charges at um to start with ex-coach haith
CORAL GABLES — Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance this week in the NCAA's investigation into the University of Miami's dealing with former booster Nevin Shapiro, according to reports Monday.
Haith was UM's coach from 2004-2011. Three of his former assistants — Jake Morton, Jorge Fernandez and Michael Schwartz — are also expected to be charged.
CBSSports.com reported the NCAA could not prove Shapiro's claim that Haith or a member of his Miami staff paid $10,000 to the family of former Hurricanes player DeQuan Jones, but Haith will face the unethical conduct charge because of inconsistencies the NCAA found in his account of Jones' recruitment.
Michael Buckner, a Haith attorney, said until Haith receives a notice of allegations from the NCAA, the report is premature.
Shapiro said he gave Miami athletes in different sports impermissible benefits over eight years. Football coach Al Golden has said no surprises are expected in the NCAA's findings.
The investigation started in 2011. When the NCAA presents the athletic department with its notice of allegations, it will begin the sanctions phase, which could take months.
Francisco leaves Rays for Indians
OF Ben Francisco, who seemed more like a fallback plan for the Rays this season, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Indians.
Francisco, 31, was acquired by the Rays from Houston on Aug. 31 to provide a right-handed outfield option. He hit .228 with two homers, eight RBIs and a .691 OPS in 24 games.
The Indians also agreed to terms with INF/OF Ryan Raburn, the Durant High product who was let go by Detroit after a rough season.
Mets: LHP Pedro Feliciano is returning to the team, which settled its arbitration case with 1B Ike Davis. The Mets said Feliciano, 36, agreed to a minor-league contract after two injury-plagued seasons with the Yankees. If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a $1 million, one-year contract. Davis, who hit .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs last season, gets $3,125,000.
Rangers: OF David Murphy agreed to a one-year contract worth $5,775,000. Murphy hit .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games last year. He was sixth in the AL with a .380 on-base percentage.
Musial service: A public visitation for Stan Musial will be Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, with a funeral Mass on Saturday. The Cardinals Hall of Famer died Saturday at age 92 after several years of declining health.
Donovan to rejoin Galaxy this season
Landon Donovan will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the upcoming MLS season. It's undecided when he resumes playing.
Donovan wasn't at the team's first practice Monday, when coach Bruce Arena said the Galaxy captain has been given more time off.
Donovan turns 31 on March 4, a day after the Galaxy's season opener.
Greyhounds: Lily Rose of Floyd & Porter kennel won the $10,000 Matinee Idol Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Trained by Liz Dunnuck for owner Randy Floyd, Lily Rose ($7.80) clocked 550 yards in 30.62 seconds. Flyin Pink Floyd and No Inflation were next.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires