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NCAA graduation rates improving

Updated: October 25, 2012, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA says football and men's basketball players are becoming more productive in the classroom.

A one-year measurement, released Thursday, showed that 70 percent or more of Division I athletes who were freshmen in 2005-06 in those sports earned their diplomas -- the first time that has happened since the governing body started collecting data 11 years ago for the annual Graduation Success Rate.

Athletes in men's basketball graduated at a rate of 74 percent, ...

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