According to our Joe Schad, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year. Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program. Prior to Newton's commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said. After Newton committed to Auburn, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret about his change of commitment from Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much."
The Indiana Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter, missing out on a perfect period when Josh McRoberts was off on a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Denver Nuggets 144-113 on Tuesday night. Mike Dunleavy scored 24 of his 31 points in the Pacers' 54-point period. Indiana, which shot 64 percent overall, led 113-76 at the end of the third quarter.
Dan Hawkins was fired as football coach at Colorado three days after the biggest meltdown in school history put a cap on his five failed seasons with the Buffaloes. Athletic director Mike Bohn promoted longtime assistant Brian Cabral to interim coach for the final three games of the season, beginning Saturday against Iowa State at Folsom Field. Bohn said the search for a new coach would begin immediately. At 70 years old, former CU coach Bill McCartney has publicly expressed an interest in coaching again and remains a "viable candidate," Bohn said. McCartney led the Buffaloes to their only national title in 1990.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's status is again uncertain after he hurt his right shoulder late in the fourth quarter Sunday in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets. Stafford separated the same shoulder in the season opener and missed the next five games. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that the two injuries aren't related, but the team plans to be careful with Stafford. MLive.com reported Tuesday that preliminary tests on Sunday showed Stafford had a Grade 3 separation of the shoulder and the team fears he might be lost for rest of the season.
Ichiro Suzuki won his 10th straight Gold Glove for a full season of fielding excellence. Mark Buehrle won again, perhaps clinching his spot with an acrobatic play on Opening Day. Derek Jeter, well, his selection is likely to set off another loud round of dispute over whether the award is relevant anymore. Also chosen were first baseman Mark Teixeira and second baseman Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees; third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays; Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Seattle outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.
Both prosecutors and an attorney for Braylon Edwards said there have been ongoing discussions about a possible plea deal in the Jets wide receiver's drunken driving case. "It's always a possibility, you want to have all options on the table," Edwards' attorney Peter Frankel said. "The more I learn about this case the more comfortable I feel about it." Edwards appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday as part of the proceedings stemming from his Sept. 21 arrest on three counts -- two for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and one for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Edwards allegedly had a .16 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest, which is twice the legal limit.
Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for his obscene gesture, and the driver again apologized for losing his temper. Busch was also placed on probation through Dec. 31 -- the same day as his wedding -- for what NASCAR called unsportsmanlike conduct in Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.