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Fri., March 29, 2013

Suing Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys’ claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them. A yearlong federal investigation that followed accusations that Fine abused team ball boys ended with no charges. Fine was Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim’s assistant for 35 seasons.

Signed The Seahawks aren’t quite done with their offseason shopping as they reached an agreement to sign defensive lineman Tony McDaniel from the Miami Dolphins. Although the team won’t announce the transaction until the contract is finalized, McDaniel and the Seahawks reached an agreement on a one-year deal.

• The New England Patriots have signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins. In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings last year. Jenkins has 354 catches for 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Injured The season is ending the same way it began in Indiana for Danny Granger – with a sore left knee that will require more medical treatment. The team announced that Granger would miss the rest of the NBA season so he could undergo surgery on the bothersome knee that has slowed him since last year’s playoffs.

Declared Arkansas’ scoring leader, BJ Young, announced his decision to enter the NBA draft following a season in which he averaged 15.2 points. The sophomore is second Razorbacks player to declare for the draft this week, following junior forward Marshawn Powell’s announcement. • North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown says he’s ready to enter the NBA draft. The junior point guard held a news conference with coach Mark Gottfried to announce his plans to skip his final season.

Hired The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress. Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs’ spread-game analyst and work on special projects.

Agreed Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has agreed to a new 10-year, $20 million deal with the Cyclones that will run through 2023.

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