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UNC questions NCAA jurisdiction in probe

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case.

In a 102-page response to a third set of NCAA charges, North Carolina on Thursday once again challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction to pursue charges for issues the school states "are academic in nature" and "lie beyond the reach of the bylaws belatedly invoked" by the NCAA. The school's argument mirrors the position it took last August to a previous NCAA Notice of Allegations.

"The fundamental issue in our case is that the NCAA bylaws cover athletics matters, not how academics are managed," athletic director Bubba Cunningham said on a conference call following the release of UNC's response. "Our reply to each allegation is based on the NCAA's constitution and member-adopted bylaws. We expect the committee on infractions to consistently apply these bylaws as the case moves forward."


2 avoid indictments in Louisville case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A Kentucky grand jury declined to indict an escort and former Louisville men's basketball staffer in a sex scandal that engulfed the program.

The Jefferson County grand jury decided Thursday there wasn't enough evidence for charges of prostitution and unlawful transactions with a minor against Katina Powell and Andre McGee.


Valpo to join Missouri Valley Conference

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Valparaiso is officially the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Indiana college accepted the league's invitation on Thursday and will join on July 1. The Crusaders have been part of the Horizon League since 2007.


UK-WVU, A&M-KU in Big 12/SEC Challenge

Kentucky will travel to West Virginia and Kansas will host Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The field for the annual event was announced Thursday, with all 10 games played on Jan. 27.


Purdue's Swanigan will stay in draft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Big Ten player of the year Caleb Swanigan has decided to stay in this year's NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore will become the first Purdue player to leave school early since Glenn Robinson was taken No. 1 overall in 1994.


Diallo to return to play for Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky freshman guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school to begin playing with the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-5 New York native enrolled in January but didn't play in order to learn the college game and focus on school with the intention of playing next season. Diallo entered the NBA draft last month and participated in the recent combine, but said in a statement early Thursday that "it's in my best interests to return to school. ... I can't wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time."


Josh Jackson pleads guilty in car wreck

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Former University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor traffic violation for backing into a car and driving away.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Jackson entered his plea Tuesday in Lawrence Municipal Court to striking an unattended vehicle. Two other charges, inattentive driving and improper backing, were dismissed.

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