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College basketball darkened again by new allegations
(AP Photo - John Bazemore)
By JOHN MARSHALL
From Associated Press
February 24, 2018 1:00 PM EST

The first blow to college basketball came in September, when a federal investigation revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Union leader Tony Clark says major league players remain concerned about the unusual amount of unsigned free agents with spring training nearing the end of its second week.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the second leg of an unprecedented Winter Olympics double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom to pair with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G a week earlier.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the book is closed on these Olympics — all Olympics, really — Ester Ledecka will have her own chapter.

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Move over, Mike Eruzione. You've got company. John Shuster delivered another Miracle on Ice for the Americans, only this one came with brooms instead of hockey sticks.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They've had their moment on prime-time TV, the skiers and skaters who dazzled or flopped in the Winter Olympics.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It's all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — While hundreds of millions of the world's people get ready to watch the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, North Koreans are still waiting to see the first event.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp's journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta. Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml began his trek back to Utah before the last ski race of the Olympics was done.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden wrapped up another 30-point night and another Rockets victory, then made his way to Minnesota's training room.

Oklahoma took college basketball by Sooner storm over the season's first two months, winning with a freewheeling style and Trae Young's nightly one-man show.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States biathlon team has announced it will boycott the final IBU World Cup meet in Russia next month.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At least Jeff Pain knows what is expected of him. Hired by China for his coaching expertise in the winter sport of skeleton, the Olympic silver medalist for Canada in 2006 has four more years to shape his rookie team of Chinese athletes into ice-sliding champions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

HOUSTON (AP) — Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler left the Timberwolves' game against the Houston Rockets with an apparent injury to his right knee.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who had harassed him.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern): 8:47 p.m. Texas is withholding junior guard Eric Davis Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Boone walked to home plate for his first game as a manager at any level and was greeted by Detroit's Ron Gardenhire, a 60-year-old baseball lifer back in charge of a big league team for the first time in four years.

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. was the hot topic even as Kyle Busch won the pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is not quite convinced Lindsey Vonn's Olympic career is done. "Whenever I hear anybody say something about this," Shiffrin said Friday, "it's like, 'most likely,' 'probably,' 'maybe,' 'we'll see,' 'not sure.' I'm like, 'Knowing Lindsey, I don't believe her.'" And with that, Shiffrin let out a big laugh.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school's initials.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville's success last season gave owner Shad Khan hope for the future and increased faith in the team's leadership.

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Montpellier's defense held out again in a 0-0 draw at Strasbourg in the French league on Friday. Montpellier has the second best defense in the league, with only 21 goals conceded in 27 games, and was rarely threatened by a subdued home side.