Thursday, June 21, 2018
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UK has second Drake violation

For a second time, rapper Drake has been part of a mild NCAA rules violation for Kentucky basketball.

Last Oct. 19, UK reported to the NCAA a "Level III violation" involving Drake. The violation involved "preferential treatment" after a Drake concert in Chicago on May 29, 2015.

UK declined comment Friday.

The UK athlete's name is redacted from an open records response. At a party, a member of Drake's management team recognized the player and invited him to meet with Drake. The player and Drake posed for a picture.

Later that night, UK guard Tyler Ulis posted a picture of himself with Drake. Following NCAA procedure, UK declared the player ineligible. Eligibility was restored on Oct. 14, 2015.

The NCAA considers Level III as next-to-least serious violations, "isolated or limited in nature."

In a 2014 Level III violation, after Drake attended Big Blue Madness, he posed for pictures with, among others, UK recruit Charles Matthews.

North Carolina-SYRACUSE: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returns tonight against North Carolina after serving a nine-game suspension. A crowd of more than 26,000 is expected at the Carrier Dome. "I'm already teary about it," Boeheim's wife, Juli, said. "It's going to be pretty amazing." Tar Heels big man Kennedy Meeks is expected to play for the first time in four week (left knee bone bruise).

OBITUARY: Bill Foster, who guided Duke to the 1978 NCAA championship game and won 20 games with four schools (Rutgers, Utah, Duke and South Carolina), died Thursday in Chicago. He was 85. Mr. Foster's pet phrase at Duke was: "Good things cometh to him who waiteth if he worketh like heck while he waiteth." He used wit when his teams weren't playing well. When asked what Northwestern could do to cut down on turnovers during an 0-9 Big Ten start, he responded: "A lot of those mistakes you see on the floor, like when a player kicks the ball, we don't teach them that."

Women: No. 1 UConn wins, visits USF next

HOUSTON — Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams each had 13 points and No. 1 UConn won its 50th straight, 76-37 over Houston. Jefferson had missed one game with a hamstring injury. The Huskies (13-0, 3-0 AAC) visit No. 22 USF at 5 Sunday.

No. 24 DePaul 75, G'town 53: Megan Podkowa had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the host Blue Demons (12-5, 4-0 Big East).

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