A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school's internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.

Eight more men have come forward to join the group that has accused former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald J. Fitzpatrick of sexual abuse. Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 at age 76 while serving a 10-year suspended sentence for attempting to sexually assault youths at spring training in Florida, has been accused by more than 20 men of sexually abusing them between the 1960s and '90s.

Eventually, this had to happen.

Jason Varitek is no longer a voice in the Red Sox clubhouse. He retired Thursday and it’s best thing that could’ve happened for all parties involved.



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The Yankees, who paid $13.9 million in luxury tax last year, want to get their payroll under the luxury tax threshold within two years. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told the media Thursday in Tampa that he wants the payroll trimmed from $210 million to $189 million, which is what the luxury tax mark will be in 2014.

Defenseman Andrew Ference left the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win over the Devils in the third period with what coach Claude Julien called a lower-body injury. Ference took only three shifts in the third period and did not play after his last one ended 5:30 into the period.

"He suffered a lower-body injury," Julien said of Ference. "We took him out instead of forcing it, and I guess what I've been told is we'll know better tomorrow how severe it is and whether he's going to be fine or whether it's going to go the other way." 

Jose Canseco, saying he has had "nightmares" ever since exposing baseball's steroids problem, apologized for the pain he caused former teammates when he wrote the book "Juiced."

Wrote Canseco on Twitter Wednesday: I am probably the only person in history that will never be forgiven for telling the truth and making MLB better and safer for everyone especially young kids.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade acknowledged that he apologized for breaking Kobe Bryant's nose with a hard foul in Sunday's All-Star Game, but he did it in the fashion that has become typical of the Heat -- burying it in comments that imply everyone is biased against the Heat's superstars.

"He knows it's no ill intent on me to do that," Wade said at Tuesday's practice. "Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome."

Just when it appeared the Jets were ready to move on from all the controversy of the past two months, linebacker Bart Scott reportedly has been given permission to seek a trade after the 31-year-old became frustrated with his diminishing role in the team's defense.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points and was the MVP of the All-Star Game as the West held off the East in Orlando Sunday night, 152-149, but the lasting image was that of Kobe Bryant suffering a nasal fracture after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade in the third quarter.

Bryant, who scored 27 points to become the All-Star Game's career leader in points with 271 (passing Michael Jordan), finished the game after wiping away some blood. He skipped the postgame press conference after reportedly experiencing headaches and is expected to see a specialist.

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is a popular target of Bruins fans mainly due to his habit of embellishing in an attempt to draw a penalty. Apparently, he saves his hardest play for practice. According to a report on TSN, Subban was involved in a confrontation with teammate David Desharnais at Thursday's practice.

The report indicates Subban dumped Desharnais to the ice, and Desharnais responded by cross checking and slashing Subban before teammates stepped in to prevent the situation from getting worse.