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cmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A Staten Island, New York man is set to plead guilty Thursday to charges he tried to bribe college basketball players to fix games, his attorney said.

Federal prosecutors said that Benjamin Bifalco concocted a "scheme to fix an NCAA college basketball game." Investigators learned of the alleged crime in December 2018 as part of an organized crime investigation.

Bifalco, 25, allegedly has purported ties to the Colombo crime family and was caught on an FBI wiretap telling a family capo about a plan to pay thousands of dollars to players of an unnamed team, according to his indictment.

The players were to throw the NCAA Division 1 game, the indictment claimed.

Bifalco allegedly encouraged the Colombo capo to place a big bet on the game but the indictment said there were no wagers placed.

He is now prepared to plead guilty to a charge of sports bribery, according to his attorney Vincent J. Martinelli.
 
Bifalco had previously worked for the office of Assemblywoman Nicole Milliotakis, but was swiftly fired when he was arrested last October.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Greg Robinson during the 2014 NFL Draft - Allen Kee / ESPN Images

(EL PASO, Texas) -- Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Greg Robinson was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration in El Paso, Texas, after he was found with 157 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle at a checkpoint.

Robinson, according to a federal complaint, was charged by the Department of Justice Wednesday with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Also arrested and charged was another former NFL player, Jaquan Tyreke Bray, 26, who played for three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 2015-2017.

The pair approached the Sierra Blanca checkpoint station, where a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit alerted authorities to their vehicle, the DOJ said in a statement Wednesday. Agents then asked Bray to park the vehicle in the inspection area for further investigation.

A subsequent inspection by agents, according to the complaint, revealed 157 pounds of marijuana inside several large duffle bags in the back of the vehicle.

Robinson allegedly rented the vehicle in Los Angeles Sunday and arranged for a third person to drive the three of them to Louisiana, the complaint said. The DOJ said the third person was an Uber driver Robinson met in 2018.

When the trio reached El Paso and was getting inspected, authorities said Robinson asked the Uber driver to take the fall for the marijuana and that he'd pay him later. The driver purportedly refused and told Robinson he wouldn't have agreed to drive them had he known they were transporting drugs.

Both suspects are being held without bond pending an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge. If convicted, Robinson and Bray face up to 20 years in prison.

After playing with the team for the past two seasons, a Browns team source told ESPN the organization previously told Robinson that it would not re-sign him for the 2020 season. Robinson was selected with the second pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He also previously played for the Detroit Lions.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Rangers 6, Chicago 3
Dallas 3, Arizona 2
Boston 2, Edmonton 1 -- OT
Florida 4, Anaheim 1
Colorado 3, Islanders 1
Minnesota 4, Vancouver 3 -- OT/SO

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Louisville 90, Syracuse 66
Villanova 91, DePaul 71
Georgia 65, Auburn 55
Seton Hall 74, Butler 72
Houston 76, Tulsa 43
NC State 88, Duke 66

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wellesenterprises/iStock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is continuing to improve after he was seriously injured during a fiery crash in the Daytona 500.

Newman's racing team, Roush Fenway, posted a photo Wednesday of him smiling in the hospital with his two daughters.

Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement pic.twitter.com/xIZRiaRApi

— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020

He is showing "great improvement" following the crash on Monday and is "fully alert and walking around" the hospital, according to a statement from Roush Fenway.

Newman has also been in good spirits as he recovers, his team said.

"True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while spending time playing with his two daughters," the statement read.

Newman was leading the race when he skidded out, slammed into a wall and flipped over. He was then struck by at least one car from behind, which caused his car to fly into the air, slide on its roof and catch fire while still upside down.

Denny Hamlin, who won the race for a second year in a row, spoke Wednesday about the safety measures NASCAR has implemented in the last decade.

"Before competition, you got to have a car that's safe. You gotta have all your equipment that's safe," he told reporters during a news conference. "The sport's been very fortunate to not have anything freak or weird happen for many, many years, but a lot of that is because of the development and the constant strives to make things better and safer."

Hamlin continued, "I thank my lucky stars every day that I came in the sport when I did."

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), opened up about her "productive, but exhausting" therapy session on Tuesday.

Raisman, 25, explained that her latest therapy appointment left her feeling "completely drained, as if I just finished an intense training session. My body aches."

Despite the grueling session, Raisman offered hope to her followers who understand her battles all too well.

"At first I felt alone like no one would understand but then I remembered so many of you who have kindly supported me and also have been brave enough to share your own stories with me. I hope you know you gave me comfort and hope," she explained.
 
"The road to recovery isn't easy," she went on. "Some days I feel like I am moving forward and then the next day it feels like 3 steps back. Sometimes when I feel like I am beginning to heal from one part of my trauma, another memory pops up."

The two-time Olympian said when that happens she feels "so sick that it is hard to have an appetite and its hard to sleep."

Raisman said she opened up about such a personal issue to help others "who felt the same way."

"I hope you know you're not alone & no matter how hard the PTSD gets we won't feel like this forever," she said.

She closed her message with a thank you to her fans: "I hope you feel my support. I stand with you."

Her message resonated with many individuals who thanked her for her honesty and encouragement.

Raisman previously revealed her PTSD resulted from being sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia 5, Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 2
Detroit 4, Montreal 3
Winnipeg 6, Los Angeles 3
St. Louis 3, New Jersey 0
Carolina 4, Nashville 1
Ottawa 7, Buffalo 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Baylor 65, Oklahoma 54
Dayton 66, VCU 61
Maryland 76, Northwestern 67
Florida St. 82, Pittsburgh 67
Illinois 62, Penn St. 56
Kentucky 79, LSU 76
Creighton 73, Marquette 65
West Virginia 65, Oklahoma St. 47

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is "awake and speaking with family and doctors" following a fiery crash at the end of Monday night's Daytona 500, according to his team.

"Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country," officials with Newman's racing team, Roush Fenway Racing, said in a statement Tuesday.

Roush Fenway officials said earlier that Newman was "in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening."

Newman was leading the race into the final lap when he skidded out while trying to avoid his pursuers. His car slammed into a wall and flipped over, then was struck by at least one car from behind, causing the vehicle to fly through the air.

Corey LaJoie was driving the car that unavoidably slammed into the back of Newman's. LaJoie recalled the "scary crash" in a brief interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.

"It was wild," he said. "I didn't even know who I hit."

After landing on the ground, Newman's car slid on its roof as sparks flew. Then the vehicle briefly burst into flames as it came to rest upside-down on its roof.

Newman was inside the car as crews raced to extinguish the flames and free him from the vehicle. He was extracted from the car and taken to the hospital.

Denny Hamlin won the race for the second year in a row.

NASCAR drivers and racing fans sent words of support for Newman and his family. Jeffrey Earnhardt, who lost his grandfather Dale Earnhardt in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500, tweeted that he was praying that Newman was OK.

"Never good to see a wreck like that," he said.

The race began Sunday but was postponed midway through because of rain.

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Karwai Tang/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Retired NBA great Dwyane Wade is offering a rare glimpse into his life on and off the basketball court in a new personal documentary, D. Wade: Life Unexpected, including how his family is supporting his 12-year-old daughter Zaya's gender identity.

"Myself and my family, we love the fact that she doesn't have to hide who she is," Wade told ABC News' Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts on Tuesday. "She is our leader."

Wade said that Zaya, who was originally named Zion and born a boy, has "known it for nine years, since she was 3 years old," he said.

"Zaya started doing more research. She was the one that sat down with us as a family and said, 'Hey I don't think I'm gay.' And she went down the list and said this is how I identify myself -- I identify myself as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans, because I like boys,'" he explained. "It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her -- we decided to listen to her and she's leading us on this journey."

Wade opens up about his dynamic basketball career and his deeply personal journey in a new documentary film from ESPN, exploring his role as a husband and father and how he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, decided to reveal this part of their family.

"I struggled on how much I wanted to talk about it in the doc, I actually did talk about it a lot, but I knew if I put it in the doc at all it would be a big conversation," Wade said about the sensitivity navigating the discussions about their trans child. "This is no game to us. We're about protecting her heart and about protecting her joy and we have to support them."

He went on, "As parents its our job to sit back and figure out and find the most information that we can. We've researched as many things as we can to try to help not only our family, but other people in this journey and along the way because one thing we do know as a family we've been through so many things that other families go through and they say 'thank you guys for speaking out on it, thank you for being a face and a voice because we can't.'"

The three-time NBA champion and Olympic star added that "the biggest thing is to have an open mind" and "have conversations with your kid."

"I knew early on that I had to check myself -- that I had to ask myself questions," he explained. "As I got older and as I watched my daughter grow I had to look at myself in the mirror and say 'who are you? What are you going to do if your child comes home and says dad, I'm not a boy -- what are you gonna do?' And that was my moment of real."

He continued, "My daughter was my first interaction when it comes to having to deal with this conversation. Hopefully I'm dealing with it the right way -- inside our home we see the smile on my daughter's face, we see the confidence that she's able to walk around and be herself and that's when you know you're doing right."

D. Wade: Life Unexpected, a new feature documentary from ESPN Films and Imagine Documentaries, will debut on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Arizona 2, NY Islanders 1
Florida 5, San Jose 3
Calgary 6, Anaheim 4
Vegas 3, Washington 2
Tampa Bay 4, Colorado 3 -- OT

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kansas 91, Iowa St. 71

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electravk/iStock(TOKYO) -- Tokyo Marathon organizers have closed the March 1 race to all participants other than elite athletes, due to the spread of coronavirus.

"Tokyo Marathon Foundation have been preparing for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 (Sunday, March 1) while implementing preventive safety measures, however, now that case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Tokyo, we cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated," race organizers announced in a statement Monday.

The foundation has dramatically reduced the number of runners who are eligible to participate to only "marathon elites and the wheelchair elites," will be allowed to compete in what was previously expected to be a 38,000-person event.

Prior to Monday's announcement, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation asked participants from China to defer entry until 2021 due to the country's Hubei province being the epicenter of the virus outbreak, ESPN reports. Now, the foundation is extending the option to defer entry to runners impacted by Monday's announcement. Race participants who defer entry until 2021 will still be required to pay entry fees for that year's event.

As of Monday, China's National Health Commission said it had received 70,548 reports of confirmed cases and 1,770 deaths on the Chinese mainland. Outside of China, there were 683 laboratory-confirmed cases in 25 countries and three reported deaths as of Sunday, according to the WHO, which would bring the global death toll to 1,775.

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