NEW YORK (AP) -Two men charged in a betting scandal involving disgraced basketball referee Tim Donaghy have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to defraud the NBA.
Prosecutors said James Battista, a professional gambler with nicknames ``Baba'' and ``Sheep,'' and Thomas Martino entered the pleas during a brief appearance Friday in Brooklyn.
A trial date was set for April 28. Each man remains free on $250,000 bond.
In a guilty plea in August, Donaghy said he started making NBA bets four years ago, even wagering on games he worked. He admitted recommending bets to high-stakes gamblers and collecting $5,000 if his picks hit.
The former referee faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced April 18 for conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce.

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