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Cap limit gives NCAA strong issue for appeal

– The NCAA’s best argument against the Ed O’Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken – the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.

Less than two weeks after the court decision opened the door for college athletes to receive a small portion of the millions of dollars they help generate, several attorneys told The Associated Press they believe the NCAA should now attack that cap. Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA violated antitrust law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes.

She said schools should be allowed to put up to $5,000 per year of competition into a trust fund for football players and men’s basketball players, money that could be collected once they are finished with school.


Jayhawks guard jumps to Nebraska

Guard Andrew White III transferred from Kansas to Nebraska. Nebraska coach Tim Miles said that White would join his program after playing two seasons for the Jayhawks. He picked the Cornhuskers over Maryland, Richmond, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Miami and Florida State.

Around the NBA

In Minneapolis, Hennepin County authorities dropped a felony domestic assault charge against free-agent forward Dante Cunningham, who was charged in April for allegedly choking his then-girlfriend. Cunningham spent the last two seasons with the Timberwolves. … Toronto signed Jordan Hamilton, a swingman who played last season with Denver and Houston.


Hardy expected in court Friday

Former Indiana wide receiver James Hardy is due in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing stemming from a May 4 arrest. Hardy, an Elmhurst graduate, was arrested and charged with resisting an executive officer after an altercation with LAPD officers who responded to complaints of a disturbance. Hardy, 28, and one officer were transported to a hospital after the incident and released, according to the LAPD.

MAC gets 13-year deal with ESPN

The Mid-American Conference agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league’s football games through the 2026-27 season.

Michigan boots wide receiver

Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York, who is facing assault charges, was dismissed from the team. Online court records showed York was charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery. The charges are all misdemeanors and are related to a July 18 incident.

Sooners suspend running back

Oklahoma suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault.


Palmer receives pacemaker

In Pittsburgh, Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat. According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital for observation. He is expected to be released today.


Blackhawks sign goalie for depth

Chicago signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Buffalo to host NHL combine

The NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine will be held in Buffalo the next two seasons. The combine had been held outside Toronto, inside a convention center that provided no on-ice testing and little room for fans.


Local team 2nd in Indy tourney

A local tennis team in the 3.5 18-and-over division finished second at the five-team Midwest Section Championships in Indianapolis. The team defeated state champions from Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio before losing 3-2 to Michigan, which heads to the national championships. On the team were Martha Zurcher, Deb Bunt, Laura Rao, Brittany Barger, Diana Reed, Mindy Craig, Vicki Welch, Megan Wilson, Elaine Kuizon Smith, Jennifer Adams, Anne Schenkel, Kathy Markley, Audra Zitlaw and Debbie Wildrick.