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Sports in brief: Oregon football gets 3 years of probation


Oregon Ducks NCAA's harsh penalties

The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the football program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties such as a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and the players.

The NCAA's committee on infractions released a report Wednesday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his recruiting service.

Kelly was hit with an 18-month show-cause order, which requires schools to go before the infractions committee should they wish to hire him. That seems unlikely now that he is coach of the NFL's Eagles.

The program he left behind faces three years of scholarship reductions, starting last year and extending through 2014-15. It also faces reductions in paid visits and evaluation days but avoided some of the harsher penalties given to other programs in recent years.

"I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties," Kelly said in a statement. "As I have I stated before, the NCAA investigation and subsequent ruling had no impact on my decision to leave Oregon for Philadelphia."

The NCAA had been looking into the program for more than two years after learning Oregon paid $25,000 to Lyles and his service.

Big East: Val Ackerman, the first WNBA president, was named the first commissioner of the revamped Big East and said expansion is not on the horizon. "Right now we love 10 (teams)," Ackerman, 53, said. "We have no immediate plans to go beyond it. We have so much on our plate."


Lochte, Franklin double title haul

Former Gator Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two titles at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis.

They each won the 200 freestyle (Lochte, 1 minute, 45.97 seconds; Franklin 1:55.63), then returned less than 90 minutes later and each won the 200 backstroke (Lochte, 1:55.16; Franklin, 2:05.68, best in the world this year).

Phelps return? Michael Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, said he and the 18-time Olympic gold medal winner "have talked vaguely about what he could do" if the 27-year-old decided to come out of retirement for a bid to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.


Greyhounds: Kiowa Kay Dan and Mw's Alfa won semifinals to advance to the St. Petersburg Derby on Saturday night at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Other finalists: Budz Crosby, Deco Ella Lee, Flying Ignatius, Idyllic Ida, T's Hanky Panky and Tmc's Roxslide.

NFL: The Browns released Ausar Walcott, 23, a rookie linebacker who was charged with attempted murder, accused of punching a man in the head outside a club in Passaic, N.J.

Soccer: Host Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1 to reach the Confederations Cup final as antigovernment protesters clashed with police near the stadium. Brazil plays today's Spain-Italy winner Sunday.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief: Oregon football gets 3 years of probation 06/26/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:47pm]
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