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Huskers fire AD for 'on-field' struggles

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) For the second time in 10 years, Nebraska has ousted an athletic director during a football season that was failing to meet expectations.

The school's top administrators said the Cornhuskers' embarrassing loss to Northern Illinois last weekend wasn't the sole reason for firing of Shawn Eichorst on Thursday. But the loss that dropped the Cornhuskers to 1-2 for the second time in three years under coach Mike Riley certainly was the tipping point.

"It's never good to lose to a team that you should (beat). At least that's the theory," President Hank Bounds told The Associated Press. "At the end of the day, one sporting event doesn't cause you to make a decision. It certainly was something we had been thinking about and concerned about when we were thinking about what the future looked like."

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NCAA punishes Pacific for violations

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) The men's basketball team at Pacific has been punished by the NCAA for academic and recruiting violations under former coach Ron Verlin.

The NCAA said Wednesday that Verlin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules to get prospects eligible. He also failed to monitor his coaches and violated NCAA ethics rules when he encouraged others to give false information during the investigation.

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URI assistant arrested for disturbance

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) Police say a University of Rhode Island assistant basketball coach has been arrested at a concert following a disturbance involving team members.

WPRI-TV reports Tyron Boswell faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The university says Boswell has been placed on administrative leave.

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Gamecocks' Felder gets charges dismissed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Assault charges against suspended South Carolina guard Rykym Felder have been dismissed.

Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Felder's charges were dropped by the city prosecutor. Felder had been charged with third-degree assault and battery stemming from a bar fight. It was Felder's second arrest since joining the Gamecocks.

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NCAA checked into Draymond's FaceTime

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) A FaceTime chat a couple years ago involving Draymond Green and a star Michigan State recruit reportedly caught the attention of the NCAA.

The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Green used FaceTime to talk to Miles Bridges from the Golden State locker room after the Warriors won the Western Conference in 2015, and there was a tweet from Bridges with a photo from the conversation. Bridges later signed with the Spartans.

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Villanova's Booth healthy, ready to play

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Phil Booth can live with hitting only Villanova's second-biggest buzzer beater in a national championship game.

Let's throw it back to April 2016 in Houston.

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8 UConn newcomers fight for playing time

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The competition to earn playing time is already in high gear at UConn, where eight newcomers have joined the Huskies.

So far, it's been just pickup games, limited workouts with coaches and on Thursday, their first media session.

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