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UVa's Bennett declines raise, aids staff

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement.

University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a one-year contract extension, but instead of a pay hike for himself, the coach asked athletic director Carla Williams to focus his staff and the program. The release also stated that Bennett and his wife also made a $500,000 contribution toward a career-development program for current and former players.

It is unclear how much of a raise Bennett declined.

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Drake F Murphy charged after shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Drake men's basketball player has been charged with an off-campus shooting that he says was accidental.

Des Moines police say Tremell Murphy was charged Thursday with discharging a firearm inside city limits and making false reports to law enforcement. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.

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Virginia raises banner, celebrates title

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) More than five months after Virginia won its first basketball national championship, the school hosted a celebration Friday night, raising a banner to the rafters of John Paul Jones Arena as thousands of boosters and fans showered the players and coaches that made it happen with cheers and adoration.

Coach Tony Bennett said the event was timed so that former members of the program and coaches could enjoy it. A more traditional celebration at the beginning of the next season, he said, would have prevented any former players still competing from attending, and made it difficult for coaches still coaching to enjoy.

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DePaul, Leitao negotiating extension

CHICAGO (AP) DePaul says it is negotiating a contract extension with men's basketball coach Dave Leitao through the 2023-24 season.

Leitao was hired in 2015 and has pushed to return the Blue Demons to respectability in his second stint as their head coach. DePaul went 19-17 last season and reached the College Basketball Invitational championship, falling to South Florida in three games.

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OVC tourney in Evansville through 2023

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) The Ohio Valley Conference has agreed to continue holding its men's and women's basketball tournaments at Evansville, Indiana, through at least 2023.

OVC officials announced Thursday that they have voted to accept a three-year agreement that will keep the tournaments at the Ford Center through 2023.

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Adviser spared jail time in bribe case

NEW YORK (AP) A New Jersey financial adviser was praised for his cooperation and a judge spared him from prison Thursday after he admitted his role in a college basketball scandal.

Munish Sood, 47, was fined $25,000 but was not sentenced to prison or forced to be supervised by probation authorities. U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood said she'll rule on restitution at a later point.

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Louisville to face 6 teams twice in ACC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville's Atlantic Coast Conference schedule will include two games each against Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Pittsburgh and defending NCAA champion Virginia.

The Cardinals will visit Miami on Nov. 5 in their earliest season opener in program history before hosting the Hurricanes on Jan. 7. They will host Pittsburgh on Dec. 6 in their ACC home opener before completing their non-conference schedule and resuming league play against FSU on Jan. 4.

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NCAA to California Gov.: Don't sign bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC, UCLA and Stanford.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not said whether he will sign the bill. But the NCAA Board Of Governors is already urging him not to, warning that if he does California colleges and universities would eventually be banned from NCAA competitions because of their "unfair recruiting advantage."

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USC athletic director Swann resigns

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California athletic director Lynn Swann resigned Monday after three tumultuous years on the job at his alma mater.

New USC President Carol Folt announced the decision in a letter expressing her "sincere appreciation" for the former Trojans receiver.

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Duke probe finds no proof Nike paid Zion

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits.

School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a "thorough and objective" probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found "no evidence to support any allegation" that would have jeopardized Williamson's eligibility.

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