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.
Jerry Barca , CONTRIBUTOR
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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 >
BETHESDA, Md. — One of the most invaluable facets of basketball — and sports in general — is its ability to bring people together, no matter the circumstance, no matter the situation.
On Wednesday, basketball did just that.
In recognition of Warrior Care Month and as an early celebration for Veterans Day, the NBA sponsored a wheelchair basketball game at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military hospitals in the country.
Two teams, made up of both active and injured service members, geared up for a 40-minute, full-court game that had no shortage of competitive spirit.
“It’s been a little bit different now, the transition getting into a wheelchair, but it’s been a lot of fun and keeps me competitive,” Army Sgt. Chris McGinnis, who stole the show by commanding fastbreaks and knocking down transition three-pointers, told USA TODAY Sports.
“Getting back out here with my battle More >
NBA.com staff reports | Oct 2, 2016 6:41 PM ET
After word spread Friday that Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons broke his foot, comes word that his injured foot will require surgery according to ESPN.
The No. 1 overall pick is expected to miss about three months according to the report.
Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays and an MRI revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal bone.
Simmons’ injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to their players. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play because of surgeries on his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor had his rookie season cut short with season-ending More >
Simon Ogus, Forbes.com CONTRIBUTOR
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Metta World Peace to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, according to Yahoo!. Last year the Lakers gave Peace a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, so it’s unlikely he’ll see any additional boost in salary. The 36-year old small forward will be reunited with former teammate, now head coach, Luke Walton, with whom he won two NBA titles while in a Lakers uniform.
World Peace spent a season playing in China before returning to the NBA last season with the Lakers. During 2015, Peace appeared in 35 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, and averaging just 16.9 minutes a game.