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Robodawg asks: Chip, I was glad to hear of Georgia basketball’s pickup of Nemanja Djurisic. Is his signing likely to wrap up this year’s class? And can you give a quick run down of how the next class is looking?

Chip: As far as I can tell, recruiting for the 2011 class is likely complete for the Bulldogs. Djurisic, a 6-8 forward from South Kent, Conn., by way of Montenegro, will officially become the fourth member of the class — joining 6-6 guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville (Ga.) High; 6-10 forward Tim Dixon of Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian School and 7-foot center John Florveus of Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College — when he signs during the spring period later this month. Since they will lose only seniors Chris Barnes and Jeremy Price to graduation, that actually puts them one over the NCAA limit of 13 players on scholarship, depending on what juniors Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins decide to do as far as entering the NBA draft. Georgia did place on …

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NFL Players Seek Order Barring Owners From Accessing Lockout-Related Money
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National Football League players, as part of a lawsuit filed against the league in 1992, today asked a US judge to bar owners from accessing some labor lockout-related revenues until the current impasse
Players ask judge for damages in NFL TV caseThe Associated Press
Players to ask for “substantial” damages award in “lockout insurance” caseProFootballTalk
NFL Players Gain Victory Over League in Workers' Comp DisputeAdvisorOne
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Ex-Auburn players tell of cash handshakes, sexual favors
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This 2005 file photo shows Auburn wide receiver Stanley McClover speaking with the media after a practice for the Capital One Bowl. Four former Auburn players have told HBO that they received thousands of dollars while being
Auburn to investigate claimsTampabay.com
Ex-Westover, Auburn star Reddick: Tigers paid meAlbany Herald On-line
Auburn players refute ex-players claimsDothan Eagle
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HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premieres an hour-long special on the business and ethics of college sports on Wednesday. The first airing is at 10p ET on HBO.

Auburn football player Troy Reddick appears in HBO Real Sports Episode

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I have obtained an advance copy of the show and have transcribed excerpts of a portion of the Andrea Kremer-hosted “Pay to Play” segment of the show below.

The segment contains explosive claims from former Auburn players Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick, Stanley McClover and Raven Gray.

  • On McClover’s recruitment: 

Kremer voiceover: “McLover said it wasn’t until he attended an all-star camp at Louisiana State University that he realized how the game is played. A game of money and influence.

McClover: “Somebody came to me, I don’t even know this person and he was like, ‘we would love for you to come to LSU and he gave me a handshake and it had five hundred dollars in there. … that’s called a money handshake … I grabbed it and I’m like, ‘wow,’ hell I thought ten dollars was a lot of money back then. Five hundred dollars for doing nothing but what I was blessed to do. I was happy.

Kremer to McClover: “What did you say to the guy when he hands you five hundred dollars?

McClover: “Thank you and I’m seriously thinking about coming to LSU.

Kremer voiceover: “But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him.

McClover: “They send girls my way. I partied. When I got there I met up with a couple guys from the team. We went to a party and they asked me to pick any girl I wanted.

Kremer: “Did she offer sexual services?(more…)

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Players say they received steroids, instructions from Barry Bonds' trainer
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SAN FRANCISCO – Colorado Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi, the 2000 AL MVP, testified Tuesday that he received performance-enhancing drugs and instructions on their use from Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds' former trainer.
Conte's curious testimony fails to live up to billingSI.com
Ex-Yankee Giambi Testifies He Got Performance Drugs From Bonds's TrainerBloomberg
Barry Bonds 'threatened to cut off girlfriend's head after abusing steroids'Telegraph.co.uk
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NFLPA to pay players from lockout fund starting April 15
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By Jason La Canfora NFL Network The NFL Players Association this week began contacting players found eligible to receive payments from its lockout fund. Those payments will begin on April 15. The NFLPA established a fund
SBJ: NFL players reply to league's legal claims in antitrust lawsuitSportingNews.com
Ed: Replacements Would Not Work This TimePittsburgh Post Gazette
NFLPA to start paying players through lockout fundPro Football Weekly
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The Business Insider
NFLPA to pay players from lockout fund starting April 15
NFL News
By Jason La Canfora NFL Network The NFL Players Association this week began contacting players found eligible to receive payments from its lockout fund. Those payments will begin on April 15. The NFLPA established a fund
SBJ: NFL players reply to league's legal claims in antitrust lawsuitSportingNews.com
Ed: Replacements Would Not Work This TimePittsburgh Post Gazette
NFLPA to start paying players through lockout fundPro Football Weekly
ProFootballTalk –my.hsj.org –ESPN
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The Business Insider
NFLPA to pay players from lockout fund starting April 15
NFL News
By Jason La Canfora NFL Network The NFL Players Association this week began contacting players found eligible to receive payments from its lockout fund. Those payments will begin on April 15. The NFLPA established a fund
SBJ: NFL players reply to league's legal claims in antitrust lawsuitSportingNews.com
Ed: Replacements Would Not Work This TimePittsburgh Post Gazette
NFLPA to start paying players through lockout fundPro Football Weekly
ProFootballTalk –my.hsj.org –CNBC.com
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CBC.ca
Union to pay players from lockout fund starting April 15
NFL News
By Jason La Canfora NFL Network The NFL Players Association this week began contacting players found eligible to receive payments from its lockout fund. Those payments will begin on April 15. The NFLPA established a fund
NFL backs off claim that NFLPA* can't do group licensing dealsProFootballTalk
Is Lockout Doing Irreparable Harm To Players Right Now?Garry Cobb
NFL draft 2011: No NFLPA event on first night of draft, sources sayESPN
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Bonds Trial: Ball Players on Deck to Testify
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AP By PAUL ELIAS AP The Giambi brothers are likely to lead a parade of ball players taking the witness stand in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. AP Barry Bonds arrives at a federal courthouse as the slugger's trial continues Monday, March 28, 2011,
Bonds trial: Ball players on deck to testifyMerced Sun-Star
Pair's testimony aids case vs. Barry Bonds, expert saysUSA Today
Mark Purdy: Ex-lover's testimony brings more sleaze to Barry Bonds trialSan Jose Mercury News
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Bonds Trial: Ball Players on Deck to Testify
ABC News
AP By PAUL ELIAS AP The Giambi brothers are likely to lead a parade of ball players taking the witness stand in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. AP Barry Bonds arrives at a federal courthouse as the slugger's trial continues Monday, March 28, 2011,
Bonds trial: Ball players on deck to testifyMerced Sun-Star
Mark Purdy: Ex-lover's testimony brings more sleaze to Barry Bonds trialSan Jose Mercury News
Pair's testimony aids case vs. Barry Bonds, expert saysUSA Today
New York Times –CU Columbia Spectator –San Francisco Chronicle
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CBC.ca
Bonds Trial: Ball Players on Deck to Testify
ABC News
AP By PAUL ELIAS AP The Giambi brothers are likely to lead a parade of ball players taking the witness stand in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. AP Barry Bonds arrives at a federal courthouse as the slugger's trial continues Monday, March 28, 2011,
Bonds trial: Ball players on deck to testifyMerced Sun-Star
Mark Purdy: Ex-lover's testimony brings more sleaze to Barry Bonds trialSan Jose Mercury News
Pair's testimony aids case vs. Barry Bonds, expert saysUSA Today
New York Times –San Francisco Chronicle –CU Columbia Spectator
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Bonds Trial: Ball Players on Deck to Testify
ABC News
AP By PAUL ELIAS AP The Giambi brothers are likely to lead a parade of ball players taking the witness stand in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. AP Barry Bonds arrives at a federal courthouse as the slugger's trial continues Monday, March 28, 2011,
Bonds trial: Ball players on deck to testifyMerced Sun-Star
Pair's testimony aids case vs. Barry Bonds, expert saysUSA Today
Mark Purdy: Ex-lover's testimony brings more sleaze to Barry Bonds trialSan Jose Mercury News
New York Times –San Francisco Chronicle –CU Columbia Spectator
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North Carolina players Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and John Henson talk Kentucky.

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Here are videos of Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Josh Harrellson, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller from today’s press conferences in Newark.


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