3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal
NEW YORK (AP) – Three men have received prison sentences in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.
Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.
Gatto received nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code received six months each.
Prosecutors say coaches teamed up with the Adidas executive and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors.
Padres’ Jankowski to miss several months with broken wrist
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski will miss the first couple months of the season after breaking a bone in his right wrist while diving to catch a fly ball against Texas.
Padres manager Andy Green said an MRI revealed the fracture and Jankowski will have surgery this week. Jankowski was poised to be a fourth outfielder and defensive replacement.
Jankowski missed almost all of 2017 with a broken bone in his right foot. He hit .259 in 117 games last season, but his biggest value came with his defense and speed. He stole 24 bases in 31 chances.
In other news from spring training:
– New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been scratched from his first scheduled spring training start due to right shoulder discomfort. Severino was slated to face the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday but was replaced by Stephan Tarpley. New York manager Aaron Boone has said that Severino was expected to the opening-day starter against the Baltimore Orioles on March. 28.
– Pitcher Clay Buchholz and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old right-hander is expected to join a starting rotation that includes Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. A two-time All-Star, Buchholz is 84-64 with a 4.78 ERA in 12 big league seasons for Boston (2007-16), Philadelphia (2017) and the Diamondbacks. He pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore in his second major league start.
– The Detroit Tigers have assigned top draft pick Casey Mize to minor league camp. Mize, the No. 1 selection in last year’s draft, pitched two innings Monday for the Tigers against St. Louis. He struck out the first two batters of a 1-2-3 seventh, then allowed a run in the eighth after walking two.
– Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will likely miss the first month of the season, following another procedure to repair a severe cut above the heel on his right foot. Sano saw a plastic surgeon to undergo an operation to remove damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound. Sano suffered the gash in late January during the celebration of his team’s winter league championship in the Dominican Republic.
– Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract that pays a $605,000 salary in the major leagues, a $20,000 raise from last year. A unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year in 2017, the outfielder/first baseman hit .260 with 25 homers and 76 RBIs last year, down from a .267 average, 39 homers and 97 RBIs in his debut season. His salary would drop to $292,500 this year in the unlikely event he is sent to the minor leagues.
Mendoza to work for Mets while remaining an ESPN broadcaster
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Jessica Mendoza has been hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” The move is part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams.
The Mets said Tuesday she will be involved in player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance.
Mendoza, a member of the U.S. Olympic softball team in 2004 and 2008, did not address any potential conflict of interest – working for a team while simultaneously commentating on all clubs. Before Sunday night games, managers routinely give private briefings to the ESPN broadcasters.
Canucks’ Brandon Sutter needs surgery, likely out for season
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter will have sports hernia surgery again and is likely done for the season.
The team said Tuesday his recovery is expected to last six to eight weeks.
Vancouver entered Tuesday eight points out of a wild-card spot in the congested Western Conference. Its regular season ends April 6.
Sutter hasn’t played since a Feb. 9 victory over Calgary.
Colts re-sign Hunt, keep starting DT off free-agent market
UNDATED (AP) – Defensive tackle Margus Hunt has re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, keeping him off the free-agent market.
The 6-foot-8, 298-pound lineman started 15 games with Indy last season, primarily at tackle after starting the season as an end. He posted career highs with 30 tackles, 13 for loss, and five sacks. He also forced one fumble and recovered another.
In other NFL news:
– The Chicago Bears have released linebacker Sam Acho. An eight-year veteran, Acho made 25 starts in four seasons with the Bears and had four sacks, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He missed the final 12 games last year because of a torn pectoral muscle.
In NFL news:
– Former Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly has pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal trespassing after being accused of entering a couple’s suburban Denver home uninvited. KDVR-TV reports that Kelly entered the plea on Monday in Arapahoe County District Court.
– The New York Giants didn’t put a franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. The Giants’ leading tackler in each of his four seasons with the team, Collins has thanked the organization for “4 great years” in a tweet and said he was looking forward to the next chapter of his football career.
Cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released by the Houston Texans. Johnson was a first-round pick in 2015 but never lived up to his high draft status in a career that was plagued by injuries. He got a concussion in a preseason game last season and after a second one in the first week of the regular season he was placed on injured reserve and didn’t return.
Duke’s Williamson out for 4th straight game with knee injury
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke star freshman Zion Williamson will miss his fourth straight game because of a mild right knee sprain.
The school made the announcement about four hours before the fourth-ranked Blue Devils play host to Wake Forest in their home finale Tuesday night.
Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of an 88-72 loss to North Carolina on Feb. 20. He planted his foot while dribbling and his left shoe tore apart.
Duke is 2-1 in full games without him, beating Syracuse and Miami but losing at Virginia Tech. Williamson ranks second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.6 points. He also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding, shooting percentage and steals.
Nebraska RB ‘limited’ in spring as legal issues play out
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska coach Scott Frost says running back Maurice Washington will be a “limited participant” in spring football practice as his legal problems in California play out.
Washington faces felony and misdemeanor charges in California related to his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.
Washington played in 11 games as a freshman last season and is in line to be the starter this fall. Frost said Tuesday that Washington might not be at every practice and has other things to worry about now.
AP Source: 21st horse sustains fatal injury at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has now died at Santa Anita.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the fatality has not been announced publicly.
The person says a filly trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally was pulled up during morning training on the dirt track and was taken off by van. The filly was later euthanized because of her injury.
A total of 21 horses have died since the racetrack’s winter meet began on Dec. 26. Last week, Santa Anita was closed for two days while the dirt surface underwent extensive testing.
Arsenal: Gunners beat Angers on penalties in penultimate pre-season friendly
Reiss Nelson was on target as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Angers before beating the French side on penalties in their penultimate pre-season game.
Nelson, 19, followed up a saved shot from Eddie Nketiah to level after Farid El Melali’s opener for the home side.
Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a late goal ruled out for offside.
And Emiliano Martinez saved the decisive penalty from ex-Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide to give Arsenal a 4-3 win in the shootout.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could have won the shootout a penalty earlier for the visitors after Wilfried Kanga had fired his kick over the bar, but the Armenian followed suit with a poorly executed effort into the stand behind the goal.
It was another inconsistent display from Unai Emery’s side in a game designed as a celebration of Angers’ centenary.
Primarily, Emery took the opportunity to check on the first-team suitability of some of his squad’s young players, with teenagers Zech Medley, Robbie Burton, Gabriel Martinelli, Tyreece John-Jules and Nelson all starting.
There was some experience, in the shape of Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi, although the latter may well have been playing his final game for Arsenal, with the club in talks with a number of sides over the possible departure of the 27-year-old defender.
The Gunners face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their final pre-season game on Sunday before starting their Premier League campaign with a trip to Newcastle the following Saturday.
Andy Murray & Jamie Murray win at Washington Open
Andy Murray and Jamie Murray returned to court together for the first time since 2016 with a gutsy three-set win over experienced French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
The Scottish brothers missed three match points before sealing a 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 10-5 win at the Washington Open.
They trailed 5-2 in the decider – a first-to-10 champions tie-break – but won eight straight points for victory.
Andy Murray, 32, is playing his fourth event since hip surgery in January.
The former world number one feared his career might be over before having the hip resurfacing operation, but returned to the doubles court five months later when he won the Queen’s title alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.
The three-time Grand Slam champion says he could make a singles return at the Cincinnati Masters later this month and looked in the best shape he has been since resuming his career as he won alongside his older brother Jamie.
- Playing with Andy is going to be fun – Jamie Murray column
Andy Murray’s demeanour on his return to the American capital was markedly different to 12 months ago when, struggling to cope with the pain in his hip, hebroke down in tears at the end of his third-round singles win against Marius Copil at about 3am local time.
Now he is pain free – looking happy on court and as fiercely competitive as ever – as he continues towards his goal of returning to singles action.
“I’m in a much better place than last year – physically I feel better, I’m not restricted in hitting shots, I’m still a bit slow but hopefully that will improve,” he said.
“To come back here and be pain free is brilliant.”
The Murray brothers, who won doubles titles together in Valencia in 2010 and Tokyo in 2011, complemented each other well as they impressed with their quick reactions around the net and solid serving.
A tight first set swung the way of the Britons when a brilliant cross-court backhand from Andy Murray brought up three sets points as Jamie Murray – who won this tournament with Brazilian Bruno Soares last year – converted the first by threading a winner between the Frenchmen.
Another finely-balanced set stayed on serve – with Andy Murray particularly dominant – to take the second into a tie-break where Mahut and Roger-Vasselin dug deep to fight off three match points.
The momentum initially stayed with the Frenchmen as they moved ahead in the decider before the Murrays battled back to clinch an entertaining match to reach the last eight.
“The level of tennis was really good. Doubles matches are tough because they can turn on a few points,” said Andy Murray. “But we felt we were in control for most of the match and I think we deserved it.”
Jamie Murray added: “It was a lot of fun. To play tennis together again was really special and we’re glad to get another match.”
**The pair will next play third seeds New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South Africa’s Raven Klaasen on Friday for a spot in the semi-finals.
Ashes 2019 1st Test live stream: When and where to watch England vs Australia
England vs Australia, 1st Ashes Test in Edgbaston live stream and TV broadcast details: Joe Root’s men begin their bid to reclaim the Ashes Urn as they host Australia in Birmingham from Thursday.
Riding with confidence after their victorious World Cup campaign, England will aim to make a good start in their effort to regain the urn when they take on Australia in the first Ashes Test beginning Thursday at Edgbaston.
The excitement level will be doubled in the Birmingham Test as it also marks the start of the ICC World Test Championship which will see a world champion in the longest format of the game in July 2021.
The Joe Root-led side, which faced a scare against Ireland in the four-day Test at Lord’s, will look to come out with a better performance, especially with the bat. Given the top-order woes, Root is likely to bat at number three, with Joe Denly set to come in at number four.
On the other hand, Australia will be looking to take revenge of the semi-final defeat. They will be bolstered with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith who are making their comeback to Test cricket after serving their one-year bans for involvement in Sandpaper Gate fiasco.
Head coach Justin Langer has already indicated that Usman Khawaja who is returning from an injury and has passed the fitness test, will be in the playing XI alongside James Pattinson. Australia will have to choose between the returning Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris as Warner’s opening partner.
When will the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia begin?
The first Test of Ashes 2019 will start at 11 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) and (10 AM GMT) on Thursday, August 1.
Where I can watch 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia live?ADVERTISEMENT
The first Test of Ashes 2019 between England and Australia can be watched on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.
How can I watch the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia online?
Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for the 1st Ashes Test.
Where will the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia be played?
Edgbaston in Birmingham will host the first Ashes Test.
What are the squads for the 1st Ashes Test?
England: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Olly Stone, Jofra Archer
Australia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine(w/c), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser
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