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Dawn Staley expected to be named U.S. women’s national team coach

USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday and is expected to name South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley to direct the women’s national team, the Post and Courier reported.

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Staley won three gold medals as a player and two more as an assistant. Staley would succeed Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who has led the U.S. women’s teams for the past two Olympics. Staley was an assistant to Auriemma in Rio de Janeiro and also assisted Anne Donovan on the gold-winning team at Beijing in 2008.

According to USA Basketball, the news conference will be to announce the head coach who will lead the U.S. women’s national team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, if necessary the 2019 Olympic qualifying tournament, and the 2020 Olympics.

“I think it is the perfect person for our game and for generations to come," basketball television analyst Debbie Antonelli told the Post and Courier. "There’s no better competitor. There’s no greater ambassador for our game. Dawn has embodied the full patriotic experience. She gets it.” 

The United States has won the gold medal in women’s basketball in six consecutive Olympics. The American women have won 49 straight games and are 66-3 since beginning play in 1976.

Staley played on U.S. Olympic teams that won gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies before her final games in Sydney.

As a head coach, Staley has led U.S. women's teams to gold medals three times: at the 2007 Pan-American Games, the 2014 under-18 FIBA Americas Championship, and most recently the 2015 under-19 FIBA World Championships in Russia, where Gamecocks star A'ja Wilson was named MVP.

At South Carolina, Staley has led the Gamecocks to four straight Southeastern Conference titles and three straight SEC Tournament crowns. She guided South Carolina to its first Final Four in 2015. This season the Gamecocks went 27-4 and are ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press poll.

Missouri band drowns out halftime interview

Sometimes a sideline interview just doesn’t go well. And it’s best when both sides agree to end it.

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Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament, Mississippi went to the halftime intermission leading 46-36 against Michigan. As Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was leaving the court, he was stopped by SEC Network sideline reporter Laura Rutledge for an interview.

Stationed near where Rutledge was conducting the interview, the Missouri band loudly broke out into song just as Rutledge was beginning her questions, SEC Country reported.

Kennedy strained to hear the first question, finally asking Rutledge “is this Candid Camera? I’ve got no shot.

“I like the song, but I’ve got no idea. I’ll just stare at you,” he said before walking to the locker room.

Ole Miss got the last laugh on the band, winning 86-74 to advance in the tournament.

Some halftime interviews do not go as planned.Just ask @LauraMRutledge. pic.twitter.com/eETaNr908G— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 10, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

President Trump won't fill out NCAA brackets on ESPN

President Donald Trump will be skipping March Madness this year.

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The White House said Wednesday that the president will not pick brackets for the 2017 men's and women's tournaments, ESPN reported.

"We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket,” ESPN said in a statement. “They have respectfully declined."

In an email to the Washington Post, White House spokesman Hope Hicks said: "We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future."

Former President Barack Obama, a big basketball fan, had agreed in previous years to fill out brackets for the men’s and women’s tournaments and discuss his choices on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Oregon basketball player flops at flopping attempt

This flop simply flopped.

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Dillon Brooks was back in the lineup Thursday night for No. 10 Oregon against Utah. Brooks had missed the previous game with a sprained left foot, but his second-half sprawl showed he had gotten his legs back.

Utah guard Sedrick Barefield was driving to the basket and brushed against the junior forward, USA Today reported. After a full second, Brooks, who was called for a foul on the play, toppled backward in an unconvincing flop.

The game wasn’t a total flop for Brooks, however. He led the Ducks (19-2, 8-0 Pac-12) with 19 points as Oregon won 73-67 against Utah (14-6, 5-3). It was the Ducks' 17th straight victory.

Oregon's Dillon Brooks with the flop of all flops pic.twitter.com/0SYM97e9fq— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) January 27, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Brawl breaks out during college basketball game in Memphis

A brawl broke out during the Lemoyne-Owen College vs. Lane College basketball game on Saturday, January 14th in Memphis, Tennessee. 

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 Police said no ambulances were called to the scene nor was a police report filed. 

No one was taken into custody. 

Both colleges are investigating. 

Video shows Notre Dame player's surprise reunion with military brother

The Notre Dame men's basketball team won its Monday night game against the Colgate Raiders, but one player may have had a better night than the rest.

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Yahoo Sports reported that Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell and his family were surprised after the Irish won over when his big brother, first lieutenant Bo Farrell made a surprise return home.

Bo Farrell first appeared in a video message on a jumbotron in the Edmund P. Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.

“Matty, I’ve been watching you tonight from here,” Bo Farrell said in the video. “For us, home is wherever we’re together. And I look forward to being home with you soon. Really really soon.”

Bo Farrell walked onto the court and embraced his brother.

The Indy Star reported that the last time the brothers saw each other was in May, according to Matt Farrell. He thought his brother would be in Afghanistan until February. He

"The time difference is tough, but we talk all the time," he said.

For the basketball player, seeing his brother has been "by far" the best Christmas present.

"It’s just awesome. He picked a bad game to come to, way too many turnovers. But we’re not talking about the game. Like I said, I’m at a loss for words and I’m just really happy right now.”

Watch video of the reunion from ABC News below.

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Baylor women set Division I record in 140-32 rout

In the biggest rout in women’s Division I basketball history, third-ranked Baylor crushed Winthrop 140-32 on Thursday.

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The Lady Bears (11-1) scored the first 21 points, led 77-18 at halftime and shut out Winthrop 29-0 in the fourth quarter, The Associated Press reported.

The 108-point margin of victory broke the record of 102 set by Grambling when it defeated Jarvis Christian College 139-37 in 1986. Baylor's point total was the second highest in women's Division I history, topped only by the 149 scored by Long Beach State in 1987.

The biggest rout between two Division I teams in women's basketball had been in 1989, when Louisiana Tech topped Texas-Pan American 126-25.

Thursday, Baylor set school single-game records for points, rebounds (75) assists (42) and blocked shots (17).

Erica Williams led Winthrop (1-9) with 15 points.

"I tried and played tons of people, in and out of the lineup, called timeouts, trying to get people off the floor," Mulkey told the AP.

"What do you say after a game like that?" Winthrop coach Kevin Cook told the AP. "We've played some highly ranked teams this season. And by far, Baylor is right at the top. You saw the game, you see the stats. They hurt us inside, they hurt us with 3-pointers. They're awfully good.”

Baylor’s leading scorer Alexis Jones, plagued with knee trouble, missed her second straight game. The Bears were led by Khadijiah Cave’s career-high 25 points.

Erica Williams led Winthrop (1-9) with 15 points.

Last month, in an exhibition game, Maryland beat Division II Bluefield State 146-17.

Ohio sites potentially in the running to host NCAA championship after pull from North Carolina

Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, could contend for NCAA championship events that were pulled from North Carolina this week because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.

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Officials from the University of Dayton and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission told the Dayton Daily News they have interest in hosting the events, which include first- and second-round men's basketball tournament games in March as well as the Women's College Cup soccer tournament in December.

"We have let them know we are available and would be happy to help them out," University of Dayton athletics spokesman Doug Hauschild said in an email. "We believe their intention is to relocate to sites as close as they can to the original ones for fans who have already purchased tickets."

The University of Dayton Arena is already set to host the First Four to open the basketball tournament, as it has done every year since 2001.

Ohio State and the city of Columbus have also become frequent hosts of various NCAA events and could add to their impressive docket in the coming years.

"We have viewed the information provided by the NCAA today regarding the process by which replacement sites will be selected for 2016-17 championships and are determining, with our partners, if we have the availability to host any of these championships," Greater Columbus Sports Commission director of marketing and communications Bruce Wimbish said in an email. "There will be a two-week time frame to submit new bids with the decisions to be made in early October."

Ohio State is already set to host multiple NCAA events this academic year, including the Division I women's volleyball championship in December and the men's volleyball championship in March.

The women's basketball Final Four will be hosted in Columbus in the spring of 2018.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced that he sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert about Ohio's potential to host the orphaned events.

"Ohio has been a consistent partner in hosting NCAA sporting events," Brown wrote. "As you weigh options for relocation, I urge you to give Ohio's cities your full consideration. Your organization would be hard-pressed to find a better partner, and I know Ohioans would embrace these events with open arms."

Fans, players pay tribute to Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, died Tuesday. She was 64.

The legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach had been battling early-onset Alzheimer's since 2011.

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Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fans, players and other notable figures took to social media to pay tribute to Summitt. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

>> Pat Summitt, former Tennessee coach, dead at 64

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Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach, dead at 64

Legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has died. She was 64.

Summitt's son, Tyler, announced the news in a statement Tuesday.

>> PHOTOS: Pat Summitt through the years

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“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt," he wrote. "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

He added, "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

A Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Former players, coaches and fans paid tribute to Summitt on social media, including Peyton Manning.

>>Fans, players pay tribute to Summitt

"She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's," he said in a statement. "It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat out coach. I will miss her dearly, and I am honored to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family."

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On Sunday, news broke that Summitt was reportedly "struggling" and her health was deteriorating. 

Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, left basketball in March 2012, just a few months after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

"It was hard because I didn't want to, but I felt like I needed to step down," Summitt told ABC

Summitt held a 1,098-208 record over her 38-year coaching career, all as coach of Tennessee. 

She also collected eight NCAA titles over her career — the second most in NCAA women's basketball history. 

In April 2012, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

This video includes clips from CBS, the University of Tennessee and images from Getty Images. 

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