Harvard hoops is facing a cheating scandal

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Harvard hoops is facing a cheating scandal

From Comcast SportsNetCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Harvard basketball co-captain Kyle Casey plans to withdraw from school amid a cheating scandal that also may involve other athletes, according to several reports.Sports Illustrated and the Harvard Crimson reported Tuesday that Casey, a senior, would take a leave of absence from school in an attempt to preserve a year of eligibility once the issue is resolved.Co-captain Brandyn Curry also has been implicated in the scandal and is weighing his options, his father told the magazine. The Boston Herald reported Curry also is expected to withdraw from classes.The school is looking into whether at least 125 undergraduates in what has been reported to be an Introduction to Congress class of about 280 students cheated by working together on a take-home final exam in the spring.School officials have declined to release the students' names."These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends," President Drew Faust said when the cheating scandal was uncovered in August.Each student whose work is in question has been called to appear before a subcommittee of the Harvard College Administrative Board, which reviews issues of academic integrity. Possible punishments range from an admonition, a sort of warning for a first offense, to being forced to withdraw from Harvard for a year.Harris emphasized that none of the allegations has been proven and said there's no evidence of widespread cheating at Harvard.The Crimson reported that other athletes, including football players are also among those implicated.Harvard spokesman Tim Williamson declined to comment on Tuesday. Messages seeking comment also were left for Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker, football coach Tim Murphy, Curry and Casey.Harvard is coming off Ivy League championships in both football and basketball, where the Crimson made their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1946 last season, going 26-4 under Amaker.Casey averaged more than 11 points per game, a team high and more than five rebounds. Curry averaged almost 8 points a game.Amaker, a former Duke star, came to Harvard in 2007 from Michigan, where he was charged with cleaning up that program after years of scandal.The Crimson, citing an email it obtained from John Ellison, the Secretary of the Administrative Board, said athletes involved were being asked to weigh potential Ivy League eligibility issues when deciding whether or not to remain on campus for the fall term.Typically, if a player takes part in athletic competition before being asked to take a leave of absence by the board, the player loses a full season of Ivy League eligibility, the newspaper reported."Fall-term athletes may also want to consider taking (a leave) before their first game," Ellison wrote in the email, according to the Crimson.

Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

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Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

Everybody wants to see what first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson can do when out on the field with Kirk Cousins and the Redskins first-team offense - but they were forced to wait on Wednesday. Washington decided to keep their prized rookie off to the side working with trainers while the team took part in individual and team drills.

"Just kind of Achilles got rolled up on, and I’m just taking it easy," Doctson said after the OTA session. "It happened back in minicamp, so I’m just trying to take it easy for the day. I’ll be back out there tomorrow."

'Skins coach Jay Gruden echoed Doctson's comments, saying the team was using precaution with the rookie.

"Sore Achilles," the coach said of Doctson. "We're just trying to be smart with him. We don't want it to reoccur."

While Doctson battled a broken wrist last November in college, the Achilles injury is new, though both coach and player did not seemed alarmed. 

DeSean Jackson also missed Wednesday's practice session, leaving the Redskins WR group down two of their most explosive players. 

"I’ll go tomorrow," Doctson said. "Just a small tweak."

As for the missed OTA session, the rookie still tried to absorb as much as he could.

"I’m trying to learn, take mental reps. Everything’s going pretty easy right now, learning from the older guys and just watching them," he said. "I’m not happy I ain’t get to practice today, but I understand I gotta take it easy."

Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

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Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's OTA session at Redskins Park, though Jay Gruden said he expects his WR to attend, eventually. 

"He will probably show up here, maybe next week, maybe whenever," Gruden said.

Throughout Jackson's tenure, he's had a spotty record of attending voluntary workouts and practices, though he did attend a workout earlier this month.

"He’s been here. He’s popped in, had a cup of coffee," Gruden said with a laugh.

It's important to remember that the sessions Jackson has missed are not mandatory, though his contract contains a $500,000 bonus if he attends 90 percent of workouts.

"Last time I looked up the word voluntary, it's his choice," Gruden said. "He knows what type of shape he needs to come in. He'll be ready to go."

During the OTA session, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense looked choppy, and new Redskins cornerback Josh Norman declared the 11-on-11 drills a win for the defense. Cousins also said that he is using this time - his first offseason as the undisputed starter - to sync timing with his receivers. 

With rookie WR Josh Doctson also not taking part in team drills due to a sore Achilles, the Redskins receiver group - considered by many to be the strongest position group on the team - was down two of its most explosive talents. 

AFC North: Will Steelers RB Bell stay healthy this season?

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AFC North: Will Steelers RB Bell stay healthy this season?

Here’s a key AFC North question. Will Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stay healthy?

Bell is without question one of the league’s most talented backs. However, knee injuries have ended his season the past two years, leaving the Steelers without him when they were eliminated from the playoffs.

De’Angelo Williams did a superb job in place of Bell last season, rushing for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns. But Bell is a better pass receiver and more elusive – capable of turning almost any play in to a big play. In 2014, Bell had over 2,000 yards combined from scrimmage – 1,316 yards rushing and 854 yards receiving.

Bell doesn’t want to be labeled as injury-prone, yet some people already view him that way. But at Steelers OTA’s, Bell showed up looking healthy, while vowing not to run cautiously next season.

“I’m going to be physical,” Bell told ESPN.com. “I’m out here with no knee brace or anything, didn’t wear a sleeve or anything. I’ve been training my knee for everything I’m about to go through, so when September gets here I’ll be even better than I am now. That’s even crazy to think about. But I’m excited.”

When Bell has been healthy, putting up numbers has not been a problem. The more Bell plays next season, the better the Steelers’ chances of making the playoffs.