Irish eye 4 football players in academic probe

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Irish eye 4 football players in academic probe

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football players KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore are being held out of practice while the school investigates what it is calling "suspected academic dishonesty."

The school announced Friday it has notified the NCAA about the inquiry. Because of potential violations, the four players can't compete until the conclusion of the investigation and the university honor code process.

The Fighting Irish open the season against Rice on Aug. 30.

The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said during a news conference that no student has been judged responsible for "academic dishonesty."

"Nobody has been dismissed," Jenkins said.

All were expected to be key contributors this season, coach Brian Kelly's fifth at Notre Dame.

"We have great confidence in Brian and his staff," Jenkins said. "They have been nothing but supportive."

Russell, a junior, starts at cornerback. Daniels, a junior, is the team leading returning receiver. Williams, a senior, was expected to be a big part of the defensive line. Moore, a senior, is backup at linebacker.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the players have not been suspended. He said they remain grant-in-aid students and have access to athletic facilities and resources.

Jenkins said evidence students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others was initially detected at the end of the summer session. The case was then referred to the compliance office on July 29.

"If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do. We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said the school would vacate victories if it is determined players have been ineligible during past competition. All four were members of the 2012 team that played for the BCS national championship.

The investigation is the latest in a series for the Irish in the past 15 months involving academics, starting with starting quarterback Everett Golson in May 2013. He was suspended for the fall 2013 semester what he called poor academic judgment.

Jerian Grant, the leading scorer on the basketball team at the time, was suspended in December for the spring semester for an academic violation. Daniels was suspended two weeks later for the spring semester and was recently reinstated.

La Salle tops George Washington behind Jordan Price's big night

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La Salle tops George Washington behind Jordan Price's big night

Jordan Price scored 23 points with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and La Salle defeated George Washington 79-69 on Sunday.

B.J. Johnson had 14 points and Cleon Roberts added 13 for the Explorers (10-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fourth straight.

La Salle, which never trailed, shot 68 percent in the first half, making 6 of 9 threes and 15 of 22 overall, to take a 40-30 lead.

George Washington scored the first six points out of the break and trailed 51-46 with 11:37 to play. Pookie Powell's three and Price's three-point play started an 8-0 surge and 19-3 run that made it 70-49 at the 6:29 mark. Johnson, Price and Powell hit consecutive threes.

The Explorers finished 24 of 44 (61 percent), 11 of 17 from long distance and 14 of 15 from the foul line. It was the first time they shot better than 60 percent since March 20, 2013. Price was 9 of 11 with four threes.

Jair Bolden led the Colonials (9-9, 1-4) with 16 points and Yuta Watanabe and Tyler Cavanaugh had 13 apiece.

College Hoops Wrap: Temple loses to Tulsa in final seconds

College Hoops Wrap: Temple loses to Tulsa in final seconds

No. 3 Villanova captured a nice road win against St. John's despite tough shooting outings from Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full story). St. Joe's struggled with turnovers in a loss to Richmond (see full story). Here's a look at how the rest of the City 6 teams fared on Saturday.

Temple falls to Tulsa in final seconds
Junior Etou scored 15 points, Sterling Taplin hit a runner for the win with three seconds left and Tulsa edged Temple 70-68 despite a career-high 25 points by the Owls' Shizz Alston Jr. on Saturday.

Neither team had a lead larger than eight points, but the Golden Hurricane (9-7, 3-1 American) outscored Temple 11-3 over the final six minutes. Taplin's runner with three seconds to play broke a 68-68 tie and Tulsa held on after Alston's desperation 3-pointer missed as time ran out.

Taplin also had five of his team's eight steals, as Tulsa scored 16 points on 14 Temple turnovers. The Golden Hurricane outscored Temple 32-22 on points in the paint, despite being outrebounded 30-26.

Alston scored his 25 on 10-for-20 shooting with five 3-pointers. Obi Enechionyia added 15 points and Daniel Dingle 14 with eight boards and four assists for Temple (10-9, 1-5).

Drexel earns first CAA win by beating rival Delaware 76-60
Rodney Williams scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Drexel pulled away to defeat archrival Delaware 76-60 on Saturday.

Austin Williams added with 14 points, Miles Overton had 13, and Sammy Mojica finished one point shy of a triple-double with nine points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Dragons (7-11, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association).

Anthony Mosely led all scorers with 18 points for Delaware (7-12, 0-6), which shot only 34 percent overall and 19 percent from 3-point range.

Drexel built an 11-point halftime lead and held a double-figure advantage throughout the second half. Williams scored a dunk and Austin Williams hit a jumper to spark an 8-0 Dragons' run to open the second which gave them a 45-26 lead. It was Drexel's largest lead of the afternoon.

The game was the 155th meeting between the two schools dating back to the 1911-12 season.

Brown clamps down, beats Penn 82-70
Brandon Anderson scored 21 points, Steven Spieth added 20 on 7-of-9 shooting, and Brown got its first Ivy League victory with an 82-70 win over Penn on Saturday night.

Brown (10-8, 1-1) led 36-31 at halftime, but Penn cut it to 62-60 with 7:43 left to play before the Bears' defense clamped down. Penn missed its next seven shots, and JR Hobbie's 3-pointer for the Bears capped an 11-2 run and gave Brown a 73-62 lead with 2:14 left.

Penn (6-8, 0-3) wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way.

The Bears shot 24 of 26 from the free-throw line, including 10-of-11 and 6-of-6 efforts from Anderson and Spieth, respectively.

Matt Howard led the Quakers with 20 points, Darnell Foreman added 19 and AJ Brodeur 12.

Spieth is the younger brother of PGA Tour golfer and two-time major winner Jordan Spieth.