Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Donaghy's ex-classmate pleads guilty

Donaghy's ex-classmate pleads guilty
A former classmate of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy has pleaded guilty in connection with a betting scandal. Thomas Martino entered his plea Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court to conspiracy to defraud the NBA, and faces 12 to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on July 11. His co-defendant, professional gambler James Battista, is due in court Monday. Martino told a judge he paid Donaghy for "good picks" on NBA games.

Power Rankings: Celtics, Lakers go 1-2
The Celtics are No. 1. The Lakers are No. 2. If John Galinsky's Power Rankings hold up, we'll be in for a renewal of a great rivalry.

Paul, Hornets win Southwest, seize No. 2 seed

Alston out at least a week with hamstring injury
Houston Rockets point guard Rafer Alston will miss at least a week with a strained right hamstring. The 6-foot-2 Alston suffered the injury in the Rockets' 111-94 loss to Denver on Sunday. He sat out Monday's loss in Utah. Alston underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday that revealed a moderate to severe strain. The Rockets said he would miss at least a week of playing time. Alston has started 74 of the Rockets' 81 games this season, averaging 13 points and five assists per game.

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