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Sports Digest: Nunn Kicked off Illini Men's Basketball Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Nunn Kicked off Illini Men's Basketball Team

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Nunn kicked off Illini men's basketball team

New University of Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman has taken a firm stand against domestic violence, and Kendrick Nunn has been dismissed from the basketball team because of it. Nunn was booted off the team Tuesday, six days after pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery for an incident in March. During testimony, Nunn admitted that he hit a woman in the head, pushed her to the ground and poured water on her after an argument at her apartment. He can have the conviction removed from his record if he meets a series of court-mandated conditions, but he has no path to return to the Illini team for his senior season.

Nunn was second on the Illini team in scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.0) last season. His dismissal means Illinois has one open scholarship for the 2016-17 season. (Mark Tupper)

Ailing Nyquist to skip Belmont * Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won't run in the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown series after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday. "He's out because of sickness," O'Neill said.

Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses. A rematch in the Belmont Stakes, on June 11 in Elmont, N.Y., would have been the next best thing to a Triple Crown attempt. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

"He's fine, but he's got an elevated white blood cell count," O'Neill's assistant Jack Sisterson said. "We just want to do right by him."

Exaggerator will face a bunch of rivals he's already finished ahead of in the Derby and Preakness, including Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine and Lani, fifth in the Preakness and ninth in the Derby. (AP)

Baseball: Vanderbilt 7, Missouri 0 * Pitcher Tanner Houck was good enough on the mound Tuesday to give Mizzou a chance, but poor defense and no offense ultimately doomed the Tigers in the Southeastern Conference tournament. …

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