SC State basketball team decides to play on after collapsed teammate is revived

iStock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Only minutes into a college basketball game between South Carolina State and North Carolina State, the game clock stopped and so did Tyvoris Soloman’s heart.

As medics were attending to an NC State player’s knee injury, Soloman, SC State's starting guard, appeared to collapse on the sideline.

Instantly, teammates and staff circled the senior and began praying as the teams' medical staffs attended to him.

“We had some guys that quickly got in prayer while the EMTs were responding, while our team trainer was responding,”  said South Carolina State Associate Coach Rio Pitt, who took over for head coach Murray Garvin, who accompanied his stricken player to the hospital.

“I guess you have all these things in place for a situation like this but you never expect it to happen. You don’t actually say hey let’s practice this situation.”

Solomon was resuscitated by a South Carolina State athletic trainer and then transported to Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina where he was “awake and responding,” Garvin confirmed.

After Solomon was brought out of the arena, the South Carolina State team retreated to the locker room and was tasked with deciding to keep playing.

“They said ‘We’ll do what Ty would do, and Ty would tell us to go out there and play,’” Pitt said. “And that was the response the guys gave us. We let them decide what they wanted to do, and that’s what they wanted to do, was go play. “

The opposing team’s coach was also grateful that Solomon’s prognosis was positive.

“It’s a tough moment anytime you’re playing a basketball game you look down and one of the other players is on the floor,” NC State Coach Kevin Keatts said. “I’m happy to hear it I think the young man is doing better… A tough situation you know it puts everything in perspective when you think about what’s going on in the world and then a situation like this you know obviously basketball in that time becomes secondary to everything else.”

The SC State Bulldogs ended up losing 103-71 to the Wolfpack but the day was more about the well-being of their teammate and less about the scoreboard.

“On a day like this, do you realize, does it really hit home how much there are more important things than basketball necessarily, there was a game played today but this was far from the least important thing that happened,” Pitt said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/1/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

Washington 109, Detroit 91
Golden State 133, Orlando 112
Toronto 120, Indiana 115
Oklahoma City 111, Minnesota 107
Sacramento 107, Chicago 106
San Antonio 95, Memphis 79
Miami 105, Charlotte 100
Utah 114, New Orleans 108


N.Y. Rangers 5, Carolina 1
Columbus 4, Anaheim 2
Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 0
Ottawa 6, N.Y. Islanders 5
San Jose 2, Florida 1
Winnipeg 7, Vegas 4
L.A. Kings 4, St. Louis 1
New Jersey 2, Colorado 1

(11) Southern Cal 31, (14) Stanford 28

(13) North Carolina 85, Davidson 75
(15) Gonzaga 91, (25) Creighton 74

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Woods in contention at Hero World Challenge after second round 68

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NASSAU, Bahamas) -- Tiger Woods turned back time in the second round of the Hero World Challenge today, shooting a 4-under-par 68 and briefly holding the tournament lead.

Playing his second round after a ten-month absence, Woods moved into a tie for fifth place. He sits five shots behind clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

"I think I'm still in it," he said after the round. "We've got two more days, and I think it's supposed to blow a little harder tomorrow. If that's the case, I think a good solid round should get me up there."

Woods birdied the first hole on Friday, added two more in the next three holes, and finished the front nine with an eagle.

Woods has struggled in recent years, after undergoing four back surgeries. The latest surgery, a fusion, has reportedly eliminated all of his pain.

"No issues at all," he said Friday. "None."

The former world number one golfer hasn't won an event since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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NCAA: Ole Miss 'lacked institutional control,' will be punished with bowl ban, scholarship reductions

Photo by Thomas Graning / ESPN Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- The NCAA laid down harsh penalties against the University of Mississippi on Friday, including scholarship reductions and a postseason ban, as part of the investigation into a series of recruiting violations committed by the football program.

The university says it will "vigorously appeal" the 2018 postseason ban, calling it "excessive," in part because the school self-imposed a postseason ban for 2017.

Ole Miss was accused of 15 Level I violations and were deemed to have lacked institutional control and fostered "an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting." The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to Mississippi, he was surprised by the 'craziness' of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program."

Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included providing $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. Two staffers also arranged for fraudulent standardized test scores for three recruits.

Freeze resigned over off-field issues -- including allegations that he repeatedly made phone calls to escort services -- in July. The NCAA tagged him with a two-game conference suspension for failure to monitor his staff. That suspension would go into effect only if Freeze became a head coach again.

Ole Miss will be on probation for three years, and will vacate the records of all wins in which ineligible student-athletes participated.

"The violations resulted from a culture of rules violations being acceptable in the Mississippi football program," the NCAA ruling explained.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacy Osborne told ESPN that Ole Miss seniors will be permitted to transfer to another school without penalty, due to the postseason ban.

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Florida State's Jimbo Fisher to take head coaching job at Texas A&M

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher is resigning his position and taking the same job at Texas A&M, Florida State University announced Friday.

Fisher, 52, has coached the Seminoles to a national championship and three Atlantic Coast Conference titles. ESPN reports that he will not coach the team in their regular season finale against Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday.

FSU struggled through this season after quarterback Deondre Francois was injured in the first game of the year. The Seminoles are 5-6 and need a win against ULM to earn their 36th consecutive boal berth.

Texas A&M fired head coach Kevin Sumlin after their season ended. Sumlin won 51 games and lost 26 in six years with the Aggies.

ESPN reported earlier this week that Texas A&M was prepared to make Fisher one of the sport's highest paid coaches, including giving him an annual salary of more than $7 million.

Fisher had signed an extension with FSU through 2024 just last December.

ESPN mentions Sumlin, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart and University of South Florida head coach Charlie Strong as potential replacements for Fisher at FSU.

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Scoredboard Roundup -- 12/01/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's games:

 Final Cleveland 121 Atlanta  114
 Final Boston  108 Philadelphia  97
 Final Denver  111 Chicago  110
 Final Milwaukee 103 Portland  91
 Final Utah  126 L.A. Clippers 107
 Final L.A. Kings  5 Washington  2
 Final Montreal  6 Detroit  3
 Final Vancouver  5 Nashville  3
 Final Minnesota  4 Vegas  2
 Final OT Dallas  4 Chicago  3
 Final Toronto  6 Edmonton  4
 Final Calgary  3 Arizona  0
 Final Dallas  38 Washington  14
 Final (3) Michigan St.  81 (5) Notre Dame  63
 Final (9) Texas A&M  78 Rio Grande  60
 Final (19) West Virginia 102 NJIT  69
 Final Seton Hall   89 (22) Texas Tech  79

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Rick Pitino suing Louisville Athletic Association for breach of contract 

Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Former head basketball coach Rick Pitino is suing the University of Louisville Athletic Association for nearly $40 million, claiming breach of contract after he was placed on unpaid leave and later fired last month.

Pitino was fired in October as the FBI investigated bribery and fraud in the world of college basketball recruiting. The federal investigation found that recruits had been steered to Adidas, sports agents and financial advisers.

Pitino has claimed he was unaware of an alleged payment made by a Louisville assistant coach to the family of Brian Bowen, a top recruit who has not been cleared to play for the Cardinals. The school has announced that Bowen can transfer if he chooses.

A university spokesman told the Louisville Courier-Journal that it is aware of the lawsuit, but that the school would not comment.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: 'No fear at all' of suspension in alleged groping case

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Speaking to reporters for the first time since allegations that he groped a female Uber drive, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he believes he will be vindicated by the NFL's investigation.

"I have no fear at all," Winston said about the possibility of a suspension, "but I have to respect their process."

Reports surfaced two weeks ago, first on Buzzfeed, that an Uber driver had filed a complaint with the company in March 2016. In the complaint, she claimed that Winston was in the passenger seat of the vehicle and placed his hand on her groin while waiting at a fast food drive-thru.

Winston released a statement when the reports came out, saying that he believes the driver was mistaken about the number of passengers in the car at the time, and where Winston was sitting. Winston's teammate at Florida State University Ronald Darby corroborated Winston's statement t the time.

ESPN confirmed that no police report was filed in the incident, however, Winston's Uber riding privileges were revoked by the company.

"Since I got to Tampa Bay and how I've grown the past few years," Winston says, "meant a lot to my family...I think that's more important than what could be said from any outside source."

Winston has not played in two weeks with a shoulder injury, meaning he was not required to hold weekly press conferences. He is expected to return to action against the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

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Rumors abound on college football coaching carousel

Rulles/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The college football coaching carousel keeps spinning, with the University of Tennessee still searching for its next leader, and Florida State University pressing its coach to make a decision.

ESPN reported on Thursday that North Carolina State head football coach Dave Doeren, considered a top candidate for the Tennessee job, had turned down the Volunteers to remain in Raleigh. In doing so, Doeren agreed to a new five-year contract with NC State.

Tennesse had reportedly reached an agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano earlier this month. But furious fan reaction, including concern over his loose ties with Penn State during that school's sex scandal, led the school to back out of that deal.

Tennessee may now look to fired Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin for their head coaching position.

In Tallahassee, Florida State officials are urging head coach Jimbo Fisher to choose to remain with the Seminoles, or to take a hefty offer from Texas A&M to replace Sumlin. Fisher led FSU to a 2013 national championship, but is considered the Texas A&M's top choice. ESPN said last week that several FSU officials expect Fisher to leave the school this offseason.

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Scoredboard Roundup -- 11/30/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK): Here are the score's from yesterday's games:

 Final Detroit   131 Phoenix   107
 Final Orlando   121 Oklahoma City 108
 Final Philadelphia 118 Washington  113
 Final Toronto   126 Charlotte  113
 Final N-Y Knicks  115 Miami   86
 Final Houston   118 Indiana   97
 Final Minnesota  120 New Orleans  102
 Final Brooklyn  109 Dallas   104
 Final San Antonio  104 Memphis   95
 Final OT Golden State 127 L.A. Lakers  123

 Final Montreal  2 Ottawa  1
 Final Boston  3 Tampa Bay  2
 Final Anaheim  3 St. Louis  2
 Final OT Colorado  3 Winnipeg  2

 Final (1) Duke    91 Indiana   81
 Final (4) Villanova   90 Penn    62
 Final (10) Miami   86 (12) Minnesota  81
 Final (13) North Carolina  86 Michigan   71
 Final (15) Gonzaga   103 Incarnate Word  68
 Final (23) TCU    87 Belmont   76
 Final (24) Alabama   77 Louisiana Tech  74
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