• Michigan guard Spike Albrecht, front, stretches with teammates before a practice session at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Today is the first day the NCAA college basketball team practiced together as a team for the season. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Beilein: Irvin should be able to practice by start of season

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The optimism surrounding the Michigan basketball team this season is predicated on one main thing — better health for the team’s top players.

  • New-look Gordon Hayward ready to take next step for Jazz

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz won’t look drastically different when the team plays its first preseason game against the Lakers on Sunday in Honolulu, but their best player might.

  • Missouri gives Pingeton 5-year contract through 2019-20

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton has agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2019-2020 season that includes a base salary of $300,000.

  • South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, Saturday,  Sept. 26, 2015,  in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 31-14. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

    Inexperienced quarterbacks at center of SEC matchup

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina visits Missouri on Saturday in an SEC game that matches two of the nation’s most experienced coaches and two of the nation’s most inexperienced quarterbacks.

  • In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum poses for a photo during the NBA basketball team's media day in Charlotte, N.C. The Hornets are counting on Batum to be one of thier top three scorers this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Hornets have big expectations for G Nicolas Batum

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Steve Clifford is intrigued with what he’s seen in training camp from guard Nicolas Batum and expects the seven-year NBA veteran to play a major role with the Charlotte Hornets this season.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Lebron James poses for a portrait during the NBA team's media day, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

    LeBron James: “There’s no room for guns”

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting — the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.

  • Lady Vols’ Warlick receives contract extension, raise

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick has received a one-year contract extension and $100,000 raise. She now will earn $665,000 per year and has four years remaining on her contract.

  • In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson poses for a picture during the team's NBA basketball media day in St. Francis, Wis. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Bucks have locked up big man John Henson on a four-year extension worth $44 million. The contract was agreed upon Friday morning, Oct. 2, 2015, and could reach $48 million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    AP source: Bucks lock up Henson for 4 years, $44 million

    John Henson’s statistics from his first three seasons in the NBA don’t really jump off the page.

  • In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) grabs a rebound over Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland. Thompson has taken his contract standoff with the Cavaliers to another level. The backup power forward declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and remains a restricted free agent. If he doesn't show at practice Friday, Oct. 3, 2015,  he'll be considered a holdout. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Cavs’ Thompson declines qualifying offer, still free agent

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Tristan Thompson has gone from boxing out to holding out.

  • Former Joint Chiefs chairman Dempsey joining NBA as adviser

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday.