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03/13/2012 - 10:00pm
Syracuse star Melo ineligible for NCAAs

Syracuse declared center Feb Melo ineligible for the NCAA tournament Tuesday due to an unexplained eligibility issue.

Coach Jim Boeheim offered little to an Associated Press reporter as he left the bus in front of the team hotel in Pittsburgh, where the East top seed Orange (31-2) play 16th-seeded North Carolina-Asheville Thursday.

"All we can do is be ready to play with the guys we have," Boeheim said, adding, "That's all we can do. There are injuries, things happen during a season. We'll be ready to play and we'll go play."

Melo, who hails from Brazil, was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while racking up 88 blocks. He missed three games earlier in the season due to academic issues, and the Orange lost one of those games (at Notre Dame).

This is the third major controversy for Syracuse this season. Last week, the school revealed that it had self-reported possible...

03/13/2012 - 9:33pm
Williams leads UMass to 2OT win in NIT

Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams scored 28 points and UMass opened play in the NIT with a 101-96 double-overtime victory over Mississippi State Tuesday night in Starkville, Miss.

Senior forward Sean Carter added 20 points for the Minutemen (23-11), who advance to play Seton Hall in Round 2.

Arnett Moultrie scored 34 points for the Bulldogs (21-12).

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03/13/2012 - 8:19pm
Patriots re-sign LB Koutouvides

The Patriots have re-signed free agent linebacker Niko Koutouvides. According to NFLPA records, Koutouvides has inked a one-year deal worth $825,000. The 30-year-old linebacker out of Purdue was mainly used as a special teamer with New England over the course of the 2011 season, his first with the Patriots and his eighth in the league. The news was first reported by ESPN.

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03/13/2012 - 12:55pm
Source: Pats extend ERFA tender to Love

The Patriots have officially extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to defensive tackle Kyle Love, per a league source. Love, the only exclusive rights free agent on the New England roster, would receive a base salary of $540,000 for 2012, presuming he signs the offer. Love, 25, just completed his second year with the Patriots -- the Mississippi State product finished the 2011 season with 13 starts, 33 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks.

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03/13/2012 - 11:33am
Shanahan on D&C: I don't hate Bruins
By: DJ Bean

NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan joined Dennis and Callahan Tuesday morning, discussing all things NHL and the job he has done in his first season on the job. Shanahan took over for Colin Campbell (father of Bruins forward Gregory Campbell) on June 1. 

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was not suspended or fined for his hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk Sunday. Shanahan explained the ruling on the hit, which was called boarding on ice. 

"Boychuk's shoulder is exposed, so it's a green light, good time to hit, and just as the contact is about to be made Boychuk reverses the puck and turns his back," he said. "It's the same with [David] Krejci and Mark Stuart back in December. It was the same a while back when Zach Bogasian of Winnipeg hit Pierre Marc Bouchard of Minnesota, broke his nose and unfortunately there was a concussion, but we felt this was something we have to be consistent on."

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