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Saturday / April 20.
  • "2014 Under Armour Elite 24"In addition to upcoming official visits to Kansas and Kentucky, Brandon Ingram has a slew of upcoming home visits scheduled.

    The 6-foot-8 2015 forward from Kinston (N.C.) will host North Carolina the morning of Sept. 9, and N.C. State that evening, his father, Donald, told

    On Sept. 10, Kansas coach Bill Self comes in and on Sept. 11, Kentucky coach John Calipari visits.. On Sept. 12, UCLA assistant David Grace will pay a visit. (UCLA head man Steve Alford will come in later.)

    Ingram recently cut his list to six schools — those five and Duke.

    Bryant Crawford, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Washington, D.C. Gonzaga, visited SMU this past weekend and enjoyed it.

    He will trip to Wake Forest and Georgetown over the next two weekends.

    “It was fun, a nice experience,” Crawford told of SMU.

    Like many recruits, Crawford said he enjoyed spending time with Naismith Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

    “[He said I would] just come in as a point guard [and] I would have to earn my spot,” Crawford said. ” “And I enjoy being with him. We had a nice conversation, whether he was telling stories about his former players or different games. Just sitting down and talking with him and eating dinner, he’s a nice guy, fun to be with.”

    It didn’t take Ty Jerome long to pull the trigger for Virginia.

    The 6-foot-3 Iona Prep (N.Y.) point guard verbally committed on Tuesday after visiting the school this past weekend.

    “The place is unreal. The campus, the facilities, the arena are unbelievable. The coaching staff and players are terrific people,” Jerome told after committing.

    “The confidence coach [Tony] Bennett has in me and the way he spoke to me really got to me. He told me what I need to improve and exactly how I need to do it to reach another level. He also showed me exactly how I fit in the system using film and I just feel that I’m not going to find a better place. It’s the perfect fit.”

    MurrayNEW YORK — Coming into this U.S. Open, Andy Murray hadn’t beaten a Top 10-opponent since his historic victory at Wimbledon in 2013.

    And after undergoing back surgery following that championship, he hadn’t played in a tournament final since then, either.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic or No. 2 Roger Federer are just about everybody’s favorites to win the tournament next Monday.

    Yet after taking care of No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4, despite tremendously humid conditions on Labor Day, No. 8 Murray is now through to the quarterfinals and stands just nine sets away from winning his second U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam event.

    Murray will get Djokovic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night in what figures to be a highly anticipated — and lengthy — match. Djokovic leads the all-time series, 12-8.

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