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Virginia men’s program has
fourth player transfer out

Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett said redshirt freshman forward James Johnson is planning to transfer and leave the Cavaliers’ program.

Bennett said he met with Johnson on Saturday.

Johnson is the fourth member of Bennett’s first recruiting class to leave the program in the past year, joining Billy Baron, Will Regan and KT Harrell, who announced his intention to transfer on Friday. Of that first class, only Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell remain at Virginia.

The departures come with the Cavaliers (10-1) off to their best start since the 2000-01 season, and riding an eight-game winning streak.


Italian player Doni admits
role in match-fixing scandal

Former Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni has reportedly admitted helping to fix Italian Serie B matches involving his team last season. He said he agreed to go along with the scam because his team was not supposed to lose.

Doni was among 16 people arrested across Italy on Monday in an ongoing investigation into match-fixing and illegal betting on games.

After five days of solitary confinement, Doni was permitted to meet with his lawyer Friday and was then questioned by prosecutors.

“Yes, I knew about the fix for Atalanta-Piacenza. I gave my approval and I bet,” Doni is quoted as saying in Saturday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “I also tried to do the same thing for the match with Ascoli. But they were all personal initiatives, I’m not part of any organization. … The club didn’t know anything.”

Atalanta beat Piacenza 3-0, while the Ascoli vs. Atalanta match finished 1-1. Details have not yet emerged as to precisely what Doni did in the fixed games.

In June, 16 people were arrested as part of the first wave of the inquiry, and Doni was placed under investigation.

Doni said at the time that he was innocent, but in August he was banned from soccer for 3½ years by the Italian soccer federation’s disciplinary committee, and Atalanta — which was promoted to Serie A for this season — was given a six-point penalty.

Also: Police said a woman was accidentally shot and wounded in her left hand while accompanying former Brazil striker Adriano in his car.

A police officer said the incident occurred early Saturday after Adriano, four women and his bodyguard left a night club in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra da Tijuca district.

The UOL Internet news portal said the wounded woman, Adriene Pinto, told police that Adriano accidentally fired his bodyguard’s gun when he was fooling around with it inside the car. No one else was hurt.


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