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Wright on double-duty with US team

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Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup.

And then he checked his calendar.

Villanova students are headed back to school this week - while the Villanova men's basketball coach will be halfway around the world for the next month or so. It has been, and will continue being, a major schedule challenge for Wright as he's tasked with both helping USA Basketball win a gold medal while his players are on campus getting ready to start their seasons.

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Jury acquits Cleaves of sexual assault

FLINT, Mich. (AP) A jury acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves on Tuesday of allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in a motel room four years ago.

The verdict announced in a Genesee County courtroom in Cleaves' hometown of Flint came after a nearly-two week trial that included the testimony of the Mount Morris woman, who told jurors that she had wanted to leave the motel room but Cleaves continued to force himself on her.

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Middle Tenn. F Dishman to miss season

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee forward DeAndre Dishman will miss the 2019-20 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during the Blue Raiders' exhibition tour of Costa Rica last week.

Blue Raiders coach Nick McDevitt announced the severity of Dishman's injury Monday. The 6-foot-6 junior will undergo surgery Thursday.

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Arkansas dismisses F Osabuohien

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas has dismissed forward Gabe Osabuohien from the men's basketball program.

Coach Eric Musselman announced the move Thursday without disclosing the reason.

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Ollie wins ruling on union protection

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie has ruled that the former basketball coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his firing was justified.

The collective bargaining agreement between the school and the American Association of University Professors, of which Ollie is a member, requires a showing of serious misconduct in order to fire an employee for "just cause" and also affords Ollie other union protections

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NCAA amends agent certification rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor's degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men's basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.

The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule" in reference to James' agent, who does not have a college degree.

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Hardaway, Stackhouse coaching in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former NBA stars Penny Hardaway and Jerry Stackhouse have taken on new challenges with both trying to revive a pair of struggling college basketball programs about 200 miles apart along Interstate 40 in Tennessee.

Hardaway played 14 seasons in the NBA and is embarking on his second season at his alma in Memphis. Stackhouse, now at Vanderbilt, lasted 18 years league before the former North Carolina star's tenure coaching in the G League and a season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Cleaves' sex assault trial starts

FLINT, Mich. (AP) An attorney for former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves says during his trial on sexual assault charges that consensual sex between two adults is not a crime.

Defense attorney Frank Manley made the comment Thursday in an opening statement in Cleaves' trial in Genesee County Circuit Court. Manley said the alleged victim was in a Flint area motel room with Cleaves in September 2015 "of her own free will."

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Memphis hires Florida's Veatch as AD

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis has hired Laird Veatch to fill its athletic director vacancy.

Veatch has spent the last two years as Florida's executive associate athletics director for internal affairs. He is replacing Tom Bowen, who stepped down in May after holding the position for seven years. Allie Prescott had been Memphis' interim athletic director since Bowen's departure.

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UConn adds F Springs as late recruit

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added a late recruit to its basketball roster, announcing forward Richard Springs enrolled at the school.

Springs is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Brooklyn, New York. He graduated this spring from the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts.

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