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Houston gets waiver to aid flood victims

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(TSX / STATS) -- University of Houston officials were granted a special waiver by the NCAA to begin distributing items to victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Cougars athletics director Hunter Yurachek told ESPN that NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck sent him a text message Saturday morning to notify him that the waiver had been granted to get the donated T-shirts and shoes to people, including high school student-athletes.

Yurachek said the Cougars will start distributing the T-shirts and shoes next week.


Ex-Villanova coach Massimino dies at 82

(TSX / STATS) -- Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an improbable national championship in 1985, has died at the age of 82.

Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that Massimino had passed away at his home in Florida. He had served as the coach of the school's men's basketball team for the past 10 years.


Magic Johnson honors memory of Heathcote

(TSX / STATS) -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson honored the memory of Jud Heathcote on Tuesday, one day after his former collegiate coach at Michigan State died at the age of 90.

Heathcote guided the Johnson-led team to a national championship in 1979. He battled a number of ailments that kept him from returning to East Lansing in his later years.


OU's Doolittle banned for fall semester

(TSX / STATS) -- Oklahoma sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester, the school announced.

Doolittle started 25 games during his freshman season, averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Sooners.


4 college hoops teams OK in Spain attack

(TSX / STATS) -- U.S college basketball teams Arizona, Clemson, Oregon State and Tulane reported that they are safe after a terror attack in Barcelona, Spain that killed at least 13 and injured at least 50 others on Thursday.

The four programs are touring Spain and were unharmed in the incident in which a van jumped on to a busy Barcelona sidewalk and plowed into tourists and citizens on the street. Police quickly called it a terror attack.


Gamecocks suspend G Felder after arrests

(TSX / STATS) -- South Carolina sophomore guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely after getting arrested twice in a nine-month span.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced the suspension and said Felder won't be attending classes in the fall.


Former Irish star F Tommy Hawkins dies

(TSX / STATS) -- Former NBA player Tommy Hawkins, who was also a college star at Notre Dame, has died. He was 80.

Hawkins, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cincinnati Royals, died in Malibu, Calif., on Wednesday, according to family members. No cause of death was revealed.