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March 12, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Fifty people, including at least nine college athletic coachers and 33 people have been charged in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed the coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. The parents are accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

UNDATED (AP) — Lots of wheeling and dealing in the NFL today. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman will re-sign with the Cleveland Browns after a bounce-back season. He was set to hit the free-agent market on Wednesday. The Associated Press has learned the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold on a four-year deal worth $44 million with $22.5 million guaranteed. The Denver Broncos expected to sign free agent defensive back Kareem Jackson to a three-year, $33 million deal.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight. Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday. The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty instigating the fight and throwing a punch at Chriss.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL says Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly didn’t direct a gay slur at an official during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur with 1:51 left in the second period on Monday night when Rielly and Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde skated into Toronto’s defensive zone. The NHL says in a statement that Rielly and referee Brad Meier “adamantly denied that Rielly uttered a slur and the audio supported their statements.”

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will play in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 1 to open the preseason. Each team will be making its fourth appearance in the preseason game, which this year will launch the NFL’s 100th season