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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NCAA investigates Syracuse for drug violations

03.06.12 at 7:48 am ET

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NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
College basketball: Big East tournament, UConn vs. DePaul, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Pittsburgh vs. St. John’s, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Providence vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Villanova vs. Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Horizon League championship, Detroit at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school’s internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.

A Yahoo! Sports report indicates that at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for banned substances, yet all of them were allowed to practice and play instead of being suspended. One of the players allegedly failed four tests and another tested positive for three.

Syracuse (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament and opens play in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Jim Boeheim‘s Orange are in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

‘™¦ Former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, who pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement, was sentenced to three years in a California state prison. Dykstra, who has already served almost a year, tried to withdraw his plea at Monday’s sentencing but was denied.

“I’m doing everything in my power to be a better person,” Dykstra said, although he insisted he would have been cleared of wrongdoing had he been able to change his plea.

The 49-year-old self-proclaimed financial guru was arrested last April, and police found recreational drugs and HGH in his Los Angeles home. Dykstra’s no-contest plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped 21 of the original 25 counts against him.

‘™¦ With the NCAA tournament around the corner, Real Clear Sports has a look at the top 10 college basketball teams without pro talent since 1985. No. 10 is the 1986-87 Providence Final Four team led by coach Rick Pitino and sharpshooting guard Billy Donovan. No. 1 is last year’s Butler team that reached the NCAA final before losing to UConn.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 6, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his 600th NHL point with two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nordiques at Boston Garden?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The opening day thing is probably not realistic. It’s not the calendar. He’ll be ready when he’s ready.” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, on outfielder Carl Crawford, who had surgery on his wrist in mid-January

STAT OF THE DAY: $83 million — Amount Mets owners were ordered to pay by a U.S. District Court judge Monday, as part of the fallout from the Bernie Madoff scandal

‘NET RESULTS: Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell, the superfan who is involved in a public spat with his team, breaks down during an interview on a Los Angeles television station.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Charlie Simmer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mary Wilson turns 68 Tuesday.

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