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College basketball scandal...Padres’ Jankowski wrist...Mets hire Mendoza

March 5, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Three men have received prison sentences in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that’s tainted two dozen schools. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State. Today, Gatto received nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code received six months each.

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski will miss the first couple months of the season after breaking a bone in his right wrist while diving to catch a fly ball against Texas. Padres manager Andy Green said an MRI revealed the fracture and Jankowski will have surgery this week. Jankowski was poised to be a fourth outfielder and defensive replacement.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) —The New York Mets have hired Jessica Mendoza as a baseball operations adviser, even as she remains a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” The Mets say she will be involved in player evaluation, technological advancement and health and performance. Mendoza says she will try to balance both tasks, while ESPN promises to be “fully transparent.”

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed offensive tackle Donovan Smith to a 3-year, $41.25 million contract. The fifth-year pro was facing the prospect of having a franchise tag placed on him before agreeing to a deal that includes $27 million guaranteed.

ARCADIA, Calif. — A 21st horse has died at Santa Anita since its winter meet began in late December, the AP is told. A filly trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally pulled up during morning training and was later euthanized. Last week, Santa Anita was closed for two days while the dirt surface underwent extensive testing. Racing won’t resume until Friday.