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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Penn State coach wins whistleblower lawsuit against university; 76ers fan who flipped off Russell Westbrook apologizes 10.28.16 at 8:15 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Cleveland at Chicago Cubs, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: Golden State at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Yale at Columbia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Navy at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: San Diego State at Utah State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football:
Air Force at Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
NBA: Bulls 105, Celtics 99
NBA: Hawks 114, Wizards 99
NBA: Clippers 114, Trail Blazers 106
NBA: Spurs 102, Kings 94
NFL: Titans 36, Jaguars 22
NHL: Penguins 4, Islanders 2
NHL: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4
NHL: Wild 4, Sabres 0
NHL: Canadiens 3, Lightning 1
NHL: Red Wings 2, Blues 1
NHL: Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 1 
NHL: Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2 
NHL: Jets 4, Stars 1 
NHL: Kings 3, Predators 2 

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary was awarded $7.3 million Thursday after a court ruled the university defamed him when it became public his testimony aided prosecutors in charging Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

In his lawsuit against Penn State, McQueary asked for over $4 million in damages and lost wages, saying he was defamed and misrepresented after testifying against Sandusky in his child molestation trial in 2012.

As a witness in that trial, McQueary testified he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the Penn State locker room in 2001. He also claimed he quickly reported it to Joe Paterno and other officials at the university. The university put McQueary on paid leave after he testified before ultimately letting him go in June 2012. He has not been able to find a job since.

McQueary was given $1.15 million for his defamation claim, $1.15 for the misrepresentation claim and $5 million for punitive damages.

The judge must still decide on McQueary’s claim that the university treated him unfairly after they let him go after his Sandusky testimony.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Colin Kaepernick has company as he continues anthem protest 09.02.16 at 8:24 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Furman at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Army at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Northwestern State at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
College football: Colorado State at Colorado, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Kansas State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Toledo at Arkansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
WNBA: Storm at Sky, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Colin Kaepernick throws a pass during Thursday's preseason game in San Diego. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick throws a pass during Thursday’s preseason game in San Diego. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

— As boos rained down from the crowd in San Diego, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem Thursday, continuing his protest over racial injustice and other issues in the United States.

This time he had some company, as safety Eric Reid joined him. And in Oakland, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on his team’s bench during the anthem in a similar protest.

“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said after the game. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities.”

If he was distracted by the situation, Kaepernick did not show it on the field. Fighting for his job (which he lost to Blaine Gabbert last season), Kaepernick played the first half and completed 11-for-18 passes for 103 yards while rushing four times for 38 yards.

Coach Chip Kelly would not say if Kaepernick, who was on the trading block in the offseason, remains in jeopardy of being cut.

“We’ll make those decisions when we watch the film,” Kelly said. “That goes for everybody on the football team, not just Colin.”

Said Kaepernick: “This is a phenomenal organization, and I’ve had great conversations here. I’ve had great memories here, and this team has given me the opportunity to become the man I am today. I’m grateful for that. I’m thankful for that, and San Francisco has become my home.”

Earlier in the day, Kaepernick addressed his latest controversy regarding socks he had been wearing at practice earlier in training camp. The socks features cartoon drawings of pigs wearing police hats.

Explained Kaepernick on Instagram: I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately.

Lane, the 26-year-old Seahawks veteran, said he’s prepare for any criticism that comes his way as he followed Kaepernick’s lead.

“I just like what he’s doing, and I’m standing behind him,” Lane said, adding: “It’s something I plan on keep on doing, until I feel like justice is being served.”

— Penn State stirred up some anger among its critics by announcing Thursday that it planned to honor the late Joe Paterno this season, the 50th anniversary of his first game as coach.

The school said more details would be forthcoming about the Sept. 17 ceremony.

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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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years, with parole possible after 3 07.06.16 at 8:29 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Knicks, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pacers vs. Thunder, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: New York City FC at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Portugal vs. Wales, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison — well below South Africa’s minimum sentence of 15 years for murder — and will be eligible for parole after three years, in a decision announced Wednesday morning at a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius was calm as the decision was announced, embracing family members before being led away.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said there were “substantial and compelling circumstances” that caused her to give the double-amputee Olympic runner a reduced sentence, citing the fact that he tried to help girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her multiple times through a bathroom door in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. Masipa also noted that Pistorius is a “good candidate for rehabilitation” who is not likely to re-offend.

A Pistorius spokesman said the 29-year-old would not appeal the decision. “The family accepts the judgment,” Anneliese Burgess said.

Prosecutors have the option to appeal in an attempt to get a longer sentence.

Pistorius, who claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her, was acquitted of murder by Masipa in 2014 after a seven-month trial, convicted only of manslaughter and serving one year in prison. His conviction was upgraded to murder last year by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

— Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was not injured in a single-car accident over the weekend, despite being discovered asleep in his car partially submerged in a pond, according to reports out of Jacksonville, Florida.

Robinson apparently fell asleep at the wheel around 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning and his car crashed into a retention pond. A police officer helped a woman out of the car and woke up Robinson.

Authorities said Robinson was not impaired and should not face a DUI charge.

Robinson tweeted Tuesday that he was grateful to God. Wrote Robinson: I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I’m just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless.

— A group that includes 212 former Penn State football players petitioned the school to bring back a statue of disgraced former coach Joe Paterno. The statue was taken down in 2012 during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case, shortly before Paterno’s death from lung cancer.

The group delivered a letter to Penn State president Eric Barron and the school’s board of trustees on Tuesday, demanding the statue be returned and the administration apologize to Paterno’s widow, Sue.

“This a common act of decency, which is both warranted and long overdue,” the letter reads.

While victims’ advocates criticized the request, the school responded by repeating that “there will be a time and place to acknowledged Joe Paterno’s many contributions,” but any communication between the president and the Paterno family would be private.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 6, 1966, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Yankees. Which Red Sox pitcher won both games, and which Sox closer saved both games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s nothing positive to put out. I’m tired of this. It’s not me. I’ve got to get better.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, who allowed a home run on the first pitch of the game and went on to suffer the loss in Tuesday’s 7-2 setback vs. the Rangers

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Red Sox players who were named to the American League All-Star team on Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS: Reds speedster Billy Hamilton races home from second base on a passed ball as Cubs pitcher John Lackey fails to cover the plate.

A fan at the Rays game catches a foul ball in his hat, but another fan grabs the hat and takes the ball before returning the cap to the unhappy man.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don McMahon got the wins and John Wyatt earned the saves

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bill Haley was born on this day in 1925.

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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 WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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 WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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.

Pennlive.com 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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s defense team resolves dispute with Patriots over records 07.23.14 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots cooperate with Aaron Hernandez's legal team?

  • Yes, they should turn over any requested information so that Hernandez can get a fair trial (61%, 146 Votes)
  • No, the Patriots' information is not relevant to Hernandez's off-field behavior (39%, 92 Votes)

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

— The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jim Harbaugh plays down reports of rift with 49ers 03.05.14 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Indiana, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Louisville at SMU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Colorado at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at UNLV, 11:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Capitals at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Braves at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Reds, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: United States vs. Ukraine, 1:50 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Italy vs. Spain, 3:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Mexico vs. Nigeria, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Harbaugh has been the subject of rumors and reports that he wants out of San Francisco and/or that the team is tiring of his surly behavior. The 49ers coach played down the situation Tuesday, dismissing a suggestion that he wants to leave the team before his contract expires in two years.

“No,” he told Sports Illustrated. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind.”

Added Harbaugh: “I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody — my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money.

“The other one is that I want more power. I have never said that, nor do I want any more power than I have. I coach the team. I’ve told my owner I don’t want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I’ve never told anybody else otherwise.”

There have been reports that Harbaugh is at odds with general manager Trent Baalke and that the team eventually will need to choose between the two.

“We’re both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other,” Harbaugh said. “If you haven’t had a brother, you probably don’t understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We’re partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don’t want to change anything that we do in that regard.”

As for the Browns trying to acquire him in a trade, Harbaugh indicated that was not of his doing, nor did he have any intention of going along with it.

“There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers,” he said. “If that existed, it existed in somebody else’s mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football.”

Mike McQueary, who brought the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal to light after witnessing the former Penn State assistant coach molesting a boy, revealed to some Nittany Lions players that he was sexually abused as a child, according to a story in ESPN The Magazine.

McQueary, then a Penn State assistant, allegedly told the team’s receivers in a positional meeting about his history of abuse, explaining that he could relate to the boy who was abused by Sandusky. The meeting was held Nov. 9, 2011, one day after prosecutors revealed that McQueary had witnessed the incident a decade earlier.

McQueary refused comment about the matter and only told the magazine that he still has respect for longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was forced out after the scandal broke and died shortly thereafter.

“I love that man more than you can ever possibly say,” McQueary said. “He’s an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn’t handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him.”

The story also indicates that McQueary, who filed a $4 million whistleblower lawsuit against the school after his contract was not renewed in the summer of 2012, had a gambling problem and at least once bet on Penn State to cover an eight-point spread against Michigan State in a 1996 game when he was a backup quarterback.

Ian Kinsler, who was traded from the Rangers to the Tigers this offseason, turned some heads with his comments in an ESPN The Magazine story in which he called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” and said he hoped Texas went 0-162 this year.

On Tuesday, Kinsler backtracked from the comments and put some blame on the writer.

“I’m not happy about it. I think that the story was written for drama, and taken a little out of context,” he said. “I understand there were some things directed at the GM, but as far as my teammates and the fans, there’s nothing negative to say about that, and I think the quotes taken about the general manager were taken a little out of context.”

As for the 0-162 comment, Kinsler said: “That’s a matter of telling a joke.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 5, 2002, Joe Kerrigan was fired as Red Sox manager by the new ownership group. Who was named interim manager until Grady Little was hired six days later?

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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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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ 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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