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MISSOURI BASKETBALL PUT ON PROBATION

Missouri's basketball team was placed on three years' probation for NCAA recruiting violations but avoided a ban on postseason play.

The infractions committee took away one scholarship next year and two in 2006-07 and limited all basketball coaches to recruiting on campus until November 2005.

The penalty prevents coaches from visiting high schools, making home visits, attending summer camps and even giving speeches at high-school awards banquets.

The committee found the Tigers violated NCAA recruiting rules from 1999 to 2003 and rejected the school's explanation that most of the violations were inadvertent.

The case came to light when former point guard Ricky Clemons accused ex-assistant coach Tony Harvey of paying him $250. Harvey later resigned.