2/4/13 Sports Briefs: Detroit-area man guilty in Toledo sports probe

ED WHITE Associated Press Published:

DETROIT -- A Detroit-area businessman pleaded guilty Monday in a point-shaving investigation at the University of Toledo, admitting he bribed basketball players from 2004 to 2006 while placing bets on games.

Mitchell "Ed" Karam's guilty plea also covered two other cases: the fixing of horse races at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida and Delaware Downs in Delaware in 2005 and 2006, and fraud in Detroit-area real estate deals.

Karam's plea occurred nearly four years after he was indicted in the Toledo probe along with another gambler, Detroit businessman Ghazi "Gary" Manni. Prosecutors say they bet approximately $331,000 on basketball games.

Manni plans to go to trial on March 12, along with former Toledo basketball players Anton Currie, Kashif Payne and Keith Triplett.

• Football

Young released: The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Titus Young.

The team made the announcement Monday. Young was banished from the team in November for what Jim Schwarz called unacceptable behavior and was later put on injured reserve. Young was also told to stay away from the team during its last offseason for punching teammate Louis Delmas when the safety wasn't looking.

Joiner active: Rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner has been activated by the Cincinnati Bengals after completing a prison term.

The Bengals signed Joiner out of Arkansas State as an undrafted free agent last year, knowing he would be going to prison in Texas over a robbery that led to his indictment in 2008. He was placed on a reserve list and missed all of last season while completing his sentence.

High ratings: With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.

The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 108.4 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The most-watched events in U.S. TV history were last year's game, seen by 111.3 million, and the 2010 game, with 111 million viewers.

• Basketball

Pistons fall: Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, and New York cruised to its fifth consecutive victory with a 99-85 over the Pistons.

Newly acquired Jose Calderon scored 15 points in his Detroit debut, while Greg Monroe had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach murdered: Two Southern California college employees, a coach and a campus safety officer, were found shot to death in a car at their upscale condominium complex in Southern California, and authorities say they have no motive or suspects in the killing.

Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance University of Southern California public safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, were found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday on the top floor of a parking structure at the complex.

• Elsewhere

Webb retires: Brandon Webb, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball before being beset by arm injuries, is retiring.

The right-hander's agents, Mike Montana and Jonathan Maurer of Millennium Sports Management, confirmed Monday night that Webb was calling it a career. The 33-year-old Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems.

Aucoin injured: The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Adrian Aucoin on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 29 and have recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

The Blue Jackets are without injured defensemen Nikita Nikitin (upper body) and James Wisniewski.

Nadal struggling: Rafael Nadal's ailing left knee may still bother him for a few more weeks, his coach said.

Nadal practiced for 90 minutes with Nicolas Massu of Chile, his fourth straight day of training since arriving in Chile for his first match in more than seven months.

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