Bob McKillop retires as Davidson coach after 33-season run

Bob McKillop watched his former star player Stephen Curry closely as he celebrated winning another NBA championship with tears. It felt like a timely bit of reassurance for the longtime Davidson men’s basketball coach as he prepared to announce his retirement. “Everything happens for a reason,” McKillop said Friday as he choked up. “Did you … Read more

Taylor calls for Griner’s release at hall of fame induction

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Penny Taylor used her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame to call for the release of her former WNBA Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner, noting it’s been 114 days since the seven-time WNBA All-Star was detained. “BG is our family,” Taylor said in asking President Biden’s help freeing Griner. … Read more

Washington looking to build off Stringer success at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ (AP) — Coquese Washington isn’t looking to replace C. Vivian Stringer as the women’s basketball coach at Rutgers. That’s an impossible task. Stringer, a Hall of Famer, won more than 1,000 games in 50 years and went to the Final Four four times with three different teams — Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. … Read more

Coquese Washington to succeed Stringer as Rutgers coach

PISCATAWAY, NJ (AP) — Former Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington will succeed Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer as coach at Rutgers, the school announced Monday. Washington, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Notre Dame, agreed to a six-year contract, the school said. It guarantees total compensation of $4.625 … Read more

Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer retires after 50 years

Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer announced her retirement Saturday after 50 years in college basketball. She had 1,055 wins—fourth all-time among Division I women’s basketball coaches. Stringer made four Final Four appearances and reached the NCAA Tournament 28 times while leading Cheney State, Iowa and Rutgers. Stringer was emotional when she talked to … Read more

UCLA’s Singleton to stay, Johnson leaving Bruins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard David Singleton is returning for a fifth year with the Bruins, while center Myles Johnson is leaving the team to finish his graduate degree in electrical engineering. Both players announced their plans on social media Thursday. Singleton is taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility, which the NCAA … Read more

Neptune ready to keep Villanova elite as Wright’s successor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright patted his chest in appreciation of the cheering Philly crowd before he threw a first pitch to Phillies manager Joe Girardi. Wright then took the ball from Girardi, hustled back and handed it to Kyle Neptune so the new Villanova coach could lob his own ceremonial strike. Wright’s call to … Read more

Coach retirements, NIL create new college basketball world

It wasn’t hard to spot Roy Williams during his first year of retirement. He has visited arenas across the country for games, including every step of North Carolina’s wild ride to the NCAA championship game against Kansas, a matchup of two programs he once coached. But he was cheering from ticketed seats instead of the … Read more

Tar Heels’ Caleb Love returning after NCAA title game run

North Carolina guard Caleb Love is returning for his junior season, a huge boost for the Tar Heels after their improbable run to the NCAA championship game. The 6-foot-4 Love announced his decision in a social-media video on Fridaythe last day for players to declare for the NBA draft. “The opportunity to play at North … Read more

Blue Devils’ Griffin becomes 5th Duke player to bolt for NBA

Duke freshman AJ Griffin is heading to the NBA, becoming the fifth Blue Devils player in the past week to declare early for the draft. The school announced Griffin’s decision Sunday, the last day for players to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Duke said the 6-foot-6, 222-pound wing regarded as a potential lottery … Read more