Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006

Oilers game goes late

The Peninsula Oilers’ games against the Crestwood Panthers of Illinois at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., had not started on Thursday night as the Clarion went to press. There will be a report on the game in Sunday’s paper.

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NCAA to begin tougher penalties in 2007-08 for long-term academic problems

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA approved a way to identify teams with long-term academic problems and will begin assessing penalties starting in 2007-08, including postseason bans and the loss of scholarships.

The new system, unanimously approved by the Division I board of directors over two days of meetings here that ended Thursday, examines graduation rates over rolling four-year periods for individual teams.

Programs that don’t make the grade will get warning letters next spring; the penalties will begin the year after that. Between 60 and 120 Division I teams are could be below the cutoff, NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon said.

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