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Belmont leaving OVC for Missouri Valley

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Belmont is joining the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1 as that league's 11th member, leaving the Ohio Valley Conference after nine years.

Dr. Greg Jones, Belmont president, announced the decision to change conferences. He called it time for Belmont to take another step and help the university raise its game in all sports.

"We know it will be a challenge for us on the athletic field and courts as we move forward, and we couldn't be more proud or excited to be taking this next step," Jones said.

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WSU extends Smith through 2026-27

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State signed coach Kyle Smith to a contract extension Thursday that goes through the 2026-27 season and adds two years to the original contract he was given when he was hired.

Smith was brought in as the replacement for Ernie Kent in March 2019 and quickly brought optimism back to the Cougars program. Washington State has finished .500 or above in each of Smith's first two seasons. The only other coach to accomplish that in Washington State history was Tony Bennett.

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Woodson wants greatness back at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Trayce Jackson-Davis made up his mind about Mike Woodson after one, 10-minute meeting.

He wanted to play for Indiana's new coach.

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Ex-assistant suing St. John's, Anderson

NEW YORK (AP) A former St. John's assistant basketball coach is suing the university and head coach Mike Anderson, claiming he was fired because of a health issue.

Steve DeMeo says in a lawsuit he was let go in June after telling Anderson about a serious heart condition that necessitated work accommodations due to the pandemic and would likely require additional procedures and medical leave. Previous to that, DeMeo asserts in the suit, Anderson had only praised his job performance.

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AAC extends commissioner Aresco 3 years

IRVING, Texas (AP) The American Athletic Conference has extended the contract of Commissioner Mike Aresco for three years through June 2025, the league announced Monday.

Aresco, a former CBS Sports executive, was hired as Big East commissioner in 2012 during sweeping conference realignment that ultimately forced the league to rebuild and rebrand. The American was formed in 2013.

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Few smelled of alcohol prior to arrest

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few's breath smelled of alcohol and he had bloodshot eyes on the night he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, though he initially told a police officer he had not been drinking, according to newly released documents.

"Mark told me he had spent the day with his family. I asked him how much he had to drink today and Mark told me nothing. I did not believe that Mark was being truthful based on my previously stated observations," Officer Matthew Lovingler is quoted as saying in the document that details his interactions with Few during a traffic stop Monday night.

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Ex-High Point star Littles dies at 78

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) Gene Littles, a former coach of the Charlotte Hornets who was the all-time leading scorer in High Point University men's basketball history, has died. He was 78.

A news release from the school said Littles died on Sept. 9 but did not give a cause of death. Details of a memorial service will be released later, it said.

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Wooden's daughter, Nan, dies at 87

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nan Wooden, the daughter of late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and a fixture at the Bruins games for years, died Tuesday. She was 87.

The school said she died of natural causes at a care facility in the San Fernando Valley, according to family members. She had suffered a series of strokes in recent years.

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Ga. Tech extends coach Pastner to 2026

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech has signed basketball coaches Josh Pastner and Nell Fortner to contract extensions.

Pastner received a three-year extension through the 2025-26 season after leading the Yellow Jacket to their first Atlantic Coast Conference men's championship since 1993.

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5-star recruit Sharpe commits to UK

LEXINGTON, Ken. (AP) Five-star recruit Shaedon Sharpe has committed to Kentucky, giving coach John Calipari his highest-rated player in five years.

Sharpe announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter after also considering Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma City and the G League.

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