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Freshman Okafor shines in Duke scrimmage

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Jahlil Okafor had 27 points and eight rebounds during a scrimmage for Duke's "Countdown to Craziness" event on Saturday night at a packed Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Okafor is part of a touted recruiting class for the Blue Devils that also includes Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.

"It was a lot of fun," Okafor said. "I'm just excited to be here and can't wait to get back out in front of the fans again. My teammates really encourage me to try to dominate every game, and it helps when the people around you really believe in you."


Williams: 'Very sad time' after probe

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday night it's a "very sad time" at the school after an investigation found widespread academic fraud and adds that his program "thought we were doing the right thing."

After his team's exhibition victory, Williams spoke for the first time in response to a report released Wednesday that outlined how fraud ran unchecked in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department for nearly two decades. It involved more than 3,100 students - about half were athletes - taking sham classes and earning artificially high grades, while poor oversight allowed the problem to worsen.


Judge halts NJ sports betting plan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He said the leagues have shown that they would be irreparably harmed if the state's casinos and racetracks were permitted to allow sports betting.


UConn, Hoyas renew rivalry in 2016, '17

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn and Georgetown have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry, which ended with the split of the old Big East conference.

The schools announced Friday they would play a home-and-home series beginning next season.


South Carolina G Blanton has hip surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman TeMarcus Blanton had hip surgery Friday

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said Blanton sustained the injury to his left hip at practice earlier in the week. The school in a statement that Blanton's condition will be released when available. The school did not say how long Blanton might be out.


UNC wins exhibition opener by 53

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Freshman Justin Jackson scored 18 points to help North Carolina beat Fayetteville State 111-58 in its exhibition opener Friday night.

Fellow rookie Theo Pinson added 15 points and eight rebounds as the Tar Heels had five players score in double figures. The Tar Heels dominated the boards by a nearly 2-to-1 margin and finished with 29 second-chance points.


Arizona picked by media to win Pac-12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Just about everybody agrees - except for one person, apparently - that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season.

How everything else shakes out is up for debate.


Haith excited to be coaching at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A lot of eyebrows lifted when Frank Haith left Missouri and the Southeastern Conference for the University of Tulsa. On the dawn of the Golden Hurricane's first season in the American Athletic Conference, Haith seems at ease and genuinely excited about his decision.

"I had a great experience at Missouri," Haith said at Tulsa media day on Thursday. "We won 76 games in three years and I had three years remaining on my contract. I was not feeling pressure to the level people were saying, as in `He's about to get fired.'


Judge questions concussion settlement

CHICAGO (AP) The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades.

Facing NCAA and plaintiffs' attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, golf and swimming would be covered by the proposed agreement along with football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.


Iowa St. G Cooke to miss 6-8 months

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State guard Hallice Cooke is having surgery to repair cartilage tears in both hips and will be out 6-8 months.

The Cyclones say Cooke, who is redshirting the 2014-15 season, will have surgery to repair one of his ailing hips in New York City on Monday. Cooke, who is from Union City, New Jersey, will have a second surgery four weeks later.

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