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Burch, first black official in ACC, dies

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APEX, N.C. (AP) Jim Burch, the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 91.

ACC official Jamie Luckie says Burch, whose career spanned 60 years, died at his home in Apex, outside of Raleigh, on Sunday.

Burch's officiating career actually began in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1959. Ten years later, he was added to ACC staff, although Luckie said he didn't officiate any games until the next season.


Pac-12 standardizes nonconference scheds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Pac-12 presidents voted to standardize nonconference schedules for men's basketball and allow athletes to transfer within the conference without losing a season of eligibility.

The Pac-12 also announced after its spring meeting of presidents and athletic directors a five-year extension to the annual $3.6 million funding of the conference's Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Initiative. The program will be reviewed after three years. The portion of funding that goes to on-campus mental health services will increase to $1.1 million.


Gov. orders probe of Ohio medical board

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Gov. Mike DeWine declared the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss a monster Monday as he ordered a review of the state medical board's handling of his case decades ago and called for lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape charges.

The Republican governor signed an executive order at a Statehouse news conference creating a group to review a complete, unredacted version of an investigative report released last week to see what the board knew about Strauss, who took his life in 2005, and when. Portions of the report involving the board's actions had been blacked out.


Ellis to Memphis after release from Duke

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Guard Boogie Ellis has signed his national letter of intent to play at Memphis, joining a vaunted recruiting class for coach Penny Hardaway going into his second season.

Memphis announced Friday night that Ellis officially is a part of the Tigers' 2019 recruiting class.


Ex-Texas Tech F Moore heading to Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Former Texas Tech forward Khavon Moore says he's headed to Clemson to play basketball with the Tigers.

The 6-foot-7 freshman from Macon, Georgia, posted a picture of himself in a Tigers uniform on Twitter with "Committed" across the image.


Yale extends coach Jones through 2025-26

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Yale men's basketball coach James Jones has signed a contract extension to keep him at the school through the 2025-26 season.

Jones is coming off a 22-8 season and an Ivy League championship. Yale didn't announce the terms of the deal.


UNLV adds G Mitrou-Long, F Shibel

LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV has added graduate transfers Elijah Mitrou-Long from Texas and Vitaliy Shibel from Arizona State.

Both players will be eligible during new Runnin' Rebels coach T.J. Otzelberger's first season in 2019-20.


Beilein: Cavs job 'right thing to do'

CHICAGO (AP) Whether it was the right time to leave Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein wasn't sure.

One thing he had no doubt about was this: It was the right move to make.


Oats' Alabama contract has hefty buyouts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) New Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats' contract includes hefty buyouts if he leaves for another job or is fired.

University of Alabama trustees Wednesday formally approved Oats' 5-year deal worth $2.45 million annually, though the university had earlier released some of the details.


Vanderbilt signs Kenyon Martin's son

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) K.J. Martin, son of 15-year NBA veteran Kenyon Martin, has signed his national letter of intent to play for new Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse.

The new coach announced the signing Wednesday, saying the 6-foot-6 forward is a welcome addition with his skill, athleticism, toughness and heart. Stackhouse says he can't wait for Martin to arrive on campus this summer.

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