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Admissions scandal...Westbrook fined, fan booted...Falcons, Broncos-Hall of Fame

March 12, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — Some college coaches have been caught up in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme involving wealthy parents. William “Rick” Singer, of Newport Beach, California, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He’s among 50 people charged. In the sweeping bribery case, TV stars and wealthy parents are charged with paying coaches and testing-center insiders to help get their children into elite universities as athletes.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Court records show that almost $200,000 in cash was seized from the owners of Florida massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was accused of paying for sexual acts. Search warrants released Tuesday show Jupiter police found the cash in bank safety deposit boxes belonging to two women authorities say owned the spa and an employee.

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after NBA star Russell Westbrook directed vulgar comments toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning one of the fans from their arena. Westbrook, fined $25 thousand, said he was responding to a racist comment. He’s getting support from Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn’t the first time a racially motivated incident happened at a Jazz game.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL teams are digging deep to get new firepower. On the second day before the first real day of free agency, the dollars kept flowing. The Jets agreed to contracts with three players: wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Packers made deals with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will play in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 1 to open the preseason. Each team will be making its fourth appearance in the preseason game, which this year will launch the NFL’s 100th season. Two days after the game in Canton, Ohio, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and former Kansas City Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will be among those enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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