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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:03 AM


Indiana State beats No. 15 Wichita State 68-55

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Manny Arop scored 17 points, including a celebratory slam in the final minute, to lead Indiana State to a 68-55 victory over No. 15 Wichita State, snapping the Shockers' 19-game home winning streak.

The Sycamores (14-7, 7-3 Missouri Valley) stayed in the conference race with their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season. Davonte Brown and Jake Odum both added 10 points.

Cleanthony Early had 15 points and Demetric Williams added 14 for first-place Wichita State (19-3, 8-2), which shot 27.1 percent from the field.

The Sycamores put themselves in position for the upset with a dominant last 4 minutes of the first half. Indiana State ended the half on a 17-3 run over the last 4:12, taking a 39-28 lead. The run was capped by R.J. Mahurn's four-point play and Khristian Smith's steal and layup in the final 35 seconds.

Wichita State got within 50-48 with 7:26 remaining, but never pulled even.


Missouri AD: NCAA self-inquiry raises questions

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri athletics director Mike Alden says the NCAA's move to review its own investigation into possible recruiting violations at Miami "raises lots of questions" that could cause harm well beyond Coral Gables and Columbia.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced six days ago that former investigators on the Miami case improperly collaborated with lawyers for disgraced Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro, a convicted felon. The internal inquiry came as the NCAA was poised to release a notice of allegations against Miami after Shapiro claimed to provide cash, cars, prostitutes and other impermissible benefits to dozens of Miami football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010 with the knowledge of multiple coaches and athletics employees.

Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith spent seven seasons at Miami before Alden hired him in 2011. has reported that Haith will face charges of unethical conduct by the NCAA.


Rams opt not to hire Ryan, name Bush LB coach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and stepped in a new direction by hiring Frank Bush as linebackers coach.

Bush replaces Blake Williams, son of Gregg Williams, who was briefly defensive coordinator with the Rams last winter before being suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.

Bush was with the Titans the last two seasons and prior to that was defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Texans. He has also been a player, scout, position coach and assistant head coach.

The Texans set a franchise record for fewest points allowed per game, 20.8 points, and yards allowed at 324.9. Bush earned two Super Bowl rings while with the Broncos from 1995-03.


Evangel basketball team 'adopts' 14-year-old

(Information in the following story is from: Springfield News-Leader,

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Evangel University's men basketball team has a member who never takes a shot during a game but is still important to the team's success.

Three years ago, the team unofficially adopted Christopher Banks, a basketball super fan who was battling a brain tumor.

Although the brain tumor turned out to be benign, 14-year-old Christopher is still on the sidelines and at practice, joining the huddles, jogging to the locker room at halftime and sitting on the bench.

Some unsettling symptoms recently re-emerged and Christopher is scheduled to return to a hospital in Memphis in February for testing.

The Springfield News-Leader reports ( ) the team's players say Christopher inspires them and gives them energy. And being with the team gives Christopher a chance to escape from continuing health concerns.