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Ollie, UConn complete 3.4-mile Husky run

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn coach Kevin Ollie put a new twist on the annual road race that marks the end of his team's preseason conditioning, and the unofficial start of a new basketball campaign.

The 41-year-old former NBA guard laced up his own running shoes Wednesday and ran the 3.4 mile course with his team and some of its fans in the pouring rain. He finished the Husky Run in 21 minutes, 25 seconds, behind just two of his players.

"He set the tone to let us know that we're going to be working extremely hard this year for the fans and to produce," said guard Ryan Boatright.

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2 Cyclones suspended 3 games for DUIs

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader will serve three-game suspensions for offseason drunken-driving arrests.

Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg says Thomas and Nader will each miss an exhibition contest and games against Oakland and Georgia State.

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2 hurt SDSU freshmen unlikely for opener

SAN DIEGO (AP) Half of San Diego State's touted freshman class is expected to be sitting on the bench when the basketball season opens Nov. 14.

Zylan Cheatham, a 6-foot-7 forward, might not be ready to play until around Jan. 1 after having surgery on a broken foot, coach Steve Fisher said Tuesday.

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UCLA increasing premium student seating

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA is increasing by nearly a quarter the number of student seats in the lower bowl of Pauley Pavilion for men's basketball games this season.

The plan announced Monday calls for student seating on the south sideline to run the entire length of the floor over five sections, while on the west baseline three entire sections will be for students only, including the band. A section in the upper level will remain student seating.

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Gamecocks guarantee 4-year scholarships

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina will guarantee four-year scholarships to its qualifying NCAA sports.

The school sent out letters to its 383 athletes Thursday, 121 of whom will receive the full four-year guarantee when renewing their scholarships. Those athletes are in what the NCAA calls "headcount" sports of football, men's and women's basketball, women's tennis and volleyball where each player receives a full scholarship.

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Stanford rewards Dawkins with extension

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Johnny Dawkins made a point last season not to fret about his future and just coach Stanford back into a winner and an NCAA tournament team.

The rest took care of itself, and Dawkins was rewarded Wednesday with a contract extension for his impressive NCAA run this year and overall strides as Cardinal coach.

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Miami F Cruz-Uceda to miss half a season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes basketball newcomer Ivan Cruz Uceda will be ineligible for the first half of the season due to an NCAA rule requiring enrollment one year after high school graduation.

The Hurricanes said Wednesday that Cruz Uceda, a forward, will be able to practice while he's ineligible. He'll be available to play for the first time against Duke on Jan. 13.

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Ex-Terp Mitchell can play for Ga. Tech

ATLANTA (AP) Former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell will be able to play for Georgia Tech this season.

The Yellow Jackets said Tuesday the NCAA granted Mitchell's waiver to transfer without sitting out a season. He wanted to be closer to his family in the Atlanta area, especially his ailing grandmother.

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Retired Connecticut AD Toner dies at 91

STORRS, Conn. (AP) John Toner, athletic director emeritus who is credited with building the University of Connecticut into a basketball power and hiring its two best-known coaches, has died. He was 91.

UConn announced that Toner died Tuesday morning in Savannah, Georgia, where he had lived in retirement. The university said a private family memorial is being planned.

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2 Hoosiers enter diversion programs

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana basketball players Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Stanford Robinson have entered pretrial diversion programs after being charged in April with consumption of an alcoholic beverage by a minor and possession of false identification.

Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said Monday the two signed up for the program last week. He said they were eligible to sign up for the program when they were cited April 25 but did not do so immediately.

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