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Dr. Larry Nassar pleads guilty to child porn charges

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar listens to testimony of a witness during a preliminary hearing, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor, is taking a step toward resolving one of four criminal cases against him in Michigan. Nassar is due in federal court Tuesday, July 11, to plead guilty to child pornography charges. It’s separate from sexual assault charges involving women and girls who said they were molested when they sought treatment for gymnastics injuries. (Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP/file
Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor Dr. Larry Nassar, accused of molesting female athletes, pleaded guilty in federal court in western Michigan to child pornograpyhy charges.

A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting dozens of female athletes pleaded guilty Tuesday in a separate case that was a slam-dunk for prosecutors: thousands of images of child pornography discovered in his trash.

Dr. Larry Nassar acknowledged that he dumped computer hard drives and paid $49 to have a laptop’s memory wiped clean last fall to ‘‘impede and obstruct’’ investigators who were hearing widespread allegations from women and girls that he had sexually assaulted them.

Nassar, 53, pleaded guilty to three charges in federal court in western Michigan, each carrying up to 20 years in prison. Federal sentences for more than one crime typically run at the same time, but it’s possible that US District Judge Janet Neff could order separate, consecutive punishments for Nassar. Nassar now is awaiting trial in three cases alleging that he sexually molested a total of nine girls at his campus clinic, home, or a gymnastics club in the Lansing area.

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NCAA rules Bamba eligible

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The NCAA announced that Texas basketball recruit Mo Bamba remains eligible after reviewing the assistance the incoming freshman received from a Detroit financial adviser. Bamba’s older brother, Ibrahim Johnson, released a Facebook video last month in which he said that Greer Love gave Bamba money and gifts. Love previously worked in New York and was involved in youth sports in Harlem, where he got to know Bamba’s family. Bamba, a 6-foot-11-inch forward, is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the incoming freshman class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports . . . Guard Jordan Roland is transferring to Northeastern from George Washington for the 2017-18 season. Roland, who will redshirt with the Huskies per the NCAA transfer rules, comes to Northeastern after two seasons at George Washington. Roland played in 70 games at GW, breaking out in his sophomore season, averaging 6.7 points per game amd 1.4 assists. His 3-point field goal percentage of .417 (43 for 103) ranked second in the Atlantic 10 and he put up double figures 10 times in 2016-17.

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Coyotes name Tocchet coach

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The Arizona Coyotes hired Rick Tocchet as head coach. The 53-year-old Tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh assistant, played 18 seasons in the NHL and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 1992. Tocchet spent one season as an assistant to Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in 2005-06 and played parts of three seasons with the team from 1997 to 2000 . . . The Penguins hired newly elected Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Recchi as assistant coach. Recchi, who won one of his three Stanley Cups with the Bruins, spent the past three years as a player development coach with the Penguins and was recently promoted to director of player development . . . The New York Islanders have hired Kelly Buchberger as an assistant coach. Buchberger served as vice president of player development for the Edmonton Oilers last season.

MISCELLANY

Mayweather owes $22 million

The IRS says boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. still owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, the year he earned his biggest payday with a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao. A notice of a federal tax lien filed against the undefeated fighter nicknamed "Money" shows the balance as unpaid as of March 6. Mayweather's tax troubles come as he gets ready to come out of retirement to fight against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor in August . . . The New Orleans Pelicans signed former Duke guard Frank Jackson, who was the first pick in the second round of last month’s NBA draft. . . . Matt Kenseth is out at Joe Gibbs Racing, which will replace the oldest fulltime driver in NASCAR's top series with rising star Erik Jones next season. Kenseth is 45. Jones turned 21 in May. The Jones promotion is part of a changing of the guard in NASCAR, which is seeing middle-aged drivers being replaced by potential future stars. Jones is a Gibbs development driver on a one-year loan to Furniture Row Racing. He's 14th in the Cup standings, three spots behind Kenseth . . . Jim Bush, who guided UCLA to five NCAA track and field championships during his 20 years coaching the Bruins from 1965-84, has died. He was 90.