* In a sweeping indictment of one of the country's most decorated basketball programs, the NCAA suspended Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine games yesterday and outlined a decade-long series of violations that included improper benefits, academic misconduct and drug-policy failures.
The governing body, saying the school lost control of its athletic department, placed Syracuse on probation for 5 years for breaking with the "most fundamental core values of the NCAA." The basketball team must vacate wins in which ineligible players participated. Those players competed during five seasons: 2004-2007 and 2010-2012.
Boeheim, 70, the second-winningest coach in Division I history, with 966 victories, has coached at Syracuse for 39 years, played at the school, and was an assistant on the last two gold medalist U.S. Olympic teams.
The punishment includes financial penalties and the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for 4 years. Recruiting restrictions will be enforced for 2 years. Boeheim's suspension comprises half the Atlantic Coast Conference season and will be applied next year.
The 4-year investigation also revealed violations by the football program, although most of the violations came in men's basketball.
In anticipation of the report, Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud had already announced a postseason ban for this year for the basketball team. The NCAA accepted the ban, meaning next year's recruits won't be affected.
* Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. is accused of kicking a parking enforcement vehicle prior to his arrest last Saturday on misdemeanor charges of being drunk and disorderly and interfering with police charges.
* Star wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be traded by Chicago Bears to the New York Jets, pending a physical, the Associated Press reported. Marshall, who turns 31 on March 23, has played the last three seasons with the Bears. He dealt with injuries and had 61 catches last season, his lowest total since his rookie year with Denver in 2006, for 721 yards and eight touchdowns. Marshall has 773 career receptions for 1,289 yards and 65 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons.
* Marshawn Lynch plans to re-sign with the Seahawks on a 1-year deal, worth $11 million, ESPN.com reported. The deal calls for a $1 million base salary, a $9 million signing bonus and a $1 million roster bonus. Lynch has rushed for no fewer than 1,200 yards in each of his past four seasons with the Seahawks and was instrumental in their appearance in consecutive Super Bowls.
* The Colts announced that they would part ways standout wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who has been with the team for 14 years. He's second in franchise history in receptions (1,070), yards receiving (14,345), touchdown catches (80) and 100-yard games (43).
* Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston agreed to contract changes to lower his salary-cap hit from $9.7 million and will remain with the club next season, the AP reported, citing a person familiar with the situation.
* J.B. Holmes was 11 shots worse than his record-tying 62 in the opening round, but still held a two-shot lead over Ryan Moore after two rounds of the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. Meanwhile, top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy let his frustrations boil over when he hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 eight hole, then heaved his club into the lake. He is eight shots back.
* Carlota Ciganda and Inbee Park held a two-shot lead over Azahara Munoz after two rounds of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
* Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews ruptured his left Achilles' tendon against Dallas on Thursday night and is out for the season.
* The Jets will be without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien for 2 to 4 weeks
because of an upper-body injury.
* Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss at least 6 weeks with a fractured foot.