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North Carolina now on clock to respond in NCAA academic case

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is preparing for the next step toward a long-awaited resolution in the multi-year case centered around its academic fraud scandal.

The school and individuals named for violations have 90 days to respond now that they finally know what NCAA charges they face. It's the next procedural deadline, though not one set in stone.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long granted hardship waiver

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12, making him eligible to play as expected in 2016-17.

Mitrou-Long played eight games as a senior last year before lingering pain from offseason hip surgeries became too much to overcome. Mitrou-Long, who averaged 12 points a game in 2015-16, ended his season at the eight-game point so he'd be eligible for the hardship waiver.

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Notre Dame's Beachem enters NBA draft, won't hire an agent

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem announced Tuesday he will enter the NBA draft but won't hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning for his senior season.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points and 3.9 rebounds. He was at his best in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 17.5 points as the Irish advanced to the Elite Eight for a second straight season.