Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Kansas, NC State Linked to Basketball Scandal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Kansas, NC State Linked to Basketball Scandal

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Kansas, NC State linked to basketball scandal

Kansas and North Carolina State are the latest schools to be swept up in a bribery scandal involving college basketball.

A rewritten indictment released Tuesday in New York alleges that an Adidas representative, who no longer works for the company, arranged for payments to parents of athletes willing to commit to the schools.

The refreshed indictment came several months after 10 men were charged in an alleged scheme to bribe assistant coaches in exchange for steering top-flight NBA prospects to a particular agent or financial adviser. Four assistant coaches have been prosecuted and the scandal has led to the end of coach Rick Pitino's career at the University of Louisville. The new indictment expands the scope of the charges, alleging a wire-fraud conspiracy that included alleged payments to families of six student-athletes being recruited by four schools, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the Adidas representative, James Gatto, and others agreed to pay $90,000 to the mother of a Kansas recruit and to funnel $40,000 to the father of a recruit at North Carolina State. No players are directly named, but specific details make clear the indictment is describing former North Carolina State star Dennis Smith Jr. and Kansas player Silvio De Sousa. (AP)

Mizzou baseball wins at Missouri State - In the season's first matchup of in-state rivals, the Missouri baseball team blew a couple early leads at Missouri State, fell behind in the middle innings then rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Bears at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Mizzou's six through eight hitters combined for six hits, five RBIs and five runs. The Bears (22-8) had won six of the last seven meetings and swept both games against the Tigers a season ago.

Mizzou (24-9) opened the scoring with the three runs in the first off starter Austin Knight with Zach Hanna's two-run single and Alex Samples' RBI double. Hanna added a solo homer to left in the third inning. MSU answered with runs in the third and fourth then a two-run single in the fifth and a couple RBI hits in the sixth to move ahead 6-5. …

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