Probation for St. Mary's hoops ... Rangers' Cruz in hospital ... NFL sets tag amount for QBs


MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years' probation for failing to monitor its men's basketball program. While penalties include reduced scholarships, the Gaels will still be able to participate in the league tournament and the NCAA tournament. The NCAA says the tiny Catholic college committed several recruiting violations and that coach Randy Bennett "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance."

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie (ky-REE') Irving is questionable for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and a possible matchup with fellow All-Star Chris Paul. Irving has missed the Cavs' past two games with a hyperextended right knee.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz is hospitalized with what team doctors are describing as a muscle strain in his chest. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine (luh-VEEN') says the outfielder was sent to the hospital to rule out anything more serious than a muscle problem. Cruz was set to leave Sunday to join the Dominican Republic for the Word Baseball Classic.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has set the franchise tag for quarterbacks at $14.896 million this year, meaning the Baltimore Ravens would have to pay Joe Flacco at least that amount to be their quarterback in 2013. The Ravens can tag Flacco if they can't agree to a long-term deal before free agency begins March 12. He's negotiating with the team on a new contract after making nearly $6.76 million last season.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy abruptly walked off the course today during his second round of the Honda Classic, telling reporters who followed him to his car he's "not in a good place mentally." He later released a statement saying that he couldn't concentrate because of a sore wisdom tooth. The top-ranked player in the world has struggled of late, playing only four rounds in three tournaments this year.

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