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Cincinnati goes on probation

The NCAA placed the University of Cincinnati on two years of probation Thursday for violating rules on calling recruits in its women's basketball and football programs.

The NCAA said the university discovered the improper calls and reported them. The NCAA infractions committee found a major violation in women's basketball and secondary ones in football and women's basketball.

The university said the NCAA accepted its self-imposed sanctions, which it has completed. They include restrictions on making calls to recruits during certain periods and on the size of the women's basketball staff and its recruiters this season.

The NCAA said a former women's basketball assistant coach made 176 improper calls to prospective players, their relatives or legal guardians; other staff members made 24 improper calls. Football staffers made 20 improper calls. Cincinnati said the major violation case came in June 2009 to November 2010.

Cincinnati said it discovered the major violation in late November 2010 during an audit of all sports, and reported improper calls to the NCAA at the beginning of 2011. The NCAA said the case was resolved through a cooperative process called a summary disposition.

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Unser Jr. faces DWI charge

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in New Mexico after authorities said he was driving more than 100 mph, officials at the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Brown confirmed that Unser, 49, was arrested around 3 a.m. just outside of Albuquerque, where he lives. Brown said Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going around 101 mph before sheriff's deputies caught up to him.

He was charged with reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

According to a sheriff's report, Unser smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Sheriff's deputies said his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance.

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No hard feelings over caddie

Dustin Johnson doesn't begrudge Tiger Woods for hiring his caddie, saying such decisions are part of the business of golf.

Joe LaCava left Johnson on Sunday to become Woods' third full-time caddie.

"I spoke to Tiger about it. There's no hard feelings at all," Johnson said Thursday after playing in the Dunhill Links Championshipin Scotland. "We had a great conversation. He just did what he did."

LaCava was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples but joined Johnson this summer.

Compiled from News Wire Services