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Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky sexual assault as early as 1976, according to newly unsealed records 07.12.16 at 10:43 am ET
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Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandustky's history before orginally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandusky’s history before originally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A man claims he told former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno about a sexual assault on him committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976, but Paterno ignored his claims, according to newly unsealed court records.

The victim testified in court in 2014 that when he attended a football camp at Penn State as a 14-year-old, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Identified as John Doe 150 in court records, the victim said he specifically told Paterno of the sexual assault, but Paterno brushed him off and just walked away.

“I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted,” the man told lawyers for Penn State University’s insurer in a deposition two years ago. “I was embarrassed.”

The man would become one of many Sandusky accusers paid millions by Penn State. His testimony was recently released as part of records unsealed by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer due to a current legal fight over who should cover the costs Penn State has paid.

In a statement on Tuesday, the family of Paterno denied that any coverup ever took place.

“With this latest release of information, the total mishandling of the Sandusky investigation is highlighted once again,” the statement said. “The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes. Multiple independent parties have confirmed this conclusion.”

The records include pieces of depositions from accusers who say they reported sexual abuse by Sandusky to Paterno and other Penn State coaches in the 1970s and 1980s. Paterno denied any knowledge of sexual abuse by Sandusky before his death in 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in 2012.

The university hoped to keep the settlement records sealed, claiming that publicizing them would unfairly expose victims to ridicule and embarrassment, and that some information in the documents was privileged, gleaned through mediation sessions.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Penn State child molestation allegations date back to 1971 05.09.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)\
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Finland vs. United States, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Those close to the late Joe Paterno attempted to defend the coaching legend after it was revealed last week that child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky dated back to 1976.

Over the weekend a Penn State spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the allegations dated back even further — to 1971, two years after Sandusky was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Before his death in 2012, Paterno claimed the first time he heard complaints about Sandusky was 2001. But insurance settlements — which have topped $90 million for 30 civil claims — cover abuse claims dating back to 1971, the school confirmed.

The information first came to light when a judge cited it last week as part of his ruling in a lawsuit between an insurance company and Penn State over how much the school should have to pay.

Penn State President Eric Barron, in comments to the Penn State community Sunday, said he was “appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment” following the “unsubstantiated” allegations.

“Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them. His family has denied them,” Barron said, adding that some of the media reports “should be difficult for any reasonable person to believe.”

Paterno’s wife, Sue, called for an end to “this endless process of character assassination by accusation.”

— Heat star Dwyane Wade got defensive when asked about his actions during the Canadian national anthem Saturday, insisting it wasn’t his intention to be disrespectful when he took some additional shots as the song began before Game 3 against the Raptors.

Wade explained that his extra shots are part of his pregame routine, but because both the Canadian and American anthems were played back-to-back, it threw off his timing.

“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice Sunday. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno reportedly was informed of Jerry Sandusky molestation in 1976 05.06.16 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Canada, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)


— Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno apparently was made aware of an accusation that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1976, according to a report out of Pennsylvania. reported that Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer said insurers involved in a lawsuit with the school claim a boy told Paterno that he was molested by Sandusky, then an assistant coach. Other assistants coaches also said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

Glazer, who was ruling on a suit regarding insurance coverage for Sandusky-related claims, wrote in his decision that there was no evidence that Paterno or anyone else took the information to any higher-ranking Penn State officials.

Paterno, who was dismissed as coach in 2011 and died in early 2012, did report Sandusky’s abuse of a child in 2001 to school officials, but he denied that he had covered up other incidents.

“I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it,” Paterno testified in 2011, before Sandusky was first charged.

Sandusky eventually was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse of 10 boys for incidents that date back to the 1990s and is serving a long prison sentence. On Thursday he was granted a hearing to be held later this month as part of his appeal.

Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said there is nothing new to prove that the coach covered for Sandusky.

“Through all of this review there has never been any evidence of inappropriate conduct by coach Paterno,” Sollers said. “To the contrary, the evidence clearly shows he shared information with his superiors as appropriate.”

— Jaromir Jagr will be back for at least one more season — his 23rd in the NHL — as the 44-year-old one-time Bruins forward signed a one-year deal to return to the Panthers, the team announced Thursday.

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

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Report reveals prosecutor pushed Jerry Sandusky charges in 2010 06.24.14 at 10:19 am ET
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A report was issued Monday on the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, and the results showed long delays in bringing charges to the former Penn State assistant football coach by prosecutors because of a lack of known victims at the time.

The report revealed that prosecutor Jonelle Eshbach sought to have Sandusky charged as early as 2010, but was given word from her bosses in emails that a single victim wasn’t enough to convict Sandusky.

Eshbach drafted a grand jury report in March 2010 based on the claims of a lone victim, and she spent the following months trying to get approval for the report.

“In the interim, no witnesses were interviewed, no witnesses testified in the grand jury and no grand jury subpoenas were issued,” wrote Geoff Moulton, brought in by Attorney General Kathleen Kane to examine the case.

Frank Fina, one of Eshbach’s supervisors, told reporters that she agree that the case would not succeed with just one victim. Eshbach’s lawyer said otherwise.

“If that was true, why would her supervisors ask her to revise the [grand jury report] twice? Why would she repeatedly ask for permission from her supervisors to charge?” said Eshbach’s attorney, Ed Paskey.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Steep hike reportedly in line for Super Bowl tickets 09.18.13 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Twins at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Oilers at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Ajax at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ The upcoming Super Bowl will be as close to Boston as it ever has been — scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — but if you’re planning to go, don’t expect to save any money. And if you win the lottery for one of the lowest-priced tickets, don’t plan on trying to resell them.

Shortly after a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that the league wants to double the prices for the game’s most expensive seats, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league plans to have winners of a 1,000-ticket lottery for the cheapest seats pick up their tickets at the stadium right before entering. Those who win the $500 seats would not be allowed to leave the stadium area, or their tickets would be voided.

“We knocked the price from $650 to $500 and doubled the number of ticket winners,” McCarthy said, via the New York Daily News. “In an effort to ensure these fans actually go to the game and do not resell the tickets, we will for the first time implement a program in which the ticket holders will go to a gate and pick up their tickets as they enter the stadium. They will not be able to pick up the tickets and go into the parking lot.

The top tickets for last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans went for $1,250. At MetLife, club-level seats in the mezzanine with access to indoor restaurants are slated to sell for $2,600. Seats in the lower bowl will go for $1,500, which is $650 more than comparable seats from last season, pending approval from league owners this week.

‘€¢ University of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, already under fire after his Cornhuskers blew an 18-point lead and lost to UCLA by 20 points on Saturday, was apologetic after audio surfaced of a conversation he had two years ago in which he went on a profane rant about fans of the team.

Prior to his radio show in October 2011, Pelini criticized “fair-weather” fans who left the stadium in the third quarter with Nebraska losing to Ohio State by 21 points. The Cornhuskers rallied for a 34-27 victory.

The fiery Pelini was contrite Tuesday during the Big Ten coaches conference call.

“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened” but did not say if Pelini would be disciplined.

Said Pelini after Tuesday’s practice: “I fully anticipate coaching this weekend. I’m the head football coach until someone says different.”

‘€¢ The lawyers for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a Pennsylvania appeals court for a new trial in his child sexual abuse case, citing a lack of time to prepare and improper jury instructions.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a state prison sentence of 30-60 years after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The three judges appeared skeptical of the claims, noting that Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said in an interview that he had not found anything in the case documents that would have changed his approach to trial.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 18, 1996, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Tigers in the Red Sox’ 4-0 victory in Detroit. Who caught the game for the Sox and drove in two runs?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer calls out MLB for ‘publicity stunt’ 08.20.13 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: Czech Republic vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Chinese Taipei vs. Panama, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Washington vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, AC Milan at Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Houston vs. W Connection, 8 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez called out Major League Baseball for “a cheap publicity stunt” after he was presented on live television with an agreement to waive confidentiality, despite claiming that he has been asking for precisely that for weeks.

Joe Tacopina was appearing NBC’s “Today” show when host Matt Lauer handed him the form. Tacopina first said he needed time to read through it. Later, he said he could not agree to such a request without first getting approval from the players’ association.

“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Tacopina said in a statement. “The letter that was addressed to my law office with the words ‘Via Hand Delivery’ on top was in fact never delivered to my office but was instead given to the ‘Today’ show, which in and of itself is yet another violation of the confidentiality clause of the JDA. They know full well that they have to address the letter to the MLBPA and such a waiver would require the MLBAPA to be party of the agreement and signatures. It’s nothing but a theatrical trap hoping I would sign knowing that I couldn’t and in fact would have me breaching the JDA agreement if I did.”

The letter suggests the league has information about Rodriguez’s links to the three men at the center of the biggest sports PED scandals of the last decade.

The letter reads: “We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez’s entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte.”

Tacopina also claimed Monday that the Yankees knew Rodriguez had a torn hip labrum when he played in the 2012 playoffs, and he presented Lauer with what he said was an MRI of the hip. The Yankees have said they didn’t know the extent of the injury until after the postseason.

Tacopina said he would advise Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension, to not accept a suspension of “one inning.”

‘€¢ Milwaukee law student Ralph Sasson, a former friend and college classmate of Ryan Braun, is suing the Brewers outfielder, claiming Braun did not initially pay him and then disparaged him after he helped the player fight a failed a drug test.

Sasson said he was hired in November 2011 by Braun’s agent, Onesimo Balelo, to do legal research in an effort to clear Braun after his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Sasson claims the agent asked him to investigate the sample collector and Braun asked him to prank call two journalists who were working on a story about the test.

Sasson said Balelo would not pay the full amount he was owed — $2,000 for research and $5,000 if Braun was exonerated — after the suspension was overturned in February 2012. Sasson eventually was paid, but he said Braun lied about the end of their friendship.

“Braun has engaged in advancing the proposition that the reason for his falling out with Sasson was because Sasson had been rude to staff at Miller Park; Braun had received word that complaints had been filed due to Sasson’s abhorrent behavior; that Sasson had ‘acted like an ass,’ and that Sasson is crazy,” Sasson claims in the suit, for which he is seeking $10,000 for defamation and emotional distress.

‘€¢ A lawyer representing Penn State said Monday that he expects 24 more settlements this week between individuals claiming to have been abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The first settlement of the 31 who have reached out to the school was announced over the weekend.

The school has set aside about $60 million to pay claims, with more weight given to claims that happened after 2001, when a graduate assistant coach informed school officials learned of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in a locker room shower.

“It’s what did Penn State know and what duty did they have?” attorney Michael Rozen said. “What did they know, when did they know it, and what duty — if any — did they have to act, and to what extent?”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t expect them to do anything. My view is that it was not intentional.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, asked Monday if he expects Major League Baseball will punish Ryan Demspter for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch a night earlier

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Consecutive losses for the Dodgers following Monday’s 6-2 setback vs. the Marlins, marking the first time in two months Los Angeles has lost two straight

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Running backs Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch star as their fathers in this commercial for Madden 25.

Austin Richmond, a wide receiver at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., catches passes while doing backflips.

At a dunk contest in Latvia, Suns guard Shannon Brown attempts to jump over three people but slips and falls.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.

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Penn State sexual abuse documentarian John Ziegler on D&C: ‘I don’t believe that Joe Paterno had any knowledge of the 1998 investigation’ 03.26.13 at 1:21 pm ET
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Documentary writer and director John Ziegler checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss his recent three-plus-hour conversation with Jerry Sandusky at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute.

Ziegler made multiple visits to Sandusky and came to the conclusion that if it was not for a certain New York Jets losing streak from nearly 15 years ago, the Penn State scandal may have never come out.

Said Ziegler: “I’ve concluded, that after my three and a half hours with Jerry Sandusky, that if the New York Jets had not lost their last three games in the 2000 season, there would be no Penn State scandal … If Al Groh doesn’t decide at the last second — he was coaching the Jets at that time — that because they lost the last three games to miss the playoffs, Jerry Sandusky was about to sign on the dotted line to be the head football coach at Virginia in December of 2000. I’m totally convinced that there’s corroborating evidence for that, but Jerry and I talked about this extensively. Apparently during his last interview, the interviewer gets called out of the room, Al Groh calls, that’s his alma mater, Virginia, he’s on the search committee for that job, and tells them, ‘Hey look, I think I’m out of the Jets, I want the job.’ All of a sudden the guy comes back, is cold to Sandusky and Sandusky’s wondering what the heck’s going on. The next day Al Groh gets the job; five weeks later is the [Mike] McQueary episode.”

Ziegler, whose documentary “Framing Paterno” was recently released, also discussed what he thought Paterno really knew and, more importantly, didn’t know regarding the investigations into Sandusky’s actions in the late 1990s.

“People are misunderstanding what the most important conversation in this entire situation was,” Ziegler said, adding: “The key conversation was actually when the athletic director went to Sandusky and said, ‘OK, what was this all about? We have this report that you did something inappropriate with a kid in the shower.’ That’s where the information that I’ve been able to [get] from this interview is critical, because I have the actual statement from the boy in the shower, made ironically on the day [Joe] Paterno was fired, as a 24-year-old married sergeant in the marine corps, proactively coming forward with his mother with him, to say, ‘Look, I’m the boy in the shower, McQueary is lying. Nothing happened.’ ”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family continues push to clear his name 02.12.13 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Kentucky at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ While the family of Joe Paterno continues its crusade to clear the Penn State legend of any wrongdoing in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, the school is closing in on settlements with most of the victims of the former assistant coach.

Attorney Ken Feinberg, who was hired by the school, told The Associated Press that he delivered settlement offers from 28 alleged victims (18 more than the number brought up in Sandusky’s trial) to school administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during Friday meeting in Philadelphia.

“The next step is Penn State — we’ll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks,” Feinberg said.

Meanwhile, on Monday a member of the board of trustees called on the board to re-examine the findings of Louis Freeh‘s investigation, saying a new report from a team hired by Paterno’s family raised “serious and troubling” questions about the Freeh report. The school declined comment on the request from board member Alvin Clemens.

Pateron’s wife, Sue, and others, including former Penn State player Greg Buttle appeared on Katie Couric‘s show on Monday and defended Paterno, who died last January.

Joe Paterno didn’t conspire to do anything,” Buttle said. “The conspiracy to me was perpetrated by a cabal of trustees and others that felt they needed a convenient way out to relieve Penn State of what had happened.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant, who last year was fined $100,000 for using a homophobic slur toward an official during a game, apparently has learned his lesson. When one of his 1.3 million Twitter followers tweeted “You’re gay” as an insult to another follower Sunday, Bryant stepped in.

Tweeted the Lakers star:

Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.

Bryant acknowledged that last year’s incident was on his mind after another follower brought it up. Tweeted Bryant:

exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.

‘™¦ Inspired by the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, USA Today has a list of the top 10 athletes who tied to cling to their careers for too long.

No. 1 is Muhammad Ali, followed by Brett Favre. Former Red Sox players Rickey Henderson and Roger Clemens are third and fourth, respectively. They’re followed by Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gordie Howe and Deion Sanders.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Newtown children to sing at Super Bowl 01.31.13 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UConn at Providence, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Drexel at George Mason, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Penn State at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon State at California, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Almost two months after 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were gunned down, a group of 26 students from the school will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame show. The performance will be broadcast live on CBS shortly before Alicia Keys sings the national anthem.

The News Times in Connecticut reports that an anonymous donor provided the money for the trip. “It’s an honor,” an unidentified local parent said.

Choir members from the school recorded “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Grammy-nominated singer Ingrid Michaelson earlier this month.

‘™¦ The Lakers had won three straight games before losing to the Suns on Wednesday night, but coach Mike D’Antoni still found himself dealing with controversy. The latest issue surrounded center Pau Gasol, who was upset about being benched in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s victory over the Hornets.

Said Gasol: “I’m a competitor, I’m a guy that thinks I bring a lot to the table, and not being on the floor is something that I don’t like, I don’t appreciate.”

Considering the players talked about a renewed focus on team success over individual issues earlier this week following a recent team meeting, D’Antoni was especially disappointed.

“Well, you know, ‘all for one’ didn’t last [very] long, did it?” D’Antoni said. “Forty-eight hour shelf life. That’s not bad. We’ll take what we can get.”

‘™¦ Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky‘s bid for a new trial was denied Wednesday, as a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for his trial last year that resulted in his conviction on child sexual abuse charges.

“I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant’s trial counsel failed to test the prosecution’s case in a meaningful manner,” Judge John Cleland wrote in his 27-page order. “The defendant’s attorneys subjected the commonwealth’s witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument.”

Sandusky is serving 30-60 years in state prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 31, 1971, in a 6-0 rout of the Blues, Bobby Orr scored twice to become the second defenseman in Bruins history with 100 career goals. Who was the first?

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Former Penn State players ready to appeal bans 08.08.12 at 11:42 am ET
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Michael Robinson and other former Penn State athletes told the NCAA they will appeal sanctions handed down in the wake of Jerry Sandusky‘s scandal.

Robinson and the group of former Penn State players competed at points during the 14 years of vacated Penn State football records.

Even though the NCAA said sanctions cannot be appealed, the alumni group is sending their appeal on the grounds the decision was made from the Freeh Report as opposed to an NCAA investigation.

The letter sent to the NCAA calls the Freeh Report’s conclusions “not supported by the evidence” and said it makes the appellants appear as though they contributed to the culture for which Penn State is being penalized.

“The Appellants challenge the factual findings and conclusions of the consent decree and of the underlying investigative report by Sporkin & Sullivan (the “Freeh Report”), which – without notice , investigation or hearing as required – provided the predicate for the actions taken by the NCAA in this matter,” the letter read.

The alumni group appealing includes Anthony Adams, Gerald Cadogan, Shamar Finney, Josh Gaines, Richerd Gardners, Justin KurpeikisAnwar Phillips and former coach Bill Kenny.

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