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Ball State F dead from apparent suicide

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Ball State coach James Whitford is offering condolences to the family of Zach Hollywood a day after the basketball player was found dead of an apparent suicide in an off-campus apartment.

Delaware County coroner Scott Hahn said Hollywood killed himself. The 19-year-old Hollywood was from Bradley, Illinois, and redshirted last season as a freshman.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zach Hollywood. Zach was a terrific young man with an incredibly bright future in front of him. His loss is a true tragedy for all those who knew and loved him," Whitford said in a statement Wednesday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, especially Zach's family. This is an incredibly hard moment for everyone."

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Sooners F Doolittle banned for academics

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester for failing to meet academic standards.

Doolittle started 25 games last season and averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season as the team went 11-20.

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NCAA clears Grand Canyon for D-I play

PHOENIX (AP) Grand Canyon has been granted Division I active membership by the NCAA following a four-year transition period.

The school said it was informed by the NCAA on Wednesday and will begin Division I play in the 2017-18 season.

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Longtime Stanford announcer Murphy dies

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) Bob Murphy, the longtime voice of Stanford University sports who brought a folksy sense of community to his commentary for more than four decades, has died. He was 86.

Murphy died Tuesday in Santa Cruz of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The school said in a statement that he had the disease for several years.

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Oregon's Bigby-Williams to play at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU basketball coach Will Wade says 6-foot-11 Oregon forward Kavell Bigby-Williams is transferring to LSU this fall.

The former national junior college player of the year will redshirt one year before becoming eligible to compete with the Tigers in 2018-19.

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LSU has new live tiger mascot on campus

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana State University officially has a new live tiger mascot on its campus.

The tiger arrived in Baton Rouge last week, coming from a rescue facility in Okeechobee, Florida. The university announced in a statement that the tiger began its "reign" as Mike VII on Monday, the first day of the fall semester.

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Bagley hopes to play for Duke in 2017-18

Marvin Bagley III, widely considered the top recruit in the class of 2018, reclassified this week and could be eligible to play for Duke in the upcoming season.

His decision immediately thrusts the Blue Devils toward the front of the national-title conversation for the 2017-18 season.

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