NCAA restores Stoudamire's eligibility


The NCAA yesterday restored Arizona guard Damon Stoudamire's eligibility for the NCAA tournament, but teammate Ben Davis has been ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season.

The school declared both players ineligible Saturday because of violations of NCAA rules, then appealed Monday for reinstatement.

Stoudamire, an All-American who helped Arizona reach the Final Four last season, was ruled ineligible for violating a rule concerning gifts -- his father apparently accepted an airline ticket from a sports agent.

"The penalty for that ineligibility is to sit one game," athletic director Jim Livengood said yesterday.

That suspension, the NCAA said, was served when he sat out Saturday's game against Arizona State.

Davis, who received plane tickets, cash and other gifts worth about $3,000 that the NCAA considers preferential treatment, also sat out the game, a 103-98 double-overtime loss to the Sun Devils.

* NORTH CAROLINA: Trainer Marc Davis will have to clear Rasheed Wallace if the All-ACC center is to play in the fourth-ranked Tar Heels' NCAA tournament opener against Murray State, coach Dean Smith said. "I'm not going to go by what [Wallace] says," Smith said. "I've learned to go by what the doctors say."

Wallace twisted his left ankle in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Sunday. Davis cleared him for light practice yesterday and will render final judgment after tomorrow's practice.

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