Auburn re­ceives fed­eral sub­poena

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Baseball -

Auburn said it has re­ceived a fed­eral grand jury sub­poena in the bribery case against bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­ate head coach Chuck Per­son.

The univer­sity con­firmed that in a state­ment Thurs­day in re­sponse to an open records re­quest from The As­so­ci­ated Press. Auburn’s state­ment said it won’t yet re­lease the doc­u­ments be­cause they are typ­i­cally “sent with the un­der­stand­ing that they will be treated con­fi­den­tially,” in­clud­ing on whether they were re­ceived in the first place.

Ok­la­homa State pro­vided AP and other me­dia out­lets with a copy of the sub­poena it re­ceived in the wide­spread cor­rup­tion case, prompt­ing Auburn to ac­knowl­edge that it also has got­ten one.

Per­son was sus­pended with­out pay af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said the for­mer NBA player ac­cepted about $91,500 in bribes to steer clients to a Pitts­burgh-based fi­nan­cial ad­viser when they reached the NBA.

More col­lege bas­ket­ball

The Pac-12 Con­fer­ence is launch­ing its own task force to de­velop re­form pro­pos­als in the wake of a fed­eral bribery in­ves­ti­ga­tion that in­cludes two as­sis­tant coaches (South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Tony Bland and Ari­zona’s Emanuel Richard­son) in the con­fer­ence. Com­mis­sioner Larry Scott ex­pects the 10 to 12 mem­bers on his task force “to ad­dress is­sues that are threat­en­ing the in­tegrity of col­le­giate ath­let­ics and to pro­tect our stu­dent-ath­letes.” Scott named the first five mem­bers at the Pac-12’s men’s bas­ket­ball me­dia day — a day af­ter the NCAA an­nounced a com­mis­sion to study the in­ner work­ings of col­lege bas­ket­ball amid the scan­dal.

Soc­cer

The Qatari pres­i­dent of one of Europe’s most glam­orous soc­cer clubs, Paris Saint-Ger­main, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Swiss pros­e­cu­tors for sus­pected bribery of a top FIFA ex­ec­u­tive to get World Cup broad­cast­ing rights. Crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against Nasser AlKhe­laifi, PSG pres­i­dent and CEO of Qatar-owned BeIN Me­dia Group, for­mer FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral Jerome Val­cke, and an un­named “busi­ness­man in the sports rights sec­tor” was an­nounced by the of­fice of Switzer­land’s at­tor­ney gen­eral. The case in­volves the award of broad­cast rights for the next four World Cups from 2018 through 2030.

• The United States stum­bled to a 3-1 loss to Colom­bia in its fi­nal group-stage game at the Un­der-17 World Cup in Navi Mumbia, In­dia, and will play Paraguay, Ger­many or Iran in the sec­ond round next week. The Amer­i­cans (2-1) be­gan the day lead­ing Group A but fell to third place with the de­feat, fall­ing be­hind Ghana on goal dif­fer­ence and Colom­bia on head-to-head.

Ten­nis

Rafael Nadal won his 14th con­sec­u­tive match to reach the Shang­hai Masters quar­ter­fi­nals, beat­ing Fabio Fognini of Italy, 6-3, 6-1. Fognini oc­cu­pied Nadal for 63 min­utes, nine min­utes longer Nadal’s sec­ond-round match. Roger Fed­erer, seeded sec­ond to Nadal, also was not de­tained for long as he de­feated Ukrainian qual­i­fier Alexandr Dol­go­polov, 6-4, 6-2.

• The WTA said Jo­hanna Konta with­drew from the Krem­lin Cup next week, mean­ing Caro­line Gar­cia has se­cured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Fi­nals.

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