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  • Developers say work to begin on Vegas Strip arena

    Developers said Wednesday they're starting construction on a privately-funded $1.4 billion retractable-roof sports arena and resort backed by a former UNLV and National Basketball Association player at a former waterpark site on the Las Vegas Strip. Although they await final approvals from several…

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  • Talented Arizona Wildcats build more expectations

    At Arizona, where talent seemingly comes through the McKale Center in a revolving door, the expectations have gone up, not down. ''I think we have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things,'' Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. Arizona lost two key contributors from that team:…

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  • Duke picked as ACC preseason favorite

    Armed with a talented freshman class, Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils received 41 of 65 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday's league media day, outdistancing North Carolina, ACC newcomer Louisville and reigning…

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  • Michigan must overcome more NBA departures

    After winning the Big Ten and nearly reaching a second straight Final Four, John Beilein's Michigan team lost a few early entrants to the NBA draft. I like what I've seen.'' The Wolverines have withstood some significant departures in the past. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. left after taking…

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  • Ball State's Davis out 8 to 10 weeks with injury

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ball state guard Jeremiah Davis will miss eight to 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right foot, coach James Whitford said Wednesday.

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  • Huskers looking for more after breakthrough season

    These are heady days for the Nebraska basketball program. The Cornhuskers are coming off their highest conference finish and first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998, and played to sellout crowds in their first year at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Shavon Shields said when he and his teammates went out…

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    Irish Eyes Not Smiling At Initial CFP Ranking

    Notre Dame insider Allen Pinkett tells Campus Insiders why the Fighting Irish deserved better than the number ten spot they received in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

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  • ACC aiming to snap Final Four drought

    For years, the Atlantic Coast Conference built its basketball reputation on nearly annual appearances in the Final Four. ''I think the league prepares you for that, but you still have to do it,'' Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Wednesday during the league's preseason media day. You've got to…

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  • Baylor hopes to break pattern after Sweet 16 again

    Baylor has gotten into quite a pattern over the past few seasons, with deep NCAA tournament runs every other year.

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  • Indiana changes attitude to change course

    Indiana coach Tom Crean could spend all season preaching the intricate details of college basketball. ''I felt like last year, sometimes it was in the heat of the moment where people didn't want to hear things from some people,'' sophomore guard Stanford Robinson said without divulging names.…

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  • Illini look to score more, return to NCAA tourney

    A year ago, Illinois was preparing for a season of unknowns. Without mainstays Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson, the Illini's mix of veterans, transfers and a bunch of freshman started 7-0 but later slid into an eight-game losing streak. ''Last year we brought in nine newcomers,'' said coach John…

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  • Lofton dismissed from Minnesota basketball team

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Junior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the Minnesota basketball program.

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  • Martin hopes Gamecocks experience leads to success

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin hopes the new found experience and depth finally brings the Gamecocks some wins. Martin and the Gamecocks have struggled his first two years in charge, 28-38 overall and 9-27 in the Southeastern Conference. He believes his program is turning the corner, especially…

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  • Painter hoping changes help Purdue stand tall

    Coach Matt Painter blames himself for Purdue's recent slide. After enduring 35 losses over the last two seasons and a last-place Big Ten finish in 2013-14, Painter is trying to re-create the blue-collar, overachieving culture that has traditionally defined Boilermakers basketball. ''We just have to…

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  • Inexperienced UCLA will lean on newcomers

    There's some instability at UCLA. The Bruins may be hard-pressed to duplicate their success of last season, when coach Steve Alford arrived in Westwood. He's got one returning starter in senior Norman Powell, who averaged 11.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. The rest of the Bruins are mostly unproven,…

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  • CCSU player charged in fight with girlfriend

    Central Connecticut star guard Kyle Vinales has been arrested after his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting. Vinales a 6-foot-1 junior from Detroit, was charged Thursday with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Vinales and his girlfriend were returning from…

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  • After big turnaround, big expectations at Texas

    A year ago, Texas coach Rick Barnes was hearing a lot of speculation that his job was on the line. Fans were already frustrated by Texas' recent lack of post-season success, the Longhorns were coming off their first losing season in 15 years and Barnes rolled out a lineup that had lost most of its…

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