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North Carolina has put its women’s basketball coaching staff on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into “issues raised by student-athletes and others,” the school announced Monday in a news release.
Those suspended are head coach who just concluded her 33rd season leading the Tar Heels, and her three assistant coaches, per The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.
The university did not specify the “issues,” but said a Charlotte, N.C., law firm “will conduct the review and assess the culture of the women’s basketball program and the experience of our student-athletes.”
Hatchell has been the head coach at UNC since 1986 and has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Four appearances — 1994, 2006 and 2007 — and the NCAA championship in 1994.
Hatchell, 67, has a 751-325 record in 33 seasons at North Carolina. She missed the 2013-14 season as she battled leukemia. She spent the first 11 seasons of her career at Francis Marion College in South Carolina, finishing 272-80.
A 2013 enshrinee into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, she is the winningest women’s basketball coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
James won’t play for Team USA
LeBron James has confirmed he will not join Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in China this summer, but he has not ruled out competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
There was speculation that the Lakers superstar might reconsider World Cup participation after Los Angeles missed the NBA postseason, but James told The Athletic he never intended to join coach
“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” said James, whose busy summer schedule includes shooting the film “Space Jam 2.”
James, 34, said playing for Popovich at Tokyo 2020 is “a possibility.”
“It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics,” he told The Athletic.
Kisner vaults 25 spots in golf rankings
Kevin Kisner vaulted 25 spots to No. 25 in the official world golf rankings following his victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.
It is Kisner’s highest ranking since reaching No. 24 following a tie for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April 2018.
(9.5424 average points) remained No. 1 despite failing to get out of the round-robin group stage, but England’s (9.5061) closed the gap in the two-year rating system. Northern Ireland’s rose another spot to No. 3 despite losing to in the Round of 16.
McIlroy passed who also failed to get out of group play. Koepka has a pair of T56s and a missed cut in his past three starts, while McIlroy has seven consecutive top-10s to begin 2019. McIlroy began the year ranked eighth.
is No. 5, followed by
Italy’s and the highest-ranked player to skip the Match Play event.
Former No. 1 continued his free fall, dropping another two spots to No. 32.
In other golf news Monday:
drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the seventh sudden-death playoff hole to defeat
in the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, Miss. Darkness ended play Sunday after their fifth playoff hole. After each parred the sixth, Sutherland’s clutch putt at the seventh gave him his second Champions title and the $240,000 championship check.
University at Buffalo offensive lineman Michael was incorrectly identified in a photo Sunday on page B10.