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2 ex-vacation rental executives get prison for fraud scheme
Two former executives at a Florida resort company have been sent to federal prison for their roles in a $300 million vacation rental fraud scheme. Barry Graham and Ricky Lynn Stokes were formerly executives at Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, which prosecutors say swindled some 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Graham and Stokes pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge.
Actor Tom Cruise attends women’s Final Four game in Tampa
Tom Cruise took in a women’s Final Four game on Sunday night in Tampa, watching UConn beat Maryland 81-58. The three-time Academy Award nominee sat in a suite above the Terrapins bench and received a loud ovation from the crowd when the cameras showed him on the video board. It wasn’t clear who he was rooting for. The 52-year-old Cruise has starred in several sports movies. He’s played a variety of sports roles, including a football player and an agent.
Djokovic wins 5th Key Biscayne title by beating Murray
Novak Djokovic earned his fifth Key Biscayne title Sunday, beating Andy Murray for the seventh consecutive time by showing superior stamina in the subtropical heat to win the Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0. Murray broke in the final game of the second set to even the match, but fatigue then became a factor on a sunny, humid, 80-degree afternoon. Djokovic was the fitter player down the stretch.
Matriarch of Wallenda Circus performing family dies At 87
Family members say 87-year-old Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the famous family of high-flying circus performers, died late Saturday at her home in Sarasota. Wallenda was the oldest daughter of high wire walker Karl Wallenda and grandmother of daredevil performer Nik Wallenda. Her husband, Richard Faughnan, died in 1962 when a human pyramid collapsed. Her father fell to his death in 1978. She walked the high wire as an adult and performed on bareback horses as a child.
Pacers turn up the heat in playoff race with 112-89 rout over Miami
The Pacers put themselves back in the playoff contention with a 112-89 rout Sunday night over Miami. Paul George’s return provided a needed boost for Indiana (34-43), which had seen its playoff hopes take a mighty tumble over the past three weeks. On March 12, the Pacers were closing in on Milwaukee for the No. 6 spot. Now the Pacers and Heat (34-43), the two Eastern Conference finalists in 2013 and 2014, are tied at No. 9 behind Boston (35-42) and Brooklyn (35-41), which currently hold the final two playoff seeds.