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NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee Makes New Recommendations

Some of the items on the Rules Committee's agenda included whether to widen the lane to 16 feet from the current 12 feet; whether the 3-point line should be moved farther back from its current 20 feet, 9 inches; and whether to use a modified foul structure to allow more personal fouls in certain situations. The committee will encourage conferences to experiment with these concepts next season. (NCAA.com)

Baylor's Johnathan Motley Will Remain in the NBA Draft and Hire an Agent

Johnathan Motley—-perhaps the greatest Baylor basketball player ever—-plans to sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft. That news was first reported by Ashley Hodge of SicEm365. Motley capped off his junior season by winning the Karl Malone Award, which is given to the best power forward in college basketball. (Our Daily Bears)

Duke's Frank Jackson will sign with agent, remain in NBA draft

Duke freshman Frank Jackson will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA draft. Jackson announced last month that he was testing the draft waters, but left the option open to return to school for his sophomore season. He recently was projected as a second-round pick by ESPN.com. Jackson averaged 10.9 points and 1.7 assists in his only year with the Blue Devils. (ESPN.com)

Duke’s Frank Jackson turns in strong day at NBA Draft combine

If Frank Jackson needed some positive feedback from NBA personnel in order to remain in the NBA Draft, it's probably coming his way now. The Duke freshman point guard played well in the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft combine at Quest Multisport Complex and that should help his draft stock going forward. "Yeah, it was a good day, I though I competed well," Jackson said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Seth Davis Among Writers Laid Off By Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated is laying off five staffers today, a source with knowledge of the situation tells The Big Lead. Unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the source requested anonymity. Some of the names will be recognizable to readers, and will impact college sports coverage. Seth Davis confirmed to The Big Lead that he was one of the staffers laid off. Davis had been with SI since 1995. (The Big Lead)

Video: ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery surprises Pirate mom with son's scholarship

East Carolina head football coach Scottie Montgomery surprises Tia Chapman with a scholarship for her son, defensive end Kiante Anderson. View Video...

Can Kevin Keatts turn things around at NC State?

Since defeating top-seeded Villanova in the 2015 round of 32 (thereby making a certain Wildcat piccolo player weep), NC State has compiled a 31-35 record. That, not surprisingly, was judged insufficient by the powers that be in Raleigh, and coach Mark Gottfried was let go after six seasons. Now former UNC Wilmington coach Kevin Keatts is in charge. (ESPN.com)

John Swofford targets skeptics as ACC Network planning continues in spite of ESPN cuts

ACC commissioner John Swofford emailed each of the league’s presidents, athletic directors, senior women’s administrators and faculty representatives Wednesday. But he was targeting a broader audience and, revisiting a familiar theme, refuting skeptics. More than most in power, Swofford detests leaks. (Daily Press)

Frank Deford, one of America's all-time great sportswriters and commentators, is retiring

Frank Deford, on the list of great American sportswriters and commentators, is retiring from his job at NPR. "Yes, this is my swansong, my farewell, my last hurrah. Adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen," Deford said. For the past 37 years, Deford has voiced 1,656 commentaries for public broadcasting and he used his final one to say goodbye. (Tampa Bay Times)

NCAA report shows athletes still breaking academic records

College athletes posted record scores in the classroom for the 12th consecutive year while historically black colleges and universities continue to bear the brunt of the harshest academic penalties, according to NCAA figures released Wednesday. The NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Report shows the four-year average in Division I was 981, two points higher than last year. (Associated Press)

The Carolina Mudcats Are The Most Interesting Team In Minor League Baseball

In a sport where most fans couldn’t tell you the team’s place in the standings or name many of the players, being “interesting” is more important than being “good.” And measuring by the Interesting Scale, the Carolina Mudcats have been the best team in minor league baseball the past ten days. Let’s take a look at some of what has occurred with the Brewers high-A affiliate in Zebulon. (SportsChannel 8)

Kyle Turris won overtime game for Ottawa, then celebrated with developmentally disabled hockey team

Kyle Turris was Saturday’s hero, and not long after he got the chance to celebrate with his teammates, he went to spend time with a group of close friends. Turris, his wife Julie and son Beckett went to the Capital City Condors’ end-of-season banquet at an Ottawa hotel to wish them well and show support to a group of people that are close to the couple’s hearts. (National Post)

You can't unsee this video of Rick Pitino playing basketball in a league for old men

Louisville men's basketball coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Rick Pitino scored nine points on three 3-pointers in his 55-and-over men's league game loss at Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon. That's a sentence that is real based off events that actually took place. I still can't believe I wrote it. The 64-year-old Pitino is hooping with the whitehairs. (CBS Sports)

John Daly pays tribute to Arnold Palmer, wins first career Champions Tour event

John Daly won his first golf tournament in 13 years Sunday, holding on to win the Insperity Invitational by one stroke despite carding three consecutive bogeys over his final three holes. Daly’s last win came at the 2004 Buick Invitational. Walking up the 18th fairway needing just a bogey to win, Daly knelt to the ground and kissed the Arnold Palmer umbrella painted on the grass. (FOX Sports)

Pitt big man Rozelle Nix becomes program’s fifth transfer this offseason

Pitt lost its fifth player to transfer on Monday as big man Rozelle Nix announced that he is leaving the program. The 6-foot-11 Nix was a reserve center for the Panthers this past season as he plans on graduating in August and becoming immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. Coming off of a 4-14 finish in the ACC, Pitt coach Kevin Stallings is going to have to rebuild the roster. (NBC Sports)

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