Compiled from wire reports
Sharapova, Serena?to play for Sony title
•?Maria Sharapova swept the first 10 points Thursday, then hardly let up from there. If she can keep it going for one more round, she’ll have that elusive Sony Open title.
The four-time runner-up advanced to another Key Biscayne final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in Florida.
No. 3-seeded Sharapova will face five-time champion Serena Williams, who drubbed defending champ Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3.
Andy Murray advanced to the semifinals by beating No. 9 Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3. Tonight, Murray will play No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet, who beat No. 4 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 David Ferrer will play Tommy Haas in the other semifinal.
Ex-Syracuse aide?plans to sue ESPN
•?Fired Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine filed initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys’ claims that the coach sexually abused them. A yearlong federal probe ended with no charges. Fine was coach Jim Boeheim’s assistant for 35 seasons.
•?Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen received a five-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Bison finished 28-6 this year to set school and Patriot League records for victories. They lost to Butler last week.
•?Drake hired Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti as its new coach, replacing Mark Phelps, who was fired after five seasons. Giacoletti has worked under coach Mark Few for six seasons.
•?Mississippi hired Kentucky assistant Matt Insell as its women’s basketball coach. Insell has been an assistant to Wildcats coach Matthew Mitchell for five seasons.
Blue Jackets take?Wisniewski off IR
•?The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenseman James Wisniewski off injured reserve after he missed 14 games with a broken foot, and placed center Brandon Dubinsky on IR because of a knee injury that has caused him to be out three games.
•?The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick. Iginla, the team captain, was in the final year of his contract with the Flames.
Guerrero arrested?with gun at airport
•?Boxer Robert Guerrero was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport after he tried to bring a gun on a plane, police said. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Guerrero, 30, presented a locked gun box to a ticket agent at check-in. The box contained an unloaded .40-caliber handgun and three unloaded magazines. The gun was registered in California but not New York. Guerrero was arraigned Thursday on charges, including criminal possession of a firearm.
•?A British boxer was suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance found in a food supplement. UK Anti-Doping said Dillian Whyte tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after winning a British heavyweight fight against Sandor Balogh on Oct. 13.
Red Bulls acquire?ex-Harvard forward
•?The New York Red Bulls acquired former Harvard forward Andre Akpan from the Colorado Rapids for a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Akpan, 25, of Grand Prairie, Texas, played one game this year for Colorado.
•?The MLS suspended Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor for an additional game. He already had a one-game suspension because his arm hit the face of Marcelo Sarvas from the Los Angeles Galaxy in a game Sunday. Moor will miss Saturday’s game against Portland and the April 6 game vs. Real Salt Lake.
Finnish bowler leads?at PBA tournament
•?Finland’s Osku Palermaa left a 7-10 split on his first shot of the day, converted the difficult split and carried that momentum into the lead in the PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. Palermaa had a 29-pin lead over Pete Weber of Missouri, who could not convert a 7-10 split in the 10th frame of his final match.
•?Southeastern Louisiana officials say an internal investigation revealed that 137 ineligible athletes competed for the Lions in unspecified sports between 2005 and 2010. In most of the incidents, players were certified as academically eligible when they were not.
•?The WNBA extended its contract with ESPN through the 2022 season. The network said the league added six years to their broadcasting deal. ESPN has been televising WNBA games since its inaugural season in 1997.
— From wire reports