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NCAA amends agent rules to no longer require college degree

The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men’s basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.

The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” in reference to James’ agent, who does not have a college degree.

The NCAA announced Monday it would amend the standards so bachelor’s degrees would not be required for agents currently certified and in good standing with the NBA players union. The NCAA had said last week it modeled its rules after those of the National Basketball Players Association.

“We have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the (NBPA) has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement,” the NCAA said in a statement. “While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria.”

The NCAA rule permitting players to obtain an agent yet still return to school after withdrawing from the draft was part of recommendations from the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball, which was formed in response to a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

The change took place last August, and the first players to take advantage of the rule did so in the spring. They were permitted to sign with an agent certified by the NBPA — which was the stopgap standard until the NCAA put together its own certification requirements — though they had to terminate the deal if they decided to withdraw from the draft and return to school.

The amended policy still requires the agent to be certified by the NBPA for at least three consecutive years, as well as taking an in-person examination, going through a background check and paying required fees. In its release last week, the NCAA said agents would pay a $250 application fee and an annual $1,250 certification fee separate from NBPA certification requirements.

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Sister, 30, held in slaying of ex-Portland State basketball player, 22; two other family members hurt

A 22-year-old athlete who played basketball and football at Portland State University in Oregon was fatally shot Friday afternoon, allegedly by his 30-year-old sister, who was later taken into police custody.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the crime, which police said happened in a home in northeast Portland. Two women, identified as an aunt and grandmother of the siblings, were wounded but expected to survive, according to authorities.

The death of Deante Strickland, who had recently graduated, was confirmed by the school Friday. Strickland was also a state champion football player in high school, according to OregonLive.com.

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Police say Tamena Strickland is suspected in the shootings and was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, OregonLive reported.

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“Everyone is shocked,” Deante’s uncle, Damien Strickland, said. The grandmother was shot nine times, Damien said.

The uncle told OregonLive that Deante left the house after he was shot and asked contractors working across the street to help him.

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He said, “‘My sister shot me … I don’t want to die,’” according to Damien, who said the contractors helped the victim until paramedics arrived.

Portland State said in a statement the school “mourns the tragic loss” of Strickland.

“My heart is broken,” said Valerie Cleary, the university’s athletic director. “Strick was one of the best. He put so much dedication into all he did on and off the court. He truly represented our Viking values and his hometown of Portland. I will never forget his smile.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Former Auburn assistant basketball coach avoids prison

Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person’s lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball programs.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska cited Person’s “random acts of charity that happened all the time” as she explained why he won’t be locked up for taking bribes to steer top college players toward a financial adviser who was cooperating with the government’s investigation.

“The worst thing you have to say is that you were charitable to a fault,” she told Person, who wiped tears from his face repeatedly. “Keep up the good work.”

She ordered him to do 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him.

“No purpose would be served by incarceration,” Preska said.

Sentencing guidelines called for two years in prison, though three other coaches who pleaded guilty to the same bribery conspiracy charge also received leniency.

Preska said the money Person gave to family, friends, strangers, charities and the schools that propelled him to a 13-year NBA career earned him leniency and a shot at redemption.

She said she “disagreed vehemently” with a prosecutor’s claim that Person was motivated by “insatiable greed.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone told Preska that Person’s crime was worse than others in the bribery scheme because he tried to get players and families to accept bribes even though the government cooperator never suggested it.

The judge read extensively from over 70 letters of support, many citing the generosity which included houses for at least 10 family members, college tuition for two nieces, and computers, school supplies and shoes for high school students.

When he ran out of money, he took out loans to give even more, including $300,000 for a lighted softball complex in Laverne, Alabama, Preska said.

Person, who was in financial trouble at the time, accepted $91,500 in bribes to parlay his relationships with top players to steer them to a financial adviser, federal prosecutors said. The adviser, however, was working as a government cooperator.

Preska noted that after signing his first NBA contract, Person sent most of the money to his family and bought his mother a house. After his playing career ended, he turned down lucrative jobs in the NBA to make less money as a college coach.

Person, who started a personal basketball training business in Atlanta last year, told the judge he had “deep remorse” for taking advantage of his players. He said he still loved Auburn and always will and hoped that “they will one day forgive me and let me come back.”

Of his crime, he said: “I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway.”

Person’s March guilty plea came nearly two decades after he was a regular presence on NBA courts, known as “The Rifleman” for lighting up scoreboards with long-range shooting skills.

After the Indiana Pacers drafted him in 1986, he played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons. In 2010, he earned a championship ring as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lawyers wrote that Person’s previous financial troubles intensified almost as soon as his NBA career ended, when he was paying $30,000 monthly to his ex-wife while he was earning $18,000 annually in his first non-playing role with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Chuck’s singular focus on basketball, his failure to plan for his financial future, and his unbounded generosity ultimately had catastrophic consequences,” they wrote.

By 2016, when he was an assistant coach at Auburn, where he had set a record as the school’s all-time leading scorer in the 1980s, he was deeply in debt with bank loans, the lawyers wrote. One financial institution had obtained a default judgment that garnished 25% of his wages at Auburn, they added.

“Creditors were growing impatient, and Chuck was becoming desperate. Chuck could have turned to his many friends for help, but he was embarrassed and ashamed,” they wrote.

Instead, the man who overcame racism and extreme poverty growing up in rural Alabama got swept up in the college basketball scandal when his search for a new loan earned him an introduction to the government cooperator, the lawyers said.

Letters submitted to Preska included one from Charles Sonny Smith, who coached at Auburn for 11 seasons through the 1980s, and one from Sam Perkins, another former NBA player who met Person when both competed to be on the U.S. Olympic team in 1984.

Smith called Person “my favorite player ever.” Perkins said Person was “still a good friend.”

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Binghamton University men’s basketball player, 19, drowns at New York park

A Binghamton University men’s basketball player entering his sophomore year accidentally drowned Sunday in upstate New York, the school announced.

Calistus Anyichie, 19, drowned at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca. Anyichie was found at the base of a 15-foot bank and was pulled out by firefighters, according to the Ithaca Journal.

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“There are no words,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said in a news release. “There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss. We all loved Calistus so much. He was such a special young man. We are devastated.”

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Calistus Anyichie #14 of the Binghamton Bearcats drowned at an upstate New York park on Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

Anyichie, who was originally from Nigeria, studied political science. He played 32 games as a freshman for the Bearcats last season. He averaged 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. He was a scholar-athlete at St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Short Hills, N.J., before going to Binghamton.

“A talented young person has been tragically taken from us,” school president Harvey Stenger said. “This is a heartbreaking loss for our community. We will do all that we can to be there for his family, for the team and everyone who knew Calistus.”

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The university said it will offer counseling services on campus.

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Top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson casually launches football down beach

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Zion Williamson is poised to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA draft but while he prepares for the scouting combine, he was seen launching a football on a beach.

It appears Williamson was on a beach in South Carolina and was casually tossing the pill around. He cocked back and launched the ball down the sand with ease.

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Williamson helped lead Duke to a deep run in the NCAA Tournament before the Blue Devils narrowly lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.

If basketball doesn’t work out for the 6-foot-7, 284-pound forward, there clearly is an option in football for him.

Eric Mateos, a former LSU Tigers assistant football coach, told ESPN in November he could see Williamson play tight end if he felt like trading into the basketball shoes for some cleats. The coach said he once offered Williamson a scholarship to play tight end.

“I thought, hell, why not, he’s probably the best damn tight end to ever live,” Mateos said.

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For now, Williamson is projected to go at least in the top three when the NBA draft comes around next month.

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Zion Williamson helps Duke employee with epic gender reveal

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Zion Williamson, the Duke phenom and soon-to-be NBA top draft pick, participated in a unique gender reveal for a Blue Devil Network employee and his wife Wednesday.

Williamson was tasked with throwing down a dunk to see whether Nolan Elingburg and his wife, Danielle, were going to have a boy or a girl. Nolan Elingburg left it to the audacious dunker to make the revelation.

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Williamson dunked the tiny basketball through the hoop and out came blue confetti, signaling that the Elingburgs will be having a boy.

Video posted on Duke’s men’s basketball Twitter account showed multiple replays of the one-handed slam and the ensuing celebration.

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Williamson and Noah Elingburg embraced at the end.

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Louisville women’s basketball coach was ‘outcoached’ in NCAA Tournament, Gov. Matt Bevin says

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called out Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz after Walz’s team fell to the Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

In an interview with NewsRadio 840 WHAS Wednesday, Bevin said he believed Walz was simply “outcoached.”

“I feel bad saying this, but it’s true. If he’d been a little more focused on game strategy and coaching that weekend, and a little less on this kind of silliness, the better team would have won,” the Republican governor said. “We got outcoached, straight up.”

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Recently, Walz called out the governor for not congratulating the women’s basketball team’s Sweet 16 win — yet Bevin congratulated the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team’s victory.

“Gov. Matt Bevin thought you might want to know you have a group of young women at the University of Louisville women’s basketball team that will be playing in the Elite 8 Sunday also. I’ll make sure to let my players know you said congrats!” Walz wrote.

When asked about Walz’s tweet, Bevin fired back

“We were expected to beat Connecticut,” Bevin said in the interview. “We should have beat Connecticut. It’s disappointing because our women’s team in Louisville was phenomenal. And they’ve been, well, outcoached….I’ve tweeted about them every single year I’ve been governor.”

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Bevin said he did not know Walz personally and called their feud on social media “odd.”

The Huskies ended up falling to Notre Dame in the Final Four. Notre Dame ended up losing to Baylor in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game Sunday.

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Baylor denies Notre Dame repeat dream in NCAA women’s basketball final

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Chloe Jackson made a driving layup to break an 80-80 tie with 3.9 seconds remaining as Baylor recovered from blowing a 17-point first-half lead to defeat Notre Dame 82-81 in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game Sunday night in Tampa.

Jackson, who finished with 26 points on 13-of-25 shooting, knocked down a midrange jump shot to give the Bears a 80-78 lead with 35 seconds remaining before Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard tied the game by hitting a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to go.

Baylor’s win gave the program its third national championship under head coach Kim Mulkey after prior titles in 2005 and 2012. The Bears join Connecticut and Tennessee as the only schools to win at least three championships while denying Notre Dame a third title under their bench boss, Muffett McGraw.

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Baylor defeats Notre Dame in classic NCAA women’s basketball final

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Chloe Jackson made a driving layup to break an 80-80 tie with 3.9 seconds remaining as Baylor recovered from blowing a 17-point first-half lead to defeat Notre Dame 82-81 in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game Sunday night in Tampa.

Jackson, who finished with 26 points on 13-of-25 shooting, knocked down a midrange jump shot to give the Bears a 80-78 lead with 35 seconds remaining before Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard tied the game by hitting a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to go. After Jackson put Baylor back up by two, Arike Ogunbowale had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed the first of two foul shots with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Ogunbowale, the Most Outstanding Player of Notre Dame’s 2018 run to the national championship, unintentionally made the second foul shot and Baylor was able to run out the clock.

Baylor’s win gave the program its third national championship under head coach Kim Mulkey after prior titles in 2005 and 2012. The Bears join Connecticut and Tennessee as the only schools to win at least three NCAA championships while denying Notre Dame a third title under their bench boss, Muffett McGraw.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates. 

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Police use tear gas as Texas Tech basketball victory sparks ‘fandemonium’

Lubbock, Texas, erupted in what the local newspaper called “fandemonium” on Saturday night after the hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders advanced to the championship final of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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