WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OSU PLANE CRASH
Okla. St. women's coaches die in Ark. plane crash
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke (BUD'-kee) and assistant coach Miranda Serna have died in a plane crash. The University says they were on a recruiting trip when their single-engine plane went down in central Arkansas.
OSU says the plane's pilot and another passenger also died in Thursday's crash. Their names were not released and OSU says they were not associated with the school.
The Oklahoma State women's basketball team will not play scheduled home games Saturday against Grambling State and Sunday against Texas-Arlington.
It's the second time in a little more than 10 years that one of the Cowboys' hoops programs has had to deal with this type of tragedy. In January 2001, 10 men affiliated with the university's men's basketball team died in a Colorado plane crash.
Syracuse basketball assistant on leave
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Longtime Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been placed on administrative leave after old child molesting allegations resurfaced. It comes just two weeks after a child sex abuse scandal rocked Penn State.
ESPN reports the accusations were made by two former ball boys. They are stepbrothers who are now 45 and 39 years old.
Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor says in a statement released this morning that the school will not turn a blind eye to the allegations.
Cantor says Fine has "vehemently denied the allegations" and should be given a fair opportunity to defend himself.
Fine is in his 35th season as an assistant to Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym), who says the school thoroughly investigated the allegations in 2005 before determining they were unfounded.
Tebow boosts Broncos again
DENVER (AP) — After a 1-4 start, the Broncos find themselves just a half-game back of first-place Oakland in the AFC West after last night's 17-13 victory over the visiting New York Jets.
Much-maligned Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) drove Denver 95 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 20-yard scamper with just under a minute to play, improving to 4-1 as the Broncos starting quarterback.
The Jets drop to 5-5 and a game and a-half back of New England with their second loss in four days. The Patriots beat them Monday night.
Trap game for Cowboys?
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma State has to guard against looking past Iowa State when they take on the Cyclones tonight in Ames. A win by the second-ranked Cowboys sets up a showdown in Stillwater against rival Oklahoma with a likely spot in the national title game on the line.
OSU's 10-0 record includes seven Big 12 victories.
Conference-rival Iowa State is 5-4 with a 2-4 mark in league competition.
Here's some numbers to keep an eye on. Iowa State is 2-16 under coach Paul Rhoads when allowing 24 or more points, and the Cowboys have scored at least 30 in every game this season.
Cubs welcome new bench boss
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs introduced new manager Dale Sveum (swaym) at a morning news conference at Wrigley Field.
New general manager Theo Epstein hired the former hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers to replace Mike Quade (KWAH'-dee), who was fired after the season, not long after Epstein took the job. The Cubs finished 71-91 to extend their infamous championship drought to 103 seasons.
Sveum, who was Boston's third base coach in 2004 and 2005 when Epstein was the Red Sox GM, says he received a three-year contract with a club option for 2015.
Light Friday on the ice
UNDATED (AP) — Tonight's three-game NHL schedule gets started in Raleigh, where the slumping Hurricanes await the Buffalo Sabres. Carolina has lost six of its last seven while being outscored 30-14.
Also this evening, Dallas skates at Colorado and Chicago is at Calgary.
U.S. in lead Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The U.S. has a 7-5 lead over the International Team through two days of the Presidents Cup, and Tiger Woods has yet to collect a point.
The Americans split the six fourball matches on Day 2. The U.S. tandem of Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) and Steve Stricker won for the second straight day, as did Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.
Woods dropped to 0-2 at Royal Melbourne. It's the first time he's opened any team competition with two straight losses since 2004.
Choi holding slim lead
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Na Yeon Choi opened with a 6-under-par 66 and brought a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb into today's second round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders. Defending champion Maria Hjorth and Cristie Kerr shot 68, and Anna Nordqvist is another stroke back along with Paula Creamer and five others.