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2018-19 college basketball rankings: Kentucky adds 2 big pieces, moves to No. 1

Kentucky lost a lot of players early to the NBA Draft, per usual. But you can still reasonably argue that this has been a great offseason for the Wildcats. P.J. Washington and Quade Green returned to school. Ashton Hagans reclassified. And Reid Travis committed. So now John Calipari has an immensely talented roster that's also sprinkled with experience. (CBS Sports)

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin will return for 40th year, retire after 2019 season

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin will return to coach the Seminoles for his 40th and final season in 2019. Next season will serve as a farewell tour of sorts for Martin, who became the NCAA all-time leader in career wins in 2018. Martin is 13 wins shy of 2,000 for his career. In his 39 seasons, Martin has helped FSU extend a streak of 41 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. (Orlando Sentinel)

Adrian Wojnarowski’s night of NBA Draft loophole tweets was magical

Adrian Wojnarowski won the 2018 NBA Draft. He may be the only man to win the NBA Draft, ever. Every year, media outlets purport to know the winners and losers of the draft, but they never have, they’re simply guessing at a subjective, unknowable outcome, as if that’s what’s important on nights like Thursday night. But they don’t know the game. Woj knows the game. (SB Nation)

Report: Former NC State basketball player J.J. Hickson charged in Georgia home invasion

Former North Carolina State University and NBA forward J.J. Hickson has been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Georgia. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Hickson, 29, is charged with armed robbery with a knife in connection with an incident reported Friday night in Coweta County. Hickson is being held without bond. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Iconic pro wrestling big man, former WCW champion Vader dead at 63

Leon White, one of pro wrestling's most iconic big men, died Monday at 63 after a long battle with various health issues. White played Big Van Vader during a career that spanned over 30 years and lasted until just before his death. The 6-foot-4, 400-plus pound White, who starred in college as a center at Colorado, was a third-round pick in the 1978 NFL Draft by his hometown Los Angeles Rams. (CBS Sports)

Akoy Agau returning to Louisville basketball as graduate transfer

Akoy Agau, a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility left, confirmed Friday that he is returning to Louisville, giving the Cards some much-needed frontcourt depth. The 6-foot-8 forward is coming back to the Cards four years after he left the team and after stints with Georgetown and Southern Methodist. He received a waiver to play a sixth year of college basketball last week. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Famed Tennessee radio broadcaster John Ward has passed away at 88, and the tributes are pouring in

Former Tennessee Volunteers radio voice John Ward has passed away at the age of 87 following a lengthy battle with illness. Ward called 31 football seasons and 34 basketball seasons at the school, retiring from football duties after the Volunteers’ 1998 national championship and from basketball duties the following season. IMG’s Vol Network announced his passing Wednesday. (Awful Announcing)

2018 NBA Draft grades: Pick-by-pick results, analysis for all 60 picks in the first and second round

The 2018 NBA Draft is in the books. There was drama, trades and Lonnie Walker IV trying to wear a hat. And now, we have all summer to dissect the decisions. The night started with a big trade, as the Hawks and Mavericks swapped top-five picks Luka Doncic and Trae Young. The other big news was the fall of Michael Porter Jr., who nearly dropped out of the lottery. (CBS Sports)

N.C. State basketball 2018-19: Roster analysis

Torin Dorn is back for NC State after going through the NBA Draft evaluation process and should build on a season that saw him average 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds while doing a little bit of everything for the Wolfpack. A strong hybrid guard from a football family, it shows in his game with the physicality to guard bigger post players while also swinging out to the wing. (Greensboro News & Record)

Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30

When he broke into Hollywood, Ron Shelton made a promise to himself. “If I got one shot to direct,” he remembered thinking, “I’ll make a sports movie I would like to see.” At that point, Shelton already had the idea for Bull Durham. Released 30 years ago this week, the romantic comedy tells the tale of aging career minor league catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner). (The Ringer)

Wake Forest basketball 2018-19: Roster analysis

Brandon Childress - All of a sudden the de-facto leader of the Deacons, made possible by the attrition that cost them their top three scorers this off-season (Bryant Crawford, Keyshawn Woods and Doral Moore). Childress should be the primary ball-handler and if he’s able to tap into the flashes of play-making ability he’s shown in his first two years, he’ll be a valuable asset. (Greensboro News & Record)

UConn Investigation Alleges Multiple NCAA Violations Under Kevin Ollie

UConn’s firing of men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie was the result of multiple players working with an outside trainer , an impermissible call between Ray Allen and a recruit and Ollie shooting baskets with a recruit during an official visit. These NCAA violations form the core of UConn’s case to terminate Ollie’s employment without paying him the remaining $10 million on his contract. (Hartford Courant)

2018 NBA Draft: Highest upside, biggest risk and other superlatives to dissect this year's class

The 2018 NBA Draft class offers an array of talent for teams looking to bolster their rosters. Need an offensive-minded big man at the top of the draft? Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III present plenty of promise with varying skillsets. How about a play-making guard with good court vision and shooting ability? Luka Doncic and Trae Young have shown flashes of potential. (CBS Sports)

Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Nets

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash, NBA sources told ESPN. Charlotte was determined to move out Howard, who has a $23.8 million expiring contract. The Hornets will receive the Nets' second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday's NBA draft and a 2021 second-round pick. (ESPN.com)

Duke basketball 2018-19: Roster analysis

With the deadline for decisions on the NBA Draft set, rosters for ACC basketball teams are set for next season, pending any surprise departures or arrivals over the summer. A look at the players on Duke's roster and how they might fit into Coach Mike Krzyzewski's vision for the Blue Devils:Tre Jones has the keys to the Blue Devils’ offense and national title hopes. (Greensboro News & Record)

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