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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

March 5, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe maker were sentenced to less than a year in prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.” By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: 460 words by 3 p.m. with photos.

XGR--AGING-SERVICES

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Advocates for New Yorkers 60 years and older say millions more in state funding is needed to provide in-home services such as meal deliveries. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ LIMOUSINE CRASH-LAWSUIT: Lawyers for the operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York say the deaths could have been caused by an act of God or the passengers’ failure to wear seat belts.

_ WHITE SUPREMACIST FLYERS-ARREST: Police have cited a University of Rochester student in connection with white supremacist flyers and stickers that were posted around a western New York town last fall.

_ WWII--SAILOR IDENTIFIED: Pentagon officials say the remains of an American sailor from upstate New York who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified.

_ FBC--FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED: A football player at the University of Maine who has been charged with domestic violence assault is pleading not guilty and is scheduled to return to court in May.

_ ELECTION 2020-HILLARY CLINTON: Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020, but vows she’s “not going anywhere.” With photos, video, audio.

_ WINTER WEATHER-NEW YORK: A National Weather Service expert says up to 16 inches (41 centimeters) of snow could cover the ground by Thursday morning in parts of upstate New York.

_ AP EXAMS-NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio says a record number of city students took Advanced Placement exams during the 2018 school year.

_ CENSUS-NEW YORK COUNT: Advocacy groups will be in Albany to push the Cuomo administration to ensure that New York state residents are fully counted in next year’s federal census.

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SPORTS

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HKN--MCDAVID VS EICHEL

BUFFALO _ What’s becoming abundantly clear since Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were selected with the top two picks in the 2015 draft is it takes more than the arrival of a so-called “once-in-a-generation” star to transform a losing team into a contender. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 803 words, photos.

HKN--SENATORS-ISLANDERS

UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ The New York Islanders look to get back on the winning track as they host the Ottawa Senators in the opener of a home-and-home set. The Islanders have lost three of four on their season-high five-game homestand to fall two points behind first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--RANGERS-STARS

DALLAS _ With captain Jamie Benn coming off a hat trick that helped cap a successful road trip, the Stars host the New York Rangers. New York can match a season high with a fifth straight loss. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

BIA--NEW MEDAL MINDSET

The Americans have never won an Olympic medal in biathlon. The organization for the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting is trying to change that with a revamped blueprint. Soon after Pyeongchang, some big biathlon names were brought in to lead the team into the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Retired American standout Tim Burke, a New York native whose new role is athlete development manager, competed at four Winter Olympics and earned a silver medal at the 2013 world championships. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 1012 words, photos.

BBN--METS-MENDOZA

NEW YORK _ Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 577 words, photo.

BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO

TAMPA, Fla. _ Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been scratched from his first scheduled spring training start due to right shoulder discomfort. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 282 words, photo.