Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Report: Former Player Alerted Tressel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Report: Former Player Alerted Tressel

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that a former Ohio State player is the lawyer who sent e-mails to football coach Jim Tressel last spring telling him that players were selling memorabilia.

The newspaper, citing three unidentified sources, reported Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero sent the e-mails. Cicero lettered in football at Ohio State in 1983, when Tressel was an assistant coach.

In a statement released Wednesday, Cicero said he voluntarily cooperated when an Ohio State attorney asked him to meet with university representatives and the NCAA about e-mails he exchanged with Tressel.

The university on Tuesday suspended Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined him $250,000 for failing to notify the school about the players' involvement.

GEORGIA REPORTS NCAA VIOLATIONS IN RECRUITMENT

Georgia admitted it broke NCAA rules in its recruitment of Ray Drew.

The school sent a letter to the Southeastern Conference saying that two former football players attended a Jan. 28 news conference in which the linebacker announced his commitment to Georgia. That was a violation of five NCAA bylaws relating to illegal contact before signing a letter of intent.

While the ex-players aren't named in the letter, several news outlets reported that Randall Godfrey and David Pollack attended Drew's news conference at Thomas County Central High School.

SERENA RECALLS "SCARIEST MOMENT" OF HER LIFE

Serena Williams said it was "the scariest moment in my life" when blood clots were recently discovered in her lungs.

But the 13-time Grand Slam champion said on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that she hopes to return to tennis this summer after recovering from a recent pulmonary embolism followed by a hematoma.

Williams spoke from Los Angles, saying she hasn't left the house much since going to the hospital on Feb. …

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