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College basketball: NCAA declares Kentucky Wildcats star ineligible

College basketball

NCAA won't let Kentucky star play

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky C Enes Kanter was ruled ineligible for the second time Friday. The NCAA upheld its earlier decision that determined the 6-foot-11 freshman received more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for a Turkish pro team two years ago.

The school acknowledged Kanter, projected as a top-10 pick in the draft, took the money in 2008-09. Coach John Calipari said about $20,000 went toward education. But the NCAA considers a player who receives money above necessary expenses a pro.

Said Calipari: "We … find it unfortunate that a group of adults would come to such a decision regarding the future of an 18-year-old young man.

Ex-Wolverine to jail: Rumeal Robinson, whose two free throws with three seconds left won the 1989 national title for Michigan, was sentenced to 6½ years in prison for financial fraud. Prosecutors say he borrowed more than $700,000 from a bank in Iowa, claiming it was for a business but buying a condominium, cars and furniture and investing in an energy company.

Et Cetera

Skiing: American Andrew Weibrecht, who took bronze in the Super G at the 2010 Olympics, is out for the season and will have right shoulder surgery. Weibrecht, 24, dislocated it during a practice run two weeks ago in Hinterreit, Austria.

Horses: Mother Ruth beat Gilded Gem by a half-length at the $81,150 Kalookan Queen Handicap, giving trainer Bob Baffert his ninth win in the first nine days of Santa Anita's winter/spring meet in Arcadia, Calif.

Times wires

Soccer

Player allegedly faked his own kidnapping

Rio police say Somalia, a midfielder for Brazil's Botafogo, faces charges for lying about being abducted to avoid a fine for being late to practice. Police say video from a camera in his building shows him entering about 4 a.m. Wednesday and leaving five hours later. He told police he was kidnapped at 7:15 a.m.

Obituary: Uche Okafor, a defender on Nigeria's World Cup teams in 1994 and 1998 and star in MLS for Kansas City from 1996 to 2000, committed suicide at his home in the Dallas suburb of Little Elm. He was 43.

Tennis

Davydenko cruises past ailing Nadal

Nikolay Davydenko beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 in the Qatar Open semis. Nadal had a fever this week and called for medical assistance before the second set. Davydenko faces Roger Federer, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

Hong Kong Classic: Venus Williams lost to Li Na 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at the exhibition. She lost both matches at the event, her first since September because of a sprained left knee and her only warmup before the Australian Open. "I felt very positive about my game," Williams said.

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