WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:06:43 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Chile takes down Argentina to win Copa America in penalty kicks http://www.wbrz.com/news/chile-takes-down-argentina-to-win-copa-america-in-penalty-kicks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chile-takes-down-argentina-to-win-copa-america-in-penalty-kicks/ Sports Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:43:17 PM AP Chile takes down Argentina to win Copa America in penalty kicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Lionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina's national team.

Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's final shot and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

Team USA finished 4th after losing to Argentia in the semifinals and Columbia in the 3rd place game.


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Coastal Carolina beats TCU 7-5, to face Arizona in finals http://www.wbrz.com/news/coastal-carolina-beats-tcu-7-5-to-face-arizona-in-finals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/coastal-carolina-beats-tcu-7-5-to-face-arizona-in-finals/ Sports Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:32:24 PM ApNewsNow Coastal Carolina beats TCU 7-5, to face Arizona in finals

OMAHA - Tyler Chadwick homered and doubled, Alex Cunningham pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, and surprising Coastal Carolina reached the College World Series finals with a 7-5 victory over TCU on Saturday night.

The Chanticleers (53-17) of the Big South Conference will play Arizona in a best-of-three series starting Monday, trying to win the national championship in their first appearance at the CWS.

Chadwick's blast over the right-center wall opened the scoring, and the Chanticleers added two runs in the third and four in the fourth. They had only three baserunners over the last four innings, and TCU pulled within two runs with one out in the ninth. But Michael Landestoy hit into his third double play of the game to end it.

Alex Cunningham (10-4) scattered eight hits and allowed four runs before turning the game over to Bobby Holmes.

Jared Janczak (7-4), the first of four TCU pitchers, last three innings and took the loss for the Horned Frogs (49-18).


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PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic http://www.wbrz.com/news/pga-tour-cancels-greenbrier-classic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pga-tour-cancels-greenbrier-classic/ Sports Sat, 25 Jun 2016 9:16:48 PM ApNewsNow PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic

BETHESDA - The PGA Tour says the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia.

The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10. Tour officials say the Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort, the host course, suffered extensive damage from the flooding and "is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament."

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said officials were heartbroken by the devastation in West Virginia. He said canceling the Greenbrier was the most prudent course of action.

The Greenbrier Classic began in 2010. The PGA Tour is committed to holding the event through 2021.


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LSU's Hawthorne inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-hawthorne-inducted-into-louisiana-sports-hall-of-fame/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-hawthorne-inducted-into-louisiana-sports-hall-of-fame/ Sports Sat, 25 Jun 2016 8:50:25 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU's Hawthorne inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

NATCHITOCHES – Four people associated with LSU athletics  were inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night in Natchitoches.

The ceremony, held at the Natchitoches Events Center, is the 57th Hall of Fame Ceremony for the organization.

Jim Hawthorne, “The Voice of the Tigers,” led the LSU group, along with Dr. Julian Bales, former player-coach Art “Red” Swanson and Bob Tompkins.

Hawthorne and Tompkins both received the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Bales received the Dave Dixon Louisiana Leadership Award.

Swanson, who died in 1982, was elected in the Old Timers athletic category. Swanson’s son Art accepted the award for him.

Highlights of the induction ceremony will be shown on Cox Sports TV beginning on July 12 at 7 p.m.


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Saints try to bolster defensive line http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-try-to-bolster-defensive-line/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-try-to-bolster-defensive-line/ Sports Fri, 24 Jun 2016 8:18:28 PM AP Saints try to bolster defensive line

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have placed cornerback Kyle Wilson on injured reserve and have signed defensive tackle C.J. Wilson.

C.J. Wilson, whose acquisition was announced Friday by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, is a six-year veteran who split last season between Oakland and Detroit. He played in four games for the Raiders and eight with the Lions and was credited with 13 tackles and a sack.

C.J. Wilson began his NFL career as a seventh-round draft choice by Green Bay in 2010. He has played in 78 games, starting 19, during his career.

Kyle Wilson, a former Jets first-round draft choice, joined the Saints last season, making one interception, after spending his first five years in New York.

The Saints have not disclosed his injury.


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Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-choose-hield-with-6th-overall-pick-in-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-choose-hield-with-6th-overall-pick-in-nba-draft/ Sports Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:03:15 PM Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Hield, who averaged 25 points per game while leading the Sooners to the Final Four last season, was named an AP All-American and won the prestigious Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. He hit 147 3-pointers, hitting about 46 percent of his shots from long range

New Orleans is coming off an injury-plagued, 30-52 campaign.

This year's draft marks the beginning of a busy offseason for the Pelicans, who are trying to give All-Star forward Anthony Davis a stronger supporting cast.

When free agency starts in July, New Orleans will have to decide whether to re-sign former regulars including guard Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson.


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Scotlandville's Damian Jones selected by Warriors in the NBA Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-damian-jones-selected-by-warriors-in-the-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-damian-jones-selected-by-warriors-in-the-nba-draft/ Sports Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:28:35 PM Hunter Robinson Scotlandville's Damian Jones selected by Warriors in the NBA Draft

SCOTLANDVILLE - With the 30th and final selection in the NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Vanderbilt center Damian Jones, who played his prep ball at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

In his junior season at Vanderbilt University, Jones averages 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and was named First Team All-SEC. He was named to that team as well as the All-Defensive Team as a sophomore. Jones scored in double-figures in 26 out of 33 games for the Commodores and registered 7 double-doubles.

As a senior at Scotlandville Magnet, Jones averaged 15.4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks a game was a 2-time state champion and the 5A Player of the Year.

Jones joins a talented Golden State Warriors team who have made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. They won it all in 2015 and came within one game of repeating this year.


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Arizona advances, UC Santa Barbara eliminated at College World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/arizona-advances-uc-santa-barbara-eliminated-at-college-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arizona-advances-uc-santa-barbara-eliminated-at-college-world-series/ Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:37:46 PM AP Arizona advances, UC Santa Barbara eliminated at College World Series

OMAHA, NB - Jared Oliva homered for the first time in over two months and JC Cloney pitched seven strong innings, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in a College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (46-22) will play Oklahoma State on Friday in the Bracket 1 final. They need to win that game and another Saturday against the Cowboys to reach next week's best-of-three finals.

The Gauchos (43-20-1) went 1-2 in their first CWS appearance.

Cloney (7-4) gave up only five singles before turning the game over to Cameron Ming with a runner on base and no outs in the eighth.

The Gauchos threatened in the ninth after Clay Fisher doubled and Devon Gradford walked with no outs. Ming struck out Austin Bush, JJ Muno and Dempsey Grover to end the game.

Arizona has allowed only two runs in three CWS games.


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Cleveland parties as Cavs' NBA title celebrated with parade http://www.wbrz.com/news/cleveland-parties-as-cavs-nba-title-celebrated-with-parade/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cleveland-parties-as-cavs-nba-title-celebrated-with-parade/ Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 2:03:52 PM ApNewsNow Cleveland parties as Cavs' NBA title celebrated with parade

CLEVELAND - A parade held somewhere else for more than a half-century is rolling through Cleveland.

No longer the butt of jokes, it's a title town again.

Hundreds of thousands of fans, some arriving Tuesday night to camp on the sidewalk for the best view, are lining the downtown streets to cheer superstar LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who made history by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals and end the city's 52-year championship drought.

Cleveland fans young and old are partying like its 1964. This is the celebration James promised when he returned to his home state two years ago.

The Akron-born James was named Finals MVP, and his third title solidifies his place among the game's greats. He was already Ohio basketball royalty - King James - and he's now the one who stopped a half-century of sports suffering.


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Texas Tech hangs on, knocks out top seed Florida 3-2 at CWS http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-tech-hangs-on-knocks-out-top-seed-florida-3-2-at-cws/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-tech-hangs-on-knocks-out-top-seed-florida-3-2-at-cws/ Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:06:37 PM ERIC OLSON Texas Tech hangs on, knocks out top seed Florida 3-2 at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. - Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run homer, Texas Tech picked up a huge insurance run by way of two errors on the same play in the ninth, and the Red Raiders eliminated Florida 3-2 at the College World Series on Tuesday.

It was a stunning early exit for the No. 1 national seed, which made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth after Peter Alonso's two-run homer made it a one-run game. The game ended when Jonathan India tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by left fielder Tyler Neslony.

The fifth-seeded Red Raiders (47-19) will play Thursday against the loser of the Tuesday night game between TCU and Coastal Carolina. The Gators (52-16) went 0-2 at the CWS.

Davis Martin (10-1) and Hayden Howard combined to hold Florida to six hits. Florida starter Alex Faedo (13-3) cruised until the fourth inning when Gutierrez went deep.


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Messi leads Argentina over US 4-0, into Copa America final http://www.wbrz.com/news/messi-leads-argentina-over-us-4-0-into-copa-america-final/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/messi-leads-argentina-over-us-4-0-into-copa-america-final/ Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:02:48 PM RONALD BLUM Messi leads Argentina over US 4-0, into Copa America final

HOUSTON - Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain.

The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi's opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina's career scoring record and assisted on the final goal in a 4-0 rout of the U.S. on Tuesday night that put the La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.

After Messi doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with his 55th international goal, his tournament-leading fifth, Gonzalo Higuain quickly ended U.S. comeback hopes when he put the rebound of his initial shot past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 50th. Higuain scored off a Messi pass in the 86th.

Argentina will seek its first major title since the 1993 Copa - and its first since Messi's debut in 2005 - when it plays Chile or Colombia on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


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LeBron James brings title home to Cleveland http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-james-brings-title-home-to-cleveland/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-james-brings-title-home-to-cleveland/ Sports Mon, 20 Jun 2016 1:46:47 PM Tom Withers LeBron James brings title home to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - LeBron James came home with the trophy he promised, and the championship Cleveland has coveted for 52 years.

The NBA superstar, born and raised in nearby Akron, stepped off a plane Monday and hoisted the shiny Larry O'Brien Trophy as more than 10,000 fans celebrated the city's first title since 1964.

The Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in seven games, ending Cleveland's title drought.

James, who was selected as the Finals' MVP, paraded the championship trophy around the parking lot so Cleveland fans could get a closer look to something they've waited a lifetime to see.


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LeBron, Cavs beat Warriors 93-89, capture title http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-cavs-beat-warriors-93-89-capture-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lebron-cavs-beat-warriors-93-89-capture-title/ Sports Sun, 19 Jun 2016 7:09:31 PM ApNewsNow LeBron, Cavs beat Warriors 93-89, capture title

OAKLAND - Cleveland's championship drought is over.

LeBron James had a triple-double, Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer with 53 seconds left put Cleveland ahead to stay and the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

It's the first major championship for the city of Cleveland since the Browns in 1964.

James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Irving finished with 26 points for Cleveland - which erased a 3-1 series deficit to win the title.

Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors, whose bid for back-to-back titles was thwarted. Golden State won an NBA-record 73 games in the regular season, then fell short in the playoffs. They went scoreless in the last three minutes of the final game.

As the final seconds ticked off on the giant scoreboard inside Quicken Loans Arena, 18,000 fans, some of them strangers when Sunday night began, cried, hugged, screamed and shared a moment many of them have spent a lifetime dreaming of.

With James leading the way and winning MVP honors, the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in their victory over the Golden State Warriors.

At 10:37 p.m., Cleveland became a title town for the first time since Dec. 27, 1964, when the Browns won the NFL championship. There had been so many close calls in between, so much heartache.

"I can't wait to get back home," James said.


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Dempsey, Zardes lead US over Ecuador 2-1, into Copa semis http://www.wbrz.com/news/dempsey-zardes-lead-us-over-ecuador-2-1-into-copa-semis/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dempsey-zardes-lead-us-over-ecuador-2-1-into-copa-semis/ Sports Fri, 17 Jun 2016 8:34:04 AM Tim Booth Dempsey, Zardes lead US over Ecuador 2-1, into Copa semis

SEATTLE (AP) - Clint Dempsey scored for the third straight game on a first-half header and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal midway through the second half, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.

Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd in the soccer-mad Pacific Northwest, the U.S. won a knockout game against a nation outside its region for only the second time and will play Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday in Houston.

American midfielder Jermaine Jones and Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia were both ejected early in the second half. Jones will be suspended for the semifinal along with U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and Bobby Wood, who both got their second yellow cards of the tournament.

Dempsey's 52nd international goal, five behind Landon Donovan's American record, put the U.S. ahead in the 22nd minute and Zardes guided Dempsey's cross into the net in the 65th for a 2-0 lead.

Michael Arroyo scored for Ecuador in the 74th minute and Enner Valencia missed a pair of great chances moment later on a pair of headers.


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Cavaliers force Game 7, beat Warriors 115-101 http://www.wbrz.com/news/cavaliers-force-game-7-beat-warriors-115-101/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cavaliers-force-game-7-beat-warriors-115-101/ Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:49:52 PM ApNewsNow Cavaliers force Game 7, beat Warriors 115-101

CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game 7 in the NBA Finals with a 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

James - who scored 18 straight points during one stretch - finished with 41 for the second straight game in another overpowering performance for the Cavs, who have come back to tie the best-of-seven series at three games apiece. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA's championship round.

The Cavaliers can make history, and capture Cleveland's first pro sports championship in 52 years, with a victory in Oakland on Sunday.

Stephen Curry scored 30 points for the Warriors, but was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up his sixth foul. Curry threw his mouth guard as he argued the call and the Warriors have come unglued in the series.


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Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:01:34 PM Brock Sues Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball

BATON ROUGE – Tigers baseball coach Paul Mainieri says he’s sticking with LSU.

“LSU is home for the Mainieri family, and it’s my intention to keep it that way for a long time,” Mainieri said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

Mainieri’s announcement comes one day after rumors surfaced that the University of Texas was interested in acquiring LSU’s coach to replace Augie Garrido.

Mainieri just finished his 10th season at LSU. He is No. 5 in wins among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,324 wins in 34 seasons. He is also one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to win 1,300 games and a national championship.

LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva stood by his coach.

“I’m extremely pleased that Paul Maineriei is the baseball coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “He has established a consistent record of excellence in all facets of our program, and I’m confident that the Tigers will continue to contend for national championships during his tenure.”

So far, Florida’s Kevin O’Conner and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle have been contacted, but Texas had no luck with luring each of those coaches away from their respective schools.

Coach Mainieri came to the Tigers by way of Notre Dame at the end of the 2006 season. Coincidentally, LSU’s only national championship during Mainieri’s reign came in 2009 against Texas.

Mainieri’s salary at LSU is $750,000 per year.


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Popular ex-Saint McAllister joining game radio broadcasts http://www.wbrz.com/news/popular-ex-saint-mcallister-joining-game-radio-broadcasts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/popular-ex-saint-mcallister-joining-game-radio-broadcasts/ Sports Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:04:00 PM Popular ex-Saint McAllister joining game radio broadcasts

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints star running back Deuce McAllister is joining the radio broadcast for Saints games.

McAllister, whose appointment was announced by WWL radio on Wednesday, will serve as a color announcer alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson.

McAllister, who remains the Saints' all-time leading rusher more than seven years after playing his final game in 2008, takes the seat in the booth formerly occupied by the late Hokie Gajan (GUY-jawn), who died in April.

Gajan was a popular LSU and Saints running back who enjoyed a long career in sports radio after his playing days.

In a statement released by WWL, McAllister calls it "an honor to follow someone so entrenched in the history and tradition of Saints football" as Gajan was.


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Cavs win NBA Finals Game 5 behind Irving and James 41 points http://www.wbrz.com/news/cavs-win-nba-finals-game-5-behind-irving-and-james-41-points/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cavs-win-nba-finals-game-5-behind-irving-and-james-41-points/ Sports Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:40:34 PM Cavs win NBA Finals Game 5 behind Irving and James 41 points

OAKLAND, Calif. - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving became the first teammates to each top 40 points in the same NBA Finals game, and the Cleveland Cavaliers staved off elimination by beating the Golden State Warriors 112-97 on Monday night.

James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. Irving had 41 points on 17 for 24 shooting and added six assists for the Cavaliers. Game 6 of the series is Thursday in Cleveland.

Klay Thompson scored 37 points and Stephen Curry had 25 for the Warriors, who were without the suspended Draymond Green for the game. They lost Andrew Bogut early in the third quarter to a left knee injury.

It was tied at 61-61 at the half. Cleveland owned the second half, outscoring the hosts 51-36. For James, it's now 26 consecutive series with at least one road win, extending his NBA record.

Golden State now leads the series 3-2. The Warriors clinched last year's title with a Game 6 win on the Cavs' home floor.


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Florida tops FSU in Supers, CWS slate set http://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-tops-fsu-in-supers-cws-slate-set/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-tops-fsu-in-supers-cws-slate-set/ Sports Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:38:31 PM Florida tops FSU in Supers, CWS slate set

GAINESVILLE - Florida sophomore JJ Schwarz belted a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to help send the Gators to a 7-0 win over rival Florida State 7-0 on Monday night to secure the last spot in the College World Series.

The Gators (52-14) won the final two games in the best-of-three super regional to earn their fifth trip to Omaha, Nebraska, in the past seven years. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, will play Coastal Carolina on Sunday night.

With the Gator win the schedule for the first two days of the College World Series has been finalized.

Oklahoma State (41-20) plays UC Santa Barbara (42-18-1) on Saturday afternoon and No. 3 national seed Miami (50-12) faces Arizona (44-21) at night.

Sunday's matchups have No. 5 Texas Tech (47-18) facing TCU (47-16) in the afternoon and Coastal Carolina (49-16) playing at night against No. 1 Florida.

CWS teams are split into two brackets. Bracket winners meet in the best-of-three finals starting June 27.


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College hoops coaches to examine NCAA Tournament selection http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-hoops-coaches-to-examine-ncaa-tournament-selection/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-hoops-coaches-to-examine-ncaa-tournament-selection/ Sports Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:04:29 AM APNewsNow College hoops coaches to examine NCAA Tournament selection

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kentucky's John Calipari and West Virginia's Bob Huggins are among more than a dozen coaches and administrators who have been chosen to examine the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection system.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the ad hoc committee Monday. It will work with the NCAA in the coming weeks to discuss selection, seeding and bracketing processes.

Previous NABC committees have worked with the NCAA to adjust rules for student-athletes declaring for the NBA draft and to consider the demands placed on athletes' time.

NABC executive director Jim Haney and former SEC commissioner Mike Slive will co-chair the committee, which also includes coaches such as Mark Few, Steve Fisher and Mark Turgeon, administrators Doug Elgin and Dan Guerrero and consultants Dan Davitt and Reggie Minton, among others.


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