Feds drop case against Fine
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into one of the sexual abuse claims that cost a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach his job, threw a top-ranked team into turmoil and threatened the career of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim.
After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.
“The nature and seriousness of these allegations, which involved conduct typically committed in private with individuals who are reluctant to come forward, warranted a thorough federal investigation,” Hartunian said.
It wasn’t clear yet whether Fine, 66, could get his job back.
His lawyers, Karl Sleight, Donald Martin and David Botsford, said in a statement that they were not surprised by the decision.
“The damage inflicted upon Bernie and his family is simply immeasurable,” the lawyers said.
MLB Free agents reject deals
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – John Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Kyle Lohse were among nine free agents who turned down $13.3 million offers from their former clubs Friday as the annual general managers’ ended and team officials headed home for what figures to be a busy month of negotiations.
Also rejecting the one-year guaranteed offers were the New York Yankees’ trio of Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda, along with David Ortiz, Michael Bourn and Adam LaRoche.
Under baseball’s new labor contract, all the deadlines of the business season has been speeded up in an attempt to prompt quicker decisions before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Djokovic, Murray move to semis
LONDON – Needing only one set to join Novak Djokovic in the semis at the ATP finals, Andy Murray delighted the adoring home crowd by winning two.
The U.S. Open and Olympic champion beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (3) Friday to reach Sunday’s semifinals, hours after Djokovic advanced by beating Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Because Djokovic won the early match at the O2 Arena in straight sets, Murray needed to win only one set to ensure his spot in the semis. And he got that easily, breaking Tsonga’s serve in the first and third games en route to a 4-0 lead.
Lakers’ Ebanks suspected of DUI
LOS ANGELES – Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris says Ebanks was seen committing a traffic violation at 2:49 a.m. Friday and was arrested.
The 23-year-old was booked into custody at about 3:45 a.m. and released a few hours later after posting $5,000 bail.
He’s due back in court Dec. 7.