Boeheim suspension upheld
The NCAA upheld its nine-game suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, but he will be allowed to begin serving it immediately. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its ruling Thursday, saying Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university's drug testing policy. The Committee on Infractions had ruled in March that the suspension be served during Atlantic Coast Conference play. The change means the 71-year-old Boeheim will now miss six nonconference games and only three ACC games.
• BYU GUARD THROWS PUNCH: BYU guard Nick Emery was given a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from Wednesday's game against Utah for punching Brandon Taylor near the end of the game. The ejection carries an automatic one-game suspension. The freshman apologized to Taylor in a statement.
• MICHIGAN 82, PITTSBURGH 45: Katelynn Flaherty scored 24 points as the host Wolverines led wire to wire to equal their best start in school history at 7-0. The Big Ten went 2-5 in Thursday's Big Ten/ACC Challenge games after taking five of seven the first night. Rachel Theriot had 20 points and 11 assists as Nebraska beat North Carolina State at Lincoln 88-67, while No. 19 Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, Penn State and the Gophers all lost.
• NOTRE DAME STAR OUT: Notre Dame's Briana Turner (14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game), the ACC preseason player of the year, will be out for about a month as she tries to avoid season-ending shoulder surgery through rehabilitation. The third-ranked Irish play No. 1 UConn on Saturday.