Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.

The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) today announced that the legendary “Voice of the Clippers” Ralph Lawler has been voted by his peers as the 2018 California Sportscaster of the Year.,Lawler will be honored alongside all of this year’s NSMA award winners during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2019 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“I’m thankful to the NSMA for recognizing me with this award, to the Clippers and FOX Sports, and most importantly, to all of Clipper Nation for tuning in to see and hear me call 40 years of Clippers games,” said Lawler.,One of the NBA’s longest-tenured broadcasters, Lawler, 80, joined the then San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California, 1978, where he spent six years before moving with the Clippers to Los Angeles.,In addition to the California Sportscaster of the Year honor, Lawler’s commitment to his craft has been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame.,Familiar faces from the Clippers’ past and present are paying tribute to Lawler in his final season by joining him to provide game commentary throughout the season. read more

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CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles over the Chicago Bears 16-15 in the final wild-card game Sunday.,CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17 read more

What if quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had stepped off the plane in Los Angeles, instead of continuing east to Tuscaloosa, when he left high school in Hawaii?,At the end of the regular season, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart accepted the head coaching job at Georgia, which prompted blue-chip recruit Jake Fromm to flip from the Crimson Tide to the Bulldogs.,But Tagovailoa later told a Hawaiian television crew that he might have left if not for the 2018 championship game, when Alabama coach Nick Saban pulled him off the bench and he ended up leading the team to victory over Georgia with a long touchdown pass in overtime.,The way Tagovailoa quickly changed things at Alabama, taking command of an offense that had played second-fiddle to the defense, transforming it into a juggernaut that averages more than 527 yards and 47 points.,In his first season as a starter — albeit surrounded by a better team — Tagovailoa just missed winning the Heisman Trophy, passing for 3,671 yards and 41 touchdowns while limiting his interceptions to four.

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The Scots handed Reed its first loss of the season in thrilling fashion in the first round of the Rail City Classic in Sparks, Nevada.,Sacred Heart Prep 70, Eagle River 39 read more

• OU is making its 20th consecutive bowl bid, by far the longest streak in school history (the previous record was eight from through the 1982 seasons under Barry Switzer).,• This marks the fourth straight season Oklahoma has won at least seven consecutive games heading into its bowl contest (seven in 2015, nine in 2016, eight in 2017 and seven this year).,• Only one OU team (51.1 in 2008) averaged more points per game for a season than this year's squad is averaging (49.5).,• Oklahoma has rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 in a game a school-record five times this year (the previous record was two times in 2012), including in four of the last six contests.,• Brooks has carried the rushing load for OU over the last four games, running 71 times for 546 yards (7.7 per rush) and six touchdowns.

For the sixth straight year WANE-TV is honoring the best high school football players in northeast Indiana with the Fab 15.,WANE-TV send out ballots to all local coaches asking them to list the ten best players they faced this season (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players).,WANE then collected those ballots, tallied up the votes, and the top 15 vote-getters were named to the Fab 15.,Here is your 2018 Fab 15 (alphabetical order): Darius Alexander - Wayne - Senior Offensive/Defensive lineman 2018: 45 solo tackles, 42 assists.,87 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 1 blocked field goal Career: 252 total tackles, 48.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks Helped lead Wayne to 9-3 overall record All-SAC First Team IFCA 4A All-State Holds scholarship offers from multiple MAC programs

Kamari Anderson-Drew - Concordia - Senior Receiver/Defensive back 2018: 52 receptions, 992 receiving yards, 12 TDs, 19.1 yards per catch, long of 69 2018: 14 solo tackles, team-high 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries Career: 131 receptions, 2,612 receiving yards, 31 receiving TDs Concordias all-time leader in career receiving yards and receiving touchdowns All-SAC First Team IFCA 3A All-State Invited to Blue-Gray All-American Bowl in Houston, Texas Hawaii Tiki Bowl read more

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the conference with its 596.5 yards of offense per game, which is 125.5 more yards per outing than the team with the second-best average (Texas Tech; 471.0) and 145.7 more yards than Oklahoma State averages.,• Despite losing preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson for the season due to an injury against UCLA in the second game of the year, Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally with its 246.8 rushing yards per game (Oklahoma State ranks second in the league at 200.1).,• Oklahoma has rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 yards in a game three times already this year, a single-season school record (vs. Florida Atlantic in the season opener and each of the last two weeks against Kansas State and Texas Tech).,• Through nine games, quarterback Kyler Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency rating (216.6; the NCAA single-season record of 198.9 was set by Baker Mayfield last year) and yards per pass attempt (12.3), and ranks second in yards per completion (17.5) and points responsible for per game (25.3), third in passing touchdowns per game (3.4) and total offense per game (362.6 yards), and fifth in completion percentage (.706).,• In Big 12 play, Murray owns healthy statistical leads in total offense at 403.3 yards per game (next most is 302.0 by Oklahoma State's Taylor Cornelius), passing yards at 336.3 per contest (next most is 309.5 by West Virginia's Will Grier) and passing efficiency rating with his 222.9 mark (next best

Typically, all of this year’s Top 100 offer a variety of possibilities, from leadership training and formal mentoring to experiential initiatives, such as Ceridian’s career exploration program which allows employees to participate in job rotation, job shadow a colleague or swap roles with another employee for a month.,Canada’s Top 100 Employers are also breaking new ground when it comes to employee benefits.,In keeping with the federal government’s recently extended maternity and parental leave policies to 18 months, both the City of Toronto and Vancouver City Savings Credit Union introduced combined maternity and parental leave top-ups for 78 weeks, as well as extending the parental leave portion for new dads and adoptive parents.,Each employer’s application is judged by rigorous criteria in eight key areas: 1) physical workplace; 2) work atmosphere and social; 3) health, financial and family benefits; 4) vacation and time off; 5) employee communications; 6) performance management; 7) training and skills development; and 8) community involvement.,Story continues below advertisement

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The Soi Dog Foundation, one of the leading organisations battling the dog meat trade in Asia, has called again for a concerted effort in Vietnam to end the eating of dogs and cats.,John Dalley, founder of Soi Dog, said today, “By announcing a ban on selling dog meat in the city from 2021, the authorities in Hanoi have already shown that they are concerned about the effect eating dogs and cats has on the image of their city.,“We call on the Hanoi city fathers to take action now to end the eating of dogs and cats, and all the cruelty that goes with it, all across the city, so that Hanoi’s reputation will not suffer internationally when the first grand prix is staged in 2020.”,Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries are committed to the eradication of rabies by 2020 but, as Mr Dalley pointed out to government officials as long ago as 2013, “Stopping the dog meat trade will not eliminate rabies.,Mr Dalley counters, “The eating of dogs and cats in Hanoi is a relatively recent phenomenon, introduced by Chinese military advisers as recently as the war of independence.