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Convicted California lawyer Michael Avenatti wants leniency at sentencing for defrauding former client Stormy Daniels. His lawyers cite a letter he sent to the porn actor saying he is truly sorry. His lawyers wrote Thursday in a Manhattan federal court submission that he wants counseling and alcohol treatment. He was convicted of cheating Daniels of nearly $300,000 in book proceeds. He tried to justify taking some proceeds by citing legal quests he took on for Daniels to negate the effects of a 2016 payment she said she received to remain silent about a tryst with Donald Trump.

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Two men convicted of buying their kids’ way into school as part of the college admissions bribery scheme can stay out of prison while they appeal their cases. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled Thursday that John Wilson and Gamal Abdelaziz can remain free on bail pending appeal of their convictions. Also on Thursday, a judge ruled that a woman who worked for the mastermind of the scheme and took online classes for students to boost their prospects of admission won't serve prison time. Mikaela Sanford, a former employee of the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme, was sentenced to time already served.

The ability of college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness has begun to trickle down to high schools. Seven states now allow prep athletes to sign NIL deals. School principals in Ohio began voting May 1 to determine whether the Buckeye State will become the eighth. In New York City, two top-ranked basketball standouts in the 2024 college recruiting class say they'll use the money they make from NIL deals to help their families. The NCAA decided last July that college athletes could earn money from such deals after a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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An agent’s brazen demand made on behalf of University of Miami basketball star Isaiah Wong has provided a rare glimpse into the way elite college sports have been transformed by athletes’ rights to be compensated through endorsements. The agent said, essentially, pay Wong more or he will transfer to a school that will. Labor experts say the incident highlighted a new reality: NCAA athletes in high-profile sports such as football and basketball are being treated like professionals, potentially in violation of the rules. Some labor experts say the solution may be to just start treating athletes more like employees, something the schools have resisted.

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Nevada casinos reported near-record March house winnings, while the airport in Las Vegas reported passenger traffic almost as heavy as pre-pandemic levels and tourism officials marked another big jump in visitors. The Gaming Control Board said Thursday the $1.35 billion that casinos statewide reaped was just shy of the best-ever monthly mark of $1.36 billion set last July. A board analyst dubbed it a return to a March Madness atmosphere. The number of Las Vegas visitors increased to over 3.3 million in March, up almost 50% from March 2021, and a return of international travelers helped Harry Reid International Airport tally nearly 4.3 million passengers in March, down only slightly from its pre-pandemic total in March 2019.

The Kansas Jayhawks on Monday won their first men’s basketball national championship since 2008, and did it in historic fashion. The Jayhawks defeated North Carolina, 72-69, and overcame the largest deficit and the biggest halftime hole in men’s NCAA Tournament championship game history. The Tar Heels led by 16 points at 38-22 with 2 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the first half, and North ...

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