from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The illegal practice of deliberately limiting the number of points scored by one's team in an athletic contest, as in return for a payment from gamblers to ensure winnings.


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  • Two of the schools on the innocents list, Boston College and Northwestern, have had players sentenced to jail time for their part in point-shaving scandals.

    The NCAA's Last Innocents Darren Everson 2011

  • The Blackbirds (27-5) won the Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, established the longest current winning streak in the country (13 games) and restored the program to a level unattained since the 1951 point-shaving scandals.

    A Long Way for LIU Joe Gergen 2011

  • He created the popular Dixie Classic tournament, later canceled after a point-shaving scandal.

    Tales From the Stormy Atlantic Fred Barnes 2011

  • Former players say the forced exile of NYU basketball had its roots in two point-shaving scandals in 1951 and 1961.

    NYU Holds Out on Sports 2010

  • Getty Images Duke ' s Mike Krzyzewski The Dixie Classic was retired in 1961 after a point-shaving scandal, but the burgeoning rivalries between the Big Four schools were stoked by proximity and a series of names that a North Carolina boy knows from the time he can make a layup: Art Heyman, Billy Packer, Jim Valvano, Dean Smith, Mr. Krzyzewski, Christian Laettner and Mr. Jordan.

    Carolina Ben Cohen 2010

  • (AP) A lawyer for a University of Toledo running back arrested in a point-shaving scheme said the charges against Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. aren't true.

    Lawyer: Toledo RB innocent of point shaving 2007

  • ` ` I hope my teammates don't think I was out there point-shaving or something. '' 2007

  • In reality, though, Pelosi and the Democrats were actually engaged in some serious point-shaving.

    Taibbi Gets It Halfway Right 2008

  • Dog-fighting in football, point-shaving in basketball, and blood-doping in cycling have conspired to make it a rather rough week for sports, a week in which the smaller gems in which games and politics intersect can be ignored or relegated as coincidental or superficial.

    Simon Maxwell Apter: Proxy Soccer 2008

  • For 40 years the sport has periodically been disgraced by point-shaving scandals.

    The Gambling Man 2008


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