Syracuse point guard Billy Edelin has been declared ineligible for the first semester of the academic year because he does not meet NCAA academic requirements, school officials said yesterday.

The NCAA requires a student-athlete to have earned at least half the credits needed to graduate to be eligible as a first-semester junior, and Edelin has not reached that total. However, he will be allowed to practice with the team, according to NCAA rules.

Jamie Mullin, director of athletic compliance, said Edelin was taking a course load this semester that would allow him to meet the eligibility requirements.

Edelin (DeMatha High) declined to comment on the NCAA ruling, and Orange Coach Jim Boeheim was not available to comment.

The university is appealing the decision, said Pete Moore, associate director of athletic communications.

Moore said if the appeal is not allowed, the earliest Edelin could become eligible would be sometime over winter break -- after fall semester grades are posted and certified.

Mullin said the university anticipated a decision on the appeal by the end of October.

Last season, Edelin started the first 16 games, averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 5.4 assists before suddenly leaving the team for what Boeheim termed "personal issues."

* SOCCER: Wayne Rooney scored three goals in his first match since missing three months with a broken right foot, helping Manchester United beat Fenerbahce, 6-2, in the second round of the Champions League.

Nine-time champion Real Madrid and four-time champion Bayern Munich also posted victories.

Real Madrid rallied in Group B to beat AS Roma, 4-2, while Bayern Munich won, 4-0, at home over Ajax in Group C.

In other results from the Champions League: Monaco beat Deportivo, 2-0, and Olympiakos downed Liverpool, 1-0, in Group A; Dynamo Kiev defeated Leverkusen, 4-2, in Group B; Juventus outlasted Maccabi Tel Aviv, 1-0, in Group C; and Lyon beat Sparta Prague, 2-1, in Group D.

* BASEBALL: Minor league baseball set an all-time attendance record this season as 39,887,755 fans passed through the gates at the 178 stadiums in 15 major league affiliated leagues.

The previous record was 39,782,717, set in 1949 following World War II, when there were 448 minor league teams in 59 leagues.

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