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Two officials of Adidas including an aspiring NBA agent were found guilty of fraud charges connected to schemes of secretly paying families of top basketball recruits to gain their commitment to college teams that Adidas sponsors. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were happy with the verdict because they have spent more than 3 years in investigations on college basketball black market.
It was apparent that the jurors accepted the government’s arguments that the defendants committed fraud in Louisville, Kansas and the state of North Carolina when families of the top recruits were paid between $2,500 and $90,000. This is a violation of NCAA rules and had the schools known of the payments, they wouldn’t have awarded scholarships to the top recruits. According to government prosecutors, the schools may face possible penalties and NCAA sanctions.
Jim Gatto, one of the defendants, is a marketing manager of Portland, Oregon-based Adidas North America while Merl Code, another defendant, was a former consultant for Adidas basketball and Nike.Meanwhile, Christian Dawkins was a former recruiter of ASM, a prominent sports agency. The three defendants will face as much as 20 years in jail for convictions on wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracies. However, legal observers say that the 3 are unlikely to receive sentences that are in excess of a few years each.
Gatto’s, lawyer will file an appeal for his client to remain free while waiting for the outcome which is very likely to take years. Code and Dawkins will be facing their second trials next year in connection will the alleged illicit payments.
The interconnected network of people working in the basketball underground is seeking to influence elite teenage basketball players including recruiters for NBA agents, business managers and employees. However, witnesses say that under-the-table payments to players and their families are routine.
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If you go for a South America tour and ask its locals what you can experience in this continent, they’ll say that they have a flaming passion for a competitive spirit of sports. Nowadays, the continent expresses its many historical competitions through a healthy sporting spirit. The continent can also provide amazing sceneries that are ranked as a must-see attraction in a South American vacation. Even those not engaged in sports can marvel the surroundings and the energy involvingthe sporting event.
Considered as one of the main sporting eventsin Latin America is the Brazilian Grand Prix, where it has millions of followers. You can also try other sporting options to make your South America tour complete:
The Football Confederation
If it’s your first time or have been to Latin America for several times, you’ll find its people interested in the game of soccer. This game is not only idolised by the buzzing streets of each cities but also to the remotest areas. You’ll find different soccer tournaments,such as the Copa de Libertadores, which is the most popular and most attended in Latin America. Competition can be tough between Argentina and Brazil or Chile and Peru. Checking out their stadiums will make you see jampacked areas of endless Mexican waves, flag waving fans, flaming red flairs, chants and songs.
To experience what it’s like in the finals of Copa de Libertadores, visit the tournament website for schedules. It’s a way to complete your South America tour and be a spectator of this game.
The International Surfing Association
Last 2009, many of the younger generations sported the ISA World Surfing Games in the joyful sands of Jaco Beach in Costa Rica. It was known as the largest surf show in the world where 200 surfers from around 30 countries joined the battle of the boards in a lively and beautiful beachside town of Jaco.
Costa Rica is renowned for its surfing activities on great beaches, which is a must-visit for those opting a South America tour and vacation. Make it a point to come to this important surfing event to experience a touch of adrenaline, have fun and get some tan.
Car service is a series of maintenance procedures that should be carried out when the vehicle has travelled a certain distance. Usually the intervals of car service are suggested by the manufacturer. At the car service on the Gold Coast, the technician will stamp on the logbook to ensure that the factory warranty is not voided.
Last August 2017, Prime Minister Turnbull commissioned The Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements in response to the growing global threats to the integrity of sports. The review was conducted by an independent panel led by Honourable James Wood AO QC and supported by Mr. David Howman CNZM and Mr. Ray Murrihy.
After one year, the results were published in a 276-page report. The review acknowledged the position of Australia as a world leader in terms of sports integrity but serious and emerging threats have been identified and require a national approach.
The report states that corruption has infected, athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, match officials and others who are subject to contractual obligations. One the major integrity threats reside in the international sphere where there is a huge growth in sports wagering. It is very convenient for Asians to wager in sports because of the similar time zone.
The report has also identified sub-elite sporting echelons that use sports as an attractive venue for organized crime that is involved in money laundering. Not only are major sporting bodies or events are at risk; it includes lower level amateur and semi-professional competitions that do not have the resources to tackle the integrity issues.
The review suggests that there must be an international approach to respond the threats. The creation of a National Platform can regulate sports wagering in Australia with connections to international counterparts. Measures at a national level can help reinforce Australia’s commitment to global response against the threats of competition manipulation in sports.
Meanwhile, the very best pricing is guaranteed by car service on the Gold Coast for customers who want to maintain their manufacturer’s warranty. It is no secret that car service at the dealership is expensive but there are independent mechanical repair centres that have managed to maintain competitive prices.
This season, two of the most common words that have been uttered while in the pit lane are tyre management. Since the introduction of the Bathurst 1000 in the scene, these words will more likely be the topic of discussion once more.
The season of racing also creates a high demand for tyres on the Gold Coast which is a good thing for tyre dealers.
There is a big change this year because of the Great Race which is the most awaited among the participants and teams will more likely be tacking tyre management in a new light.
Last May, we were able to witness a number of tyre failures during the event at Phillip Island and it prompted the decision for the Bathurst 1000 to be installed with the 2016 Dunlop construction tyres.
Majority of the teams will have to adjust with this decision as they are still getting used with the new tyres this 2017. According to Michael Caruso of Nissan, the tyre will act to be the saviour for this particular year.
He said that using the 2017 tyre made them face various ups and downs but the recent changes made them experience various one-lap speeds which is quite useful. It is not the same when it comes to Bathurst since they are using the 2016 Dunlop tyre. The tyre is different and it has more impact to the speed as demonstrated by Bathurst in the previous year. This is still a great improvement knowing they did not focus much on tyres for this season.
They are expecting to experience a number of curve ball since they have not been using that particular tyre for almost a year now. He added that they are excited about the 2016 tyre to be used at the Bathurst because they feel that it will be this year’s saviour.
Caruso is quite disappointed with tyres because of the failures he has experienced this particular season. This prompted racers to buy new tyres on the Gold Coast as well as they have seen the importance of tyres when it comes to winning a race especially when there are a lot of competition.
Costumes have been a part of the Fairbanks Midnight Sun Run for a long time now.
This year, in the starting line, there was Smokey the Bear, Paul Bunyan, some pirates and running bananas. There were also superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and so on. As this is also election year, campaign slogans from Donald Trump were made as pun. A group wore blue, red and white clothing with aprons and cheese graters. Their sign read as “Make America Grate Again”.
One of the intricate costumes was the Nightmare Before Christmas sisters. One was dressed as Jack Skellington with a plaster skull mask, and the other sister was dressed as Sally. They spent weeks creating their costumes. It was also their costumes which were popular among others with the onlookers.
Costumes have been part of other sporting events too but the most common are in running events. These are not only in marathons but also in fun runs where people run either individually or in groups. They all dress up in costumes to win some prizes. For some, it is for them to showcase their own uniquely designed costumes.
Even in the Guinness Book of World Records, there are certain records related to running in costumes. The most common are superheroes from TV Store Online Costumes as inspiration. There is a world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a superhero for females and males. The fastest female time is 2hr 48m 51s by Camille Herron of the US in 2012 when she was dressed as Spiderman. The fastest male time is 2hr 27m 43s by Matt Gunby of the UK last April 2016 when he was dressed as Wonder Woman. Another record is the fastest marathon in a 3 person costume. The record time is 4h 56m 24s, and it was achieved by Heather Smith, Laura Jones and Andy Church (all from UK) in 2015. They were dressed as Woody, Buzz and Jessie from Toy Story.
These are just some examples of the many creative ways costumes are incorporated into sports. With Halloween and New Year’s just around the corner, there are likely more races with costumed runners during this period.
In the recently concluded 60 kilometer Lobatse mountain bike challenge, Shadrack Motswiri took home the championship. He was able to come out victorious amidst a sea of renowned cyclists as challengers such as Graham Broomhead. Shadrack was able to finish the challenge within 2 minutes and 48 seconds.
It was quite a tight race for the contenders and the 30 year old champion coming from Gaborone Garage. He admitted the hard work he needed to accomplish in order to finish the mountainous terrains and come out on top of Broomhead and Michael Knott who placed second and third in the competition. While Broomhead was able to do it within 3 minutes and 13 seconds, Knott came very close at 3 minutes and 19 seconds.
The 60 kilometer challenge was not an easy one for many of the strong contenders were not able to finish the race due to various circumstances including mechanical failures and over fatigue. The Lobatse mountain bike challenge has other categories such as the 40 kilometer race. For this category, Molokwane Rankgwathi was first to finish while Mokgwe Lebonetse and Mogomotsi Setlhare came as second and third respectively.
There was also a 20 kilometer category for the men which Joshua Bezuidenhout took home the victory along with the second and third placers, Cecil Botha and Barwise Theo. The junior female category, on the other hand, was won by Janine Dutoil while her rivals Mpho Molokwane, second place, and Alta Malherbe, third place, followed suit.
For the women’s open category in the 20 kilometer challenge, the first prize was snatched by Zaheera Essof, second place by Mmabaledi Mosweu and third place by Cariana Herbst. The last category in the mountain bike challenge was the 5 kilometer which includes both junior boys and girls. Lily Malherbe, an 11-year-old, came out to be the best cyclist among her peers in the category.
Among the prizes took home by Shadrack is a new cycling jacket, trophy, medal, certificate and a cash prize. The event was sponsored by Lobatse Town Council as well as Spin city and many other sponsors.