NBA PLAYOFFS Atlanta's Hawks look to tie up Washington in playoff series ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks will try to tie their playoff series with the Washington Wizards tonight. The Wizards have taken a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series in the quarterfinal competition. Also, the Golden State Warriors want to complete a sweep of their first-round series against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville junior forward Jaylen Johnson will hire an agent and stay in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 Johnson said Monday in a release that his decision followed a talk with coach Rick Pitino. Johnson added that it was important to help his family and promised to "work incredibly hard to give it my best shot. I'll be rooting for the Ville next year.
NC STATE-KEATTS CONTRACT NC State coach Keatts signs 6-year deal worth $2.2M annually RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts has signed his six-year contract with the school worth at least $2.2 million per year. N.C. State officials released a copy of the contract Friday. The deal will pay the men's basketball coach an annual salary of $1.1 million plus another $1.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics thump Bulls to get back in series. UNDATED (AP) -- Homecourt advantage has meant absolutely nothing to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Celtics have bounced back from consecutive home losses to whip the Bulls, 104-87 and get within two games to one in the series.
Bulls' Rondo out with broken thumb...NBA fines Westbrook, Oubre...New NC State coach signs 6-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb. The team announced the injury hours before the Bulls host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Chicago won the first two games in Boston. Chicago says Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 and x-rays confirmed a thumb fracture that won't require surgery.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts has signed his six-year contract with the school worth at least $2.2 million per year. N.C. State officials released a copy of the contract Friday. The deal will pay the men's basketball coach an annual salary of $1.1 million plus another $1.1 million in supplemental income for fundraising, media appearances and apparel.
Louisville's interim president said the school received a "full and fair review of the facts" after meeting Thursday with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions and expects resolution in 6 to 8 weeks of the investigation into an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals men's basketball staffer hired strippers for sex parties with players and recruits.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville reserve center Matz Stockman will transfer after three seasons under coach Rick Pitino to play for Pitino's son, Richard, at Minnesota. The 7-foot junior from Norway must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules before playing his final year with the Big Ten Conference school. Stockman had 31 points and 21 rebounds in 18 contests last season for Louisville with a career high of 10 points at Grand Canyon.
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.
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.