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Ex-NBA player pleads guilty in Craigslist scam

Tue., Aug. 6, 2013

Basketball: A former NBA All-Star accused of squatting at a Paradise Valley home and then trying to list the house for rent on Craigslist has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges.

Chris Gatling entered the guilty pleas to one count of theft and one count of forgery on Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Gatling was accused of breaking into the key box at the home and living there for about a year. Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 4.

Gatling averaged 10.3 points in 11 seasons with Golden State, Miami, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland.

Teen pleads guilty in Utah soccer ref death

Soccer: A teenager charged with killing a Utah soccer referee during a game pleaded guilty to a charge of homicide by assault in a case that brought new attention to the issue of violence and sportsmanship in athletics.

The plea deal was hashed out between the teen’s attorneys and prosecutors as the judge planned to hear testimony to decide if the 17-year-old suspect would be tried in juvenile or adult court. Under the deal, prosecutors agreed to keep the case in juvenile court.

A judge sentenced the teenager to juvenile prison, leaving how much time he’ll spend there to a juvenile parole board.

Police say the teenager punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo once in the head on April 27 after the referee called a foul on him. Portillo died after a weeklong coma, leaving behind three daughters.

• 19-year-old dies in crash: One of three Central Michigan University players who were hurt in a weekend rollover crash has died.

Josie Seebeck, a 19-year-old sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., died Sunday night, the university’s athletic department said in a statement.

Seebeck, a midfielder on the school’s women’s team, and two other students who play for the Mount Pleasant school, were hurt when their vehicle crashed and rolled over Friday on Interstate 69 near Lansing.

Niebrugge wins 2013 Western Amateur

Miscellany: U.S. Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge won the Western Amateur golf final at Roland, Ark., 3 and 2 over Sean Dale for his third win in three weeks.

Niebrugge and Dale were tied playing the ninth hole Sunday when the final was suspended because of threatening weather. They resumed play Monday and Niebrugge won the first three holes, including birdies on the 10th and 11th, to take a 3-up lead with seven holes to play. Dalebirdied 15, but bogeyed the par-3 16th to end the match.

• Coyotes find an owner: IceArizona completed its purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL and received approval from the league’s Board of Governors, ending a four-year ownership saga in the desert.

Completion of the sale triggers a $225 million lease agreement for Arena reached last month by the city of Glendale and Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, managing partner of IceArizona.


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