Penny Hardaway found not to have violated NCAA rules

Via Mark Schlabach and Jeff Borxello of ESPN An Independent Accountability Resolution Process hearing panel concluded that Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway didn’t violate NCAA rules when he provided benefits to three prospective student-athletes because of his long-standing philanthropy in Memphis, according to a decision released on Tuesday. The IARP panel ruled that Memphis failed to monitor the education and activities of an athletics booster, provided impermissible extra benefits, conducted impermissible recruiting activities with prospective student-athletes and failed to cooperate with the investigative process by delaying the production of requested documents.…

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SWAC/PAC-12 Legacy Series to debut during 2022-23 Basketball Season

Courtesy of the Southwestern Athletic Conference: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. & SAN FRANCISCO – The Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Pac-12 and will debut the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series, an educational and basketball scheduling partnership between the two collegiate athletics conferences, to tip off the 2022-23 season. The first-of-its-kind pact between Autonomy 5 and HBCU leagues was announced last September with its aim to create both a forum for competition, as well as promotion and education around issues of anti-racism and social justice. With the inaugural cycle of contests approaching in early November, the leagues have…

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University of Memphis Basketball facing fines and probation over James Wiseman recruiting

The NCAA placed the University of Memphis men’s basketball program for three years and levied a $5,000 fine for Level II and III recruiting violations. The ruling came about following allegations that back in 2017 then-East High School head coach Penny Hardaway paid James Wiseman and his family when he was still in high school. The NCAA considered him a booster because he had donated to his alma mater. Hardaway did not become Memphis coach until tne following year, 2018. Wiseman ended up attending the University of Memphis , where…

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Why Robert Sarver will come out on top

The NBA season is right around the corner, with training camps set to begin later this week. However the talk around d the league is not about players and teams to watch, potential MVP candidates or potential championship contenders but rather the anti-black and misogynistic behaviour of the Phoenix Suns’ owner Robert Sarver and the environment it created within the organization.  Although Baxter Holmes’ hard-hitting expose into Sarver and the cutter he cultivated within the Suns elucidated what was happening in Phoenix to the masses, as with the disgraced former…

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Jaylen Brown kicking ass at Lifetime Fitness

A recent video showed Jaylen Brown pulling up to some runs at Lifetime Fitness. The Boston Celtics All-Star forward was in a charitable mood because he was handing out buckets and doing so however he wanted, as he looked in mid-season form. Check out the video below of Brown having his way with hapless defenders.

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The Lakers must really hate Russell Westbrook

Granted he did himself no favors at all with his play, particularly in the first few months of the season; ceasing the diagnosis of what went wrong in Los Angeles last season by heaping all the blame on Russell Westbrook, at that point is both ham-handed and myopic. It is more nuanced than that because frankly last season Russell Westbrook was never put in a position to succeed. Taking things back to before he ever donned a Lakers gamer in an NBA game, anyone with basketball brain 1 could have…

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Spida traded to Cavaliers

It appears the other trade saga not dealing with Kevin Durant has finally drawn to a conclusion. According to reporting from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Donovan Mitchell is heading to Cleveland. Cleveland gets: Donovan Mitchell Utah receives Lauri Markkanen Colin Sexton ( sign and trade) Ochai Agbaji three unprotected first round draft picks ( 2025, 2027 and 2029) pick swaps in 2026 and 2028 Wojnarowski adds that Sexton agreed to a sign-and-trade to join the Jazz. By trading Mitchell, the official start of…

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EuroBasket 2022 News: Spain trims Guerra and Nu˜ez in final roster cuts

This national team journey has , unfortunately come to an end for Fran Guerra and Juan N¨˜ez, who were the last players cut from the Spanish national team by head coach Sergio Scaiolo. Guerra, a 29-year-old center who played for Lenovo Tenerife of the Spanisch ACB league, averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9 minutes per game in the two World Cup Qualifying matchups. N¨˜ez, an 18-yea-old 6’3″ point guard who has drawn some attention from NBA scouts with his playmaking and ability to run a team, averaged 1.0…

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FIBA World Cup: Greece’s Kostas Sloukas and Kostas Antetokounmpo to undergo MRIs

In their match up with Serbia, guard Kostas Sloukas and Kostas Antetokounmpo both reported feeling knee discomfort. Although Sloukas was able to remain in the game, Antetokounmpo was not able to continue, having Te exit the game in the first half. Upon the team’s return to Athens from Belgrade, both players will undergo an MRI. Next up for Greece is a Sunday matchup in Athens against Belgium in more World Cup Qualifiers action. The status of Sloukas and Antetokoumpo are both unknown, as is also the case for forward Ioannis…

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FIBA World Cup: Serbia gets by Greece 100-94 in battle of MVPs

Serbia and Greece was a highly-anticipated matchup that featured teams led by the only two winners of the NBA MVP award over the past four years, in Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and neither the current or the former MVPs disappointed and it was the Serbs who managed to claim victory, 100-94 in over time in front of a record crowd of 19,150. In his first official game with his national team since 2019 Giannis did not disappoint, turning in a monster performance I registering an international career-high of 40…

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