Friday's Sports in Brief

Published July 14, 2012

| Associated Press

If he were alive today, Joe Paterno — the coach who stood for so long for character and integrity both on and off the football field — could be looking at charges such as child endangerment, perjury and conspiracy.

Legal experts said emails and other evidence in the Penn State investigative report released Thursday suggest that Paterno may have misled a grand jury when asked when he first heard about Jerry Sandusky's misconduct, and show that Paterno and other university officials put boys in danger with their failure to report sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky more than a decade ago.

Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver said the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh reads like a prosecution case for a child endangerment charge against Paterno, then-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and now-retired vice president Gary Schultz. Oliver noted that a former top official in the Philadelphia Archdiocese was convicted of that charge in June for allowing a suspected pedophile priest to be around children.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State plans to renovate the building where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys, confronting one of the most potent and sinister symbols of a scandal from which it is still trying to recover.

The school intends to remodel the football team shower and locker room area as a direct result of Sandusky's crimes, university spokesman David La Torre told The Associated Press on Friday.

Renovation plans for the Lasch Football Building were drawn up shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November, La Torre said, but the university can't move forward with those plans until all possible legal proceedings have been completed.

Sandusky, a longtime member of Joe Paterno's coaching staff, was convicted last month of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Two top administrators face trial on charges of lying to a grand jury and failing to report allegations of child abuse.

Some of the most stomach-churning assaults for which the 68-year-old Sandusky was convicted took place in the showers of the Lasch building.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the Saints reached a deal on par with the quarterback's record-setting play, giving New Orleans' fans some news they can celebrate after an offseason rife with turmoil.

The team announced Friday that it had agreed to a five-year contract with Brees. A person familiar with the deal said it's for $100 million, with $60 million guaranteed.

The deal will also pay the quarterback $40 million the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details had not been publicly announced.

Brees had been tagged as the Saints' exclusive franchise player and couldn't negotiate with other teams.

Had a deal not been reached, the tender for a quarterback was worth $16.3 million. Brees would have had to play for that amount or hold out for a better one-year deal, which would have left his long-term future in New Orleans uncertain.

Brees skipped the Saints' offseason practices while holding out for his new long-term contract, which now gives him the highest average annual pay ($20 million) in NFL history.

OLYMPICS

LONDON (AP) — Security company G4S says that its bungled Olympics contract may cost it up to 50 million pounds ($78 million).

In a statement released late Friday, the company said it had recently encountered "significant difficulties in processing applicants in sufficient numbers through the necessary training, vetting and accreditation procedures."

The company added that it was incurring "significant costs" as it struggled to meet the contract's challenges, adding that while the precise financial impact remained difficult to gauge, it estimated losses of between 35 million and 50 million pounds in the current financial year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blake Griffin has officially withdrawn from the Olympics and Anthony Davis has been added to the U.S. men's basketball team's roster.

Griffin needs surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and joins a lengthy list of American stars that are sidelined this summer.

Davis replaced him in the Americans' 113-59 exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday in Las Vegas, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter. The No. 1 overall draft pick couldn't be put on the 12-man roster for London until Griffin had withdrawn Friday.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty Friday and could face 20 years in prison for hiding and selling sports memorabilia and other items that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.

Dykstra, 49, entered his plea in U.S. District Court to one count each of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering.

It was the latest legal problem for Dykstra, who earned the nickname "Nails" because of his gritty style of play, and spent his 12-year career with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. He previously pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and exposing himself to women he met through Craigslist.

Dykstra, who bought a mansion once owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

After the filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee, prosecutors said.

He is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

Dykstra also was sentenced this year to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met through Craigslist.

CYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The coach of Lance Armstrong's teams during his seven Tour de France victories will go to arbitration to fight charges that he led a complex doping program for Armstrong and other riders.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Friday that Johan Bruyneel elected to contest his case before a panel of three arbitrators rather than accept sanctions that likely would have included a lifetime ban from sports. Bruyneel, who has said he is innocent, faced a Saturday deadline to decide.

USADA officials have said a hearing, where witness testimony and other evidence can be presented by both sides, could be held by fall. Bruyneel can choose to keep the hearing private or open it to the public.

Armstrong, who retired in 2011, also has been charged and says he is innocent. He filed a lawsuit this week in federal court in Austin in an attempt to block the case.

ANNONAY, France (AP) — David Millar, a reformed "ex-doper," won a stage at the Tour de France on Friday, saying his victory is proof riders can win cleanly.

His British compatriot, Bradley Wiggins, is of like mind. Wiggins, who holds the overall lead, is looking to not only win the race when it ends July 22 but win over cycling fans troubled by the sport's long history with drugs.

Millar's victory and Wiggins' assertions came exactly 45 years after Tom Simpson, the first Briton to wear yellow, died on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux after using a lethal mix of amphetamines and alcohol.

Millar, who rides for the U.S. Garmin-Sharp team, won the Tour's 12th and longest stage Friday by leading a five-rider breakaway as the race left the Alps. The 140-mile ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux featured two big climbs, but did not change the top of the standings because Wiggins and his main rivals finished together.

Wiggins, a three-time Olympic track gold medalist, is trying to become Britain's first Tour winner.

The stage victory was Millar's fourth in his career but first since 2003. He also became the fourth Briton to win a Tour stage this year, after Mark Cavendish, Christopher Froome and Wiggins.

Overall, Wiggins leads teammate Christopher Froome, in second, by 2:05. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy is third, 2:23 back. Defending champion Cadel Evans is fourth, 3:19 behind. Jurgen Van Den Broeck of Belgium is fifth, 4:48 off the pace.

GOLF

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — Lance Ten Broeck shot a 68 at the U.S. Senior Open on Friday at Indianwood.

His 6-under 134 gave him a one-shot lead over first-round leader Tom Kite.

Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin were in a pack that will go into the weekend two strokes back.

The 56-year-old Ten Broeck finished tied for 71st in June at his only other Champions Tour event this year. He has a 36-hole lead for the first time in his playing career. The Chicagoan had a share of the lead after two rounds at the PGA Tour's Hall of Fame classic

in 1982 and he finished tied for 12th.

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson broke out of his slump with an 8-under 64 at the Scottish Open, leaving him five shots off the second-round lead shared by Alexander Noren and Francesco Molinari.

Noren used another round of 66 to move to 12 under alongside Molinari, who couldn't match his blistering 62 on Thursday but managed a 70.

Mickelson charged up the leaderboard in an overcast but largely wind-free round at the Castle Stuart links. The three-time Masters champion broke par for the first time since May, with an eagle and six birdies putting him in a strong position for the weekend and improving his confidence before the British Open.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Troy Matteson shot a 3-under-par 68 for a one-stroke lead over Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman after two rounds of the John Deere Classic.

Matteson was at 13-under 129. Maggert's bogey-free round of 9-under 62 moved him from 39th place after the first round to a tie for second. He birdied half the holes at TPC Deere Run, including five of his last nine.

Harman had a second straight 65, the last two of his seven birdies coming after a 48-minute thunderstorm delay.

Matteson bogeyed the par-4 18th after getting four birdies in the first 17 holes.

J.J. Henry, Gary Christian, Robert Garrigus and Ricky Barnes are tied for fourth at 11-under 131.

A trio of players are at 10-under 132, including three-time defending champion Steve Stricker, whose 4-under 67 placed him within striking distance with 36 holes to play. Tommy Biershenk and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen are also at 132.

PRO BASKETBALL

HOUSTON (AP) — New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't announced.

Another person familiar with the negotiations said it is a three-year deal worth about $25 million. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms hadn't been announced, said the third year is worth about $15 million.

Lin is a restricted free agent and New York is expected to match Houston's offer within the required three days.

OLYMPICS

At the next Olympics, the team from the USA will wear uniforms made in the USA.

Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms it provides the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will, in fact, be made in the United States.

The U.S. uniforms for the London Games were made in China, which sparked congressional criticism of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the USOC should be "ashamed of themselves" and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., called the decision "not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating."

Ralph Lauren initially declined comment on the criticism, but 24 hours later announced clothes for future Olympics would be made in the United States.

Ralph Lauren has an apparel contract with the USOC through 2020.

TENNIS

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams reached the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic, beating No. 6 seed Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-4, 6-0 Friday.

No. 5 seed Yanina Wickmayer beat No. 2 Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2 for the first time in four meetings.

Wickmayer next faces American Coco Vandeweghe, a lucky loser, who knocked off Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-4 to make the semifinals of a WTA Tour event for the first time.

The 37th-ranked Wickmayer recorded her third career top-10 victory with the win over 10th-ranked Bartoli, and the first of the season.

Sorana Cirstea of Romania ousted No. 3 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0. Cirstea will next face Williams.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — John Isner, the top seed and defending champion, advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by beating South Africa's Izak Van Der Merwe 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Isner will face No. 6 seed and fellow American Ryan Harrison, who also advanced to the semis Friday on Newport's grass courts. Harrison was ahead 6-4, 3-0 when Germany's Benjamin Becker retired with a left hamstring injury.

Isner and Harrison will meet on center court Saturday following Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Jennifer Capriati and Gustavo Kuerten headline the 2012 class.

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and 2009 Newport champion Rajeev Ram will meet in the other semifinal.

UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Fernando Verdasco will take on fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, and home favorite Marin Cilic will face defending champion Aleksandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Saturday.

For the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1990, the top four seeds will compete for a place in the final.

Top-seeded Verdasco defeated Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2 on Friday, and Granollers rallied to beat Germany's Matthias Bachinger 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Second-seeded Cilic beat American Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 6-0, and third-seeded Dolgopolov defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 6-4.

HOCKEY

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils enforcer Cam Janssen has apologized for a profanity-laced interview in which he made several comments, including one about homosexuals.

Janssen, who re-signed with the Devils this offseason but rarely played during the postseason, issued his apology through the team Friday morning. He participated in an internet-based radio show earlier in the week and said he used poor judgment during the course of the show. Janssen says he regrets his action and said he arranged the interview on "The Thom and Jeff Show," noting the Devils had no knowledge of it.

Janssen said he will try to clean up his language and expressed his support for the work of the "You Can Play" project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation.

AUTO RACING

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch was the last driver to go in Friday's Sprint Cup qualifying, and he made the most of the opportunity.

Busch posted a lap of 133.417 mph to capture his first pole position of the season for Sunday's race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne, who drove 133.403 mph on the fastest of his two laps, will start alongside Busch.

Denny Hamlin was in line for the top position with a lap of 133.399 mph until Kahne pushed him back a spot in the 44-car field.

Hamlin had back spasms last week that cause him to skip the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway and shelved him for practice for the Sprint Cup stop. But he felt better Friday.

Rounding out the top 10 were Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

The top 10 qualifying times were very close, from Busch's lap of 28.548 seconds to Stewart's of 28.651. And only .047 seconds separated the top eight.

Matt Kenseth, who leads the Sprint Cup series in points, was 27th with a time of 29.023.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Carl Edwards wants drivers to pay for a drug testing system to help avoid mistakes that he said could occur under the program operated by NASCAR that led to the suspension of AJ Allmendinger.

"It's an imperfect world. People are imperfect. Tests are imperfect," last year's Sprint Cup runner-up said Friday before qualifying for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We need to have our own group that is paid by us, that works for us, to be here in tandem with the NASCAR drug testers and have them test us at the same time.

"I don't think it would be a contentious thing. I think that would remove almost all doubt in any situation of a positive test."

He called NASCAR's approach "very admirable" in trying to keep the sport clean but "there's one more layer that we could put on it. ... You don't want to convict a guy of something he didn't do."

But Brad Keselowski, a teammate of Allmendinger, criticized Edwards' proposal.

"I don't think we need more politics involved in the sport and that's what (testing) groups like that bring in," Keselowski said.

He doesn't think drivers should be allowed to take any supplements, not even "Flintstone" vitamins. Permitting some of them leaves a gray area of what should and shouldn't be allowed, he said.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa can conceal hundreds of pages of records related to its widely criticized handling of a 2007 sexual assault incident involving two football players, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

In a 4-3 decision that took nearly two years to reach, the court agreed with the university that it can withhold the records requested by the Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper. Otherwise, the school would face the possibility of violating the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and, if sanctioned, could lose millions in federal funds, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote for the majority, in a first-of-its-kind ruling in Iowa.

HORSE RACING

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The on-call veterinarian for the Triple Crown races said Friday that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another didn't receive any illegal or unwarranted medication during his attempt to sweep the three-race series.

Dr. Larry Bramlage said records provided to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board don't indicate anything inappropriate occurred involving I'll Have Another.

I'll Have Another was retired the day before the June 9 Belmont Stakes with what trainer Doug O'Neill said was an injury to the colt's left front tendon.

Bramlage said that veterinary ethics preclude him from speculating on the specifics of I'll Have Another's case because he was not the attending vet.

COLLGES

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off.

The leagues had agreed to the partnership in December, well before a four-team football playoff set to begin in 2014 was approved by a committee of university presidents last month.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the league recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two leagues by 2017 proved to be too difficult. Delany said those complications included the Pac-12's nine-game conference schedule and previous non-conference commitments.

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