Lawyers for a former Adidas executive who is a defendant at a college basketball corruption trial zeroed in Monday on communications between a recruiting fixer and Kansas coach Bill Self.
On cross-examination in federal court in Manhattan, a key government witness, ex-Adidas consultant Thomas "T.J." Gassnola, was shown texts he exchanged with Self.
The communications occurred amid what prosecutors say was a scheme by Gassnola and three defendants to funnel payments to families of top-flight prospects to steer them toward programs sponsored by Adidas. Gassnola has testified they kept coaching staffs in the dark about the payments; the defense has sought to show otherwise.
In the texts last year, Gassnola told Self he was in touch with the guardian of Jayhawks recruit Silvio De Sousa. Prosecutors say De Sousa was among recruits whose families were offered payments of up to $100,000 financed by Adidas.
Self responded: "We good." Gassnola said: "Always. That was light work. The ball is in his court now."
That same day, Gassnola asked Self to call him when he was alone, and records show they later had a 5-minute, 6-second call. Gassnola said he didn't remember what the call was about.
Johnny Miller to retire
Johnny Miller is retiring as the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports after three decades of giving viewers unfiltered views.
Miller, 70, said he will sign off on Feb. 3 at the Phoenix Open. He chose the event because he played some of his best golf in Arizona and earned the nickname "Desert Fox." He started with NBC at the Bob Hope Desert Classic in 1990 and has done 21 majors and 14 Ryder Cups.
A person with knowledge of the move said Paul Azinger will replace him at NBC and remain the U.S. Open analyst for Fox Sports.
U athletes honored
Senior Samantha Seliger-Swenson and freshman CC McGraw received awards from the Big Ten for their volleyball play over the weekend.
Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten setter of the week for the fourth time, and McGraw was named co-freshman of the week.
Seliger-Swenson made a total of 81 assists in wins over No. 7 Illinois and Northwestern, including the 5,000th assist of her career. She's the only setter in all divisions of the NCAA to have over 5,000 career assists.
McGraw, a libero, made 30 digs in the two games.
Doubles team out in quarters
• The Gophers doubles team of Tiffany Huber and Caitlyn Merzbacher ended a strong run in the ITA Central Regional at Iowa City when top-seeded Lisa Marie Rioux and Sofia Blanco of Oklahoma State beat Huber and Merzbacher 8-4 in the quarterfinals.
• The starting time for the Gophers women's hockey team's game Saturday against Ohio State at Ridder Arena was changed. The game will begin at 3:07 p.m.
• St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell was named the NCHC offensive player of the week. Newell had three goals and two assists in a two-game sweep at Alaska-Fairbanks.
AROUND the HORN
Soccer: England stunned Spain 3-2 in Madrid in the UEFA Nations League's top division, staying in contention for a spot in the final four of the new European event. Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn't lost at home in 27 matches and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 against Hungary.
NBA: Larry Nance signed a $44.8 million, four-year contract extension with Cleveland. Had they not worked out a deal Monday, Nance would have become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.