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Despite Reduction, Clerical Error Costs Bower Four Games
While the NCAA reduced the suspension penalty for Wisconsin's LDS guard Ricky Bower, he will still miss a total of four games because of the clerical error, along with 17 of the team's practices. Bower, who was declared ineligible last week, suffered the suspension because his high school failed to send transcripts to the NCAA. In part, his return late last summer from an LDS mission contributed to the ineligibility because Wisconsin had already done its final check of athlete academic compliance before Bower committed to play there.

LDS High School Senior Excels in Three Sports
Kim Eastin, a senior at Sunnyslope, plays incredible defense in three sports. During the final soccer game of the season, she stopped 21 shots in the second round 4A playoff game. She was voted the Skyline's Defensive Player of the Year in volleyball. And now she's gearing up for the softball season.

BYU Football Players Face Disciplinary Action
BYU head football coach Gary Crowton today announced freshman defensive lineman Brent Pollock has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules. Crowton also announced freshman running back Marcus Whalen has been suspended from the team for an undetermined period of time, also for violation of team rules.

Subscriber Identifies Additional Mormon Athletes
Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney noticed another Mormon athlete in the NBA, and was able to confirm another Mormon player in the XFL. The Milwaukee Bucs' Mark Pope was once recruited by BYU, but instead chose to play at the University of Kentucky. Romney was also able to get a confirmation that the San Francisco Demon's Juan Johnson is Mormon.

Lewis Leads Soccer Players Recognized for Academic Achievements
Natalyn Lewis received her first All-American citation being named to the NSCAA Scholar Athlete Team, the first such honor for the BYU program.

First Place on Line at Utah Saturday
After playing its final home game of the season, BYU begins the first of three straight road games at rival Utah Saturday to complete its Mountain West Conference season. The Cougars (19-7, 8-3 MWC) enter the 1 p.m. ESPN+Plus contest in a first place tie with the Utes (17-9, 8-3 MWC), who have won six straight since losing to BYU in Provo on Jan. 29. The game will be televised on KJZZ-TV in Utah as part of the ESPN+Plus package. Rich Waltz and Irv Brown will be courtside to call the game. KSL Newsradio 1160's Greg Wrubell is joined by Mark Durrant to describe the action on the Cougar Sports Network.

Cougars Knock Off Top-Ranked UCLA, 3-1
The second-ranked BYU men's volleyball team knocked off top-ranked UCLA on Friday, 3-1, in front of a Smith Fieldhouse record, 6,119 fans. The Cougars remain the only undefeated team in the nation with a 9-0 record, while UCLA dropped to 10-4 on the year. The win also improves BYU to 5-0 in league play, giving the Cougars a two-match lead over UCLA, which fell to 4-2 in the MPSF Mountain Division.

Fernley Selected Third Week in a Row
BYU senior right-handed pitcher Nate Fernley and New Mexico junior outfielder Donny Sevieri are the Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively.

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