Men plead not guilty in con­spir­ing to de­fraud NBA

The Covington News - - Sports -

NEW YORK — Two men charged in a bet­ting scan­dal in­volv­ing dis­graced bas­ket­ball ref­eree Tim Don­aghy have pleaded not guilty to con­spir­ing to de­fraud the NBA.

Prose­cu­tors said James Bat­tista, a pro­fes­sional gam­bler with nick­names “Baba” and “Sheep,” and Thomas Martino en­tered the pleas dur­ing a brief ap­pear­ance Fri­day in Brook­lyn.

A trial date was set for April 28. Each man re­mains free on $250,000 bond.

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