Fine drops defamation suit
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is dropping his defamation lawsuit against ESPN, his lawyers said.
Fine sued over broadcasts aired by ESPN with claims by two former ball boys that Fine molested them more than two decades ago. Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts. The 67-year-old was investigated by federal prosecutors and never charged and has maintained his innocence.
Coyotes look to stay in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes took a big step toward stability Tuesday night when the Glendale City Council ratified an arena lease agreement with a prospective owner of the franchise.
After making a few alterations, the council voted 4-3 in favor on a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment during a special session.
A-Rod hitless in first rehab game
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January.
Rodriguez played three innings at third base Tuesday night for the Yankees Class-A affiliate and came out after he took a called strike three to end the third inning. He also grounded into a double play in the first.
Goodell, Meyer to host safety clinic
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will host a safety clinic next month for about 600 mothers of youth football players.
Participants will receive classroom instruction from health experts and on-field training from OSU coaches and players.
Big Ten changes award name
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for the Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute.
Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said that Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and Wisconsin.
South Africa sets Mandela day
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s national soccer and rugby teams will play on the same day at the former World Cup showpiece stadium in Soweto to honor Nelson Mandela, bringing together the country’s two most popular sports that once underlined deep racial divisions.
The South African sports ministry said that Nelson Mandela Sports Day on Aug. 17 at FNB Stadium is aimed at uniting the country in celebration of the anti-apartheid leader’s legacy.