Brian Bowen II, the former five-star prospect at the center of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption, filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Adidas on Monday. The lawsuit alleges Adidas and its associates engaged in bribery, fraud and money laundering at the expense of Bowen's eligibility and athletic development. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in South Carolina by the McLeod Law Group, includes Adidas associates James Gatto, Merl Code, Christian Dawkins, Munish Sood, Thomas "T.J." Gassnola and Christopher Rivers. Gatto, Code and Dawkins were defendants in October's FBI trial, while Sood and Gassnola were called as witnesses after pleading guilty earlier this year. "Adidas has thus far infiltrated college basketball with complete impunity," lead attorney Mullins McLeod said. "It is now time for them to answer for what they have done and to suffer the consequences of their corporate misconduct. Brian is an exceptional young man...
ATHENS, Ga. -- The offensive statistics indicated Georgia struggled in its opening game, at least in the first half. Georgia coach Dennis Felton hardly noticed. He was too busy admiring his team's defense. Georgia had 20 steals, forced 29 turnovers and pulled away with a 24-6 run in the second half to beat South Carolina-Upstate 72-48 on Friday night in the opening game for each team. The Bulldogs made only 33 percent of their shots while leading 27-18 at the end of a sluggish first half. Felton said those numbers didn't reflect his team's strong defense. "Actually, I was extremely pleased with the entire game in that we just flat defended like we wanted to," Felton said. Zac Swansey and freshman Travis Leslie each had 11 points for Georgia (1-0). Corey Butler, freshman point guard Dustin Ware and junior Ricky McPhee each had four steals. McPhee and Terrance Woodbury each added 10 points. South Carolina-Upstate couldn't keep pace in its first game...
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