Former Arizona State basketball players Stevin ``Hedake'' Smith and Isaac Burton Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit sports bribery in a point-shaving scheme.
Smith and Burton admitted taking payoffs for shaving points on four Arizona State home games in the 1993-94 season.
Indictments were issued against four men accused of paying the players, and the FBI expects further indictments.
Smith, the school's No. 2 career scorer, admitted he agreed to fix games in part to repay gambling debts owed to bookmaker Benny Silman. Silman agreed to pay him $20,000 for each game he threw. He went to Burton for help fixing the games. Pro basketball
Arn Tellem, agent for suspended All-Star guard Latrell Sprewell, accused the NBA of influencing the Golden State Warriors' decision to terminate his client's contract.
Sprewell received the longest suspension in NBA history when the league banned him for one calendar year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice Monday. The NBA's action came just a few hours after the Warriors took the unprecedented step of terminating the final three years of Sprewell's four-year, $32 million contract.
The players' association filed formal grievances against the NBA and the Warriors and requested Sprewell's paychecks be put into escrow. . .
Toronto Raptors coach Darrell Walker was fined $5,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture at a fan during Wednesday's game. College basketball
Rutgers freshman basketball player Maurice Brown was charged with burglary, lewdness and harassment for allegedly entering a female student's dormitory room while she was sleeping. Three additional complaints involving similar incidents have been filed against Brown, a 20-year-old forward from Syracuse, N.Y. University police arrested Brown on Wednesday after the team returned from a road game in Miami. Coach Kevin Bannon immediately suspended him from the team. College football
Marshall's Randy Moss caught three touchdown passes to break the Division I-A record for touchdown receptions in a season with 25 in the Thundering Herd's 34-14 win against Toledo in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Football
The widow of late Indianapolis Colts owner Robert Irsay agreed to an out-of-court settlement in her $13 million suit against the NFL team and the executors of his estate, including his son Jim Irsay. Golf
Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson moved four strokes ahead midway through the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Love shot a 5-under-67 and Mickelson 68 to leave them at 9-under-par 135 in the field of 12 golfers. Four strokes back at 139 were South African Ernie Els, Nick Price of Zimbabwe and Germany's Bernhard Langer. Sweden's Jesper Parnevik was at 140. . .
Dan Forsman and Catriona Matthew shot 7-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds at the $1.5 million JCPenney Classic at Tarpon Springs, Fla. The event matches PGA Tour and LPGA players in team competition. Forsman and Matthew's two-day total of 13-under 129 is one better than Paul Azinger and Susie Redman, Mike Brisky and Barb Mucha, and Mike Hulbert and Donna Andrews. Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Scott Kamieniecki to a $6.1 million, two-year contract with a club option, and incentives could make the deal worth $11.3 million. Kamieniecki, 33, went 10-6 with a 4.01 ERA with Baltimore in 1997, his seventh season in the majors. He matched his career high in wins and set career marks in starts (30) and strikeouts (109). He has a career record of 46-45 with a 4.26 ERA. . .
Free-agent outfielder Willie McGee and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract. McGee, a 39-year-old fan favorite, hit .300 last season with three homers and 38 RBIs. He led the team in pinch hits (16) for the second straight season, ranking fourth in the NL. McGee, a four-time All Star and 1985 NL MVP, has career totals of 2,118 hits, 76 homers, 802 RBIs and 338 stolen bases. Pro hockey
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Bryan Marchment was suspended three games without pay and fined $1,000 by the NHL for his vicious hit on Stars center Mike Modano. Marchment kneed Modano in the first period of Dallas' 4-1 win Wednesday and received a game misconduct for attempting to injure. Modano leads the league with 38 points but is expected to miss six weeks. Boxing
Keith Holmes successfully defended his WBC middleweight title with an 11th-round technical knockout of Paul Vaden in Pompano Beach, Fla.. Holmes (30-1, 20 KOs) overpowered Vaden (27-2) in his second title defense. Tennis
Martina Hingis and Iva Majoli remained unbeaten in the Masters of Champions in Frankfurt, Germany, and qualified for the semifinals. Hingis defeated Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), while Majoli, of Croatia, downed Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. In other matches, Romanian Irina Spirlea topped Mary Joe Fernandez 6-3, 6-3 and Mary Pierce downed South African Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 6-4. Skiing
Andreas Schifferer led an Austrian sweep in the second World Cup downhill race at Beaver Creek, Co., winning in 1 minute, 41.17 seconds. Hermann Maier was second, .17 seconds behind. Stefan Eberharter was third, .28 seconds back. Fritz Strobl, in fourth, and Hans Trinkl, in fifth, completed the Austrian domination. Sixth was Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt, runner-up in last year's overall standings, in 1:41.85.. . .
Germany's Katja Seizinger won a second straight women's World Cup downhill race, in 1 minute, 38.86 seconds, at Lake Louise, Alberta. France's Melanie Suchet was second in 1:39.05, and Italy's Isolde Kostner third in 1:39.38. Swimming
Lea Maurer won the women's 100-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 1.83 seconds, beating 1996 Olympic gold medalist Beth Botsford at the U.S. Open Championships in Indianapolis. Southern Cal's Lenny Krayzelburg set a U.S. Open meet record in the 100 backstroke of 55.27 seconds, and Misty Hyman set the 100 butterfly meet record of 59.52 seconds. @et