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NCAA charges UConn men's

program with eight violations

The NCAA has accused the storied men's basketball program at the University of Connecticut of eight major rules violations, saying coach Jim Calhoun didn't do enough to monitor his assistants. The school released its notice of allegation letter Friday following a 15-month investigation into the recruiting of former player Nate Miles. The alleged violations include improper phone calls and text messages to recruits, giving recruits improper benefits and improperly distributing free tickets to high school coaches and others. Calhoun was cited for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

"It's not exactly, certainly anywhere near the high point of my career, as a matter of fact it's certainly one of the lowest points at any time that you are accused of doing something," said Calhoun, who has led the Huskies since 1986 and twice guided them to national championships. "It's a very serious matter."


Phil misses cut, shot at No. 1

Phil Mickelson would have overtaken Tiger Woods for the No. 1 spot in the world ranking with a win at Colonial this week. Lefty instead missed the cut Friday at 4 over despite two days of ideal scoring conditions. Bryce Molder shot a career-best 8-under 62 and leads after two rounds at 13 under. That's good for a one-stroke lead over first-round co-leader Jason Bohn and two strokes better than Kris Blanks and Brian Davis.

Couples leads Senior PGA

Fred Couples took the lead in the Senior PGA Championship at the Colorado Golf Club, shooting a 4-under 68, putting him at 7 under after 36 holes. Tom Kite is a stroke back after a 69. Tom Lehman (71) is two strokes behind, and Lu Chief-soon (70) and Jay Don Blake (69) are tied for fourth, three shots back. Deepdale Golf Club pro Darrell Kestner did not make the cut.


Seattle waives RB White

The Seahawks have waived running back LenDale White just weeks after the splashy draft-day trade that brought him to Seattle from Tennessee. General manager John Schneider said that "it became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks." He did not elaborate. NFL Network, citing unnamed sources, reported Friday that White was "likely" facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. "We have not announced any such suspension," league spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press on Friday night. "I have no other information on it." Issues with weight, work ethic and the emergence last season of Chris Johnson cost White his job with the Titans.

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