American basketball player Mychal Kearse brings “a dose of swagger” to professional basketball in Iraq, Tamer El-Ghobashy writes for the Wall Street Journal. El-Ghobashy joins Bill Littlefield to explain what life is like for Kearse and other Americans playing in the Iraqi Superleague.
At a press conference Thursday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim announced he was appealing NCAA sanctions for academic misconduct, illegal booster activity and failure to follow drug testing policy. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel updates Bill Littlefield on the situation.
Players and coaches aren’t the only ones hoping to advance through the NCAA tournament. Referees also advance round by round and they have their eyes on the Final Four. Bill Littlefield has the story.
Wilt Chamberlain claimed that he slept with 20,000 women. He also claimed he never fathered a child, but Aaron Levi has some strong evidence that Wilt was his dad. Gary Pomerantz investigated the story for Sports Illustrated, and he joined Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated after 30 games. While the Wildcats have traditionally relied on their freshmen, this year’s team featured talented sophomores, too. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to explain how coach John Calipari has changed college basketball recruiting.
Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.
Duke’s men’s basketball team is preparing for another trip to the NCAA tournament, but Bill Littlefield says there should be bigger priorities for the team and coach Mike Krzyzewski after news of sexual assault allegations against a former player.
At Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, two brothers, Chicago’s Pau Gasol and Memphis’ Marc Gasol, will square off for the opening jump ball. But the most unusual NBA sibling story is happening in Phoenix. OAG’s Doug Tribou and Curt Nickisch report.
WNBA star Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 season. Why? She’ll make more money by doing that than by playing. espnW’s Kate Fagan joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
How is former college basketball coach George Raveling linked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech and a document worth millions of dollars? Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis joins Doug Tribou to explain.