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Duke's Barrett has 34 in native Canada

Duke's R.J. Barrett shoots next to Ryerson's Tanor Ngom during an exhibition basketball game in Mississauga, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) Canadian star R.J. Barrett scored 34 points in his first exhibition game for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rout Ryerson 86-67 on Wednesday night in his hometown.

"It was great to get to go out there with my brothers in my hometown. It was special for me," Barrett said. "A lot of excitement, a little nervous with it being the first time wearing a Duke jersey. But for me, playing in front of the fans is great. I got to see mom and dad in the crowd and everybody in Canada. It was cool."

NCAA rules permit teams to take an international trip once every four years. The Blue Devils will play the play the University of Toronto on Friday, then head to Montreal to face McGill on Sunday.


Duke G O'Connell to miss 2 exhibitions

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says guard Alex O'Connell will miss the remaining two games of the team's Canada tour with a broken bone in his face.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday that the sophomore fractured his orbital floor, the bone below the eye socket. He has been released from the hospital, rejoined the team and is expected to make a full recovery.


UConn greats expect program resurgence

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Don't tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program.

Yes, the Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 the past two seasons while playing outside a power conference. UConn is under investigation by the NCAA, and has accused former coach Kevin Ollie of recruiting violations, prompting his firing in March and sparking at $10 million contract dispute.


Pitino's lawsuit vs. Adidas dismissed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A federal judge has dismissed former Louisville coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit against Adidas, agreeing with the sportswear maker that his claim requires arbitration and should be heard out of court.

Pitino sued Adidas last October in U.S. District Court for breach of contract, alleging that the Oregon-based company deliberately ruined his reputation. Adidas had terminated its personal services contract with Pitino hours after Louisville's Athletic Association fired him for cause following the school's acknowledgement of its involvement in a federal bribery investigation of college basketball. Pitino was not named in the federal complaint.


Wake places accused coach on leave

NEW YORK (AP) Wake Forest University has placed an assistant basketball coach on leave after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died.

Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement Friday that he spoke with assistant Jamill Jones and the coach agreed that the decision was appropriate under the circumstances.


Coach K: No plan of execution for reform

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't believe the NCAA went far enough with its reforms when it comes to how the changes were coordinated.

Speaking two days after the governing body announced numerous changes following a high-profile corruption scandal in college basketball, Krzyzewski on Friday said he approves the intent behind the changes but added that "they don't have a plan of execution."


Assistant coach says Beilein doing well

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan assistant basketball coach Saddi Washington says coach John Beilein is doing well in his recovery from a double-bypass heart procedure.

"Coach is doing great," Washington said. "Been getting some updates from the family. I think everybody's really excited about coach's speedy recovery. We wouldn't expect anything less of coach."


NCAA: Players can return if undrafted

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA is taking steps to try to clean up college basketball, carving out a limited role for agents to work with players and changing pivotal parts of its rules-enforcement system as part of numerous reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.

The Indianapolis-based governing body for college sports announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors had adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes" as part of an effort to "fundamentally" change the NCAA's structure. Some are immediate, while others first require action from other agencies - such as the NBA changing the age limit for draft-eligible players that has fueled the wave of "one and done" at the college level.


Murphy, NAU seeking turnaround

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Northern Arizona set a record for losses last season and is in the midst of its worst three-year stretch in 27 years.

Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy said something needs to change.


Ex-Wake star Paul donates $2.5M to team

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) NBA All-Star and former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul is donating $2.5 million in support of the Demon Deacons' basketball team.

The donation announced Tuesday is the school's largest by a former Wake Forest basketball player.

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