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GW tabs Joseph to replace Lonergan

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WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington named Maurice Joseph its interim basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Mike Lonergan, who was fired after an investigation into his conduct.

Joseph's role as interim coach lasts for this season.

Players had made allegations about Lonergan's behavior, and he was fired Sept. 17 after an internal investigation found that he "engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values."

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Abdul-Jabbar writing book about Wooden

NEW YORK (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA.

"Coach Wooden and Me" will be published next June and will combine personal memories and lessons learned from his friend and mentor, Grand Central Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Wooden, who died in 2010, coached 10 NCAA championship teams at UCLA. Three titles were won while Abdul-Jabbar, then called Lew Alcindor, was the Bruins' star center.

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Hoosiers unsure when F Hartman returns

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana forward Collin Hartman had surgery on his left knee, and coach Tom Crean says he's uncertain how much time the senior will miss.

Hartman was injured last week during a non-contact drill. The Hoosiers have not specified what the diagnosis is.

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Stricklin succeeds Foley as Florida's AD

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference.

He knows the league inside and out, and has witnessed pretty much everything during his career. So he understands the daunting task of following Jeremy Foley. He also welcomes the opportunity.

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Northwestern in Rosemont for 2017-18

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern says it will play home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while its on-campus arena undergoes a $110 million renovation.

Northwestern needs a temporary home because of a major overhaul to Welsh-Ryan Arena that is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed in the fall of 2018. The school plans to replace existing wooden bleachers with chair-back seats, update audio and video systems, add premium seating and widen concourses.

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Zika moves Puerto Rico Tipoff to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) This year's Puerto Rico Tipoff will move to Orlando, Florida, due to concerns about Zika virus on the island.

In a news release posted Monday on the tournament website, ESPN Events senior vice president Pete Derzis said the concern for the welfare of participants and spectators was "the primary driver" in the decision. Derzis said the plan is to return to Puerto Rico in the future.

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Pac-12 commish OK with anthem protests

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has no issue with players protesting during the national anthem long as it's done in a respectful way.

Athletes across the country have staged a variety of pregame protests after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in protest of police violence against African-Americans and minorities.

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SoCon delays decision on NC title games

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Presidents and chancellors of the Southern Conference say they need more information before deciding whether league championships played in North Carolina should be relocated because of a state law that limits protections for LGBT people.

The officials Thursday discussed the four championships scheduled to be played in North Carolina in 2016-17. Those include the men's and women's basketball championships planned for Asheville, North Carolina. The conference's council of presidents asked for additional information from the league office.

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Gophers C Lynch has minor knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota center Reggie Lynch has undergone surgery on his left knee.

Coach Richard Pitino announced Friday that the operation that will take Lynch about a month to recover from. That ought to give the junior enough time to be ready for the regular season opener on Nov. 11 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Portland to host elite tournament in '17

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A 16-team tournament featuring some of college basketball's elite teams will be staged next year in Portland to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight before his 80th birthday.

The PK80, or more formally the Phil Knight Invitational, will be played at Portland's Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 23-26, 2017.

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