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Wed., April 23, 2014

Banned The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says Lance Armstrong’s longtime coach Johan Bruyneel has been banned for 10 years for helping organize widespread doping by the former seven-time Tour de France winner’s teams. The agency says the Belgian “was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the (U.S. Postal Service) and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders.” Team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti will serve eight-year bans.

Hired Tennessee has hired Southern Mississippi’s Donnie Tyndall as its men’s basketball coach. Tyndall replaces Cuonzo Martin, who left for California on April 15. Tyndall has gone 56-17 with a pair of NIT appearances in two seasons at Southern Mississippi.

Resigned The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina says she’s resigning at the end of the semester. Mary Willingham told CNN in January that her research of 183 football or basketball players from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level. Three outside experts hired by UNC issued reports earlier this month saying Willingham’s research data doesn’t support her claims.

Announced Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds.

K.J. McDaniels is leaving Clemson for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 forward is projected as a middle-to-late selection in the first round.

• Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin has decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA draft. The 7-foot-1 Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in two seasons.

• San Diego State says Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is on a leave of absence from his job as baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues. Gwynn has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010.

• IndyCar has put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series’ social media policy. Castroneves was penalized for a tweet sent from his official account after the Long Beach, Calif., race on April 13 that criticized race control for not penalizing drivers during the race.


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