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NCAA endorses more power for big schools

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.

The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what current scholarships cover, up to the full cost-of-attendance, expanded insurance coverage and money to help families travel to NCAA tournaments.

The proposal would affect the 65 schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

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Colorado PG Dinwiddie entering NBA draft

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) University of Colorado junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft.

Dinwiddie said at a news conference in Boulder on Thursday that he believes he's a "first-round talent" and doesn't think there are many players in this year's deep draft that are more talented than he is.

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Marshall hires Lakers' Dan D'Antoni

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Dan D'Antoni as its men's basketball coach Thursday.

The 66-year-old D'Antoni is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Friday. He replaces Tom Herrion, who resigned last month after an 11-22 season.

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UConn C Brimah sidelined up to 5 months

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn center Amida Brimah has surgery scheduled to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is expected to be sidelined for up to five months.

The school says the 7-foot freshman from Ghana will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday morning at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

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Nebraska signs Georgetown's Ayegba

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Moses Abraham Ayegba (EYE-eg-buh) of Georgetown has signed transfer papers to play at Nebraska for one season.

Ayegba will graduate from Georgetown with a degree in economics next month and be eligible to play for the Cornhuskers in 2014-15.

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Terps' Wells settles suit against Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit against the Cincinnati school over its handling of the case.

Federal Judge John Arthur dismissed Dez Wells' lawsuit, which had claimed that Xavier and its president used him as a scapegoat to demonstrate an aggressive response to sexual assault allegations in the wake of two unrelated federal investigations.

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Tyndall's Tennessee task already tougher

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Donnie Tyndall just took over Tennessee's program on Tuesday, yet his job already has gotten tougher.

Tyndall knew when he was hired that he'd have to replace four of the top five scorers from a team that went 23-14 and reached an NCAA regional semifinal this season. Now the former Southern Mississippi coach must rebuild a recruiting class that has been decimated since his arrival.

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Johnson, Poythress returning to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's frontcourt will bring back size and experience next season after freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress announced they would return.

The 7-foot Johnson started 18 of Kentucky's final 20 games and shot 62 percent during the NCAA tournament. Poythress averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds and showed more flashes of his talent during the Wildcats' run to the national title game.

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LSU's Mickey to stay for sophomore year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) After becoming the only LSU player other than Shaquille O'Neal to block 100 shots in a season, Jordan Mickey has decided to remain with the Tigers at least one more year.

Mickey made his announcement alongside LSU coach Johnny Jones on Wednesday. He says the feedback he's received from the NBA is that he needs "to get bigger, stronger and faster" before turning pro.

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Cards add Indiana's Johnson as assistant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has hired Kenny Johnson as a Cardinals assistant coach.

Johnson had been an assistant and recruiting coordinator the past two years at Indiana, putting together top-20 recruiting classes both seasons, including a top-five group last year. The Hoosiers went 46-22 during his time under Tom Crean, winning the Big Ten Conference title and earning a No. 1 seed in last year's NCAA Tournament.

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