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Press Box: Central Florida hit with football, basketball sanctions

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Central Florida will be ineligible for the postseason in college football and basketball, sanctions that were to be handed down by the NCAA for recruiting violations Tuesday.

UCF already self-imposed penalties in relation to the recruiting practices that involved the use of an agent with a criminal background helping to push players to Orlando. The self-imposed violations included three years probation, vacating all basketball victories for three seasons -- between 2008 and 2011 -- and giving up one basketball scholarship.

Central Florida transitions to the Big East in 2013, but its basketball program was considered an NCAA Tournament contender and legitimate threat to powerhouse Memphis in Conference USA in 2012-13.


--- Daniel Alfredsson will return to the Ottawa Senators for a 17th season in the NHL.

The franchise leader in games played (1,131), points (1,082), assists (666) and goals (416) scored 27 goals with 35 assists at age 39 last season. He was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, recognizing the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.

Alfredsson said he took time to speak with friends and family about his future and the right-winger had the full support of his inner circle.


---Forward Matt Barnes was arrested in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Monday night on suspicion of resisting arrest for a misdemeanor traffic warrant.

Barnes was walking when an officer arrested him on a $26,000 misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license, and was released on $51,000 bond Monday night.

A post on Barnes' Twitter page early Tuesday morning read: "Oh.. For all you perfect people out there looking at me w/your nose in the air, who have "NEVER" missed a court date for a "TRAFFIC VIOLATION" God Bless You..."

The 32-year-old Barnes played the past two seasons for the Lakers, and led the team's reserves with an average of 7.8 points per game.

--The Warriors signed veteran Brandon Rush to an $8 million contract, his agent, Mark Bartelstein announced.

Rush's deal is for two years but the second year is a player option.

Rush averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Warriors last season.


-----Doug Gottlieb was hired by CBS as a multi-platform personality after the former Notre Dame and Oklahoma State basketball star made a name for himself in broadcasting at ESPN.

Gottlieb will host an afternoon radio show on the newly created CBS Sports Radio when it launches Jan. 2, 2013, while working as a studio and game analyst on CBS Sports coverage of NCAA men's basketball.

In addition, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Gottlieb will host a show on CBS Sports Network and contribute columns and podcasts to

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