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Report: FBI probe notes player payments

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New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.

Bank records and other expense reports that are part of the investigation list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

The depth of the violations raises questions about the structure of college athletics, a business funded primarily through college football and basketball, including $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament over the past 22 years - a hoops extravaganza American sports fans know as March Madness.


No. 18 URI wins 1st outright A-10 title

KINGSTON, Rhode Island (AP) At the end of the celebration, Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley was the last one to cut down the net at the basket in front of his team's bench.

He climbed up a ladder, snipped the final strings and put it around his neck to the roars of the crowd, a small symbol for a program that has finally reached the top of the Atlantic-10's regular season.


Buckeyes keep Big Ten title hopes alive

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson relied on sheer instincts Friday night.

Instead of going with the Buckeyes' designed final play, he changed it on the fly.


Miami G Brown Jr. to miss ACC tournament

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami guard Bruce Brown Jr. is scheduled to have his injured left foot re-evaluated by doctors on March 12, which means he will miss the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Brown's availability for the start of the NCAA Tournament on March 13 is unlikely. He underwent surgery on Feb. 1, and at the time was expected to be sidelined for about six weeks.


Missouri's Porter to return to practice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin says freshman Michael Porter Jr. will return to practice on Friday, three months after back surgery.

The top prep prospect in the country last season played just two minutes in Missouri's opener in November. Martin says there's no timetable for his return to play. The Tigers face Kentucky on Saturday.


Memphis PG Martin out for season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin has a broken left foot that will force the Tigers to play the rest of the season without the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore will undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to be out six to eight months. Martin was averaging 18.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a league-best 2.3 steals per game.


Texas to withhold Davis from competition

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

8:47 p.m.


Oklahoma's NCAA Tournament hopes waning

Oklahoma took college basketball by Sooner storm over the season's first two months, winning with a freewheeling style and Trae Young's nightly one-man show.

Once the calendar flipped to 2018, the Sooners hit a Big 12 roadblock.


Florida in danger of missing NCAAs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's postseason resume is about as shaky as the team's shooting right now.

The Gators (17-11, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) have lost three in a row and six of eight in league play. Little has gone right since early January, leaving coach Mike White's team in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

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