Oregon players suspended nine games

The NCAA set the suspensions of Oregon sophomores Ben Carter and Dominic Artis at nine games each for selling team-issued gear, USA Today reported Thursday night.

It was announced earlier this week that the players were suspended for violating NCAA bylaw, which stipulates that student-athleties are not allowed to received extra benefits that would result from the sale of the apparel.

Carter and Artis also are required to pay $1,800 -- the amount from the sale of the shoes -- to charity.

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"Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules," Oregon coach Dana Altman said earlier this week. "I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university."

Carter and Artis did not accompany the team on a season-opening trip to South Korea.

Artis is the Ducks' starting point guard. He averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds as a freshman. Carter, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds last season.