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Pro football
WASHINGTON — Bill Belichick has been illegally taping opponents’ defensive signals since he became the New England Patriots’ coach in 2000, according to Sen. Arlen Specter, who said   NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told him that during a meeting.
Specter said Goodell gave him that information during the 1-hour, 40-minute meeting, which was requested by Specter so the commissioner could explain his reasons for destroying the Spygate tapes and notes. Goodell also told Specter that that he doesn’t regret destroying the Spygate tapes or the notes.
Specter wants to talk to other league officials about what exactly was taped and which games may have been compromised.
DENVER — Colorado Rockies reliever Matt Herges says he’s actually glad he was implicated in the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball because it led him to do some soul-searching and clear his conscience over his “dirty little secret.”
Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill, who was also implicated in the Mitchell Report, and Herges broke their silence on the matter by issuing written apologies for using performance-enhancing drugs. They said they would work to make sure impressionable youngsters don’t make the same mistakes.

Collee basketball
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kelvin Sampson’s future at Indiana was in doubt following the release of an NCAA report that says he committed five “major” violations. According to the report, the basketball coach and his assistants provided false and misleading information to university and NCAA officials.
The allegations, stem from a phone-call scandal that occurred while Sampson was still under recruiting restrictions following a similar episode at Oklahoma. The NCAA ruled in May 2006, less than two months after Sampson took the Indiana job, that the Sooners coaches made 577 illegal calls between 2000 and 2004.
The NCAA banned Sampson from calling recruits and making off-campus visits for a year. Just five months after coming off of probation, an Indiana investigation found Sampson’s staff made more than 100 impermissible calls, and that Sampson had participated in at least 10 three-way calls that were prohibited as part of the sanctions during his probationary period.
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