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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 22 2011 11:58 p.m. MST

UConn's Calhoun gets 3-game suspension

The University of Connecticut's men's basketball team won't be banned from the postseason by the NCAA for violations committed under coach Jim Calhoun.

Calhoun was cited by the NCAA on Tuesday for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within his program and was suspended for three Big East games during the 2011-12 season.

The NCAA has scheduled an afternoon conference call to discuss the findings of its investigation that began in March of 2009.

The NCAA also hit UConn with scholarship reductions for three academic years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of a booster and three years probation.

As a part of the disassociation of the booster, the university will not be able to accept financial contributions, recruiting assistance or provide him with any benefit and privileges.

Blaze open training camp for 2011 season

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Blaze kicked off training camp today at Spence-Eccles practice facility at the University of Utah. The players have five days to prepare before their open house event on March 2, at 3 p.m., when they take on the San Jose SaberCats in an 80-play scrimmage. The event is free to the public.

"The energy was high this morning, practice was fast paced and very productive," said coach Ron James. "Our receiving core was solid and our veteran players are emerging as great leaders."

QB's Tommy Grady (6-7, 250, Utah) and Erik Meyer (6-2, 215, Eastern Washington) immediately had command over the offense. While DL Gabe Long (6-3, 220, Utah) and Caesar Rayford (6-5, 250, Washington) stepped up as leaders on the defensive end.

Seasoned AFL veteran Aaron Boone, who is in his fourth season with the Blaze, said that "overall it was a great first day. There were very few mental errors. The defense has a lot of life, and the offense is learning a new system. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and building momentum in the upcoming days before we face San Jose."

Former Bees have chance with the Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. — As Kendry Morales continues rehabilitation after breaking his leg last season, two power hitters with limited major league experience are in the running to be the Angels' opening day first baseman.

Mark Trumbo, one of the most intriguing players in camp, and Brandon Wood, coming off a disappointing showing, can carve out a regular role with a strong spring, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.

Trumbo hit 36 home runs with 122 RBIs at Triple-A Salt Lake in 2010, giving him 120 career minor-league homers in the Angels organization.

Wood could be the first option for Scioscia at first base should Morales open the season as the designated hitter.

The 26-year-old has 161 minor-league home runs but hit just .145 in 226 at bats last season after earning the starting third-base job in the spring.

— Deseret News staff and wire reports

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