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Longtime University of California women’s swimming coach Teri McKeever has been fired following an investigation into alleged harassment, bullying and verbally abusive conduct. McKeever led the Golden Bears to four NCAA team titles over 29 years. She coached the U.S. women’s swim team at the London Olympics in 2012, the first woman to serve in that role. Cal hired a law firm to investigate the allegations against McKeever. Athletic director Jim Knowlton said in a statement that many of the allegations were substantiated and that McKeever violated numerous university policies.

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Abbey Ellis made a season-high five 3 pointers and Purdue earned its first top-five road victory in program history, beating No. 2 Ohio State 73-65. Leading by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter, the Boilermakers saw their lead dwindle as Ohio State and Taylor Mikesell caught fire in the second half. Mikesell, who went 0 of 6 in the first two quarters, made back-to-back 3-pointers in the third while Purdue shot 29.4% in the frame. Ohio State used a 9-0 run to bring the score to 55-53 with 6:58 left in the fourth quarter, and Taylor Thierry tied it up at 58 after laying in a score with 4:28 remaining. Purdue created separation over the next two minutes as Madison Layden scored five-straight points and Ellis made a jumper to go up 65-58.

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Erik Stevenson scored a career-high 31 points and West Virginia withstood a late rally from No. 15 Auburn to beat the Tigers 80-77 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday. The Mountaineers have won two straight for the first time in a month and now head into the teeth of the Big 12 schedule that will determine an NCAA Tournament berth. Auburn couldn’t overcome another slow start and has lost two straight, something it hasn’t done in two years. After Stevenson staked the Mountaineers to a 45-29 halftime lead, Auburn cut the deficit to a point late but never took the lead. Jaylin Williams led Auburn with 18 points.

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The Texas Longhorns’ quick  fall from preseason No. 3 all the way to unranked was one of the biggest disappearing acts of the women’s college basketball season. They’re still unranked, but it’s easy to find them. Just look at the top of the Big 12 standings. Wednesday night's 20-point win over No. 14 Oklahoma has the Longhorns tied for the league lead and looking to make the run needed to earn a chance to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March.

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Tommy Paul's run to the semifinals at the Australian Open is the latest in a series of signs that men from the United States are relevant again in tennis. The last Grand Slam singles title for an American man came when Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open. Paul will try to take the next step toward ending that drought when he faces 21-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the final four on Friday. The other men's semifinal is Stefanos Tsitsipas against Karen Khachanov. Paul's breakthrough comes a few months after countryman Frances Tiafoe reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open. There are projected to be 10 men from the U.S. in the ATP top 50 when the rankings are released Monday. That is the most since 1995.

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Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman has announced a contract extension for athletic director Danny White. The announcement comes a day after the Volunteers disclosed a big pay raise for football coach Josh Heupel. Plowman announced that White agreed to an extension starting at $2.2 million a year with an annual pay raise of 5%. That's an increase from his original $1.8 million salary. The chancellor said White's innovative leadership has created a championship culture and excellence across all sports in record time. White was hired in January 2021.

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The next stop on Ben Shelton's impressive debut run at the Australian Open will be the quarterfinals. The 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of Florida pulled out a five-set victory over J.J. Wolf in an all-American matchup at Melbourne Park. Shelton is playing in only his second Grand Slam tournament. He joins Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda to give the U.S. three men in the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time since 2000. Paul advanced by defeating 24th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round. Also reaching the men's quarterfinals were Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev. Magda Linette made it to the quarterfinals of a major for the first time and will meet Karolina Pliskova next. Aryna Sabalenka will play Donna Vekic in another women's quarterfinal.

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Former UConn star and current WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson has been hired as Vanderbilt’s director of player development for women’s basketball. Samuelson plays for the Los Angeles Sparks and will assist with recruiting and strategy for the Commodores. Samuelson helped UConn win the 2016 NCAA title, when Vandy coach Shea Ralph was an assistant coach for the Huskies. Ralph says Samuelson is “one of the hardest-working, most competitive players I have ever coached.” Samuelson was a two-time American Athletic Conference player of the year in 2017 and 2018 and finished her career fourth on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list.

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Longtime South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier announced his retirement less than two weeks after the school won its first Football Championship Subdivision title. Defensive coordinator Jimmy Rogers was named Stiegelmeier’s successor and will be introduced at a news conference Friday. Stiegelmeier had been head coach since 1997 when the Jackrabbits were NCAA Division II members. He shepherded the football program’s move to Division I beginning in 2004. He was 199-112 over 26 years and led the Jackrabbits to 12 FCS playoff appearances beginning in 2009. The Jacks beat rival North Dakota State 45-21 in the title game Jan. 8.

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A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require schools that play major college sports to pay some athletes as much as $25,000 annually. The bill also calls for schools to pay some post-college medical expenses for athletes and to guarantee athletic scholarships for six years. The College Athlete Protection Act is sponsored by Assembly member Chris Holden, who is a former San Diego State basketball player. The bill is the type of state-level legislation the NCAA is looking to federal lawmakers to preempt.

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Miami quarterback Jake Garcia has entered the transfer portal, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Garcia had not revealed the decision publicly. Garcia threw for 950 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions over parts of two seasons with Miami.

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The NCAA hopes a federal appeals court will soon block a lawsuit that seeks to treat athletes as employees who are paid for their time. It is the latest test of amateurism in college sports. The Division I athletes who filed the suit being argued next month want hourly wages similar to those earned in work-study programs. They say the nation’s colleges are violating fair labor practices by failing to pay them for the time they put into their sports. Baylor University President Linda Livingston, chairperson of the NCAA's Board of Governors, says the idea would have a "potentially catastrophic impact on college sports.”

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St. Thomas has made its latest major move with a plan to build a new arena on campus for basketball and hockey. The St. Paul, Minnesota, university made the unprecedented jump to NCAA Division I athletics last season from Division III. St. Thomas announced a record $75 million gift from longtime benefactors Lee and Penny Anderson toward the $175 million project. It's slated for capacity between 4,000 and 6,000 people with a fall of 2025 opening. The Tommies currently have the second-smallest basketball arena in the Summit League and the smallest hockey arena in their respective men's and women's leagues.

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Rafael Nadal has started the defense of his Australian Open title with a bit of a struggle along the way to a four-set victory over a cramping Jack Draper. Nadal was not in peak form but did manage to beat Draper 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a match that took more than 3 1/2 hours in Rod Laver Arena. It was the first match win for Nadal in 2023. He had lost six of his preceding seven contests dating to the end of last season. The biggest development on Day 1 might very well have been the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios. Americans Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff and Danielle Collins all reached the second round in the women's bracket with victories earlier Monday.

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This whole international pro tennis thing is all pretty new to Ben Shelton. One indication of that is Shelton says he is using his passport for the first time to travel overseas. The 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of Florida will be making his Australian Open debut on Tuesday. Shelton is part of a group of young Americans who are hoping to take strides and bring the country its first Grand Slam singles title for a man in 20 years. Players such as Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz made breakthroughs in 2022 and Shelton found their success inspiring.

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Kentucky has a 10-6 record, is 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference and struggling with chemistry and consistency on both ends of the floor. The Wildcats also are hearing frustration from their rabid fan base, to the point that one fan held a sign asking Texas to take coach John Calipari for its coaching vacancy. All-American forward Oscar Tshiebwe says the team needs to fight more and stop taking things for granted. Kentucky's challenges ahead include No. 5 Tennessee on the road this weekend and No. 2 Kansas at home at the end of January.

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Clemson coach Brad Brownell and the unranked Tigers are off to their best Atlantic Coast Conference start in their history. Clemson is the league's only undefeated team in ACC play at 6-0 after getting picked to finish 11th in the conference this preseason. Brownell said his players have steadily improved this season and believe in the team's style of play. The Tigers get their biggest league test when they play No. 24 Duke on Saturday. Win or lose, Brownell said there's a lot of basketball left for the Tigers to reach their goals.

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At the NCAA convention, outgoing President Mark Emmert said goodbye, incoming President Charlie Baker introduced himself and the state of college sports was declared unstable. Baylor President Linda Livingstone says college sports is "both thriving and threatened.” Livingstone is chairwoman of the NCAA’s Board of Governors. Earlier in the day the Division I Board Division I Board of Directors approved a host of recommendations intended to reform the top-tier of college sports, from membership standards to the size of championship brackets. But Livingstone re-iterated federal intervention is needed to help preserve college sports.

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Former Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines led a group of about two dozen demonstrators outside the NCAA convention. They were protesting the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports. They also threatened the NCAA with legal action if it doesn’t change its policies. Gaines competed in last year’s NCAA swimming and diving championships against Penn’s Lia Thomas, who became first transgender woman to win a national title. Eighteen states have passed laws banning transgender athletes from participating on girls' or women's sports teams.

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North Carolina has been awarded the 2029 summer World University Games two months after the state’s bid for the 2027 games finished second to South Korea. The executive committee of the International University Sports Federation selected North Carolina on Tuesday. The panel was meeting in Lake Placid, New York, where winter university games begin this week. The summer event attracts 7,000 athletes from more than 600 universities. The nearly two-week summer games event features 15 required sports, including swimming, track and field and basketball, as well as optional sports proposed by the local hosts.

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Drew Timme and Nolan Hickman scored 20 points each and No. 9 Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 81-76. Julian Strawther had 18 points and Ben Gregg grabbed eight rebounds to help the Bulldogs (14-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference) get their 25th straight win against the Broncos. Gonzaga has won 48 of the last 50 meetings. Keshawn Justice scored 22 points and Brandin Podziemski added 17 points and seven rebounds for Santa Clara (14-5, 2-2), which led the back-and-forth contest by one with 90 seconds remaining. Parker Braun had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

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Zach Freemantle scored 29 points, including eight in a row during a crucial stretch late in the second half, to lead No. 18 Xavier to its ninth straight victory, 88-80 over Villanova. Souley Boum added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Musketeers (13-3, 5-0 Big East), who extended their best-ever Big East conference start. Adam Kunkel chipped in 15 points and Cam Jones had 11 for Xavier.It was Xavier’s first victory at Villanova since joining the Big East in 2013.Cam Whitmore scored 26 points, Caleb Daniels had 23 and Eric Dixon added 19 for Villanova (8-8, 2-3).

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Quick on-the-field emergency care is widely credited with helping save Damar Hamlin’s life, but it's unclear if his cardiac arrest could have been prevented with screening. Doctors have said they’re still evaluating what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop after a tackle during Monday night’s Bills-Bengals game. One possibility is a fluke type of chest trauma that is impossible to predict or prevent. Existing heart conditions are the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. Cardiac testing including EKGs and echocardiograms can sometimes detect them. But these tests can’t detect all heart conditions. And they sometimes miss ones that can be deadly.

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Luke Steckel is finishing his 10th season working with the Tennessee Titans, the very same NFL team his father worked for once. That connection didn’t get Luke Steckel into the NFL. That credit goes to a college friend. The potential downside of football as a family business lurks in the issue of nepotism. Fathers hiring sons or recommending them to friends can unwittingly perpetuate the sport’s long struggle with consistently placing coaches of color in the top roles. The NFL’s annual diversity and inclusion report acknowledged the issue as recently as 2020. That cited internal league research that 63 NFL coaches were related either biologically or through marriage.

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Fisk University will make history this week when the school's women's gymnastics team becomes the first historically Black college or university to compete at the NCAA level. The Bulldogs are competing in the Super 16 in Las Vegas. Their debut for the Nashville-based school comes barely a year after the program launched. Participation in gymnastics by women of color has risen dramatically thanks in part to the success of Black Olympic champions like Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. Fisk coach Corrinne Tarver says the long-term goal is to prove that HBCU programs can compete at the highest level in the NCAA.

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The harrowing on-field collapse of Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin has forced some fans to confront a truth they’ve always known but hated to think about: Football, a game with violence in its DNA, can go from exciting and joyous to dark and tragic in a flash.  Now, as Hamlin remains in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital, fans like Max Cerone are reflecting on their relationship with the sport they love. Cerone says he's thinking of the players who put their bodies at risk but are often not seen as regular human beings.  Other fans are grappling with the perennial question of whether to allow their kids to play.

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Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing’s loss-filled stint at his alma mater has been called a “challenging and frustrating time” by athletic director Lee Reed. Reed added in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that he thinks “no one is more committed” to turning things around than the former star center. The statement came hours before the Hoyas set a Big East record by accumulating their 25th consecutive regular-season conference loss, 73-57 against visiting Villanova. The defeat Wednesday night left Georgetown with a 5-11 overall record, 0-5 in conference play.

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The NCAA Division I transformation committee has released its final report. It is recommending more sport-by-sport governance in college sports, enhanced expectations for D-1 schools to create a more uniform experience for athletes across all schools and allowing 25% of teams in the most-sponsored sports to compete in championship events. That could mean a March Madness tournament with 90 teams instead of the current 68. The report will be presented to the Division I Board of Directors for consideration ahead of next week’s NCAA convention in San Antonio.