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Feds search locker in Fine case

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Federal authorities searched a locker in the Syracuse basketball center in their investigation of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Three men, including two former ball boys, have accused Fine of molesting them as minors.

The search at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center took place Wednesday, the AP reported. Court documents show the third search warrant was issued Tuesday and signed by U.S. Magistrate Andrew Baxter. Fine's office on campus was searched Tuesday, and his home was searched last Friday.

Coach Jim Boeheim did not address the investigation during his radio show as his team prepares to play No. 10 UF tonight.

Earlier, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor said the school decided to fire Fine upon hearing an audiotape recorded by Bobby Davis, one of the three accusers. ESPN broadcast the 2002 audiotape, recorded by Davis, of a conversation with a woman ESPN identified as Fine's wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew "everything that went on."

Fine, who has denied the allegations, was fired Sunday.

Federal authorities are not constrained by a statute of limitations should they turn up evidence that Fine molested his latest accuser, Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine. He said he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

Under federal law in 2002, prosecutions for the sexual or physical abuse or kidnapping of a child under 18 could continue until the victim turned 25. Subsequent amendments changed that to the life of the child or 10 years after the offense, whichever is longer.

Tomaselli, who faces his own sexual abuse charges in Maine, filed a claim of sex abuse against his father, Fred Tomaselli, in June. Lt. Glenn Miner, a spokesman for the New York State Police, confirmed the investigation was completed in September and no charges were brought against Fred Tomaselli, who has said he believes his son is lying about being abused by Fine.

No. 1 Ky. 81, St. John's 59: Anthony Davis scored 15, grabbed 15 rebounds and had eight of the host Wildcats' school-record 18 blocks as Kentucky improved to 7-0. Davis was one block short of tying the individual mark set by Sam Bowie (1981) and matched by Andre Riddick (1993).

G'town 57, No. 12 'Bama 55: Hollis Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left as the Hoyas (6-1) ended the 24-game home winning streak of the Crimson Tide (7-1).

North Carolina: Freshman reserve guard P.J. Hairston is questionable for Saturday's game at Kentucky with a left wrist sprain and bone bruise.

Cheerleader out of hospital: Michigan State cheerleader Taylor Young was released from a hospital a day after falling from another cheerleader's shoulders onto her face on the court during Wednesday's game against FSU.

Women

No. 7 Duke 64, Purdue 53: The Blue Devils (5-1) won for the 50th time in 51 home games and extended their school-record streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 27 wins in a row.

No. 9 Miami 76, Mich. St. 60: Morgan Stroman scored 20 to lead the visiting Hurricanes (6-1).

No. 24 Del. 81, Princeton 70: Elena Delle Donne scored 32 as the visiting Blue Hens remained undefeated (5-0).

Feds search locker in Fine case 12/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 12:15am]

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