LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) An investigation by The Associated Press finds that at least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for using marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs.
The AP analyzed policies for 57 of the 65 schools in the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, plus Notre Dame.
Of the 57 schools, 23 since 2005 have either reduced penalties or allowed an athlete to test positive more times before being suspended or dismissed. Ten schools have separate, less stringent policies addressing only marijuana infractions.
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In the Pac-12, five schools do not suspend athletes for as long as they once did.
Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Southern California, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest did not provide copies of their drug policies despite repeated requests, citing privacy laws. Stanford does not test its athletes.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees bolstered an already dominant bullpen, acquiring hard-throwing All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor leaguers.
Chapman became available after the Reds' deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through during baseball's winter meetings three weeks ago when it was learned Florida police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander.
Major League Baseball is currently investigating and Chapman could face suspension under the league's new domestic violence policy.
General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees have had interest in Chapman for several years, but a deal only became affordable when the price for the reliever dropped after the report was made public.
New York was able to protect its top minor leaguers in the deal, sending right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda to Cincinnati. Jagielo was New York's No. 1 pick in 2013 (26th overall).
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane said he has done nothing wrong and is looking forward to clearing his name amid a sex offense investigation.
Kane spoke for about 30 seconds in the Sabres locker room following the team's morning skate before its game against the Washington Capitals. It was the first time Kane was able to comment since The Buffalo News was the first to report a day earlier that he was the subject of the investigation by Buffalo police. Kane said he respects the legal process and noted there's little more that he can talk about. Kane was matter of fact and spoke calmly in front of a large crowd of reporters. He did not take questions.
The alleged incident occurred early Sunday at a downtown hotel, where Kane is living, after he and the Sabres returned to Buffalo following a 6-3 win at Boston.
A person with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that police are in the preliminary stages of investigating the claim made against Kane. No police report or charges have been filed. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because officials are not publicly commenting on the investigation.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Johnny Manziel's latest video appearance has the Browns concerned.
The second-year quarterback is expected to have a conversation with Cleveland coach Mike Pettine after another video surfaced over the weekend on social media of him partying. In the short clip, Manziel, wearing a ''Merry Manziel'' shirt, is seen singing along as ''March Madness'' by Future plays in the background. A framed jersey of Tampa Bay's Mike Evans, one of Manziel's Texas A&M teammates, hangs on the wall behind him.
Last month, Manziel was demoted from starter to third-string by Pettine after he denied that a video of him partying in Austin, Texas, was taken during Cleveland's bye week. Manziel had promised Pettine and other coaches he wouldn't be a distraction while the team was off.
Pettine said he had not yet seen the new video of Manziel.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Meadowlark Lemon, the ''clown prince'' of basketball's barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.
Lemon's wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said. Meister did not know the cause of death.
Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he was 11.
Lemon ended up becoming arguably the team's most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine and slapstick comedy as his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.
A sign of his crossover appeal, Lemon was inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Clown Hall of Fame.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA suspended Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes two games without pay for what the league said was a ''physical altercation'' with Derek Fisher and for ''threatening'' the New York Knicks coach in October.
The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher – former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.
The Grizzlies had just wrapped up a week of training camp, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press in October the incident occurred while Fisher attended a gathering at the home of Barnes' estranged wife, Gloria Govan. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were publicly released.
Redondo Beach police responded to an incident Oct. 3 but disclosed no information on the location or who was involved after finding no basis for criminal charges.
Barnes' suspension will begin Tuesday night when the Grizzlies host Miami and includes Saturday night's game at Utah. The Grizzlies were off Monday after playing back-to-back games over the weekend.