The NCAA cleared University of Connecticut freshman guard Ryan Boatright to play in today’s game against Notre Dame after determining that he has lived up to an arrangement that gave him limited immunity for cooperating with an investigation into recruiting violations. The governing body issued a press release yesterday detailing what it says were more than $8,000 in impermissible payments given to Boatright and his family by a third party both before and after he enrolled at UConn. Boatright was suspended for the first six games of the season for accepting benefits. He played in 10 games before UConn sat him out again Jan. 13 after the NCAA informed the school it was looking into additional information. Boatright has missed UConn’s last three games, during which the Huskies went 1-2 . . . The NBA suspended Bucks guard Stephen Jackson one game for verbal abuse of an official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner in Friday’s loss at Chicago . . . The Bulls released guard Mike James, who in 10 NBA seasons has played with 10 teams, including the Celtics (2003-04).
Crosby also plagued by a neck injury
Sidney Crosby is recovering from a neck injury in addition to a concussion, according to Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist the Penguins star visited in Los Angeles last week to treat concussion-like symptoms. The Penguins issued a statement saying Bray diagnosed Crosby with a concussion and an unspecified neck injury, though Bray told the team the neck injury is “fully healed.’’ Crosby hasn’t played since concussion-like symptoms resurfaced following a loss to the Bruins Dec. 5. He has been cleared for light exercise but there remains no timetable for his return.
Vonn dominates field in downhill event
Lindsey Vonn dominated another World Cup downhill, winning by 1.42 seconds in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, the defending overall champion, was runner-up. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, while Vonn’s closest challenger in the overall standings, Tina Maze of Slovenia, was fourth. Vonn, who won the super-combined event Friday, got her 49th career World Cup win and 24th in downhill . . . Didier Cuche won his second straight World Cup downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to take the lead in the event standings. Erik Guay of Canada finished second, Hannes Reichelt of Austria third.
Nesbitt breaks record in 1,000 meters
Canadian speedskater Christine Nesbitt broke the world record in the 1,000 meters at the World Sprint Championship in Calgary, Alberta. Nesbitt, the Olympic champion in the 1,000, finished in 1 minute, 12.68 seconds to break the mark of 1:13.11 set by Canadian Cindy Klassen in 2006 on the same ice . . . Austrian brothers and two-time Olympic champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won a men’s doubles luge World Cup event before Germany’s Tatjana Huefner won the women’s race in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
49ers LB Smith arrested on DUI charge
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged with driving under the influence in Miami Beach. He was booked and held on $1,000 bond. Smith was the seventh overall draft pick in 2011 and finished the season with 14 sacks, tops among NFL rookies . . . Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to lead the North to a 23-13 win over the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. . . . US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier selected teenager Ryan Harrison to the four-man squad that will play Switzerland next month in the first round. Harrison, 19, joins Mardy Fish, John Isner, and Mike Bryan . . . Dirk Kuyt scored the winner in the 88th minute as host Liverpool reached the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over rival Manchester United . . . Kenya’s Silas Kiplagat held off American Bernard Lagat to win the mile in 4 minutes, 0.65 seconds at the US Open in New York. In other events, world champion Jesse Williams won the high jump in 7 feet, 6 inches and Lolo Jones beat a deep field in the 50-meter hurdles to win her first race since undergoing spine surgery in August . . . Rashad Evans (22-1-1) unanimously outpointed fellow former Big Ten wrestler Phil Davis (9-1) in a five-round light heavyweight fight at UFC Chicago.