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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The NCAA has squeezed the Orange.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) has been suspended for nine games next season and the Orange were punished for academic, drug and other violations committed primarily by the men's basketball program.

The school was put on probation for five years, and the basketball team must vacate wins in which ineligible players participated. The NCAA says those players competed during five seasons: 2004-2007 and 2010-2012.

The punishment includes financial penalties and the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years. Recruiting restrictions will be enforced for two years. Boeheim's suspension will be applied to ACC games next year.

The school has sent a letter to alumni and financial backers saying it "respectfully disagrees" with some of the NCAA's conclusions and is considering whether to appeal.


UNDATED (AP) -- Wichita State is the highest-ranked men's basketball team in action today, and the eighth-rated Shockers beat Southern Illinois 56-45 in the Missouri Valley quarterfinals. Tekele Cotton scored nine straight points during a 17-3 run that allowed Wichita State to pull away in the first half.

Fred VanVleet had 13 points, four assists and three steals for the 28-3 Shockers.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Kansas forward Cliff Alexander will remain out of action amid questions about his family's relationship with an agent. Coach Bill Self says Alexander was unlikely to play in the ninth-ranked Jayhawks' game against No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Jets were pretty busy today.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Jets have agreed to acquire Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, pending a physical exam. The trade is the first by new Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (muh-KAG'-nahn) and will send the Bears an unspecified draft pick. The trade cannot become official until the NFL's new league year begins next Tuesday.

Marshall amassed 721 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns last season, but his 61 receptions were his fewest since his rookie year.

Also, the Jets are keeping middle linebacker David Harris, who has more than 1,000 tackles in eight seasons with the team. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that it is a three-year, $21.5 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed through the first two years.

In other NFL moves:

-- A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston has agreed to contract changes and will remain with the club next season and save the Saints some salary cap space. Without restructuring, Colston would have cost New Orleans $9.7 million against the cap.

-- The Indianapolis Colts say they will not re-sign wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The 14-year veteran has been part of a club-record 143 wins and ranks second in franchise history with 1,070 receptions, 14,345 yards receiving and 80 touchdown catches. Wayne will become a free agent.

-- Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season. Clausen appeared in four games and made one start for Chicago late last season, throwing for 223 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

-- The Chiefs are bringing back linebacker Josh Mauga on a three-year deal. That's what a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press on Friday. The move to retain Mauga, a pending free agent, came one day after the Chiefs parted ways with veteran linebacker Joe Mays. Mauga will likely start at middle linebacker.


DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche say they will be without Nathan MacKinnon for at least six weeks after the speedy forward broke his foot.

The talented teenager could possibly return to the ice this season if the Avs make the playoffs. Colorado is currently outside of the Western Conference postseason picture.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- James Ward came from two sets down to beat John Isner (IHZ'-nur) 6-7, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6, 15-13 in a Davis Cup match that lasted almost five hours. That gave Britain a 2-0 lead over the United States in the first round.

Earlier, Andy Murray beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.


DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- J.B. Holmes shot a 1-over 73 but still has the lead after two rounds of the Cadillac Championship at Doral. Holmes sits at 9-under par, two shots better than Ryan Moore, who posted a second-round 71.

Adam Scott's 68 has him alone in third place, three off the lead.

Rory McIlroy was one club lighter than at the start of his round. Frustrated by a 3-iron shot into the water on the eighth hole, the world's No. 1 player slung the club some 50 yards into the water. He wound up with a 70 and is eight shots back.


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Alex Cejka (CHAY'-kuh) shot a 5-under 67 to take the lead after two rounds of the Puerto Rico Open. He's in at 7-under for his 36 holes. That's one shot better than Brandon Hagy.


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