Judge: Kentucky can keep pitcher out of games

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the University of Kentucky can keep its star pitcher out of baseball games if he continues to refuse to answer questions from the NCAA.

Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael denied an injunction requested by James Paxton, the highest-drafted college baseball player to return to school this year.

The players lawyer’s asked the judge to keep the university from holding the pitcher out of games over questions about his amateur status.

Paxton says the school threatened to bench him unless he submitted to an interview with NCAA officials. Although Paxton maintains he hasn’t been told why they want to question him, the university’s lawyer says Paxton knows it relates to his association with prominent sports agent Scott Boras.