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Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame Pitcher and Blunt-Spoken Senator, Dies at 85

Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game and later forged a second career as a fervently conservative and often cantankerous Republican representative and senator from Kentucky, died on Friday in the Fort Thomas, Ky., area. He was 85. His death was confirmed by his son David, a Federal District Court judge in Kentucky. Mr. Bunning had a stroke in October. (New York Times)

Wake Forest breaks ground on two 'critical' athletics buildings

The continuing transformation of the Wake Forest campus accelerated Thursday with groundbreaking ceremonies for two multi-million dollar athletics facilities. President Nathan O. Hatch and athletics director Ron Wellman were present for the groundbreaking for the Sutton Sports Performance Center and the Shah Basketball Complex, which was held in the McCreary Field House. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Texas A&M forward Robert Williams returns for sophomore year with lofty personal and team goals

If you were surprised Robert Williams is coming back for his sophomore season, you're not alone. "I was surprised," said junior DJ Hogg. "I was very surprised," added guard Admon Gilder. Freshman JJ Caldwell agrees, "I mean I was surprised." Williams' decision caught his teammates off guard, but they couldn't be happier he made it. (KBTX)

Devon Gales, paralyzed by hit against Georgia, is walking again

Less than two years after an injury left him paralyzed from the waist down, Devon Gales is walking again. Gales, a receiver at Southern University, injured his neck while blocking on a kickoff return against Georgia in September 2015. He had surgery and has been rehabbing ever since, with the goal of walking again. On Thursday, he shared a clip of himself walking with some assistance. (Sports Illustrated)

7 people ID'd for threats to NCAA ref after Kentucky loss to UNC

Seven people have been identified for threatening basketball referee John Higgins after Kentucky's 75-73 loss to North Carolina in the South Region final on March 26. Information will be referred to authorities in their jurisdictions and to the FBI's Omaha field office. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said the identities were ascertained after a lengthy investigation. (Associated Press)

Maryland's Justin Jackson pulls name out of NBA draft

A year ago, Justin Jackson was a relative unknown to most Maryland fans when he announced his commitment to play for the Terps. The 6-foot-7 forward was also something of an afterthought since his announcement came several hours after star guard Melo Trimble told Mark Turgeon that he was returning for his junior year and pulling his name from the NBA draft. (Baltimore Sun)

Trevon Bluiett withdraws from draft, will return to Xavier for senior season

Xavier guard/forward Trevon Bluiett has decided to return to school following the NBA Draft process. Bluiett had until Wednesday’s deadline to decide on his future. Former teammate Edmond Sumner announced a few weeks back that he would be remaining in the Draft. Bluiett averaged 18.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Musketeers last season. (Big East Coast Bias)

NC State’s Terry Henderson’s sixth-year waiver denied by NCAA

The NCAA has denied Terry Henderson’s sixth-year waiver ending the N.C. State guard’s college career on Friday. Henderson, the Wolfpack’s second-leading scorer last season, had appealed to the NCAA in March for an extra season of eligibility. Recent sixth-year waiver cases similar to Henderson’s, at Michigan State and Oregon, had given him hope in his appeal but it didn’t work out. (Charlotte Observer)

With star John Collins gone, can Wake Forest maintain (relative) success?

In the long-run history of Wake Forest men's basketball, a 19-14 season that ends with a First Four loss to a deeply flawed fellow bubble team would rarely be considered a banner campaign. Relative to recent Demon Deacons teams -- relative to the demoralizing nadir of Jeff Bzdelik's tenure in Winston-Salem -- 2016-17 was an undeniable story of success. (ESPN.com)

What Svi Mykhailiuk’s return means for Kansas basketball

When it comes to Svi Mykhailiuk’s decision to return to college, Kansas is getting a good player back who understands the team’s system after playing it three years. Coach Bill Self needed this scholarship to be filled with a contributor and it’s unlikely he would have been able to pull someone this late in the recruiting season who could have as much impact as Mykhailiuk will in 2017-18. (Kansas City Star)

Angel Delgado’s return to Seton Hall makes Pirates Big East contender

Seton Hall got huge news on Monday when Angel Delgado announced that he would be returning to school for his senior season. “I am coming back to school for my senior year,” Delgado said in a statement on Monday. “It’s very important to my family and me that I finish what I started. This was a difficult decision that took time and patience. Coming back feels just right.” (NBC Sports)

Isaiah Thomas and a 'legendary' 2016-17 season

After the Boston Celtics announced that Isaiah Thomas would miss the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a right hip injury, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took to Twitter and dubbed Thomas’ 2016-17 campaign a “legendary season.” Reflecting on everything that has happened around Thomas since the start of the NBA’s calendar year in July, it truly has been fascinating. (ESPN.com)

Decision day for NBA draft comes early because NCAA says so

While the NBA has a June 12 deadline for players to pull their names from draft consideration, those who wish to maintain their collegiate eligibility had until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. to withdraw. With the passing of Wednesday's deadline, it makes it easier for all teams in the process to take stock of the landscape, even as the NCAA and NBA continue to orbit in their own universes. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Hamidou Diallo withdrawing from draft, returning to Kentucky

It took plenty of time for the news to make its way public, but Wildcat freshman Hamidou Diallo will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky, according to multiple reports late Wednesday. Diallo’s situation was one of the more interesting in college basketball as he became an incredibly intriguing pro prospect despite being on a college roster and never playing. (NBC Sports)

Purdue All-American Caleb Swanigan remaining in NBA Draft

Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan will keep his name in the NBA draft, he announced Wednesday. Swanigan, a 6-foot-9 center, was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in leading the Boilermakers to a 27-8 record and a Sweet 16 appearance. Had he returned to Purdue, Swanigan would have likely been the preseason favorite for National Player of the Year. (ESPN.com)

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