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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 4:02 AM


No. 4 Shockers still among nation's unbeatens

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State's Ron Baker has grown accustomed to looking up in the stands during a pregame shoot-around and seeing very few empty seats.

Not just when the Shockers are at home, either.

Fourth-ranked Wichita State, which beat Drake over the weekend to run its record to 21-0, has become the marquee opponent on everybody's schedule.

Along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse, the Shockers are among three unbeaten teams left in men's Division I basketball. And considering the weakened state of the Missouri Valley Conference and the schedule they still have left, there's a good chance Wichita State could become the first team to enter the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record since UNLV in 1991.

The Shockers play Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday night.


Arkansas seeks second straight win against Tigers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will attempt to climb back into the Southeastern Conference race when it hosts Missouri on Tuesday night.

The Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4 SEC) have won 25 of their last 26 games in Bud Walton Arena, and they are coming off a win over Auburn on Saturday night.

Junior Ky Madden had a career-high 24 points in the win for Arkansas, which leads the SEC with an average of 82.9 points per game. Saturday's win helped snap a stretch of four losses in five games.

Missouri, which defeated South Carolina at home on Saturday, is led by junior guard Jabari Brown's 19.5 points per game.

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson left the Tigers (15-4, 3-3) to join the Razorbacks following the 2010-11 season.


Curators mull outside inquiry in Mo. swim assault

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri curators say they expect a public discussion this week of a former university swimmer's allegations that she had been sexually assaulted by several football players before later committing suicide.

The Board of Curators meet Wednesday in Columbia. Curators David Bradley and Wayne Goode told The Associated Press Monday the board will review system President Tim Wolfe's call for an external legal review into Sasha Menu Courey's death in 2011.

The university's athletic department initially responded to an ESPN story on the swimmer by defending its handling of the case. The school says neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn't respond to requests for more information.

The university said Saturday that it turned its information about the allegations over to Columbia police after ESPN's story.


Minneapolis being considered as NCAA hoops host

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The nets could be cut down in Minnesota again. Minneapolis has made the list of finalists for the next round of Final Four bids.

The NCAA announced Monday eight cities it's considering as hosts for the semifinals and championship of the men's basketball tournaments from 2017-2020. Also on the list: Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans, the Dallas area, the Phoenix area, San Antonio and St. Louis.

Minneapolis hosted the 1992 and 2001 Final Four at the Metrodome, which is being torn down. The new Minnesota Vikings stadium, which is also a candidate to host the 2018 Super Bowl, is scheduled to open in 2016.

Final presentations from each location will be made to the NCAA in November. Winning bids will be announced later that month.


Love scores 31 as Timberwolves beat Bulls 95-86

CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Love scored 31 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Chicago Bulls 95-86 Monday night.

Ronny Turiaf added 14 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls and won for the fourth time in five games overall.

Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who played without ailing center Joakim Noah (illness) and guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring). D.J. Augustin added 19 points.

The Timberwolves were also missing their starting center. Nikola Pekovic exited with a sore right Achilles tendon midway through the first quarter. He had one point and one rebound.

The Bulls pulled within five with 1:29 left on Augustin's 3-pointer but got no closer. Love answered with a layup with 1:10 remaining, and Corey Brewer's dunk gave the Timberwolves an 88-79 lead with 57.4 seconds left.


No. 19 Purdue takes down Illinois 80-68

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Courtney Moses led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points as No. 19 Purdue beat Illinois for the sixth consecutive time, 80-68 on Monday.

KK Houser added 17 points and six assists for Purdue (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten). April Wilson had 15 and eight rebounds and Liza Clemons scored 13.

Purdue will host No. 12 Penn State, which sits atop the conference, on Thursday. The Boilermakers beat the Lady Lions 84-74 on Jan. 12.

Jacqui Grant scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Illinois (9-11, 2-5). Ivory Crawford added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Illinois pulled within 56-54 midway through the second half after two consecutive baskets by Grant.

Then Purdue went on a 12-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Moses with 6:26 left, and the Boilermakers led by double digits from the 5-minute mark on.


Cubs seek permit to put sign at Wrigley Field

(Information in the following story is from: Chicago Sun-Times,

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have asked for the city's permission to put a 650-square-foot sign at Wrigley Field that may partially block the views of the action on the field from rooftops across the street.

The rooftop owners have said they will file a lawsuit if the Cubs put up anything that cuts into their views.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) the Cubs filed a permit application on Friday after talks with the rooftop owners fell apart.

Ryan McLaughlin of the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association said the rooftop owners assembled a legal team "some time ago" in preparation for a court fight with the team.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says since issues with the rooftop owners couldn't be resolved the team is going forward with its right to put up the sign.


Ex-players fear dementia based on unproven tests

CHICAGO (AP) — There's a race going on among scientists to develop ways to diagnose and treat the concussion-related brain disease CTE.

The strongest evidence so far says it can only be diagnosed after death. But several former NFL stars have essentially been diagnosed based on an experimental test done at UCLA.

Former Buffalo Bills lineman Joe DeLamielleure (duh-LAH'-mell-uhr) is among them. He says the results are reassuring because they explain his depression, mood swings and insomnia.

Skeptics think CTE testing and diagnosing is too preliminary and raises ethical concerns.

Research on other players given UCLA's testing is due to be published this year. Scientists at other universities say they're making headway, too.