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Person to plead guilty Tuesday...NCAA slams Tech...Yanks ace out until May...McIlroy, Fleetwood lead

March 16, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to entice young athletes to go to top schools. The former NBA player will be the fourth and final assistant coach from a major college basketball program charged in the case to change his plea. His plea deal is expected to be roughly the same as that offered to the other coaches with a recommended sentencing guideline range of two to 2 1/2 years in prison.

ATLANTA (AP) —The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech of serious recruiting violations committed by former assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a “severe breach of conduct,” considered the highest level of violations. Pastner’s former friend, Ron Bell, identified by the NCAA as a “representative of the institution’s athletic interests,” was said to have provided more than $2,000 in impermissible benefits to players in 2016 and 2017.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says ace starter Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation. Severino had been scheduled to start on opening day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training start on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session. Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy finished eagle-birdie-par at the TPC Sawgrass for a 7-under 65 to tie Tommy Fleetwood for the lead going into the weekend at The Players Championship. Fleetwood rode a birdie-eagle-birdie start to a 67 and was the first to reach 12-under 144. Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) was three behind following a 64 that left him in a third-place tie with Ian Poulter, Abraham Ancer and Brian Harman.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Austin Dillon received the pole for tomorrow’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Auto Club Speedway after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying. With all 12 final-round drivers determined to go out as late as possible in a drafting group, everyone waited to start until roughly 44 seconds remained in the session. Nobody made it to the line before time ran out, allowing Dillon to claim his fourth career pole after he won each of the two rounds of qualifying.