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Houston, Phoenix among Final Four sites

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Final Four is headed back to Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis.

The NCAA announced the sites for 2023-2026 on Monday, with all four cities recently hosting the finale of the NCAA Tournament.

Houston, site of Villanova's last-second win over North Carolina in 2016, will host the Final Four in 2023. Phoenix will get the Final Four for the second time in 2024 after hosting in 2017.


Michigan State introduces Beekman as AD

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships.

That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it.


Duke's White to head selection committee

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Duke athletic director Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020.

The NCAA announced White's role Friday. White will serve as vice chairman this season for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee headed by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, then take over for the 2019-20 season.


Ex-UNC G Felton to play in Slovenia

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Former North Carolina guard Jalek Felton will play professionally in Slovenia this upcoming season.

The Petrol Olimpija team announced Friday that it has signed Felton.


Wake Forest great Chappell dies at 77

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest says former basketball all-American and NBA All-Star Len Chappell has died.

The school says the 77-year-old Chappell died Thursday. No cause of death was provided in Friday's announcement.


Austin Peay hires Duke official as AD

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay has hired longtime Duke athletic official Gerald Harrison as its athletic director.

Harrison has worked at Duke since 2008 and most recently held the position of senior associate dire tor of athletics/internal affairs. He replaces Ryan Ivey, who left to become Stephen F. Austin's athletic director.


Ex-Cards sue NCAA over vacated '13 title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A group of former Louisville men's basketball players have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization's vacation of the Cardinals' 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four.

John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, said a lawsuit had been filed and described the NCAA as "a morally bankrupt organization" that exploits student-athletes during a Wednesday news conference.


Oklahoma F Manek ready for bigger role

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Brady Manek's strong freshman season was largely overlooked while the college basketball world was enamored with his Oklahoma teammate Trae Young.

The 6-foot-9 forward was Oklahoma's No. 3 scorer last season with 10.2 points per game. Now that Young has left for the NBA, Manek will be depended upon more.


Wake counting on 5-star freshman Hoard

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Several players left Wake Forest early this offseason. Jaylen Hoard came aboard.

The Demon Deacons' highest-rated recruit in a decade was always going to play an important role this season. With four players exiting since the end of the season - two turning pro, two others transferring - Hoard figures to be the centerpiece of a team trying to reach just its second NCAA Tournament since 2010.


NC State savoring success amid FBI probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State finally owns the Top 25 national status that athletics director Debbie Yow has sought during her eight-year tenure.

Yet amid the excitement there's concern: The men's basketball program is entangled in the federal investigation into corruption within the sport. That's left Yow to balance the best overall season in school history with potential trouble ahead for one of the Wolfpack's highest-profile programs.