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NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert scratches his forehead as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the NCAA's treatment of athletes. At left is Dr. Richard M. Southall, Associate Professor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. The NCAA faces an awkward challenge when it appeals the Ed O'Bannon ruling. Antitrust attorneys believe the governing body's strongest argument may be attacking the monetary cap imposed by the federal judge in her decision _ a cap many schools would need to keep their sports alive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA broke the law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes. A formal appeal has not yet been submitted, but NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy issued a statement Thursday.


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Football Polls - Pre-Season (Jul. 31 - Aug. 30)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Florida State
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oregon
  • 4. Oklahoma
  • 5. Ohio State
  • 6. Auburn
  • 7. UCLA
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. South Carolina
  • 10. Baylor
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Florida State
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Oregon
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. Ohio State
  • 7. UCLA
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. South Carolina
  • 10. Baylor

Kent State starting center dies at 21 (Yahoo Sports)

In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)

Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call. Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013, and received an award during this year's spring game for ''exemplifying hard work and dedication.'' ''Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing,'' said Joel Nielsen, the school's athletic director.


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Ex Tulsa basketball player Swilling denied waiver (Yahoo Sports)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The NCAA has denied former Tulsa basketball player Patrick Swilling's request for a progress-toward-degree waiver to play football based on academic eligibility.

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Wes Lunt named starting QB at Illinois (Yahoo Sports)

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt talks with reporters at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after learning he will be the starting Illini quarterback. Lunt transferred from Oklahoma State after starting as a freshman but sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. Illinois starts its season Aug. 30 against Youngstown State. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

After outdueling his two competitors, Wes Lunt will be Illinois' starting quarterback. Illini fans have been anticipating Lunt would lead Illinois this season since he transferred from Oklahoma State almost a year and a half ago, even with coach Tim Beckman insisting the starting spot could go to Lunt, senior Reilly O'Toole or sophomore Aaron Bailey.


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Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point (Yahoo Sports)

On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus. The basketball was limited on a day Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. ''To spend a day here is better than any offensive or defensive drill you could have,'' Krzyzewski said. ''It bonds the team together and that's what today was about.'' The team traveled about 90 minutes by bus Monday morning from New York to the upstate campus where Krzyzewski played under Bob Knight and later returned to coach the Black Knights.

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Andrew White III transfers to Nebraska from Kansas (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas guard Andrew White III (3) during the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburg State in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Andrew White III has transferred from Kansas to Nebraska.


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Maryland to guarantee athletic scholarships (Yahoo Sports)

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson pauses during a news conference announcing the 2017 Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament will be held in Washington, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington. Four players have left the Maryland men's basketball program this offseason. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.


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