ESPN.com news services | May 8, 2017
A former Kentucky men’s basketball director and NCAA employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of defrauding professional athletes for nearly $1.3 million, aggravated identify theft and money laundering.
Former Kentucky football player Leon Smith, who owned and operated Lexington-based Legacy Pro Management Group and Legacy Athlete Management, was named in the indictment, according to a copy of the document obtained by Yahoo! Sports.
The indictment listed 14 counts of fraud and alleges that Smith misappropriated $1,298,506 in funds from September 2011 through January 2015 from four unnamed professional athletes who used his businesses for various financial services and other assistance, according to Yahoo.
Nancy De Gennaro , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee | 2:59 p.m. CT May 6, 2017
It was a home run that kicked off the inaugural ball game Saturday at the grand opening of Murfreesboro Miracle Field, funded in part by Project One Four, a David Price Foundation.
“Atta boy, Joey,” yelled Tommi Stephenson, whose son, Joey Doherty, was the first at bat for the opening game of the Miracle League. “This is a pretty amazing thing for the special needs community,” Stephenson said as she continued to cheer on her son, member of the Miracle League’s Boston Red Sox.
Miracle Field features a custom-designed, special rubberized baseball field built for children and adults with special needs and accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices. A buddy system pairs able-bodied peers with the Miracle League athletes.
In addition to the ball field, the complex includes an inclusive playground that benefits all children with More >
Major League Baseball should make it easier for teams like the Phillies and mandate expanded protective netting0
John Harper | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Slowly, change seems to be coming on the issue of fan safety in baseball, specifically additional protective netting in ballparks. Unfortunately, it’s not being driven by Major League Baseball but individual franchises, and some perhaps only as a reaction to serious injuries and/or bad publicity.
On Friday the Phillies announced they are extending their netting to the far end of the dugouts at Citizens Bank Ballpark, thus becoming the fifth of 30 MLB teams to protect fans sitting in the areas behind the dugouts.
It’s the right thing to do, and they should be applauded for it, but would they have done it if shortstop Freddy Galvis hadn’t lambasted the team — and MLB — for not having such netting in place last August after his foul ball hit a young girl in the face?
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Ivan Maisel | ESPN Senior Writer | Jan 9, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. — Really, a team coached by Dabo Swinney couldn’t have won a national championship any other way.
The Clemson coach’s life story could have been written by Horatio Alger, the guy who invented the classic American success story, if Alger had a drawl and ever said, “Bring your own guts.”
Swinney, the former walk-on wide receiver, won his first national championship against his alma mater — the team that denied him a year ago, the monolithic defending national champion Alabama — with 1 second to play, on a throw to a former walk-on wide receiver.
Hunter Renfrow, a sophomore who turned down a scholarship offer from FCS Appalachian State to pay for the chance to play for Swinney, caught the winning 2-yard touchdown pass from the greatest player ever to wear a Clemson uniform.
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Jerry Barca , CONTRIBUTOR
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
Grayson Allen has a problem. Duke and the ACC have to see that… Hopefully.
What does the Duke star have to do for some action to be taken to interrupt a pattern of behavior that has no place on the basketball court?
Last night, in a 16-point road loss to No. 9 Florida State, Allen shoved a Florida State assistant coach. The headlines read “appears” to shove. The TV talking heads have already begun making excuses, wanting to see the play in full speed rather than slow motion. The Florida State assistant has taken responsibility for his role in being shoved. All this misses a greater issue and gives Allen the benefit of the doubt. This thinking tacitly allows the More >