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SPORTS BETTING

Internet gaming site director gets prison for racketeering

A man who helped build one of the world’s largest Internet gaming companies, only to see it crumble after an indictment by U.S. prosecutors, was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday on federal racketeering charges.

David Carruthers pleaded guilty in April to racketeering conspiracy. Authorities said Carruthers is cooperating in the case against others associated with his company, BetonSports, and has agreed to testify against them, if necessary.

Carruthers, 52, was director and chief executive officer of BetonSports, an offshore sports wagering business based in Costa Rica. His conviction and 33-month prison sentence “should send a message to any foreign business conducting illegal activities in the United States, that geography does not render it untouchable,” said Steven Holtshouser, an assistant U.S. attorney based in St. Louis.

SOCCER

Nine people injured, one killed in attack on Togo soccer team

Gunmen in an area plagued by separatist violence used machine guns to open fire on a bus carrying Togo’s national soccer team to a tournament in the southwest African nation of Angola, killing the driver and wounding at least nine people, including two players.

Some players said they wanted to pull out of the African Cup of Nations tournament following the violence, but an official in Angola said it would go ahead as planned.

Togo’s bus in a convoy from Congo was six miles across the border in Angola when it came under fire. The bus driver died in the 30-minute ambush, according to Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who was not hurt.

“We were machine-gunned like dogs,” Togo player Thomas Dossevi, who plays for French club Nantes, told Radio Monte Carlo. “They were armed to the teeth. … We spent 20 minutes underneath the seats of the bus.”

MISCELLANEOUS

Saunders, Wizards players interviewed over gun flap

Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders said he has met with the grand jury regarding the Gilbert Arenas gun investigation and indicated that players on his team have also met with authorities.

Saunders also confirmed that he has banned gambling on the team plane.

Saunders said he was before the grand jury Thursday and that some of his players spoke to authorities Friday before the team’s game against Orlando.

As for gambling on the plane, the coach said he did away with that on Dec. 21 — the date of the locker-room confrontation between Arenas and Javaris Crittenton in which Arenas pulled out guns he was keeping in his locker. The teammates’ dispute began during a card game on a trip home from the West Coast two days earlier.

Also, Wizards players Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Randy Foye and Nick Young have been fined $10,000 apiece for making light of Arenas’ pregame antics Tuesday at Philadelphia when he pointed his index fingers at teammates as if he were firing a pair of guns.

Also: Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl dismissed forward Tyler Smith from the basketball team, a week after his arrest with three other players on misdemeanor gun and drug charges.

Pearl had indefinitely suspended Smith, guard Cameron Tatum, center Brian Williams and point guard Melvin Goins following the Jan. 1 arrest.

Rihards Kuksiks matched his career high with 27 points as Arizona State dominated No. 24 Washington from the start in a 67-51 victory in Tempe, Ariz.

The UNLV women’s swimming and diving team claimed its first win of the season, beating New Mexico 147-89 in a Mountain West Conference meet at the Henderson Multigenerational Center.

The Rebels (1-6, 1-3 MWC) won eight of 13 events, led by double-event winner Marley Prothero in the 500-yard freestyle and 400 individual medley.

Mehdi Bouras and Charlie Alvarado posted opening-round wins in the UNLV Spring Invitational, a men’s tennis tournament featuring Alabama, Indiana and Louisville at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels’ lone doubles victory came from the team of Attila Toth and Matthew Kunkel.

Because one of 10 scheduled fighters was injured and a second was sick, the Worlds Collide Championship Tournament finals, an event featuring boxers and mixed martial artists, scheduled for Primm Valley Casino tonight, has been canceled.

Co-champions were declared in two MMA finals: Jorge Lopez and Danny Lopez, both of Las Vegas, at 180 pounds; and Sidemar Honorio of Huntington Beach, Calif., and John Merkle of Los Angeles at 135 pounds.

Deth Marcus Hall of Las Vegas and Yakub Shidaev of Northridge, Calif., share the 142-pound title in boxing.

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