Friday, April 20, 2018
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Colleges

UNC faces another academic charge

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After waiting eight months to find out how the NCAA would revise its list of charges tied to the North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal, the school is in a similar position to what it was before. UNC still faces five serious charges that include lack of institutional control.

The NCAA added a charge that the school failed to sufficiently monitor its academic support program for athletes in a notice of allegations released by the school Monday. But the NCAA removed a charge of athletes receiving improper benefits related to problematic courses in the African and Afro-American Studies department from 2002-11. No coaches were cited, but all charges are potential top-level counts.

Basketball: Former Memphis guard Avery Woodson will transfer to Butler, Bulldogs coach Chris Holtmann announced. Woodson will graduate this year and be immediately eligible.

Obituary: Anthony "Zippy" Morocco, Georgia's first basketball All-American and a football return specialist, committed suicide Sunday after suffering from cancer and depression, his son Chris said. He was 86.

Golf

Woods return closer?

Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion who hasn't played since last year after two back surgeries, registered for this year's U.S. Open on April 4, well ahead of Wednesday's deadline, Golfweek reported. Woods is preparing to play a couple of events before then, the Golf Channel has reported.

Schwartzel out of Games: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa dropped said he won't play in this summer's Olympics, making him the fourth major champion in two weeks to do so.

Soccer

Leicester gets help

Leicester is one victory from becoming one of the unlikeliest champions in English history after second-place host Tottenham settled for a 1-1 tie against West Bromwich Albion. Leicester, a 5,000-to-1 betting pick in the preseason, has a seven-point lead with three games left.

Lloyd out: U.S. women's team star Carli Lloyd is out 3-6 weeks with a sprained right knee, the NWSL's Houston Dash announced. Lloyd was named FIFA world player of the year after her hat trick in last year's 5-2 World Cup final win over Japan. She's expected to return in time for this year's Olympics.

Italy: Juventus clinched its fifth straight title with three matches left after second-place Napoli lost 1-0 at Roma. Juventus is 24-0-1 in league play since October.

Et cetera

Horses: Racers Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen were elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Induction is Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. … The Breeders' Cup will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in 2018. The event was last held there in 2011.

Autos: NASCAR added mandatory fines and other penalties for teams caught without five lug nuts on each wheel. The move comes less than a week after three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart urged action — and NASCAR fined him $35,000.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal sued a former French minister who accused him of doping. Roselyne Bachelot made her remarks last month on French television.

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