Federer in the final...UConn confirms NCAA investigation...USC fires assistant arrested in bribery case
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has advanced to the Australian Open final after his opponent retired from their semifinal match. The defending champion will face Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) on Sunday. Friday’s match was barely an hour old when Hyeon (hyuhn) Chung pulled out, trailing 1-6, 2-5. The South Korean had taken a medical timeout earlier in the second set to receive treatment on his foot.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut confirms it is the target of an NCAA investigation into its men’s basketball program. University President Susan Herbst says the school intends to cooperate with the investigation in a “thorough and transparent manner.” The school didn’t reveal the nature of the investigation. Hearst Connecticut Media, which first reported news of the investigation, cited unidentified sources saying it is related to recruiting.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case. Bland had been on administrative leave since his arrest in September. He was one of 10 people arrested in the case. Bland pleaded not guilty in November to four charges relating to bribery and wire fraud.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss slalom specialist Wendy Holdener has won a World Cup combined race in Switzerland, setting herself up as the favorite for next month’s Olympic gold medal. First-run leader Lindsey Vonn led Holdener by 0.71 seconds after the opening super-G, but the American dropped back to finish fourth.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia museum dedicated to America’s revolutionary patriots is temporarily renaming its biggest gallery in honor of the city’s Super Bowl-bound football team. The Museum of the American Revolution has rechristened its Patriots Gallery as the Eagles Gallery. The new name will stay through Super Bowl Sunday when the Eagles face the New England Patriots.