Ex-Syracuse aide won’t be charged
• Federal authorities 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 yearlong probe, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine molested a boy in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.
Fine, 66, who denied the allegations, was fired Nov. 27. It wasn’t clear if he could get his job back.
Disney tournament leader in hospital
• Charlie Beljan had an 8-under 64 and a 3-shot lead at Disney in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., despite having trouble breathing and later being taken to the hospital. It wasn’t clear if Beljan can play the final two rounds.
• Rain severely disrupted play at the Singapore Open again. Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and England’s Simon Dyson shared a 1-stroke lead at 6 under par midway through the second round.
Murray advances to play Djokovic
• Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the ATP finals to reach Sunday’s semifinals in London, hours after Novak Djokovic advanced by beating Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (6). Murray (2-1) was second in Group A, while Djokovic (3-0) was first.
In Group B, six-time champion Roger Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro in his final group match today.
Americans capture bobsled gold medal
• Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won the two-man gold medal in the World Cup bobsled season opener at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y., beating teammates Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley by 0.60 seconds. Earlier, Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones of the United States won silver in the women’s bobsled race and teammates Elana Meyers and Tianna Madison took the bronze.
• Sarah Reid of Canada won the women’s skeleton World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y., edging teammate Mellisa Hollingsworth. Martins Dukurs of Latvia won the gold medal, edging his brother Tomass by 0.08.
Red Bulls dismiss coach, assistant
• The New York Red Bulls cut ties with coach Hans Backe and assistant coach Jan Halvor Halvorsen, saying they won’t extend their expiring contracts.
A day after they were eliminated from the MLS playoffs, the Red Bulls hired Andy Roxburgh as sporting director, said Mike Petke, the club’s interim coach.
— From wire reports