Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail


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Allen returning to Duke for junior season

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke guard Grayson Allen returning to school for his junior season. Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Allen's decision Wednesday.

Allen said in a statement he discussed the decision with his parents, "I had the feeling that it was right. He says he built relationships with his teammates and "coming back next season to play with them is important to me.

Allen has averaged 13.1 points and made 40 percent of his 3- pointers in two seasons, and was a third-team AP All-America selection as a sophomore while finishing the season with 25 straight double-figure scoring performances.

2006 Heisman Smith pleads not guilty to DUI

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Ohio State quarterback and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

The 31-year-old Smith appeared in court Wednesday morning. He was stopped early Sunday in the Columbus suburb of Westerville when an officer noticed his SUV didn't have a front license plate and was seen swerving.

Smith failed a field sobriety test and later his blood alcohol content measured 0.143. Ohio's legal limit is 0.08.

He faces charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and improper display of a license plate. The case was continued until April 20.

Vanderbilt names Drew new men's hoop coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt has lured Bryce Drew away from his alma mater at Valparaiso to coach the Commodores men's basketball team.

The Commodores announced the hiring Wednesday with a series of tweets from their Twitter account starting with video of their mascot welcoming Drew at the airport followed by a photo of Drew with athletic director David Williams and lastly a post asking fans to welcome their new coach.

Drew, 41, just won a school-record 30 games in his his fifth season as head coach at Valparaiso, which ended with a loss to George Washington in the NIT championship. Drew is 124-49 overall with two NCAA Tournament berths in his tenure.

Louisville announces more sanctions for men's hoops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville has announced additional self- imposed sanctions on its men's basketball program in the wake of an escort's allegations, reducing scholarships for the 2017-19 seasons and restricting official recruiting visits and recruiting opportunities for staff. …

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