Markelle Fultz set for the stage of being No. 1 pick

In the often unpredictable world of the NBA, there is some symmetry in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons likely becoming teammates as pros.

Barring an unforeseen change, Fultz will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, joining Simmons with the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to invigorate a once proud franchise.

Two stars worthy of the top pick in consecutive years, neither of which was able to lead their college programs to team success in their one season on campus.

LSU didn’t reach the NCAA Tournament in Simmons’ lone year in Baton Rouge before becoming the top pick by the Sixers last year, and Washington finished 9-22 this season with Fultz.

Fultz is a natural talent on the court that moves with fluidity and ease, and his abilities and tendencies have been dissected heavily heading into Thursday’s draft.

“When I’m on the court, I feel at peace really,” Fultz said in an interview last October with the Associated Press.

Kelsey Plum, the former Huskies guard and NCAA all-time scoring leader in women’s basketball, became buds with Fultz during the one season they were both at Washington.

Fultz was hyped as a possible No. 1 draft pick from the time he stepped on campus at Washington.

Jets sign former Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson

The team announced the move Tuesday, adding depth to an inexperienced receiving corps.

Both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall were cut this offseason in cost-saving moves, leaving Quincy Enunwa as the Jets’ No. 1 receiver in front of several inexperienced players such as Robby Anderson and Charone Peake.

Fultz, Ball, Fox headline list of point guards in NBA draft

Fultz, Ball, Fox headline list of point guards in NBA draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teams looking for point guard help in Thursday night’s NBA draft are in luck — as long as they have a high pick, that is.

Who will go first — and where — has dominated the build up to the draft, which starts with the Philadelphia 76ers picking first followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2.

Philadelphia and Boston have agreed on a deal to trade picks in this year’s draft; the 76ers get the No. 1 overall pick from the Celtics and the chance to select Fultz.

[…] Fultz and Ball are not the only two playmakers available who could help some NBA team.

There’s a quartet of touted one-and-done college players along with an 18-year-old international prospect with size and athleticism.

[…] they’re all likely to be lottery picks, too.

He missed six games with a knee issue late in the season.

[…] he couldn’t elevate the Huskies to more than nine wins in a rough season .

UCLA’s freshman star made the Bruins’ fast-paced offense hum all the way to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

He averaged a national-best 7.6 assists at the helm of an attack that ranked second nationally in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency (124 points per 100 possessions).

[…] while Ball was at his best when he was distributing the ball in the open court, he also averaged 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds and boasts good size (6-6, 190) at the point.

Along the way, Fox put on a dominating show against fellow star rookie point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA.

The 5-11 senior is a tough competitor who closed his Kansas career as The Associated Press national player of the year and the Big 12’s top scorer (20.9 points).

The 6-3 junior was a second-team AP all-American (16.8 points, 4.7 assists) in leading Gonzaga to the NCAA championship game.

Williams-Goss is a possible second-round prospect.

Pick 6: With Riley moving up, which coordinators are next?

By promoting Lincoln Riley to head coach at age 33, Oklahoma locked up one of the most promising coordinators in college football and took a likely hot candidate off the job market.

Riley replacing Bob Stoops makes 11 former assistant coaches who will be making their head coaching debuts in 2017, including Justin Wilcox at California, Luke Fickell at Cincinnati and Tom Allen at Indiana.

Which coordinators who have never been FBS head coaches are likely to draw interest when the coaching carousel cranks up later this year? (in alphabetical order):

Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, LSU

Since 2012 when Aranda was defensive coordinator at Utah State, his defenses have never ranked worse than 15th overall in the country.

The cerebral 40-year-old begins his second season at LSU after three with Wisconsin as the highest paid assistant coach in college football at $1.8 million this year.

Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

Pick 6: College football fanbases most cool with their coach

Let’s go back to Sept. 18, 2016, the day after Michigan State defeated Notre Dame and the high point of what turned out to be the worst season for the Spartans in coach Mark Dantonio’s 10-year tenure.

Michigan State was ranked No. 8 in the country and coming off a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff appearance.

Spartans fans were, generally, the picture of contentment when it came to the state of their program and the competency of their head coach.

Assuming that only the lunatic fringe among Alabama and Ohio State fans has issues with Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, what other fanbases should be totally cool with their coach heading into 2017?

Death Valley is all unicorns, rainbows and pizza parties now that Dabo Swinney has brought a national title back to Clemson.

Remember, a national championship never was enough for LSU fans to fully embrace Les Miles.

The Cardinal fanbase is not big relative to that of other college football power programs.

[…] Shaw routinely bats down NFL rumors so emphatically that Stanford supporters don’t have to get caught up in the coaching carousel.

Pop open another bottle of white wine and enjoy the ride, Cardinal fans.

Cowboys fans would love for Mike Gundy to beat Oklahoma more often (2-9), and the melodrama that is his rocky relationship with billionaire booster Boone Pickens can get old.

Jimbo Fisher can claim the spot right behind Saban and Meyer in any ranking of active head coaches — and Seminoles fans are quick to make that case.

Storm win 1st road game of year to keep Stars winless 85-76

Storm win 1st road game of year to keep Stars winless 85-76

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Alysha Clark added 17 points, and the Seattle Storm beat the winless San Antonio Stars 85-76 on Tuesday night.

Florida tops Washington 5-2, advances to championship series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Delanie Gourley struck out 10 while throwing a two-hitter, helping top-seeded Florida beat Washington 5-2 on Sunday in the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.

Gourley (22-4) had two strikes on Julia DePonte with two outs in the seventh before DePonte hit a two-run homer for the Huskies (50-14).

Romero homers to lead Oklahoma past Washington 3-1 in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sydney Romero hit a solo homer to help defending national champion Oklahoma defeat Washington 3-1 on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.

Washington pitcher Taran Alvelo (27-8) went six innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs for the Huskies (49-13).

Thomas' 2-run shot lifts Washington past Oregon 3-1 in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kirstyn Thomas’ two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning helped Washington defeat Oregon 3-1 on Thursday in the Women’s College World Series.

Taran Alvelo (33-7) pitched a complete game for the Huskies, who advanced to winners’ bracket play on Friday.

Dempsey closes in on Donovan's US national team goals record

(AP) — On the three-hour drive home from soccer practice when he was younger, Clint Dempsey and his father would routinely purchase a lottery ticket.

Dempsey is far more concerned with something bigger — getting this team back to another World Cup, where he could join Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose as the only players to score in four editions of soccer’s showcase tournament.

“While you’re playing, you try to enjoy it and have fun and make the most of it,” said Dempsey, whose team plays an exhibition game Saturday in Utah against Venezuela before a pair of World Cup qualifiers.

The Seattle Sounders standout missed the final four months of the Major League Soccer season, but returned to training in January and is off to a strong start for the Sounders with four goals.

— A tying goal against England in the Americans’ 2010 World Cup opener

For that sort of diligence, Dempsey credits his parents, who used to drive him back and forth from Nacogdoches, Texas, to Dallas for practices and games.

On the drive back, he would try to stay up as best he could to talk to his parents.

Pay them back for all the stuff they did for me, said Dempsey, who played for Fulham and Tottenham before signing with Seattle as a designated player in 2013.

Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?

Grading the hires of new college football coaches is an offseason tradition and an exercise in educated guess work.

[…] college football writers do it every year, ticking off fans of teams that receive poor marks and opening themselves up for criticism years later when that C turns out to be an A. Or vice versa.

At Texas, triumph is a steady diet of conference titles and national championship contention.

At Purdue, regularly going to bowl games is enough.

Brohm is most likely to thrive because of the combination of his track record (30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky) and the low bar to clear at Purdue, where the past nine seasons have produced two bowl appearances and one winning final record.

Brohm is a creative offensive mind who could easily be Purdue’s next Joe Tiller.

At Western Michigan, Fleck had recruiting classes that were comparable to some low-rated Big Ten groups, which is remarkable for a MAC school.

The Ohio native and former Buckeye seems a perfect fit at a program that helped launch Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones to Power Five jobs.

Anything less than yearly Conference USA championship contention will be seen as a step back for WKU.

Successful stints as interim head coach at Southern California and LSU have helped Orgeron put a 10-25, three-year run at Ole Miss behind him.

How close does Taggart — who needed 2 1/2 seasons to turnaround USF — have to come to Kelly to be considered successful?

Rhule has hit all the right notes responding to Baylor’s off-field issues.

The former Alabama offensive coordinator might not be around Boca Raton for long, but there’s a good chance he’ll leave them with a few bowl appearances.

Following Herman is not an enviable task, especially for a first-time head coach.

The Colin Kaepernick years created a false sense of what reasonable expectations should be at a program that ranks near the bottom of the Mountain West in athletic rev

Cardinals sign 2nd-round pick Budda Baker

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Budda Baker, the team’s second-round draft pick out of Washington.
Baker, the 36th selection overall, led the Huskies in tackles (71) and tackles for loss last season. He also had three sacks and two interceptions.
With the signing of the four-year deal Thursday, the Cardinals have all draftees under contract except their first-round pick, linebacker Haason Reddick.
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Reports: Former Husky Brandon Roy hired as Garfield hoops coach

Former Washington Huskies basketball star Brandon Roy is reportedly leaving Nathan Hale, which he coached to state a title in 2017, for his alma mater Garfield High

Former NBA head coach George Irvine dies at age 69

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George Irvine, who coached nearly 200 games for the Indiana Pacers in the 1980s before working in the front office, has died after battling cancer.

“George Irvine brought me to Indiana and in my mind he was the beginning of NBA basketball with the Pacers in our building process for the years to come,” longtime Pacers executive Donnie Walsh said.

Some dubbed him Magnum G.I. in part because of the thick moustache that reminded fans of Tom Selleck in the hit TV show “Magnum, P.I.” He worked in Indiana’s front office, with Walsh, during the 1990s.

Irvine averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists before suffering a career-ending knee injury.

Washington State extends basketball coach Kent's contract

Washington State extends basketball coach Kent’s contract

“Ernie and I met following the season and had great dialogue regarding the upward trend in our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Bill Moos said it a statement.

Five Huskies picked at NFL Draft

After months of speculation and mock drafts, five key players from the 2016 Washington football team heard their names called at the 2017 NFL Draft. The five selections were the most for the UW since 2001.

Run on Washington DBs highlights 2nd round of NFL draft

The second round of the NFL draft became a showcase for the talent Chris Petersen is building at Washington.

Three defensive backs from the Huskies were taken in the first 11 picks in the second round of the draft on Friday night.

Cornerback Kevin King was taken by Green Bay with the first pick of the second round and No. 33 overall; safety Budda Baker was nabbed by Arizona with the No. 36 overall selection; and injured cornerback Sidney Jones was taken at No. 43 overall by Philadelphia.

Pac-12 players poised to break out in the fall

PHOENIX (AP) — A look at football players in the Pac-12 this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:

The versatile running back was productive while splitting time with Khalfani Muhammad last season and is poised to see a big uptick as the Bears’ featured back this season under new coach Justin Wilcox.

Freeman managed to rush for 945 yards in 11 games despite the injuries last season and the Ducks will be relying on him to help them bounce back from a dismal 4-8 season that led to the firing of coach Mark Helfrich.

The athletic 6-foot-5 receiver had a strong sophomore season, leading the Beavers with 660 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 43 receptions.

Chryst was Stanford’s starting quarterback all last season, but will have competition this fall as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the Sun Bowl.

Barnett added intrigue to the Sun Devils’ quarterback situation when he transferred from Alabama and was ruled eligible for the start of the season by the NCAA.

The Buffaloes lost their all-time leading passer, but figure to still be in good hands with Montez under center.

Montez threw for 1,078 yards and nine TDs in limited action last season and Colorado has a multitude of offensive players back for 2017.

Rosen arrived at UCLA with loads of hype and showed flashes of living up to it before his freshman season was derailed by a shoulder injury.

Darnold did not win the starting job to start the 2016 season, but won the hearts of Trojans fans by leading them to a nine-game winning streak to close the season, including a last-second Rose Bowl win that he helped orchestrate.

Washington and Ohio State announce home-and-home series

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington and Ohio State have announced a two-game home-and-home series beginning in the 2024 season.

Washington and Ohio State are coming off seasons in which they reached the College Football Playoff, with both falling in the national semifinals.

Washington shows offseason progress at spring preview

Head coach Chris Petersen was not afraid to be blunt after the Washington football team’s Spring Preview.