Drake suspends 2 for improper benefits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake seniors Gary Ricks, Jr. and Karl Madison have each been suspended for three games by the school for accepting improper benefits.

The school says Ricks and Madison received the benefits in 2012-13, when they played under former coach Mark Phelps. They'll miss Drake's first three games, starting with Friday's opener against Bowling Green.

Athletic director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb says the school launched an internal review. She says Ricks and Madison ''worked diligently'' to resolve the issue.

Ricks is the team's leading returning scorer with 12.3 points a game last season. Madison averaged 2.2 points a game in 2013-14.

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