Four coaches among men
charged in bribery scandal
• In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choices of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.
Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.
Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000 — using money supplied by Adidas — to attend two universities sponsored by the shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.
The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were immediately suspended.
Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of suits for NBA stars; and various financial advisers and managers.
NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying in a prepared statement, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”
• West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad must sit out the first half of the 2017-18 season after failing to meet eligibility requirements. He averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Third-string quarterback named Maryland starter
• Maryland will start third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager on Saturday against Minnesota after Kasim Hill is out for the season with a torn ACL. Hill had replaced Tyrrell Pigrome, who tore and ACL in the season opener.
• Nebraska named 1980s offensive lineman Dave Rimington as its interim athletic director as it hunts for a successor to the fired Shawn Eichorst.
Atlanta Dream star leads WNBA’s all-rookie team
• Brittney Sykes of the Atlanta Dream leads the WNBA all-rookie team as one of three unanimous selections. She joins Allisha Gray of the Dallas Wings and Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars.
• The Canadian women’s hockey team will host the archrival United States in Winnipeg on Dec. 5 in a pre-Olympic matchup.
• Top-ranked Garbine Muguruza advanced to the third round of the Wuhan Open by beating Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4 in Wuhan, China.
• Driver Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix after Daniil Kvyat was dropped.
— From wire reports
Sports news roundup (Sept. 26): Four coaches among 10 men charged in college bribery scandal