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NCAA set to pick title sites, could leave North Carolina out (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time. In a statement Thursday, exactly one year to the day after the law was passed, the sports organization said its committees will begin picking championship sites for 2018-22 and will announce those decisions April 18. The NCAA stated its position has not changed since last fall, when it pulled seven championship events from the state because of the law known as HB2.
Former Alabama receiver Carter sues Kiffin, Florida Atlantic (Yahoo Sports)
Former Alabama receiver Antonio ''A.C.'' Carter has filed a fraud suit against Florida Atlantic, coach Lane Kiffin and the state of Florida. The suit, filed Tuesday in Shelby County Court, says Carter believes Kiffin and other coaches knew that he and his family had a personal relationship with the prospect. Carter played for three years at Alabama before a leg injury in the spring of 2002, and worked there as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban in 2008.
Texas appeals court overturns ex-Baylor player's conviction (Yahoo Sports)
An appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Baylor football player whose sexual assault case helped ignite a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday that text messages between the accuser and friend should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial in Waco. The accuser exchanged text messages with a friend before and after the offense.
UNC amasses $5.6M in costs for academic scandal from 2015-17 (Yahoo Sports)
North Carolina estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys' fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. The total included an array of related issues, from the ongoing NCAA case that has led to five serious charges against the school to lawsuits filed by former athletes and the cost of dealing with more records requests. UNC has now amassed at least $16.3 million in costs tied to the academic scandal dating to 2012, including $3.1 million for a 2014 investigation by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein into irregularities in the academic department at the center of the case.
Baylor AD Rhoades says school has been transparent with NCAA (Yahoo Sports)
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades says the school will continue to be transparent with the NCAA as the association investigates whether any of its rules were broken while former coach Art Briles was running the football program. Rhoades was at Madison Square Garden on Friday night for Baylor's NCAA Tournament men's basketball game against South Carolina. Rhoades was hired after Briles was fired following an investigation that found widespread mishandling of sexual assault allegations by the school, including some made against members of the football team.
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Indiana hires Dayton's Archie Miller as new coach (Yahoo Sports)
Dayton’s Archie Miller is expected to get a seven-year contract with Indiana. Dayton’s Archie Miller has accepted a seven-year contract to become Indiana’s new head coach. Miller met with Dayton administrators Saturday and released a statement that he is leaving for Indiana.
Lonzo Ball 'looked disinterested,' and 'had one eye on the NBA' (Yahoo Sports)
Yahoo Sports' Stephen Bardo gives his take on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball's performance in the Bruins' loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.
These photos of Florida's buzzer-beater are almost as incredible as the shot itself (Yahoo Sports)
Florida is heading to the Elite 8 thanks to a dramatic, overtime buzzer-beater from Chris Chiozza. The shot, the first buzzer-beater of the tournament, was incredibly captured by photographers from the Associated Press and Getty.
What to watch for in Kentucky vs. North Carolina (Yahoo Sports)
Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo look ahead to Sunday's South Regional Final between the Wildcats and Tar Heels.