Report: Miami booster says he showered gifts on players
Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university's football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.
Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor. Shapiro also claimed he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. One former Miami player, running back Tyrone Moss, told Yahoo Sports he accepted $1,000 from Shapiro around the time he was entering college.
"Hell yeah, I recruited a lot of kids for Miami," Shapiro told the site. "With access to the clubs, access to the strip joints. My house. My boat. We're talking about high school football players. Not anybody can just get into the clubs or strip joints. Who is going to pay for it and make it happen? That was me."
Shapiro has said multiple times in the past year, including in the Yahoo Sports story posted Tuesday, that he is angry with several of the players he claims to have helped when they were Hurricanes. Miami officials began cooperating with NCAA investigators not long after Shapiro made claims about his involvement with players last year. University president Donna Shalala and Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst were questioned by the NCAA this week. The school reiterated Tuesday it takes the allegations seriously.
UK baseball to get all seven draftees
All seven Kentucky baseball signees selected in the 2011 MLB Draft have elected to attend UK for their collegiate careers, the school announced following the MLB Draft signing deadline on Tuesday.
Tressel visits Browns camp as 'fan'
His hands clasped behind his back in a familiar pose, Jim Tressel was back on a football sideline. Just no longer as a coach. Ousted at scandal-ridden Ohio State and without a team to lead and teach for the first time in 25 years, Tressel visited Cleveland's training camp, where he intently watched practice, spent time with new Browns coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Colt McCoy — and even reminisced with former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
Tressel was asked whether he would consider an NFL consulting job: "Not right now. I'm a fan. Always been a Browns fan."
■ A hotel security guard and witness in a pending sexual-abuse case against Albert Haynesworth says he was offered $50,000 to testify against the NFL defensive lineman, court records show. Haynesworth is accused of sliding his credit card into the bra of a waitress and touching her breast while having drinks with friends last February at the W Hotel in Washington. He is scheduled to stand trial in D.C. Superior Court next Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse. He has denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer, who filed sworn statements this week from several witnesses who said they either never saw Haynesworth touch the woman or that the waitress had playfully allowed Haynesworth to place his credit card inside her bra. The defense lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, filed the statements as part of a motion that seeks to force prosecutors to turn over all grand jury testimony and any evidence that is favorable to his case or could help his defense.
■ Detroit rookie defensive lineman Nick Fairley is making progress as he recovers from surgery on his left foot. Fairley was walking around Tuesday with a protective boot on the injured foot. The defensive tackle missed the Lions' first pre-season game last week. Fairley didn't have much to say about his injury, but he's clearly putting in the effort to stay involved in team activities.
"Right now I'm taking it day by day. I'm in the treatment room, trying to get back as fast as I can," said Fairley, a first-round draft pick.
■ Titans receiver Kenny Britt was back on the field Tuesday. The Titans have been very cautious with Britt since the start of training camp because he reported with a right hamstring he hurt working on his own in New Jersey in late July.
■ Broncos run-stuffer Ty Warren has a torn triceps that will sideline him indefinitely. Fellow defensive tackle Marcus Thomas has a strained pectoral muscle that's expected to keep him out at least until the regular season. Both were injured Monday. Warren was the Broncos' biggest off-season addition, signing a two-year, $8 million deal after he was cut by the Patriots.
Brits ban trainer for removing nerves
The British Horseracing Authority has banned one of Britain's top trainers for four years after he removed nerves from one of his horses and gave anabolic steroids to three others. Howard Johnson said Tuesday he will not appeal his ban, which begins Friday, but will instead retire immediately. A post-mortem on his horse Striking Article discovered that it had undergone a palmar neurectomy, removing nerves in its lower leg. It is illegal for horses to race following such an operation, yet Striking Article went on to run eight more times.
Serena wins first-round match at Cincy
Serena Williams, winner of her last two tournaments, defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (5) Tuesday in the first round of the Western & Southern Open, a U.S. Open tuneup outside Cincinnati. French Open champion Li Na beat Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 to become the first woman to reach the third round. The win was Li's first since losing in the second round at Wimbledon. She lost in the first round last week in Toronto.
Novosel helps U.S. to third straight win
Former Lexington Catholic standout Natalie Novosel had four points, six rebounds and two steals for Team USA in its third straight pool-play victory at the World University Games Monday in Shenzhen, China, an 85-33 rout of Great Britain. Novosel, a senior-to-be at Notre Dame, has started all three games for the Americans, who finished first in Group B and will take on Finland in an elimination quarterfinal game Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Notre Dame teammate Skylar Diggins led the United States with 13 points.
South Lexington wins Major/60 pool play
Down 4-2 after the first inning, South Lexington didn't allow another run and scored eight more of its own for a 10-4 victory over Benton (Ark.) in its final pool-play game of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Visalia, Calif. Lexington went 4-0 in pool play to take first place in the American Division
■ Southeastern Lexington took advantage of seven errors by Laguna, Calif., in an 11-1 victory in five innings in pool play in the Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series at Winchester, Va. Colin Burgess led the way for Southeastern Lexington, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Blayne Deaton held Laguna, Calif., to four hits. Southeastern Lexington improved to 3-0 and will play the other undefeated team in their division — Raleigh, N.C. — at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The last word
Hockey great Wayne Gretzky on the side benefit of being included on EA Sports' NHL 12 legends mode:
"At least my kids now believe me when they see it on a video game."