BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension was the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia was arrested Oct.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gary Williams had great players and great teams during his tenure at Maryland, even won a national championship. The one thing missing from the Terps' resume: A No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. Through 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, Maryland was never once the top-ranked team in the country -- and that's just fine by its former coach. "We were No.
It's the closing seconds of a tight game in the NCAA Tournament and the coach needs someone to take a big shot. Experience helps, as does talent and preparation. There is another variable, too, that can't necessarily be quantified. "Those kids, they're not afraid of the moment, and they really just rise to the occasion, all those clichés you want to use," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The top of The Associated Press Top 100 all-time college basketball ranking is filled with blueblood programs that followed those strong regular seasons with runs to the Final Four or even a national championship. Still, all those poll appearances didn't guarantee postseason success. Or foreshadow it, for that matter.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- UMass has hired Matt McCall as its next basketball coach. The 35-year-old McCall spent the previous two seasons in Chattanooga, where he led the school to the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The hiring is the second in two weeks for the Minutemen, after Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey backed out of an agreement to coach the program just minutes before he was set to be introduced.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, has died. He was 88. The Big Ten announced Duke's death after his family notified the conference on Wednesday. He had been living in Barrington, Illinois, and had been in declining health, his widow, Martha, told The Associated Press.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Early in his career as a college assistant at Pepperdine, Wyking Jones knew he wanted to be a head coach one day. After stints as an assistant learning from respected coaches like Rick Pitino, Steve Alford and Cuonzo Martin, Jones' time has arrived. Jones was introduced Wednesday as Martin's replacement at California, where he had spent the past two seasons as an assistant.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- There's a chance Kevin Durant will return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup before the regular season ends. Durant has been cleared for non-contact basketball drills, and the Warriors say he's made good progress in his recovery. He has been out since Feb. 28, when he suffered left knee and leg injuries.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Miami (Ohio) hired Purdue assistant Jack Owens as its 27th basketball coach on Wednesday. Owens has been an assistant at Purdue for nine seasons, including the past six as associate head coach. The RedHawks fired John Cooper on March 10 after they went 11-21. In his five seasons at Miami, Cooper's teams went 59-100 overall, including 29-59 in the Mid-American Conference.
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SEATTLE (AP) -- Jim Hayford was hired Wednesday as the basketball coach at Seattle, leaving Eastern Washington after six successful seasons for a chance to boost the Redhawks program. He replaces Cameron Dollar, who was fired earlier this month after eight seasons at Seattle during which he led the Redhawks through their transition to full Division I status. Dollar was unable to turn Seattle into a contender in the Western Athletic Conference.
NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors get 9th straight as Durant progresses UNDATED (AP) -- It was a pretty good Wednesday for the Golden State Warriors. They earned their ninth straight win, stretched their lead in the NBA's Western Conference and announced that one of their top players is close to returning. The Warriors led the West by 3 1/2 games over the Spurs after erasing a 22-point deficit in a 110-98 triumph at San Antonio.
Kentucky leads AP all-time Top 100...NCAA ref reports death threats...Maryland's Trimble to enter NBA draft
UNDATED (AP) -- The Associated Press has looked back at 68 years of college basketball polls and declared Kentucky the all-time No. 1 school. Kentucky appeared in 75.4 percent of the polls and was ranked the top school 124 times. The next top teams are North Carolina, Duke and UCLA, the only schools to be ranked at the top for more than 100 weeks.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- You might say Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth has tunnel vision. Roth, co-architect of the team that is making its first Final Four appearance this weekend, is too nervous to watch the Bulldogs play from a seat. Years ago, he started standing in the tunnels leading into basketball arenas, where he could pace and mutter as the Bulldogs played. "I get nervous energy around games," Roth said this week.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina has been there, done that with college basketball's final weekend, reaching the title game last year. Oregon is here for the first time since winning its only title in 1939, while Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their first ventures this deep into March Madness.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble is forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA draft and will sign with an agent. The school announced Trimble's decision on Wednesday. Trimble, who was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, helped Maryland advance to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season. He also led the team with 16.8 points per game.
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The historical significance of Oregon's return to the Final Four was not lost on coach Dana Altman. The Ducks face North Carolina in the national semifinals in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday. Oregon hasn't been this close to the title game since the team won the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939. Altman called it "a long drought.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Referee John Higgins of Omaha reported he received death threats after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, a Nebraska law enforcement official said Wednesday. Higgins' roofing company received about 3,000 harassing emails and an unknown number of phone calls, some including death threats, said Capt. Kevin Griger, investigations commander for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department.