The NCAA ruled that Syracuse freshman point guard Billy Edelin must sit out the first 12 games of the season because he violated outside competition rules.

Edelin, from Silver Spring, was penalized for participating in recreational basketball leagues while serving a university-imposed suspension last year. The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the school year, and allows

* SMOKER SORRY: Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker apologized for the substance abuse problems that led to his suspension, and he shouldered some of the blame for the firing of coach Bobby Williams.

Smoker was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 24 for violating team rules, and 10 days later his family announced he was seeking treatment for abuse of an unspecified substance.

* STICKY SITUATION: Several Sacramento State football players greased their jerseys with nonstick cooking spray on the sideline during their 31-24 loss at Montana last weekend, the Big Sky Conference said.

Before determining a punishment, the league and Sacramento State are trying to figure out how many players used the spray and whether coaches knew.

* SENTENCING: Former Ohio State linebacker Marco Cooper was sentenced to five years' probation on drug and weapons charges.

Cooper also was ordered to do 100 hours of community service and his driver's license was suspended for six months Wednesday. He was kicked off Ohio State's football team that month by Coach Jim Tressel. Cooper also was suspended from school and barred from campus.

-- From News Services