Thursday's Sports in Brief

Published July 13, 2012

| Associated Press

Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior Penn State officials "concealed critical facts" about Jerry Sandusky's child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal.

The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis Freeh, hired by university trustees weeks after Sandusky was arrested in November to look into what has become one of sports' biggest scandals.

The report concluded that Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

"In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university — Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse," the report said.

Sexual abuse might have been prevented if university officials had banned him from bringing children onto campus after a 1998 inquiry, the report said. Despite their knowledge of the police probe into Sandusky showering with a boy in a football locker room, Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz took no action to limit his access to campus, the report said.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — The president of Nike Inc. said Thursday he has decided to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center, a child care facility at the company's headquarters outside Portland.

Chief executive Mark Parker said he was deeply saddened by the news coming of the Louis Freeh investigation on the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Freeh says Paterno and other top school officials disregarded the welfare of Jerry Sandusky's victims as they failed to report abuse allegations against the longtime assistant coach.

OLYMPICS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers say Blake Griffin has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the Olympics.

Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation after reporting discomfort in the same knee that bothered him in the playoffs following Wednesday's practice. The Clippers said he will require arthroscopic surgery and should be ready for training camp.

USA Basketball officials said they hadn't been told Griffin would be forced to pull out. Once he does, the Americans will be able to replace him on their 12-man roster, likely with Anthony Davis.

Davis, the national college player of the year, was added to the roster for the exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday and scored nine points in 10 minutes in the Americans' 113-59 victory.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. uniforms for the Olympics are American red, white and blue — but made in China. And that has congressional leaders outraged.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the U.S. Olympic Committee should be ashamed of itself. He suggested Thursday they toss the uniforms into a big pile and burn them. Then U.S. textile plants could make the navy blue blazers with the team patch, cream-colored skirts and navy berets with red and white stripes.

Reid says the industry is desperate for jobs.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's proud of the athletes, but they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.

The uniforms were designed by American Ralph Lauren. Nike has also created many of the competition uniforms.

LONDON (AP) — Every country competing at the London Games will include female athletes for the first time in Olympic history after Saudi Arabia agreed Thursday to send two women to compete in judo and track and field.

The move by the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to break with its practice of fielding male-only teams followed similar decisions by Qatar and Brunei.

Saudi Arabia had been under intense pressure from the International Olympic Committee and human-rights groups to include female athletes. Thursday's announcement followed months of IOC negotiations with the Saudis.

The two female Saudi athletes are Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani in judo and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) — The RadioShack cycling team says Andy Schleck of Luxembourg is recovering from a spinal injury slower than expected and is likely to miss the London Olympics.

The 2010 Tour de France champion crashed last month during the Criterium du Dauphine and is still unable to ride his bike without pain.

RadioShack team doctor Andreas Goesele said in a statement Thursday that Schleck underwent an MRI scan that showed "the fracture is not fully healed yet."

GOLF

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished a 5-under 65 on Thursday.

Corey Pavin's sixth birdie on his 17th hole pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty pushed him back to the pack after completing his first round.

Pavin hit a chip after his ball moved back a fraction of an inch when he grounded his club on his 14th hole and that later cost him two strokes.

That setback put Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck in second place, one shot behind Kite. It pushed Pavin into a five-way tie for fourth with Fred Funk, Jeff Sluman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Mikael Hogberg at 3-under 67.

Kite, whose season-best finish was a tie for second four months ago at the Toshiba Classic, hasn't won on the Champions Tour was in 2008.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic.

Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second place Ricky Barnes. Matteson started by making birdies on three of his first four holes and finished with birdies on four of his first five.

He nearly holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60, but settled for par.

Barnes, out in the second group of the day, birdied all three par-5s and two of the four par-3s to pace the morning half of the field.

Robert Garrigus, among a group tied for third at 6-under 65, eagled the par-5 17th by hooking a 270-yard second shot around a tree to set up a 30-foot eagle putt.

Steve Stricker, chasing a fourth straight victory in the Deere, shot a 65 punctuated by an 80-yard wedge for an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th.

Zach Johnson, the highest ranked player in the tournament at sixth in the PGA Tour point standings, shot 3-under 68 thanks to a 4-under 31 on his last nine holes.

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open's 40-year history, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead into the second day of the British Open warm-up tournament.

The Italian rolled in 10 birdies in his first 15 holes in calm early conditions on the Castle Stuart links course, but missed out a chance to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour by finishing with three straight pars.

Top-ranked Luke Donald looked set to finish close behind Molinari until he bogeyed two of his last five holes for a 67. Alejandro Canizares of Spain was second after a 64, with Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Raphael Jacquelin of France another shot behind.

BASEBALL

ATLANTA (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is scheduled for right shoulder surgery that could sideline him for the rest of the season.

The team says Gee will have surgery Friday in St. Louis to replace a portion of damaged artery. The right-hander was released from a New York hospital Wednesday after undergoing a procedure to break up a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.

The Mets said then that Gee might have further surgery to prevent a possible recurrence of the clot in the same location of his arm.

NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Jackson says he made a mistake by disparaging specific players in recent remarks.

The New York Yankees released a statement Thursday from Jackson. He is a special adviser with the Yankees and was told by the team to stay away from the locker room and club events for a while after his comments in a Sports Illustrated interview.

The Hall of Famer says his comments were "inappropriate" and "unfair." Jackson told SI that some of Alex Rodriguez's statistics were tainted by his admitted use for performance-enhancing drugs.

Jackson also said he didn't see Gary Carter, Kirby Puckett and some others as Hall of Famers.

Jackson says he's been reaching out to make apologies to the players he offended and their families.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has filed a grievance with the players' union asking New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league claims Vilma's suit violates the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout. A clause in the CBA, which the NFL says the union agreed to, bars NFL Players Association members from suing the league or any clubs.

Vilma tweeted in response to the NFL's grievance: "The nfl sent me a letter "demanding" I drop my defamation suit or else...lol or else wat?!?? They no likey me lawsuitey."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported the NFL's grievance filing.

Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season by Goodell for his role in the Saints' bounties program that the NFL says was conducted for three years.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Coroner's officials say Junior Seau's family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide.

Sarah Gordon of the San Diego County medical examiner's office said Thursday that the preserved tissue held by the office was recently released to the National Institutes of Health for study. She says it was done at the request of Seau's family and has no information about what type of study will be performed.

The 43-year-old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest at his Oceanside home in May, less than 2 1/2 years after ending his Pro Bowl career.

DETROIT (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote claims he is the victim of a scheme to defraud him out of more than $400,000.

In a lawsuit, Foote's lawyer says was filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court, Foote claims he was duped when he invested money with two defendants associated with a Dearborn Heights valet service. Foote was born in Detroit, went to Michigan and played for the Detroit Lions in 2009.

The suit claims Foote was approached in 2010 by one of the defendants, who indicated he had recently acquired major valet contracts and needed an investor to provide capital.

HOCKEY

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Teemu Selanne is returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 20th NHL season.

The 42-year-old Selanne has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal, the Ducks announced Thursday.

The Finnish Flash is the 19th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,406 points in two decades spent largely in Anaheim, his home for parts of 13 seasons. Selanne is 12th in league history with 663 goals.

Selanne has been with the Ducks for the past seven years, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. He led Anaheim with 66 points last season while playing in all 82 games.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is being sued by a sorority sister who claims the two got into a fight over a Facebook post.

The lawsuit was filed late last month in Tuscaloosa by Sarah Grimes, who is identified as a sorority pledge sister of Kristen Saban. The complaint doesn't mention the football coach, and court files show his daughter hasn't filed a response.

The lawsuit says Grimes and Kristen Saban were playing a drinking game with friends in August 2010. It says they got into a fight after Kristen Saban posted something on Facebook saying no one liked Grimes.

The suit says Grimes required nasal surgery and psychological help. It says Kristen Saban was required to take an anger management class.

CYCLING

LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) — Pierre Rolland of France won the hardest Alpine stage in the Tour de France on Thursday, and Bradley Wiggins of Britain dusted defending champion Cadel Evans in the final climb to extend his overall lead.

Rolland gave the Europcar team its second straight stage win after the 92-mile ride in the Alps from Albertville that ended with a grueling ascent to the ski resort of La Toussuire.

Rolland won by about a minute and was followed by Thibaut Pinot of France and Christopher Froome of Britain. This was the second stage victory in the Tour for Rolland following last year's tough uphill finish at Alpe d'Huez.

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Former Tour de France rider Remy Di Gregorio and another suspect were placed under preliminary investigation in connection with a doping investigation when they appeared in Marseille court on Thursday, a judicial officer said.

In French law, preliminary investigation is a step short of being charged, but they will have to answer for it in court. The next court appearance was not made public. The judicial officer requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.

Di Gregorio was arrested and suspended by his Cofidis team on the Tour rest day on Tuesday. He's suspected of possession of doping products or equipment prohibited without medical justification.

TENNIS

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt of Australia defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 31-year old Hewitt, the No. 1 player for 75 consecutive weeks from 2001-03, has undergone five operations in the past four years and entered the week ranked at a career-low of 233 on the ATP tour.

Wild card Ryan Harrison beat fellow American Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Germany's Benjamin Becker also moved to the quarters, ousting Canadian and No. 3 seed Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Marion Bartoli won 11 consecutive games to beat Stanford player Mallory Burdette, 7-5, 6-0, in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday.

Burdette, like her college doubles partner Nicole Gibbs, upset a higher ranked player to advance. Burdette led 5-2 and was serving for set point when the second-seeded and 10th-ranked Bartoli suddenly became engaged in the match and fired off a series of winners.

Bartoli will meet fifth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer in Friday's quarterfinal. Five of the top six seeds are still alive in the tournament.

Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia advanced in the late match, beating qualifier Erika Sema of Japan, 6-1, 6-3.

In other second-round matches, Urzula Radwanska of Poland upset eighth-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and Sorana Cirstea of Romania topped lucky loser Saisai Zheng of China, 6-3, 6-3.

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Qualifier Pavol Cervenak of Slovakia upset eighth-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup.

Third-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia was also eliminated, losing to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Bellucci trailed 4-1 but rallied to win 7-6 (6), 6-3. Second-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina breezed past Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 6-3.

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Second-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain rallied to overcome Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open.

Third-seeded Albert Ramos defeated Kazakhstan's Evgeny Korolev 6-3, 6-3, and sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria ousted Federico Gil of Portugal 6-3, 6-4.

Another Spaniard, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, beat Brazil's Alessandro Giannessi 6-4, 6-3.

UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Former champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the Croatia Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Verdasco, the top seed and 2008 champ, converted five of 18 break points in the second-round victory. Verdasco will face either Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia or Mate Pavic of Croatia. Pavic ousted second-seeded countryman Marin Cilic.

Fifth-seeded Carlos Berlocq beat fellow Argentine Marco Trungelliti 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — British teenager Laura Robson upset second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Italiacom Open quarterfinals for the best result of her career on Thursday.

Robson won the Junior Wimbledon title four years ago when she was 14, but this is the furthest she has advanced in a WTA event.

Robson will next meet fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who advanced when Anna Tatishvili of Georgia retired while trailing 6-1, 3-2 due to a pulled right hamstring.

Also, third-seed Julia Georges reached the last eight when Katalin Marosi of Hungary withdrew before their match with a right shoulder injury. Georges' quarterfinal opponent will be eighth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, who rallied past Julia Cohen of the United States 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Cosmos are back.

After a nearly 30-year absence, the Cosmos joined the North American Soccer League on Thursday. The team will begin league play in the 2013 season.

The former Cosmos team in the late 1970s featured soccer great Pele, who helped raise awareness of soccer in the United States. He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championships in his third and final season.

NASL commissioner David Downs says the plan will "reunite the Cosmos, Strikers, Rowdies and several markets with ties to the NASL's early days."

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has elected to bring his own experts to the testing of his "B'' urine sample, The Associated Press has learned.

Under NASCAR's drug testing policy, an individual can bring in experts for the second test and Allmendinger wants his own toxicologist and attorney present, two people familiar with the case told the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the process is confidential.

Because Allmendinger is bringing his own people, the test of the sample will not occur until next week. Allmendinger has the right to take the time needed to assemble his team of experts.

Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR on Saturday for failing a random drug test taken June 29.

A statement released Wednesday by his business manager said Allmendinger tested positive for a stimulant that has not been revealed. Allmendinger has denied knowingly taking a banned substance, and said he is collecting his medications and supplements in an attempt to figure out what got him in trouble.

The 30-year-old Allmendinger is the second Sprint Cup Series driver to be suspended under the NASCAR drug policy implemented in 2009.

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Ma Qing Hua has become the first Chinese-born driver to test in Formula One, completing 82 laps of the British Grand Prix circuit Thursday at Silverstone for HRT.

The 24-year-old Ma was on the track the first of two days of a young driver test on the site of Mark Webber's F1 win on Sunday.

He called it "a fantastic feeling to drive a Formula One car for the first time ... I'm very proud to represent China and be a pioneer for my nation in this sport."

Although Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung tested with Williams in 2003, he was born in the Netherlands, while Ma comes from Shanghai.

The Chinese touring car champion last year, Ma has previously competed in Formula Renault, A1 Grand Prix, Formula Three, and Superleague.

HORSE RACING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jockey Robby Albarado has been found guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend.

A Jefferson County District Court jury convicted Albarado on Thursday of fourth-degree assault and recommended that he pay a $500 fine. The trial started earlier this week.

Albarado was accused of assaulting Carolina Martinez in late April. He was arrested a few days later, hours before he was to ride in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

He is third on the career wins list at Churchill Downs. After his arrest, he was suspended from racing, but that action was blocked by a judge, allowing him to continue riding.

Prosecutors said Albarado intentionally hurt Martinez, but the defense maintained the woman had barged into the jockey's home.

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