LIBEL

Syracuse Coach’s Wife to Sue ESPN

Laurie Fine, the wife of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, has announced plans to sue ESPN for libel, claiming false reporting of child-sex-abuse allegations against her husband ruined her reputation. The suit alleges ESPN falsely portrayed Laurie Fine as consciously turning a blind eye while her husband sexually molested children in her own home. "I have never engaged in or condone despicable conduct falsely reported by ESPN," she said in a press conference Wednesday. "They should apologize and retract these horrible lies.” She did not say anything to indicate whether her husband was innocent or guilty. Bernie Fine, who was fired in November after several boys claimed he molested them, has not been charged.