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Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM   |   Comments

Report: NCAA charges coming against Haith

MIAMI, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Former Miami-Florida and current Missouri head basketball Coach Frank Haith is to be charged with NCAA violations, CBS Sports reported Monday.

Citing "a source close to the situation," the broadcaster said the college sports governing body is expected to issue a notice of allegations as early as this week after investigating his activities while coaching the Hurricanes.

The source said Haith is to be cited for unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the Miami program, which could result in a three-year "show-cause" penalty.

Haith was accused by Miami booster Nevin Shapiro nearly two years ago of funneling $10,000 of his money to a family member of former Hurricanes player DeQuan Jones.

The CBS source said the NCAA was unable to prove the allegation, but will still sanction Haith for unethical conduct as well as for allowing impermissible airline travel given to the family of two players.

Shapiro is currently serving a 20-year prison term for his part in a operating a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

Haith left the school to take over as Missouri's mentor following the 2010-11 season -- before news of the Miami allegations broke.


Arena: Landon Donovan returning to Galaxy

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Galaxy star and team captain Landon Donovan will return to the team in the coming season, Coach Bruce Arena said Monday.

Arena told reporters Donovan has opted to come back to the MLS champions for a ninth season after weighing whether to quit and dealing with physical and mental fatigue, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The coach said it wasn't yet determined whether the 30-year-old would report in time for the Galaxy's March 3 season opener against the Chicago Fire.

"I wouldn't want to report that now because we still haven't finalized it," he said. "He just needs a little bit more time off. He's had a couple of years that have taken their toll."

Donovan, who has 92 regular-season career goals with the Galaxy, played 49 games in 48 weeks last year as Los Angeles won its second straight MLS Cup.


Cavs' Varejao out for year with blood clot

CLEVELAND, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season after developing a blood clot in his lung, the team said Monday.

General Manager Chris Grant revealed in a statement Varejao had been admitted to the Cleveland Clinic, where he was undergoing treatment.

Afterwards, the nine-year veteran will be placed on blood-thinning drugs for about three months.

One of the NBA's top rebounders, Varejao is expected to make a full recovery.

"Clearly our players' health is our top concern and we are disappointed for Anderson and his family," Grant said. "We know what a competitor he is and how much he wants to be on the court helping his teammates."

The 6-foot-11 Brazilian had already been sidelined after undergoing surgery for a small muscle tear in his right leg.

Varejao was leading the NBA with 14.4 rebounds per game and was scoring 14.1 points per contest at the time of his Dec. 19 injury.


Kings' Greene placed on injured reserve

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene has been placed on the injured reserve list after playing just one game this season, the team announced Monday.

General Manager Dean Lombardi said only that Greene had suffered a "mid-body injury," but Canadian broadcaster TSN reported the blueliner will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a back injury in Saturday's season-opening loss to Chicago.

Greene played in all 82 regular season games for Los Angeles last season in the team's run to the Stanley Cup championship, collecting four goals and 11 assists for 15 total points.

To take his roster spot, the Kings recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

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