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SUNY

SUNY chancellor urges

tighter control on sports

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher Tuesday recommended tighter control of school sports as a result of the four-month investigation that found Binghamton University officials failed to act when problems arose in its men's basketball program. Those findings included dubious enrollments and lax enforcement of academic standards for athletes. Zimpher presented a plan to hire a senior adviser on athletics and to give a stronger voice to faculty and staff on how the athletic departments work at Binghamton and other SUNY schools. She wants faculty to have an open channel for dissent and appeal of decisions regarding athletes and their education.

NHL

Head hit rule gains

The NHL is one step closer to a new rule on blindside hits to the head. The league's board of governors has unanimously approved the proposed penalty that would ban hits to the head against an unsuspecting player. According to a statement released by the NHL, the timing and details of implementation are being worked on by the league's hockey operations department and the Players' Association. According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the players' association, the new rule also needs approval from the 10-man competition committee.

Bruins blank Thrashers

Tuukka Rask blanked Atlanta for the second time this season and the Bruins kept up their mastery of the Thrashers with a crucial 4-0 road victory that extended Boston's lead for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins moved three points ahead of the Thrashers in the playoff race, snapping Atlanta's four-game winning streak. The Bruins are seven points ahead of the Rangers.

TVESPNU on Cablevision

Cablevision announced the addition of ESPNU in both standard and high definition on iO channels 144 and 794, respectively, with all locations expected to have the channels by Thursday. The company, which owns Newsday, also added several other Disney-owned channels to its HD lineup, including ESPNNEWS on Ch. 796.

MSG

Coca-Cola's greater role

Madison Square Garden announced an expanded marketing partnership with Coca-Cola - a relationship that dates 100 years - making the company a "Signature Partner" across all Garden properties, including for the planned renovation of the Garden itself, which is expected to be complete in time for the 2012-13 season.

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