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AAC extends commissioner Aresco 3 years

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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.

The conference is again working to rebuild after more realignment. Earlier this month, Houston, Cincinnati and Central Florida announced they would be joining the Big 12 in 2023.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Calipari said he had breakthrough case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari said he contracted COVID-19 after being vaccinated, but pointed out he is relieved the shot did its job in leaving him with mild symptoms.

Other notable breakthrough cases have occurred in college football, with vaccinated players and coaches testing positive. That includes second-ranked Georgia and Mississippi; the Bulldogs could be without several players in their next game and Rebels coach Lane Kiffin missed his team's opener after testing positive.


Alabama transfer Burnett to miss season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama transfer guard Nimari Burnett will miss the season after having surgery on his right knee.

Coach Nate Oats said Burnett had successful surgery Tuesday, performed by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham.


Auburn G Flanigan has Achilles surgery

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn guard Allen Flanigan has had surgery to repair a right Achilles injury and is expected to be out 12-14 weeks.

Auburn announced Tuesday that Flanigan sustained a non-basketball injury. He could miss the first several weeks of the season after having surgery last Friday at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.


Hall of Fame coach Magee to retire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Herb Magee, the Hall of Famer known as "The Shot Doc" whose 1,123 career wins trail only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski among all active coaches, will retire from Jefferson University at the end of the season.

Magee is the only basketball coach to have achieved that many wins all at his alma mater, which has gone by various names over the years.

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