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Judge postpones ex-NFL player's sentencing for fraud

MADISON — A federal judge has put off a former NFL player’s sentencing to give prosecutors time to notify possible fraud victims in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Arizona. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the amount of Jeffrey Walker’s restitution payment will depend on the number of victims. Sentencing had been scheduled for last Friday. Federal assistant public defender George Lucas opposed ...

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Payton, Brees, Manning among Saints taken by scammer

NEW ORLEANS — Unlike this season’s winning on the football field, current and former members of the New Orleans Saints who bought nonexistent tax credits from a defunct movie studio are likely to come out big losers — perhaps getting back only 15 percent of their investment. The Saints personnel — including coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and former ...

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C Spire signs sponsorship pact with Grizzlies, FedExForum

RIDGELAND — The Memphis Grizzlies and C Spire Wireless have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement involving the NBA Western Conference team and FedExForum. Terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, the Memphis Grizzlies have chosen C Spire Wireless as the official wireless partner of the professional basketball team and FedExForum and will offer the carrier exclusive category ...

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Ex-NFL player pleads guilty to business scam

JACKSON — A former National Football League player and Mississippi businessman has admitted to using investors’ money for a planned resort area in China and to buy himself a luxury van, a boat and other items. The Clarion-Ledger reports 48-year-old Jeffrey L. Walker, formerly of Madison, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and tax evasion. Last ...

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Glanville to push for football team in Jackson

JACKSON — On Oct. 5, former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville will visit Jackson to meet with city officials and business leaders to discuss the potential for a Jackson-based United Football League expansion team to participate in the 2012 season. Glanville, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1986-1989) and Houston Oilers (1990-1993), performs an advisory role with ...

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McAllister-Nissan settlement conference delayed

JACKSON — A settlement conference has been postponed in a lawsuit related to a Nissan dealership that was owned by former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister. McAllister’s Nissan dealership in Jackson closed after filing for bankruptcy in 2009. A settlement conference the case had been scheduled for tomorrow, but that’s been pushed back until Oct. 19. Nissan Motor ...

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Hosemann touts changes to sports agent law

JACKSON — New revisions to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, or laws which govern sports agents operating in Mississippi, provide greater protection to our student athletes, according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Recent events in the media regarding relationships with student athletes and sports agents have prompted the need for more attention to the laws which govern contact and ...

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Ryan confident he will be Rangers' co-owner

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan remains confident that he will be adding the title of team co-owner to his resume. A federal bankruptcy judge is still sorting out the club-initiated bankruptcy designed to spur completion of the sale of the team from Tom Hicks to a group led by Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher, and Pittsburgh ...

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Bankrupt Rangers head back to court

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Rangers and their creditors head back to bankruptcy court to argue over more issues that have held up the baseball team’s sale. The Rangers, who return to court today, want a bankruptcy judge in Fort Worth to approve a plan to pay $75 million in club debt tied up in owner Tom Hicks’ financially ...

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Saints suing former teammate over investment

NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints player Charles Grant and current player Jeremy Shockey have filed suit against ex-teammate Kevin Houser over hundreds of thousands of dollars they said they paid for state movie tax credits that never materialized. State officials have said the credits were never applied for by the CEO of the defunct Louisiana Film Studios LLC. ...

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