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Closing arguments at pay for play trial

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NEW YORK (AP) A New York City jury is hearing closing arguments over whether three men committed fraud by concealing cash payments they made to the families of top college basketball recruits.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah Solowiejczyk said at a federal trial on Wednesday that a former Adidas executive and two co-defendants engaged in a cover-up that tricked colleges into giving scholarships to players who should have been ineligible.

He says the recruiting scheme further harmed the schools by exposing them to possible NCAA sanctions.

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