NYC jury begins deliberations at college hoops bribery trial

Sports 05/06/19, 16:22

A jury began deliberating on Monday at the trial of a business manager and another defendant accused of secretly bribing assistant college basketball coaches.The deliberations in federal court in Manhattan followed closing arguments by lawyers for Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code, who deny conspiring to pay off ...

Clemson let’s go hoops assistant coach amid corruption trial

Basketball 05/03/19, 15:30

Clemson has parted ways with men's basketball assistant coach Steve Smith after his voice was heard on a federal wiretap involving defendant Christian Dawkins on the ongoing trial into college corruption.The video from 2017 included Smith commenting about why Clemson's football team is so successful and Dawkins telling Smith he ...

Basketball figure denies bribing coaches to get clients

Basketball 05/02/19, 13:43

A former aspiring business manager for NBA players continues to insist he never bribed college basketball coaches to help him get future clients. Christian Dawkins was cross-examined Thursday as the last witness at a college hoops corruption trial. Prosecutor Robert Boone confronted Dawkins with recordings in which he brags about his close ...

Defendant in NCAA corruption case denies bribing hoops coach

Basketball 05/01/19, 12:20

A former recruiter for a professional sports agent has taken the witness stand at his New York City trial, where he's accused of bribing a college basketball coach. Christian Dawkins denied on Wednesday allegations that he paid a $2,500 bribe to then-University of South Carolina assistant Lamont Evans. He told a ...

Mississippi casinos win more as sports betting boost extends

Sports 04/30/19, 18:01

Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the second-highest monthly amount ever in March, boosted by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament.Although casinos in other parts of Mississippi remain beset by increasing competition, they too have been showing strength since the advent of sports betting.Figures released this month show gamblers ...

Ex-UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie sues former assistant

Basketball 04/30/19, 10:18

Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie filed a lawsuit against former assistant Glenn Miller, contending Miller slandered him in comments to the NCAA. Miller told the governing body during its recent investigation of UConn that he had learned about an alleged $30,000 payment Ollie made to the mother of a recruit. Ollie ...

Big payday for Beard after Texas Tech’s run to title game

Sports 04/29/19, 12:10

Texas Tech men's basketball coach Chris Beard has signed a new contract with an average annual salary of $4.575 million through the 2024-25 season after leading the Red Raiders to their first national championship game.The deal was announced Monday, three weeks after the Big 12 co-champions lost in overtime to ...

‘What happened to Felipe?’ Film helps Lopez tell his story

Basketball 04/29/19, 01:00

Felipe Lopez somehow forgot what all the attention was like.That would have been impossible to imagine 25 years ago, back when he practically owned magazine covers and newspaper headlines. But he has been out of the spotlight for a while, at least until it came time to promote a film ...

Likely NBA top pick Zion Williamson referenced at NCAA trial

Sports 04/25/19, 14:48

The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help recruiting him.The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before entering the draft scheduled for ...

Wade bonus forfeiture, Woodward $8M deal before LSU board

Sports 04/25/19, 10:31

LSU coach Will Wade will forfeit $250,000 in incentive bonuses and new athletic director Scott Woodward will receive a six-year, $8 million pay package under contracts recommended for approval by the university's board of supervisors.Wade is paid about $2.5 million annually and his contract includes a $50,000 bonus for winning ...

Kansas announces extension of deal with Adidas through 2031

Sports 04/24/19, 13:19

The University of Kansas and Adidas announced Wednesday an extension of their contract through 2031, despite an FBI investigation centered on the footwear and apparel company that cast a negative light on the Jayhawks' athletic programs. The Jayhawks have worn Adidas gear since 2005. The original eight-year agreement was extended by ...

New LSU AD Woodward initially supportive of embattled Wade

Basketball 04/23/19, 18:41

New LSU athletic director Scott Woodward began his tenure at his alma mater by asserting he would throw "100 percent support" behind recently reinstated basketball coach Will Wade — unless he's presented with new information that forces him to reconsider."I have not met with Will," Woodward said during his formal ...

Writings on gender issues magnify scrutiny of Trump Fed pick

Politics 04/23/19, 18:15

Additional provocative commentaries about women written by Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve board, emerged Tuesday, April 23, a day after a second White House Fed choice withdrew from consideration. In a column for the Washington Times, Moore wrote in 2000, "Colleges are places for rabble-rousing. For ...

Prosecutor: Greed fueled college basketball coaches’ bribes

Sports 04/23/19, 10:54

A prosecutor says greed led a fledgling manager of basketball players to bribe college coaches, but defense lawyers say it was all an FBI setup.The characterizations came during opening statements Tuesday in the second trial to result from an investigation that's exposed a seedy side of college basketball recruitment.On trial ...

‘From the heart’: Mullin’s decision to leave St. John’s

Sports 04/22/19, 14:13

Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's.He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s."It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight ...

Michigan State’s Winston staying in school, Ward leaving

Basketball 04/19/19, 16:08

Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is returning for his senior year and Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career.The school announced the decisions Friday.Winston, the Big Ten player of the year, averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior and broke ...

St. John’s hires Mike Anderson as basketball coach

Sports 04/19/19, 12:17

Mike Anderson is getting another chance at St. John's.Anderson was hired as Red Storm coach on Friday after he was fired by Arkansas last month. He also had head coaching stints at Missouri and UAB before leading the Razorbacks to five postseason appearances and a 169-102 record in eight seasons."Coach ...

NCAA rejects mandatory 2-year commitment to grad transfers

Sports 04/19/19, 12:16

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by ...

Texas Tech’s Culver declares for NBA draft after 2 seasons

Sports 04/18/19, 15:38

Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history.Culver made the announcement Thursday, 10 days after the Red Raiders finished their season with an overtime loss ...

Diakite becomes fourth Virginia player to pursue NBA dream

Sports 04/17/19, 17:59

Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.Diakite made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page. He's the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.The 6-foot-9 ...

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