National Sports Briefs
ALBANY, N.Y. — Court records show that federal investigators were looking for pornography that could be used “to sexually arouse or groom young males” for sex when they searched the home, office and locker of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.
Fine was fired Nov. 27 after three men accused him of molesting them when they were boys.
The 65-year-old Fine has denied wrongdoing, calling the allegations “patently false.”
• PORTLAND, Maine — A man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him admitted that he sexually abused a boy in Maine.
Zach Tomaselli, of Lewiston, told The Associated Press that he sexually abused the boy when the victim was 13 and 14 years old. Tomaselli said he knew the boy and worked as a counselor at a camp the boy attended.
DALLAS — Ron Santo was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee nearly a year to the day after the Chicago Cubs third baseman died hoping for the honor.
Santo received 15 votes from the 16-member panel. He needed 75 percent — 12 votes — to get chosen.
Jim Kaat was second with 10 votes, Gil Hodges and Minnie Minoso each drew nine, and Tony Oliva had eight on the 10-person Golden Era ballot.
DALLAS — All-Star closer Heath Bell and the splurging Miami Marlins completed a $27 million, three-year contract a day after the team reached a preliminary agreement on a $106 million, six-year deal with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes.
Bell had more than 40 saves each of the past three seasons for the San Diego Padres, including 43 in 48 chances this year with a 2.44 ERA.
CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers placed starting defensive tackles Sione Fua and Terrell McClain on injured reserve.
Fua and McClain have been starters since Week 1. Fua strained his right hamstring before Sunday’s 38-19 victory against Tampa Bay and didn’t play. McClain sprained his left knee during the first half and did not return.
It’s unclear at this point if either player will need surgery.
The Panthers (4-8) signed free-agent defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo and added defensive tackle Jason Shirley from the practice squad to replace them.
The Panthers also signed former North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley to the practice squad.
• PORTLAND, Ore. — Two women say they were injured when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland over the weekend.
CHARLOTTE — Michael Waltrip Racing has hired Brian Pattie as crew chief for new driver Clint Bowyer.
Pattie was most recently crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya, and led him to a spot in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Pattie has 18 wins as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series, one in Cup.
PITTSBURGH — Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin scored, Tim Thomas stopped 45 shots, and the surging Boston Bruins kept rolling with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK— Phil Kessel had two assists to add to his NHL-leading point total, and Toronto snapped the New York Rangers’ five-game winning streak.
PANTHERS 5, CAPITALS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. — Stephen Weiss scored two goals to lead Florida to a win over Washington.
SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 2
OTTAWA — Nick Foligno scored 15:33 into the third period, Zack Smith added two goals, and Ottawa extended Tampa Bay’s losing streak to four games.
COYOTES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, SO
CHICAGO — Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the shootout, and Mike Smith stopped Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in the tiebreaker.
• PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The NHL opted for a bold realignment plan that will give the league four conferences instead of six divisions and guarantee home-and-home series among all teams.
The reshuffling was made necessary by Atlanta’s move to Winnipeg last summer. It could be put in place as early as next season.