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Testimony ends at pay for play trial

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NEW YORK (AP) Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball drew to a close Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on a flurry of texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect committed to the school.

Christian Dawkins, a business manager courting Bowen's family, former amateur league director Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto have pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan to charges that they committed fraud by funneling funds to families of coveted prospects to get them to attend major programs sponsored by the sneaker company.

A government exhibit put in evidence showed a series of communications in May 2017 during which Dawkins asked Code if any Adidas schools were interested in Bowen, who also was being recruited by Nike-sponsored Oregon. Code texted back, "Don't send Bowen to Oregon. Call me."

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