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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men's basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics' governing body was in violation of the nation's antitrust laws. 

"The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools," Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA's defense "do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means".

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing sports.

One thing about the fund is that it covers men and women who played multiple contact sports, including football, soccer, and hockey. 

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

"I wouldn't say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks," Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said Tuesday. "It's changed college sports forever."

He also said that stricter rules should help ensure the viability of football by calming the fears of parents who are currently inclined to not let their kids play.

"Changes were necessary to preserve the talent well of kids that feeds the game of football," he said. "Absent these kinds of changes, the sport will die."

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron's dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.

Bowlsby said Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the field during Kansas' home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.

The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, "she is just a darned good official."

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Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- During his annual state of the league address at the Big 12 media day, commissioner Bob Bowlsby proclaimed Monday that "cheating pays" in intercollegiate athletics.

"Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn't had a hearing in almost a year," said Bowlsby. "It's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."

Bowlsby continued by saying he does not believe cheating is a widespread epidemic, but that he fears for the future of the NCAA and its student-athletes.

"We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits," explained the commissioner. "I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated."

While slamming college sports' governing body, Bowlsby did come to the defense of the collegiate model, saying that he was against the unionization of student-athletes.

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Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) --  Florida guard DeVon Walker is expected to miss all of next season with a knee injury.

The Junior tore his right ACL last Friday. 

Walker played in 35 games for the Gators last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in just over 12 minutes per game. 

Despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes, Walker was fourth on the team in blocked shots, with 13, and in three-pointers made, with 19. 

Walker's role was expected to increase this next year with fellow guard Scottie Wilbekin having graduated.

With Walker sidelined, former Rutgers guard Eli Carter and freshmen Chris Chiozza and Brandone Francis all could see more playing time for the Gators in 2014-15.

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Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

"Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct."

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Vanderbilt, Texas Tech Reach College World Series

Vanderbilt, Texas Tech Reach College World Series

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just three tickets to Omaha remain after both Vanderbilt and Texas Tech booked their trips to the College World Series on Sunday.

Vanderbilt, which had lost six of its last 11 games heading into the tournament, got some big moments out of a pair of rookies to win their Super Regional. Freshman Hayden Stone pitched six innings of three-hit ball as the Commodores defeated Stanford 12-5 on Sunday to clinch a World Series berth. Freshman All-American Bryan Reynolds went 8-for-12 in the three-game set with the Cardinal, helping Vandy reach just their second ever College World Series and first since 2011.

Vince Conde and John Norwood each drove in a pair as the Commodores scored six combined runs in the seventh and eight innings to pull away late.

Meanwhile, the Red Raiders used a completely different method to earn their spot in the final eight: pitching. Over the course of two games, Texas Tech allowed no runs to the College of Charleston, capping the series with a 1-0 win on Sunday. It is the first time in program history that the Red Raiders are going to Omaha.

Dylan Dusek pitched five-plus innings of shutout baseball, making it his fourth straight start without giving up a run. Three other pitchers combined to finish out the shutout while Adam Krisch doubled home the lone run in the fourth.

Texas, Louisville, and UC Irvine have all advanced to College World Series as well. Louisiana-Lafayette takes on Ole Miss, Maryland faces Virginia and Pepperdine battles Texas Christian University in a trio of do-or-die games to round out the final field on Monday night.

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Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Craig Jones/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rashad McCants, a junior on North Carolina's 2005 national championship men's basketball team, says that he barely went to class and tutors wrote his papers so he would remain academically eligible.

McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that he made the dean's list in the spring of 2005 without ever attending one of the four classes in which he received A's. The second-leading scorer on the '05 title team further accused Tarheels head coach Roy Williams of knowing about such "paper classes". Those so-called classes were part of the African-American Studies Program at UNC.

The allegations come just a couple of years after the Raleigh News & Observer began reporting about widespread academic fraud on the North Carolina campus. An investigation published in 2012 found that 15 members of the national championship basketball team accounted for enrollments in the courses.

An independent investigation by the university found 54 classes in African and Afro-American Studies were "irregularly" or "aberrantly" taught from 2007 to 2011. While the NCAA sanctioned the Tarheel football team for improper benefits and academic misconduct, the athletic department as a whole was largely unpunished.

Although McCants claims that it was the norm for tutors to write papers on behalf of student-athletes, members of the UNC athletic department have painted other pictures. 

"I have gotten to know some of Mr. McCants' teammates, and I know that claims about their academic experience have affected them deeply," said UNC's athletic director Bubba Cunningham in a statement to "Outside the Lines". "They are adamant that they had a different experience at UNC-Chapel Hill than has been portrayed by Mr. McCants and others."

"With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad [McCants] has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me," said men's basketball coach Roy Williams in a statement released on Friday. "I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me."

A copy of McCants' unofficial transcript shows that he obtained 10 A's and six B's in African-American classes, but received six C's, one D and three F's in non-African-American Studies courses.

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TCU Wins Second Longest Game in NCAA Tournament History

TCU Wins Second Longest Game in NCAA Tournament History

Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- For the second straight night, the TCU Horned Frogs won an extra inning game in the NCAA Regionals. However, this one was twice as long as the previous contest. TCU knocked off Sam Houston State in 22 innings just one day after walking off against Siena in 11 innings on Friday.

A combined 594 pitches were thrown by 13 different pitchers in the game. It is just the second longest game in NCAA Baseball Tournament history behind Texas' 3-2 win over Boston College in 25 innings back in 2009. It is also tied for the third-longest game overall in Division I history.

Boomer White played the hero once again for the Horned Frogs, driving in a run in the top of the 22nd inning to give TCU a 3-2 win. That came one game after hitting a walkoff RBI single in the 11th to defeat the Saints. 

The Bearkats thought they had a walk-off win of their own in the 21st inning when Luke Plucheck's slide broke up a double-play that scored a run. However, Plucheck was called for interference and the inning came to a close. That opened the door for TCU as Keaton Jones walked to begin the 22nd and eventually scored three batters later.

TCU (44-15) is the No. 7 seed in the national tournament and can win their fourth regional title in six years with another win. Sam Houston State (42-18) will take on Siena in an elimination game on Sunday, the winner will face the Horned Frogs later in the day.

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Duke Wins Second Straight Men’s Lacrosse Title

Duke Wins Second Straight Men’s Lacrosse Title

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, Md.) -- The Duke men's lacrosse team captured its second consecutive national championship on Monday, holding off Notre Dame, 11-9, at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. It was the third national title in the last five seasons for the Blue Devils.

The top-seed in the tournament, Duke held the Fighting Irish scoreless in the first period and led 5-1 at halftime. Kyle Keenan added another goal 17 seconds into the third to make it a five-goal lead before Notre Dame finally got back on the board.

Two more goals from the Blue Devils made it a 7-2 contest and seemingly put the game out of reach. However, the Irish rallied to score six of the next eight goals and trailed 9-8 with five minutes to play in regulation. Keenan notched his second goal of the game to give Duke a little breathing room but Sergio Perkovic scored for Notre Dame with 49 seconds left, again making it a one-goal game. 

Duke won the ensuing face-off and Jordan Wolff eventually sealed it with just 23 seconds left, scoring on an empty net. Perkovic had five goals for the Irish while four Blue Devils each scored a pair of goals.

It was a very special Memorial Day for redshirt senior Casey Carroll. The final member of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team, which was forced to give up a season due to sexual assault charges that later were proven false, Carroll graduated in 2007 and enlisted in the United States Army. He was in Afghanistan watching when the Blue Devils won their first national championship in 2010.

After serving four tours of duty as an Army Ranger, the 29-year old enrolled in Duke's graduated program and rejoined the lacrosse team. He was granted an extra year of eligibility due to the season he was forced to give up and later given a medical redshirt when he tore his ACL, missing last year's title run.

"It's hard to deny that this is a pretty incredible one, for sure," said Carroll after the win. "I'm so grateful for the men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice, to my family who have supported me in this crazy adventure. For my coaches and teammates, I was just riding their coattails all season."

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Harrison Twins to Return to Kentucky

Harrison Twins to Return to KentuckyMitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Not one, but both Harrison twins announced Friday that they are returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season. Coming off a loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament final, both Andrew and Aaron Harri...

Ogwumike Selected No. 1 in WNBA Draft

Ogwumike Selected No. 1 in WNBA DraftJustin Edmonds/Getty Images(UNCASVILLE, Conn.) -- The Connecticut Sun selected Chiney Ogwumike with the No. 1 overall selection in the WNBA Draft on Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Ogwumike becomes the second Stanford Cardinal taken with the top pic...

Kevin Ware Transferring to Georgia State

Kevin Ware Transferring to Georgia StateAndy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is moving closer to home. The 6-foot-2 guard confirmed to ESPN that he will transfer to Georgia State, a plus for him since his family lives in Georgia.  He will seek a ...

Joel Embiid Declares for NBA Draft

Joel Embiid Declares for NBA DraftCooper Neill/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The Kansas Jayhawks have now lost two star freshman to the NBA. On Wednesday, Joel Embiid declared for the NBA draft joining teammate Andrew Wiggins as rookies who will be leaving college after one season. "...

UConn Wins Record 9th NCAA Championship

UConn Wins Record 9th NCAA ChampionshipAndy Lyons/Getty Images Sport (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) --  Once again, Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies stand alone atop the world of women's college basketball. In the first NCAA basketball championship game featuring two undefeated teams, the...

Marcus Smart to Enter NBA Draft

Marcus Smart to Enter NBA DraftCooper Neill/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Marcus Smart returned to Oklahoma State for his sophomore year with the goal of improving his draft stock. After a tumultuous second season, the guard has declared for the NBA draft. "I had a great season he...

Despite Degree Flap, Manhattan to Retain Masiello as Coach

Despite Degree Flap, Manhattan to Retain Masiello as CoachKevin C. Cox/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Manhattan College will keep Steve Masiello as its head men's basketball coach -- if he completes his undergraduate degree. Until then, Masiello will be placed on unpaid leave while associate head coach Matt ...

Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, Napier Named MOP

Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, Napier Named MOPJamie Squire/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Completing one of the more memorable NCAA Tournament runs in recent history, the seventh-seeded Connecticut Huskies defeated eighth-seeded Kentucky 60-54 on Monday night to win the national championship. I...

Minnesota Wins NIT Championship

Minnesota Wins NIT ChampionshipMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In 2013, Rick Pitino hoisted the NCAA Championship trophy with his Louisville Cardinals. On Thursday, he watched his son, Richard, hoist up the NIT title after leading Minnesota to a 65-63 win over Southern Methodis...

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