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DAVIDSON, NC — Stephen Curry shot down another huge trio — one that took 13 years to complete.

The Golden State Warriors point guard was inducted into the Davidson College Hall of Fame, retired his number 30 jersey, and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology after an elaborate solo graduation ceremony on the school’s campus.

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“This is an absolutely amazing day and an amazing moment for me and my family,” Curry said during the 90-minute ceremony. “The best decision I ever made was to go to Davidson College and continue my education, join an amazing community and, most importantly, play the amazing person who made this program what it is in (former Coach Davidson), Coach (Bob) McKillop.”

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Posters were strewn across the Davidson campus congratulating and welcoming Curry back to school, which is located about 25 miles north of Charlotte, where Curry grew up.

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Curry entered the packed arena at the Belk Arena, where he played from 2006 to 2009, wearing a graduation cap and gown, exchanging punches with family, friends, former teammates and current students.

The four-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP turned pro after his junior season at Davidson and only recently completed his final remote studies to complete his degree.

The school intentionally waited for Curry to finish her studies before removing her number.

Once he did, he became the first Davidson athlete in any sport to have his jersey number retired, meaning the number 30 would never be worn by another Wildcats basketball player.

“You have shown determination and perseverance to receive this degree,” Davidson President Doug Hicks said during the ceremony. “It would be so easy, so easy not to graduate from college. However, in response to this idea, you did what you did with 29 other organizations in the NBA – you said: “Good night!”

Curry held back tears as he accepted his degree and, at the urging of the crowd, tossed his cap into the air.

His mother, Sonia Curry, spoke at the ceremony, calling it a “dream come true” to see her son graduate.

“Today you can take a breath and say, ‘Check, it’s done,'” Sonia Curry said. “Today you helped Coach McKillop maintain his 100 percent graduation rate. And you are setting an example for others, young and old, that it is never too late to finish your education.”

Sonia Curry said she initially wanted her son to go to a larger Division I school away from home, but changed her mind after seeing the Wildcats practice.

“I told him that if you want it, I will support you,” she said.

McKillop spoke of Curry’s selflessness, saying he sent cards to Davidson fans, alumni and supporters thanking them after the Warriors selected him seventh overall in 2009.

“How many young people are able to do this?” McKillop said.

Curry concluded his speech by saying “I’m an alumnus, I’m a Davidson alumnus and I’m in the Hall of Fame – and that’s pretty crazy.”

Davidson’s director of athletics, Chris Clooney, called Curry “Davidson’s most outstanding scientist-athlete”, inducting him into the school’s Hall of Fame and retiring his jersey number, which was found on the rafters of the basketball court.

“Every father hopes his child will make their world a better place,” said Steven’s father and former NBA player Dell Curry. “With that said, I am a happy dad because he does it all. … If you want to know how to treat people, look directly at this person.”

Dell Curry added, “And the next Hall of Fame, you know where it’s going to be.”

LEXINGTON, Kentucky. Kentucky will host its annual blue-and-white men’s basketball showdown in Eastern Kentucky to help those affected by the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Appalachian Wireless Arena event in Pikeville will host a pre-game Fan Fest on October 22. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also be involved in community service with local relief organizations.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide temporary shelter through basketball and community involvement.”

The fight is traditionally held at the Rupp Arena. This will come eight days after Big Blue Madness’s public workout at Rupp.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky. Kentucky coach Kira Elsie says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot, 4-year-old mail carrier learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received different opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior coach Courtney Jones said in a press release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elsie said that Herron “is the epitome of a warrior” and everyone is grateful to be on the other side of the player’s operation. Herron is expected to return to campus early next month and continue rehab until she is allowed to return to normal activities.

“Her will and determination to eventually get back on the court is inspiring and it is this attitude towards the game that makes her the perfect fit for our program,” Elsie said in a press release. “We are so excited to have Tionna back in our dressing room; it’s not the same without our whole team.”

Herron moved to Kentucky during the early signing period last fall, is rated a four-star prospect and is among the top 70 players in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Michigan. Emony Bates, a former basketball prodigy who moved to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, has been charged with two felony charges after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

Bates, 18, was unable to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a gun was found during a search, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the car and gun did not belong to Bates.

“I hope people can hold back on judgment and understand that there is a benefit of the doubt,” Haney said. “It was not his car. It wasn’t his gun. … We are still gathering facts.”

Bates was charged with concealed carry and altering the markings on firearms. He was released after his lawyer pleaded not guilty. The next hearing in the Bates case will take place on October 6.

“This is his first run-in with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot Bates moved to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points per game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of the situation with one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to collect more details and will provide additional comments when more information becomes available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the 2020 high school basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year award, defeating Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Last year, Detroit selected Cunningham with the first overall pick, two picks before the Clevelands took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago but later backed out and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, which ended 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed most of the season with a back injury before appearing in two games in the NCAA Tournament in Memphis.

In 2019, as a freshman in high school, the slender and experienced quarterback led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan Division I Player of the Year by the Associated Press. His second season was interrupted by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy in his junior year, his last year of high school.

STORRS, Connecticut. On Thursday, UConn announced that it had agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination lawsuits related to his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to more than $11.1 million in back wages that Ollie has already paid off after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was wrongfully fired under the school’s agreement with the professors’ union.

“I’m grateful that we were able to come to an agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am glad that this issue has now been completely and finally resolved.

Ollie, the former UConn point guard who led the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him on his contract, citing multiple NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on two-year probation, and Ollie was subject to individual sanctioning for violations that the NCAA determined occurred between 2013 and 2018. the purpose of firing Ollie “for a good reason”.

The school argued that Ollie’s misdeeds were serious and that his individual contract superseded these union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers argued that white coaches, including Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Jeno Oriemma, also committed NCAA violations but were not fired, and indicated that they planned to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday that they are negotiating “to avoid further costly and protracted…


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