DETROIT – A judge will order the first sentences in a decade-old point-shaving scandal at the University of Toledo.
Former basketball players Anton Currie and Sammy Villegas are due on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy and admitted accepting cash and other incentives to alter their performance.
Currie says he received between $1,000 and $2,000 in cash and groceries from Detroit-area gambler Ghazi Manni during the 2005-06 season. Villegas says he accepted $3,000 to $4,000 from 2004 through 2006.
Villegas says he missed shots and committed turnovers to control the score.
Currie and Villegas are asking a judge to keep them out of prison. Manni, another gambler and five more former Rockets also have pleaded guilty, including three who played football.