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Police blotterNYC hoops coach indicted

in alleged Boston assault

A legendary New York City high school basketball coach is accused in an indictment of raping a 14-year-old during a trip they took to Boston decades ago.

Bob Oliva was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on charges including two counts of rape. The assault allegedly took place in 1976 at a Boston hotel.

Prosecutors at the Suffolk District Attorney's office said they were able to charge Oliva in the case because the statute of limitations was frozen while Oliva lived out of state.

Oliva won 549 games in 27 seasons at Christ the King Regional High School, coaching future NBA players such as Lamar Odom. He resigned last year, citing heart problems.

An attorney for Oliva said his client is innocent and looks forward to coming to Massachusetts to clear his name.


Love tied for lead at Bay Hill

Davis Love III finished strong with a 45-foot birdie and an 8-foot par putt for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. J.B. Holmes played bogey-free and also had a 66.

Love has only two weeks left to earn a trip to Augusta National, which he has not played the last two years. His only chance is to win at Bay Hill or next week in the Houston Open.

Tiger Woods is not playing Bay Hill, where is the two-time defending champion, for the first time in his PGA Tour career. He will play for the first time since his sex scandal in two weeks at the Masters.


Stamkos leads Lightning over Bruins

Steve Stamkos scored twice, tying him for the NHL lead with 45 goals, and Paul Szczechura also had a pair of goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Antero Niittymaki stopped 47 shots for the 500th victory in Tampa Bay franchise history.

Tuukka Rask made 13 saves for Boston, which dropped to 15-15-6 at home, winning just two of its last 14 home games. The Bruins are in eighth in the East, three points ahead of the Rangers.

Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi scored for Boston, which maintained a three-point lead over ninth-place Atlanta, a 2-1 overtime loser to the Maple Leafs.

In Toronto, Donald Fehr didn't confirm or deny his potential interest in taking the vacant executive director's position with the NHL Players' Association, saying only that he hasn't been offered the position. The longtime head of the baseball players' union spoke for a couple hours at the NHL's annual agents meeting yesterday.

Fehr has been working as an unpaid consultant for the NHLPA, assisting the union while it rewrites its constitution and tries to rebuild in the wake of a massive leadership purge. He also is assisting with the leadership search and has arguably emerged as the strongest candidate.

A number of NHLers have recently thrown their support behind Fehr and a couple high-profile agents spoke highly of him.

- AP

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