In a sweeping indictment of one of the country's most decorated basketball programs, the NCAA suspended Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine games Friday and outlined a decade-long series of violations that included improper benefits, academic misconduct and drug-policy failures. The governing body, saying the school lost control of its athletic department, placed Syracuse on probation for five years for breaking with the ''most fundamental core values of the NCAA.'' The basketball team must vacate wins in which ineligible players participated. Boeheim, the second-winningest coach in Division I history with 966 victories, has coached at Syracuse for 39 years, having played at the school as well. The punishment includes financial penalties and the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years.
Brandon Marshall is on the move, heading from the Chicago Bears to the New York Jets. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Jets agreed to acquire the star wide receiver on Friday, pending a physical exam. The trade, the first by new Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, is for an unspecified draft pick, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the deal. The trade cannot become official until the NFL's new league year begins next Tuesday.
Indianapolis gave Reggie Wayne the answer he didn't want to hear. Calling it a sad day, team owner Jim Irsay announced Friday that the Colts would part ways with one of the greatest receivers in franchise history. Wayne will become an unrestricted free agent next week. Despite having one of the most storied careers in franchise history, the 36-year-old Wayne was slowing down.
The folks in the Rangers front office would be forgiven for feeling a little bit uneasy these days. Three-time All-Star Yu Darvish was headed for an MRI exam Friday after leaving his spring training debut the previous day with tightness in his right triceps. Darvish experienced the pain while warming up in the bullpen and it did not go away over the course of 12 pitches. ''We had a rough season last year in terms of injuries, but there's no sentiment of 'here we go again,''' assistant general manager Thad Levine said.
New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston has agreed to contract changes and will remain with the club next season, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not publicly discussed Colston's contract. Colston's contract changes will lower how much his salary counts against the 2015 salary cap. Without restructuring, Colston would have cost New Orleans $9.7 million against the cap.
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...