Report: UM athletes got benefits

Convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to dozens of University of Miami athletes, most of whom were involved with the football program.

Shapiro says he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts between 2002 and 2010, when he was a booster at Miami. He claims he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion.

Yahoo! Sports says it spent 100 hours interviewing Shapiro over the span of 11 months. In June, Shapiro was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he admitted to securities fraud and money laundering. He was also ordered to pay more than $82 million in restitution to his victims.


Yes, we will attend

The Nets can accept the invitation to Kim Kardashian's wedding. A team official says the Nets have permission to attend the reality star's marriage to Kris Humphries Saturday in California.

GM Billy King and other members of the basketball operations department are expected to attend the ceremony of their free-agent forward, the official told The Associated Press yesterday.

With players and their teams not supposed to be in contact during the lockout, they must check with the league about events where they would be together.


Invesco now Sports Authority

Invesco Field at Mile High will now be known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Metropolitan Football Stadium District board unanimously agreed to have Sports Authority Inc. take over the rest of Invesco's naming rights agreement, which had been set to expire on July 31, 2021. The stadium is home to the Denver Broncos.

Ex-player faces 3 felonies

Indiana prosecutors have charged former NFL player Corwin Brown with three felonies after a seven-hour standoff with police last week.

St. Joseph County authorities said that Brown had been charged with domestic battery for bruising his wife during the disturbance and two counts of confinement for allegedly holding her hostage with a handgun. Bond was set at $50,000 for Brown, who is also a former assistant coach at Notre Dame. -- AP

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