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– According to reports out of Syracuse, the school will address accusations of major rules violations in a hearing with the NCAA next week.

There have been reports for almost two years that the men’s basketball team was under investigation, with part of that centering on the academic record of Fab Melo, who was suspended in 2012. Newer reports indicate there are concerns surrounding the football team as well.

That’s news to coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Orange from 2009-12 and now is in his second season in the NFL as coach of the Bills.

“There’s nothing that I know about that we did that wasn’t either punished or put forth,” Marrone told Syracuse.com. “One thing I did, if we made a mistake, an incidental contact or something, I just always reported it. It’s not worth it. This way I can sleep at night.”

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Since the investigation began, Syracuse restructured the athletic department’s academic services department, which included at least three employees changing jobs.

According to an ESPN story, the issues with Jim Boeheim’s basketball team include extra benefits, and the allegations date back about 10 years and are as current as 2013.

“There were things going on consistently [with the men's basketball program] for a long time,” a source told ESPN.

– Lakers president Jeanie Buss came to the defense of Kobe Bryant, saying she did not agree with the ESPN The Magazine feature that indicated top free agents do not want to play alongside the aging star.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said Thursday.

Added Buss: “I read the story. I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”

Bryant, 36, played in just six games last season due to injuries, after signing a two-year extension worth $48.5 million.

The Lakers have missed out on a number of high-profile free agents in the past few years, including Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, whom the Lakers made a strong push to land.

“We made a very good case for [Anthony] coming to Los Angeles,” Buss said. “But he’s from New York, he sees a mission. I understand why he chose to stay with New York. I don’t think any of that has to do with Kobe Bryant.”

Added Buss: “I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [critical comments].”

– One player who was happy to switch teams and play alongside Bryant is Steve Nash, but he won’t be taking the court alongside anyone this season. The Lakers announced Thursday that Nash will miss the entire season due to a back problem.

The 40-year-old point guard played in just 15 games last season but was working toward his return when he strained his back carrying luggage a few days ago. He previously had felt some back pain after his second preseason game.

“Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now,” Nash said. “I work very hard to stay healthy, and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health.”

Nash is in the final season of a three-year deal he signed after being acquired from the Suns. He is due to make over $9 million this season.

“As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stated. “We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time. Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 24, 1990, the Red Sox exercised a buyout of Dwight Evans. The right fielder would go on to play one more season in the majors, with which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s a presence in all aspects of the game. He’s a captain for a reason. He’s played in 1,000 games. We’re going to miss him.” – Bruins forward Chris Kelly, on Zdeno Chara after the defenseman was injured in Thursday’s loss to the Islanders

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Touchdown receptions for Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos35-21 victory over the Chargers on Thursday night, giving him four in two games after no TD catches the first five games of the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Lakers guard Jeremy Lin poses as an adidas store employee in Taiwan. (Click on cc to get English subtitles.)

Fresno State’s Cezar Guerrero makes five consecutive halfcourt shots during the team’s Red and White Hoops Night.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: J.P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper, was born on this day in 1930. He died in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

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NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB in advance of Thursday night’s Bruins matchup against the Islanders.

Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– A nun who won the Italian version of “The Voice” released her debut album, and it includes a remake of Madonna’s 1984 hit “Like a Virgin.”

Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 26-year-old from Sicily, has received some criticism from the Catholic media, although she claims she interpreted it as “a song about the ability of love to renew people, to redeem them from their past.”

“Out of all the songs, would this be the one?” Fauria wondered, adding: “So, run out and buy that and see if your priest thinks it’s OK.”

– On the heels of his memorable prank phone call to a Buffalo radio station last week, Fauria tried calling a Chicago station for Part 2 of “Christian from Foxboro.” Unlike last week, when he appeared on air for about 10 minutes (over two segments), this time Fauria was not as well-received, as he was cut off after complaining that he was on hold for too long and that the hosts were putting him to sleep.

Two more attempts to get back on the air ended in failure.

“So when you said [they] were putting [you] to sleep, they wanted to hang up because they didn’t want their listeners to think that they were really putting people to sleep?” Merloni asked.

“A little sensitive,” Benz noted.

“They did not want to play around,” Fauria said.

Added Benz: “When you first called the station did you notice that you sounded like a bizarre combination of Danny Picard and ‘Lou from Chicago.’ It’s amazing how you hybrid yourself like that.”

Said Fauria: “I can’t help it.”

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