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No charges over alleged KU dorm assault

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Sexual assault charges won't be filed over a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped in December 2016 in the dorm that houses the Kansas men's basketball team, the local prosecutor announced Friday.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson's office released a statement saying it does not have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sexual assault occurred. Branson's office called its seven-month review of reports, evidence and witnesses' statements "exhaustive."

"Furthermore, no suspect for an alleged sexual assault was developed through the investigation," the statement said.


N. Colorado placed on 3 years' probation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA placed the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball program on three years' probation among other sanctions Friday after finding academic fraud and recruiting violations by ex-coach B.J. Hill and some of his assistants.

The violations by Hill and eight members of his staff over a four-year span included completing coursework for prospects, paying for classes prospects needed to become academically eligible and arranging off-campus practice sessions with an academically ineligible student-athlete.


More challenges ahead for maturing UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn't hidden his frustration about the learning curve of his latest group of talented freshmen.

And while the No. 8 Wildcats are starting play better, they're bracing for more challenges ahead.


No. 20 Vols set to challenge Tar Heels

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee typically isn't a very hospitable host to defending national champions.

A rare sellout crowd will try to make sure that pattern continues Sunday when No. 7 North Carolina faces the 20th-ranked Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time since 1949.


Healthy Cofer shining for No. 19 FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Phil Cofer is finally making an impact for 19th-ranked Florida State.

The 6-foot-8 senior forward is healthy for the first time in a while and has been one of the main contributors behind the Seminoles' 9-0 start. He has been in the starting lineup for every game this season, averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.


No. 22 Gators seek 'big jump' on defense

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White would like to see a "big jump" in his team's defensive performance.

It might not happen until February.


Drake, UNI aim to upstage Iowa, Iowa St.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa and Iowa State have never been swept in their annual doubleheader against Northern Iowa and Drake.

That might change on Saturday in Des Moines. The Hawkeyes (5-6) and Cyclones (7-2) are both at serious risk of dropping their neutral-floor matchups at Wells Fargo Arena.


Charlotte fires coach, ex-NBA star Price

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte 49ers athletic director Judy Rose said the decision to fire men's basketball coach Mark Price was strictly performance-based, citing the team's lack of intensity.

The school announced Thursday that Price was released from his contract effective immediately. Assistant coach Houston Fancher, who has 12 years of head coaching experience, will serve as the 49ers interim head coach.


Oklahoma State dismisses Dillard, Dawson

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State has dismissed junior Davon Dillard and freshman Zack Dawson from the team for failing to meet unspecified standards set by the program.

Coach Mike Boynton says he could not "make compromises in our core values when it comes to individual players." Dillard and Dawson were suspended before the season for reasons the school has not disclosed. Dawson missed one game and Dillard missed the first five.


Lecomte returns as No. 21 Baylor rolls

WACO, Texas (AP) Manu Lecomte's wrap on his injured left thumb will come off eventually, assuming it heals.

Baylor coach Scott Drew chuckled while wondering whether that was a good thing.

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