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NCAA steering away from harsh penalties

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The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship reductions to punish schools for breaking NCAA rules appear to be winding down.

Memphis was placed on three years of probation earlier this week with a public reprimand and fined for NCAA violations related to the recruitment and short college career of James Wiseman, who is about to start his third season with the Golden State Warriors. The NCAA also wrapped up an investigation of Air Force football for breaking the COVID-19 recruiting quiet period.

No postseason bans or scholarship reductions in either case. The Independent Accountability Review Panel, the NCAA's outside arm of enforcement, said in its decision in the Memphis case that it did not want to punish current athletes.

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UK moves scrimmage to aid flood relief

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men's basketball scrimmage in eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

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Former UCLA F-C Hill dies at 22

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jalen Hill, who played basketball at UCLA for three seasons until leaving last year for personal reasons, has died, according to his family and the university. He was 22.

His family posted on Instagram Tuesday that Hill had died after going missing in Costa Rica. No further details were provided.

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2-time champion UCLA G Lee dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) Greg Lee, who helped UCLA to consecutive national championships in 1972 and '73 as a starting guard under coach John Wooden, has died. He was 70.

Lee died at a San Diego hospital on Wednesday from an infection related to an immune disorder, the university said Thursday after being informed by his wife, Lisa.

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EMU's Bates charged with 2 felonies

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich (AP) Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies Monday after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff's office.

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ACC moving headquarters to Charlotte

The Atlantic Coast Conference is relocating its headquarters but remaining in its home state of North Carolina.

The league announced Tuesday it would move its offices from Greensboro - the city where it was founded in 1953 - to downtown Charlotte in 2023. In a news release, the league said it will use the 2022-23 academic year as a transition period for the relocation.

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UConn to pay ex-coach Ollie $3.9M more

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school's agreement with its professor's union.

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Only commish in MWC history to step down

Craig Thompson, the only commissioner the Mountain West Conference has known, is stepping down after nearly 24 years in charge.

The league announced Wednesday that Thompson's last day will be Dec. 31. He was on board when the conference began operations in January 1999.

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Obama to Harvard: Hoops more than me

Former President Barack Obama told the Harvard men's basketball team on Friday that the sport taught him "it wasn't just about me" - a lesson he hoped they would carry with them to other, more consequential, endeavors.

"There is something extraordinary about hitching your wagon to something bigger than yourself," Obama said, according to a recap of the meeting that was provided to The Associated Press.

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Woman arrested outside Calipari's house

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) University of Kentucky police arrested a woman Tuesday for trying to enter the property of men's basketball coach John Calipari.

University spokeswoman Blair Conner said Lexington Police were called to assist university police outside of Calipari's residence Tuesday morning. The woman, who was arrested outside the gate, was charged with trespassing and six counts of theft of credit cards from around the country.

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