Syracuse Orange inks Canadian small forward Oshae Brissett

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse has signed Canadian high school star forward Oshae Brissett to a national letter of intent to play for the Orange next season. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Brissett, of Mississauga, Ontario, played for Athlete Institute Prep this past winter. Brissett, who verbally committed to Syracuse in November, is rated as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Celtics beat Bulls, take 3-2 lead in series; Wizards lead Hawks 3-2 in their series BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Harbaugh makes a wish as Michigan football team tours Rome

ROME (AP) -- The tradition of throwing coins into Trevi Fountain isn't meant for wishes. Jim Harbaugh made one anyway. Standing with his back to the fountain, which is customary in Rome's Trevi district, Harbaugh pulled three coins from his pocket and tossed them into the water. In Roman culture, one coin ensures a return trip to the city, but three coins ensures a happy, lifelong marriage.

Syracuse hires former hoops star Allen Griffin as assistant

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tabbed former Orange star Allen Griffin as an assistant coach Thursday. Griffin replaces another former Syracuse star, Mike Hopkins, who left last month to take over as head coach at Washington. Griffin played at Syracuse from 1997-2001 and spent one year playing professionally overseas before turning to coaching. He has been an assistant at St.

UNC not alone in dealing with long-running NCAA probes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- It's been nearly two years since the NCAA first filed charges tied to North Carolina's long-running academic scandal yet the case has yet to reach the hearing that ultimately leads to a ruling and long-awaited resolution. It's just another example of how these investigations can take winding roads full of procedural potholes, delays and even backpedaling in a process that can mire schools in damaging uncertainty.

Historian: NY town's blade-embedded 'Scythe Tree' needs trim

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) -- A poplar tree in upstate New York dating back to before the Civil War has grown around three farm tool blades and is in need of a trimming. The "Scythe Tree," as it's called, is located in Waterloo, midway between Rochester and Syracuse. It was planted in front of a farmer's house before the Civil War.