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Ryan Boatright (Courtesy UConn)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright has been
cleared to return to action after a second NCAA investigation this
season into his eligibility.

UConn made the announcement Saturday, without detailing the
findings of the investigation. The school declined to say whether
any infractions were found, but said the NCAA did not issue any
suspension.

The freshman, who is generously listed at 6-foot in the team’s
media guide, served a six-game suspension at the start of the
season because of an infraction that involved the acceptance of a
plane ticket while he was playing AAU basketball.

He averaged more than 10 points and three assists in the 10
games he played after being reinstated to the team.

Connecticut was forced to again bench Boatright on Jan. 13 after
the NCAA informed the school of another investigation into events
that occurred before the guard became involved with UConn.

The news came just before the Huskies were to play at Notre
Dame. Boatright, who is from Aurora, Ill. said he had over 400
friends and family in attendance at that game. Coach Jim Calhoun
said Boatright cried in his arms when he told him that he could not
play.

The No. 24 Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East) went 1-2 in the last
three games without Boatright, winning at Notre Dame before losing
consecutive games to Cincinnati and Tennessee, each by three
points.

Boatright has been practicing with the team and is expected to
play Sunday when the Huskies host Notre Dame (13-8, 5-3 Big East)
at the XL Center in Hartford.

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