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Fine to consult for Israeli team

Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has a new job.

The 66-year-old Fine has been hired as a consultant by the Maccabi "Bazan" Haifa franchise of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Fine will be based in the U.S. and will consult on player personnel decisions and help in the search for a new coach.

Fine has strong ties to Israeli basketball. He coached the U.S. Maccabiah team to a silver medal at the 1993 World Maccabiah Games.

Fine, who coached at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim for just over 35 years, was fired in November after two former team ball boys accused him of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago.

Fine has denied the allegations and has not been charged.


Pastrana to make NASCAR debut

Travis Pastrana insists he's not in this on a lark.

The X Games and motocross star is set to make his Nationwide Series debut tonight at Richmond International Raceway.

Pastrana was supposed to make his debut last summer at Indianapolis, but he broke his right ankle two days before.

"It's been since that race I've been thinking about getting in here and starting the Nationwide and seeing what's going on," he said at RIR, where he was going to run in a K&N Series race Thursday night.

Pastrana, the winner of 11 X Games gold medals, has no illusions of instant success in NASCAR, admitting one of his biggest fears is making a green-flag pit stop, which would be the first of his career. Accordingly, he's starting with modest goals.

"A goal for me for this first race, a goal that would be very, very difficult to reach, would be to stay on the lead lap, and that's where we're coming in, that's where we're starting," Pastrana said. "Even if we don't, that's the goal for the next weekend."

From News and wire service reports.