Advertisement
  1. Archive

CLASSMATE OF REF EXPECTS INDICTMENT

The former operator of a suburban sports bar expects to be indicted in connection with the NBA betting investigation involving a referee who went to the same high school.

James Battista went to Cardinal O'Hara High in Springfield, Pa., at the same time as former referee Tim Donaghy, said Battista's lawyer, Jack McMahon.

McMahon said prosecutors have not told him they plan to indict Battista, "but as a practical matter I know they are, and so we're just kind of in a wait-and-see position to when it comes down and what the exact allegations are."

Battista had only "minor" offenses on his record, including some kind of gambling offense, McMahon said.

Donaghy, who resigned July 9, has been the target of an FBI investigation for allegedly betting on games, including some he officiated.

NOAH SIGNS: First-round pick Joakim Noah, who helped the Gators win two college basketball championships, agreed to terms with the Bulls. Noah, the ninth selection overall, is guaranteed $1.78-million as a rookie and $1.91-million during his second season.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement