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Michigan State to keep Beekman as AD

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Michigan State is set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director, a person with knowledge of the decision said Saturday. Beekman has been the interim head of the troubled athletic department since early February.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Beekman took over on an interim basis shortly after athletic director Mark Hollis retired following the sex abuse scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar and just before ESPN reported allegations of sexual assault and violence against women involving Michigan State football and basketball players. The report questioned how the athletic department handled those cases.

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Duke's White to head selection committee

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Duke athletic director Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020.

The NCAA announced White's role Friday. White will serve as vice chairman this season for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee headed by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, then take over for the 2019-20 season.

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Ex-UNC G Felton to play in Slovenia

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Former North Carolina guard Jalek Felton will play professionally in Slovenia this upcoming season.

The Petrol Olimpija team announced Friday that it has signed Felton.

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Wake Forest great Chappell dies at 77

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest says former basketball all-American and NBA All-Star Len Chappell has died.

The school says the 77-year-old Chappell died Thursday. No cause of death was provided in Friday's announcement.

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Ex-Cards sue NCAA over vacated '13 title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A group of former Louisville men's basketball players have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization's vacation of the Cardinals' 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four.

John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, said a lawsuit had been filed and described the NCAA as "a morally bankrupt organization" that exploits student-athletes during a Wednesday news conference.

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Oklahoma F Manek ready for bigger role

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Brady Manek's strong freshman season was largely overlooked while the college basketball world was enamored with his Oklahoma teammate Trae Young.

The 6-foot-9 forward was Oklahoma's No. 3 scorer last season with 10.2 points per game. Now that Young has left for the NBA, Manek will be depended upon more.

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Wake counting on 5-star freshman Hoard

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Several players left Wake Forest early this offseason. Jaylen Hoard came aboard.

The Demon Deacons' highest-rated recruit in a decade was always going to play an important role this season. With four players exiting since the end of the season - two turning pro, two others transferring - Hoard figures to be the centerpiece of a team trying to reach just its second NCAA Tournament since 2010.

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NC State savoring success amid FBI probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State finally owns the Top 25 national status that athletics director Debbie Yow has sought during her eight-year tenure.

Yet amid the excitement there's concern: The men's basketball program is entangled in the federal investigation into corruption within the sport. That's left Yow to balance the best overall season in school history with potential trouble ahead for one of the Wolfpack's highest-profile programs.

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Ex-UCLA player Knight found dead at 39

PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight has died in Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office hasn't released a cause of death.

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WKU AD proud of team, academic success

Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart is proud of the school's ongoing success in competition and classwork.

The Hilltoppers earned Conference USA titles in women's basketball and volleyball this past year, bringing the total to 24 since entering the league in 2014. Stewart noted that his school has twice the hardware of the next closest conference member, Middle Tennessee, over the same time period.

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