John Beilein brought success, pride to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein called it a heck of a ride. That felt like a typical understatement from Michigan’s outgoing coach. Beyond all the wins, the conference titles and the NCAA Tournament runs, Beilein’s basketball team became an embodiment of the way so many Michigan fans like to feel about their athletic programs. Successful but unassuming. Competitive but free of scandal. Beilein had the respect of the college basketball world long before he took over in Ann Arbor, but for a dozen years, he and Michigan felt…

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CBS Sports buys some Big East men’s games from Fox Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East Conference has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports to televise its men’s college basketball games through the 2024-25 season. Games will be shown on CBS and on the CBS Sports Network. The conference and CBS Sports said Thursday the deal is through a sublicense agreement with Fox Sports, which owns the rights to Big East men’s basketball and has sold some of them to CBS Sports every year. The agreement provides national exposure for 20 men’s regular-season basketball games per year, with…

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Auburn forward Chuma Okeke declares for NBA draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn sophomore forward Chuma Okeke is entering the NBA draft. Okeke announced his decision Saturday after a season that ended with a left knee injury during Auburn’s first run to the Final Four. He had surgery on his torn ACL on April 2. Okeke averaged 12 points a game last season. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder was averaging 15 points and seven rebounds in the NCAA Tournament before going down in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three 3-pointers in that…

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