Former UD player found guilty
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio prosecutor says a former University of Dayton basketball player has been found guilty of burglary and trespassing charges involving break-ins on campus.
Montgomery County’s prosecutor says 21-year-old Devon Scott pleaded guilty Wednesday to two burglary counts and three counts of trespass in a habitation. Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says some dormitory rooms were broken into and property was stolen Dec. 14, and Scott and fellow player Jalen Robinson were identified.
Scott’s attorney declined to comment Wednesday.
The plea agreement recommends Scott be sentenced to three months in jail and ordered to pay restitution. Robinson was convicted of three counts of trespass in a habitation and sentenced to 30 days in jail and restitution.
Both were dismissed from the team and withdrew from the university.
ESPN, Olberman parting ways
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN says it’s parting ways with Keith Olbermann as history repeats itself.
While praising Olbermann’s late-night sports show on ESPN2, the network said Wednesday it has made “a business decision to move in another direction.” It provided no details or further explanation for the program’s cancellation, but wished him “nothing but the best.”
It said the program, “Olbermann,” will end sometime this month.
ESPN’s announcement came two years after 56-year-old Olbermann returned to the network years after his tumultuous but star-making stint as a co-host of “SportsCenter” that ended bitterly in 1997.
In between, he abruptly quit his political talk show on MSNBC after eight years and joined Current TV but was taken off the air after just a year. He filed a lawsuit, which was settled out of court.
Argentina takes top spot
ZURICH (AP) — Argentina takes top spot in the monthly FIFA rankings from World Cup winner Germany despite losing another tournament final.
Beaten by Chile in the Copa America final — a year after losing the World Cup final— Argentina rises two places to lead the rankings for the first time in seven years. Chile climbs eight to No. 11.
Germany falls to No. 2, followed by Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.
Newcomers in the top 10 are No. 8 Romania and No. 10 Wales. Both will be top-seeded in World Cup qualifying groups this month if FIFA confirms the draw pots by rankings alone.
Algeria at No. 19 is the only top-20 team from outside Europe and South America.
Costa Rica leads CONCACAF teams at No. 21. The US drops seven to No. 34.
Asia’s highest-ranked team is No. 38 Iran.
FIFA world rankings (June position in parentheses):
1. Argentina (3); 2. Germany (1); 3. Belgium (2); 4. Colombia (4); 5. Netherlands (6); 6. Brazil (5); 7. Portugal (7); 8. Romania (12); 9. England (15); 10. Wales (22); 11. Chile (19); 12. Spain (10); 13. Uruguay (8); 14. Croatia (18); 15. Slovakia (17); (tie). Austria (20); 17. Italy (13); 18. Switzerland (11); 19. Algeria (21); 20. Czech Republic (16); Also: 34. United States (27).
Rose Bowl won’t host NFL team
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Operators of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl aren’t interested in hosting an NFL team.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1Sa50dJ ) says operators won’t submit a proposal to become a temporary home to an NFL franchise considering a move to Southern California. Wednesday night’s vote was unanimous.
Members of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. said they’d rather focus on landing an annual music and arts festival for the landmark arena.
The NFL sought proposals for temporary use from five venues. The others are the Los Angeles Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and StubHub Center in Carson.
The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have all expressed interest in moving to the LA area, but they’d have to play in temporary locations for several years until a new stadium is built.