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NCAA to appeal ruling over compensation

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The NCAA and major college conferences will appeal a judge's ruling that the governing body violated antitrust laws by limiting education-related benefits to athletes.

In a statement released early Saturday, the said the district court "erred by giving itself authority to micromanage decisions about education-related support" to athletes.

"We believe, and the Supreme Court has recognized, that NCAA member schools and conferences are best positioned to strengthen and revise their rules to better support student-athletes, rather than forcing these issues into continuous litigation," NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said.

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Vols DB George arrested for punching cop

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. has been arrested for allegedly punching a police officer on the side of the head.

The 22-year-old George is facing felony charges of battery on an officer and resisting an officer with violence and misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct, according to police in Miami Beach, Florida. George was arrested just before 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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PSU to get $733K from Sandusky charity

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State will collect hundreds of thousands of dollars left over from the defunct charity for youth founded by convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, settling claims from a threatened civil lawsuit.

The university and the state attorney general's office both confirmed this week that an agreement was reached recently.

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Alabama approves several staff contracts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has approved new contracts for several members of the football staff, including offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Pete Golding.

Sarkisian, who was hired last month, has a three-year contract worth an average of $1.6 million annually. Golding, who was promoted from within the staff, also has a three-year deal. He will be paid $1.1 million this year and $1.2 million in each of the next two years.

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NCAA grants Miami QB Martell eligibility

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Tate Martell practiced with the Miami Hurricanes for the first time on Tuesday.

Hours later, he got his first win.

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RB Jacobs takes part in Alabama pro day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) There was no shortage of NFL executives on hand to watch several Crimson Tide players workout during Alabama's pro day ahead of next month's NFL draft.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was on hand wearing an Alabama pullover as six Alabama players participated in some sort of drills on Tuesday, including projected first-round pick running back Josh Jacobs. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams did not participate. He had a splint on his left pinky, which he broke against Auburn. He will be fine by the NFL draft in April.

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Sun Belt names A-10's Gill commissioner

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Sun Belt Conference has named Atlantic 10 Conference associate commissioner Keith Gill its new commissioner.

The conference said Tuesday Gill will become the first African-American commissioner of a Football Bowl Subdivision conference.

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LSU plans extension, raise for Orgeron

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron is in line for a two-year extension to 2023 and a $500,000 pay raise to $4 million annually, plus incentives, under a proposal drafted by the university's athletic administration.

The proposal is subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Wednesday and was published Monday when the board's agenda was released.

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Michigan DB Hill, WR Collins sidelined

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan is without defensive back Lavert Hill and wide receiver Nico Collins at spring practice after both had unspecified procedures.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday he didn't know if the two players would miss all of spring practice or not. Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is also not participating. Michigan began spring practice Sunday.

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Texas Division II players shot in Miami

MIAMI (AP) Authorities say two Texas A&M University-Commerce football players are recovering in a Florida hospital after being shot during a robbery.

A Miami police statement says the robbery occurred Saturday morning. The school identified the players as redshirt junior linebackers Jay Bias and Xavier Morris.

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