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Ducks On Probation, But Face No Bowl Ban

The NCAA was unable to come to an agreement with Oregon on sanctions over recruiting violations by the football program under former coach Chip Kelly, so the issue was sent to the organization’s infractions committee. The committee’s penalties ended up falling mostly in line with what Oregon had proposed earlier.

Oregon will lose a scholarship in each season during a three-year probation period, but avoided a bowl ban and other major penalties under sanctions issued by the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions yesterday.

The committee also placed an 18-month show-cause order on Kelly, a sanction that will likely have limited impact since the Manchester native is now coaching the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oregon lost one scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year and will lose another in 2013-14 under self-imposed sanctions. It also will have its total number of scholarships reduced by one from a maximum of 85 each of the next three seasons, also self-imposed.

The NCAA cut Oregon’s official paid visits from 56 to 37 for the next three academic years, reduced its evaluation days for each of the next three seasons and banned the program from using recruiting services during the probation period.

Soccer

Brazil in Final

Belo Horizonte, Brazil — Paulinho scored on a header from Neymar’s corner kick in the 86th minute, and Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1 last night to reach the Confederations Cup final as anti-government protesters clashed with police near Mineirao Stadium.

Seeking its third straight title in the World Cup preparation tournament, Brazil will play in Sunday’s championship against the winner of today’s semifinal between Spain and Italy.

Diego Forlan could have put Uruguay ahead in the 14th minute, but goalkeeper Julio Cesar dived to his left to stop Forlan’s low penalty kick after Brazilian defender David Luiz was called for tugging the shirt of Diego Lugano. Only four of eight penalties kicks in the tournament have been successful.