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Two convicted in college basketball corruption trial

Business manager Christian Dawkins arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Federal prosecutors have recommended multi-year prison sentences for Dawkins and two other men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach have been convicted of bribery conspiracy at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers.

The verdict Wednesday capped a two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code in a case that forced the NCAA to confront corruption affecting basketball players at elite universities.

The pair were convicted on a single conspiracy count, but acquitted of some other charges.

Dawkins testified during the trial that he didn’t bribe anyone.

Prosecutors say video and audio evidence was overwhelming.

Four former assistant basketball coaches have pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal and await sentencing.

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