Cambage returns to Australia's WNBL with Melbourne Boomers

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australia center Liz Cambage has signed for the Melbourne Boomers and is set to play in the domestic WNBL season starting in October. Cambage, the star of the national team and the first woman to dunk in the Olympic women's basketball competition, has played for mainly for clubs in the U.S. WNBA and in China since winning the Most Valuable Player award and the WNBL title with the Boomers in 2011.

New USC women's coach Mark Trakh hires assistant coaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New Southern California women's basketball coach Mark Trakh is bringing some of his former staff with him to Los Angeles. Jason Glover, Aarika Hughes and Blanche Alverson will join Trakh as he begins his second stint coaching the Trojans. Trakh said Wednesday that the group is "like family" and they work well together. Glover will serve as associate head coach.

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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.

Illinois athletic department lost $6.2 million in 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director said his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Josh Whitman delivered a presentation Monday to the university's Senate Executive Committee where he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole, the News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pwkpSA ) reported.

Belmont hires Bart Brooks as new women's basketball coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Belmont has hired Bart Brooks as the Bruins' new women's basketball coach, replacing Cameron Newbauer who left for Florida. Athletic director Scott Corley announced the hiring Monday, and Brooks will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Brooks, 36, spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul with coach Doug Bruno.

Louisville starter Mariya Moore will transfer from program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville starting forward Mariya Moore will transfer from the program after finishing as the Cardinals' third-leading scorer last season. Women's basketball spokesman Ira Green confirmed Saturday that the three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection will leave the school. Moore averaged 12 points and 5.1 rebounds and had a career-high 175 assists while starting 36 games last season.

Alexa Middleton leaves Lady Vols, intends to transfer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alexa Middleton has left Tennessee's program and intends to transfer. Lady Volunteers coach Holly Warlick said Friday that Middleton is "a great young lady who felt like she needed a change, and we will do our best to help her find that opportunity." The 5-foot-9 guard from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will complete her spring semester at Tennessee. Middleton made 13 starts as a junior this past season and averaged 7.9 points, 2.

USC brings back Mark Trakh as women's basketball coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mark Trakh is returning to Southern California as coach of the women's basketball team. He replaces Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who resigned last month with no public explanation after going 70-56 in four years at her alma mater. Trakh had a 90-64 record during his first stint with the Trojans from 2005-09.

Briann January joins ASU women's basketball staff

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Former Arizona State star Briann January is joining the Sun Devils as a women's basketball assistant coach, the school announced Wednesday night. January helped lead Arizona State to 104 wins in her time at the school and then went on to play for the WNBA's Indiana Fever. She is set to begin her ninth year with Indiana and will continue to play as she coaches.

Louisville's Walz to head new Under-23 USA Basketball team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Jeff Walz will head the inaugural USA Basketball Under-23 women's team that will play in Tokyo this summer. The Louisville women's coach will be joined by Western Kentucky's Michelle Clark-Heard and Princeton's Courtney Banghart. The four-team round-robin tournament will include the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada starting Aug. 7. The Americans will have training camp at the end of July and a 12-member team will be chosen from that camp.

Beatrice Mompremier leaving Baylor women after 2 seasons

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Beatrice Mompremier is leaving the Baylor basketball team after two seasons. Baylor said Tuesday that Mompremier has been granted her release, which will allow the 6-foot-4 post player from Miami to transfer and play at another school. Mompremier averaged 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 32 games this season as the Lady Bears made it to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row.

Washington hires Jody Wynn as women's basketball coach

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington has hired Jody Wynn as the women's basketball coach to replace Mike Neighbors, who guided the team to the Final Four in 2016. Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the decision on Friday. Wynn spent the last eight seasons at Long Beach State. The 49ers nearly pulled off one of the NCAA Tournament's biggest upsets last month, narrowly falling to No. 2 seed Oregon State 56-55.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs now have the rings to go with their historic championship. The team was given its crowning jewels before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with fans at Wrigley Field roaring as the ceremony unfolded.

Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker retiring

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Longtime Stanford associate head coach Amy Tucker is retiring from coaching but will remain with the program in an administrative role. Tucker shared the news Wednesday night that she is calling it a career to her time on the bench. But she will still have a key role behind the scenes.

Tennessee State hires Jessica Kern as new women's coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee State has hired Jessica Kern as the Tigers' new women's basketball coach. Athletic director Teresa Phillips announced the hiring Wednesday. Kern will be the 11th head coach in the program's history. Kern was head coach for one season at Mississippi Valley State, which ranked in the Top 25 of most improved Division I women's programs.

Erin Boley, Ali Patberg to transfer from Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) -- Erin Boley and Ali Patberg will transfer from the Notre Dame women's basketball program. Boley was the 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American as a high school senior. The 6-foot-2 forward played in 37 games with 10 starts last season and averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. She shot 39.

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HURRICANES-FLYERS Canes' Bickell gets SO goal before retiring due to MS PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. During a stoppage in the first period, fans and players from both teams gave Bickell a standing ovation and stick tap.

Columbia mayor names part of street after Dawn Staley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina national championship coach Dawn Staley will now have part of a downstreet named after her. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the move Sunday during a parade to honor Staley's NCAA Tournament champions. Thousands were on hand to celebrate a week after the Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 67-55 to win the program's first national title.

Pac-12 sends 6 teams to USA Basketball 3-on-3 tournament

Sabrina Ionescu is excited to battle for Pac-12 bragging rights this weekend. Oregon's star freshman will be part of a 3-on-3 team the Ducks are fielding at the USA Basketball national tournament in Colorado. Oregon is one of six Pac-12 teams in the open women's division of the tournament that will begin play Saturday morning.