- - Monday, April 11, 2011


San Diego coach, players indicted in game-fixing scheme

SAN DIEGO | A former University of San Diego assistant basketball coach and two former players are among 10 people indicted in an alleged conspiracy to affect the outcome of games, federal authorities revealed Monday.

A federal grand jury handed up the indictments on April 8 against former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, 32, of El Cajon, Calif., who coached at USD during the 2006-07 season, and former players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy.

The indictment alleges that Johnson took a bribe to influence the result of a game in February 2010 and solicited someone else in January 2011 to affect the outcome of USD basketball games.

The indictment alleges that this February, Brown and Dowdy solicited someone to affect the outcome of a game at the University of California, Riverside.


Manny ‘disappointed’ but doesn’t apologize for sudden retirement

BOSTON | Slugger Manny Ramirez has spoken to Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon since retiring while facing a 100-game drug ban, but stopped short of apologizing for his abrupt departure.

“He was disappointed in himself, but he was also very kind to the organization,” Maddon said Monday. “He just said he was disappointed. He didn’t apologize. I wasn’t looking for an apology necessarily. I wasn’t. He spoke to me kind of like, man to man, person to person, manager to player. So I didn’t think he owed me an apology.”

Maddon did not say when the conversation with Ramirez took place. Ramirez walked away last Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He previously served a 50-game ban for violating the drug policy.


Clijsters might miss French Open after sustaining ankle injury

BRUSSELS | Kim Clijsters may miss next month’s French Open after injuring her right ankle at her cousin’s wedding.

A statement posted on the Belgian star’s website Sunday said the injury would keep her out for at least four to six weeks.

“Since the French Open starts in literally six weeks, Kim’s presence in Paris is very uncertain,” the statement said.


Ravens assistant Moeller won’t serve jail time for DWI

TOWSON | Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, but he will not have to serve time in jail.

Moeller was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation by a Baltimore County district judge. Six other traffic offenses were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

A 60-day jail sentence was suspended with the exception of the two days Moeller served last fall.

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