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.

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Fun and games between John Wall and Russell Westbrook during All-Star shove

Fun and games between John Wall and Russell Westbrook during All-Star shove

NEW ORLEANS -- Coming off the bench, Russell Westbrook clearly wanted to get himself another MVP tropy at the NBA All-Star Game -- 26 shots in 20 minutes for 41 points -- but him playing with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and his roughouse play with John Wall drew the most attention Sunday.

In the second quarter, Westbrook made a two-hand shove of Wall after a break in the action. Intially, he had a scowl. Then it turned into a bit of a smirk. 

Wall, who was attempting to play defense, didn't take it too seriously. The final score was 192-182 as the West beat the East. 

"There wasn't no trash-talking," Wall said. "I didn't say (anything). If it was real games, I'll get down. That was just fun and games."

Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics found that out when the poked Wall in the face with his finger during a game in January that led to both players being fined. Wall retaliated there with a quick slap. 

The highlight of the night, however, came when Kevin Durant, who left Westbrook and the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, threw his former point guard a lob for a dunk. 

When there was a timeout, the DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green and Steph Curry led the cheer when the pair went to the bench. 

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Wall expects Wizards to make move before trade deadline to boost bench

Wall expects Wizards to make move before trade deadline to boost bench

NEW ORLEANS -- Just as soon as DeMarcus Cousins entered the mixed zone area after Sunday's 66th All-Star Game, he was gone. It wasn't before he said his goodbyes to John Wall.

"Aight, boy, love you," Wall said to his close friend and teammate for one year at Kentucky. 

"Love you too, boy," said Cousins, who had three points in less than three minutes and gladly sat.

Who knows where Cousins will be come Thursday afternoon after the NBA trade deadline passes. The Wizards (34-21) find themselves in third place in the East with a chance to make a serious push for the conference finals. 

"I think so," Wall said when asked if he expected president Ernie Grunfeld to make a move as he has done the last several years, and the most recent being for Markieff Morris. "We're looking at some options to help our bench out. Other than that I don't know. I haven't talked to him about it."

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Wall played 21 minutes and shot 6-for-12 in a 192-182 loss to the West All-Stars. He also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals. 

He'll take a short vacation before returning to D.C. for practice Wednesday and Thursday. The Wizards' next game, the day after the deadline, is Friday at the Philadelphia 76ers. 

They lost 109-102 at the Sixers earlier this season when they began 2-8.  The Wizards have been 28-10 since Dec. 1.

"If guys aren't in tune," Wall said, "we'll make sure we get them in tune."

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