John Wooden's condition improved again Thursday, and it appears the former UCLA basketball coach will be released from the hospital soon.

"Dad looks better than he did yesterday," daughter Nan Muehlhausen said in a statement. "He is in good spirits. He has been up walking and he had a shave this morning. We are optimistic that he will leave the hospital in the next few days." The 97-year-old coaching great fell at his home Feb. 28, breaking his left wrist and collarbone.

NCAA PENALIZES 49ERS: The NCAA imposed stiff penalties on the Long Beach State men's basketball program on Thursday, including some sanctions that were self-imposed by the university. Penalties against the 49ers include three years' probation, forfeiting their 18 victories from the 2005-06 season, reduced recruiting and fewer scholarships. The limited probation will allow the 49ers basketball team to participate in postseason play.