northwestern finally crashing the Big Dance is a great story on its own, maybe even the best one going as this college basketball season races helter-skelter toward the finish line. And like the Cubs, the Wildcats call Chicago home and will arrive for the playoffs with tabletop-sized chips on their shoulders and decades of crummy baggage in tow. But seriously .