January 9, 2010 |
Most of USC's current players were never teammates of O.J. Mayo , the former Trojans guard at the center of allegations that have resulted in the school's imposing sanctions on its basketball program. Junior guard Marcus Simmons is an exception. He wasn't only a teammate, he was Mayo's roommate -- and he says he never saw any evidence that his friend was accepting money, gifts or special favors that would be in violation of NCAA rules. "I didn't notice anything," Simmons said.
January 7, 2010 |
O.J. Mayo did not accept gifts or money while being recruited by or playing for USC, the player's agent said Wednesday. LaPoe Smith also said the NCAA, Pacific 10 Conference and officials from the school have not attempted to contact Mayo since August, when the former Trojans and current Memphis Grizzlies star became his client. USC on Sunday announced self-imposed sanctions on the Trojans men's basketball program, citing rules violations involving Mayo and Rodney Guillory, a former advisor to the player who the school referred to as a "booster."
January 6, 2010
Memphis 109, at Portland 105: O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph each had 27 points and the Grizzlies finished the game with a 13-1 run to erase a 104-96 deficit and improve to 17-16, the first time they've been above .500 this season. Memphis started the season 1-8. at Indiana 97, Orlando 90: Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 26 points as the Pacers surprised the Magic, which lost its second in a row. at Dallas 98, Detroit 93: Jason Terry scored 26 points for the Mavericks.
January 4, 2010
USC announced Sunday it had placed the following sanctions on its basketball program because of rules violations relating to the recruiting of former player O.J. Mayo by school "booster" Rodney Guillory: Vacate all 21 of its victories from the one season Mayo played for the Trojans, in 2007-08. Return an undisclosed amount of money it received from its participation in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Will not play in the 2010 Pacific 10 Conference postseason tournament or NCAA tournament.
January 4, 2010 |
The entire USC basketball season just disappeared under a slathering of Mayo, and I know what you're wondering. The hottest basketball team in the Pac-10 just got sent to the cooler, and I know exactly why you are worried. It will be 10 months before they play another meaningful men's basketball game at the Galen Center, and I know it may seem impolite right now, but, really, you have only one question, so I'll just blurt it out. What does all this mean for football? Does the temporary removal of this relatively unnoticed athletic department organ -- think appendix -- mean that they can save the Trojans heart?
January 4, 2010 |
In a long-awaited response to allegations that former basketball star O.J. Mayo received improper cash and gifts while in school, USC will penalize its team by forfeiting victories and money, forgoing postseason play and curtailing recruiting. "When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it and that is exactly what we are doing here," Athletic Director Mike Garrett said in a statement on Sunday. The action comes as USCalso faces allegations that two prominent football players -- current tailback Joe McKnight and former tailback Reggie Bush -- accepted improper benefits.
January 3, 2010
O.J. Mayo had 25 points, reserve Sam Young added a career-high 22 and the Memphis Grizzlies scored their most lopsided victory of the season, beating the Phoenix Suns, 128-103, Saturday night. The Grizzlies are 16-16 after a 1-8 start. It is the first time they have owned a record of .500 or better this late in the season since 2005-06. They did not get their 16th victory last season until March 4, in their 60th game. -- associated press
November 2, 2009 |
Carmelo Anthony extended his torrid start with 42 points in the Denver Nuggets' 133-123 shootout win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. The Nuggets are 3-0 thanks to Anthony, whose game has only gotten better since the spring, when he led Denver to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the champion Lakers in six games. O.J. Mayo scored a career-high 40 points for Memphis. Chauncey Billups chipped in 22 points and 12 assists, and Kenyon Martin had 16 points and Nene 18. All of the Grizzlies' starters scored in double figures.
October 13, 2009 |
The Mayo Clinic is no longer accepting some Medicare and Medicaid patients, raising new questions about whether it is too selective to serve as a model for healthcare reform. The White House has repeatedly praised Mayo and other medical centers, many of which are in the Upper Midwest, that perform well in Dartmouth College rankings showing wide disparities in how much hospitals spend on Medicare patients. The centers have capitalized on their status to insert into healthcare legislation provisions that would result in higher Medicare payments for hospitals that do well on the rankings, while punishing those elsewhere -- mostly in big cities and the South -- that spend the most per Medicare patient.
August 15, 2009 |
A suit has been filed against Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo for breach of contract over nearly $150,000 in custom jewelry, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the complaint, Mayo, who played at USC during the 2007-08 season, met with representatives of the store on April 1, 2008, to request "specially manufactured" jewelry. The order included a diamond bangle, diamond ring, diamond necklace, watch and bracelet. Further orders, "as much as $150,000 a year," were to be expected, according to the complaint.