Thursday morning: What's in the news ...

1. The latest developments in the College Admissions Scandal include, a guilty plea by Xiaoning Sui, who allegedly paid to have her son admitted into UCLA through the men's soccer department. Her plea deal comes a week after former UCLA men's coach Jorge Salcedo, who has pleaded not guilty on five charges, including conspiracy to commit racketeering, accused UCLA of using athlete admissions “as a vehicle to raise funds” in a motion filed by his attorneys to subpoena documents from UCLA.

2. RP Sports Investments, headed by Jacksonville Armada owner Robert Palmer, received unanimous City Council approval on a land option agreement enabling it to pursue the construction of a downtown soccer-specific stadium. The Armada joined the NPSL after the NASL folded in 2017. Club president Nathan Walter told The Florida Times-Union that the approval clears a hurdle toward bringing pro soccer back to Jacksonville.

3. Cony Konstin, Director of Coaching of Oregon youth club Westside Timbers, has been named head coach of Trinidad & Tobago men's futsal national team. Also a FIFA and Concacaf Futsal coaching instructor, Konstin previously served as head coach of the T&T U-18 women's futsal team.

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