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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Many in this leafy, vibrant college town nicknamed "Happy Valley" worry the temporary evisceration of Penn State's football program might inflict similar damage on a community that, for years, thrived as fans flocked to home games at the massive football stadium and a far-flung alumni base stayed connected by loyalty — and by checkbook. "Football is absolutely intertwined with the university, therefore the town," one student says. "Such hard hits really will hit the town economically, as well as a community." By Marc Levy, Mark Scolforo and Kevin Begos.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Slow. Toothless. Tone deaf to the real problems in college sports. The NCAA has heard such criticisms for years. In punishing the Penn State football program with an unprecedented series of sanctions, President Mark Emmert said he hopes the NCAA has served notice that a win-at-all-costs mentality in major college football won't be tolerated. By Tom Coyne.

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— Penn State-Abuse-Glance.


NEW YORK — The $60 million fine levied on Penn State by the NCAA doesn't look so big next to the scale of the athletic department's finances. Penn State plans to pay the fine, part of sanctions announced Monday over the child sexual abuse scandal, in five annual installments of $12 million. By Rachel Cohen. Sent previously.

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— Also sent previously:

— FBC--Penn State-Abuse-Football. Ralph D. Russo and Genaro Armas.

— Penn State-Abuse-Paterno Statement.

— PHILADELPHIA — Penn State-Abuse-Spanier.

— FBC--Penn State-Abuse-Vacating Wins. Questions and answers about vacating wins.

— QUINCY, Fla. — FBC--Penn State-Bowden. By Brent Kallestad.

— FBC--Penn State-Abuse-Quotes.

— FBC--Penn State-Punishment-Glance.

— FBC--Penn State-NCAA Statement.

— FBC--Penn State-AD Statement.

— FBC--Penn State-O'Brien Statement.

— FBC--Penn State-Erickson Statement.



Banning Penn State from bowl games for four years won't bring back the innocence Jerry Sandusky took from who knows how many young boys. Taking football scholarships away and vacating wins over the past 14 years will do nothing to help them heal. And the $60 million fine handed down Monday by the NCAA won't be nearly enough to buy back Penn State's self-respect. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Sent previously.

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SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series. The New York Yankees acquired the star outfielder from the Seattle Mariners in a trade Monday for two young pitchers. "I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins," he said. "It's hard to contain my excitement for that reason."


DETROIT — Justin Verlander performed like an ace is supposed to and the rest of the Detroit Tigers followed suit. With a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, Detroit took over the lead in the AL Central and gave its excited fans reason to believe the Tigers' first-half funk may be well behind them. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. Sent previously.

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— Also sent previously:

— DETROIT — By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. BBO--Tigers-Marlins Trade.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Moneyball, take two? Exactly a decade after the Oakland Athletics inspired the book that became a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt last summer, baseball's most frugal franchise is becoming a must-see attraction again. The A's are a majors-best 14-2 in July and coming off a stunning four-game sweep of the high-priced New York Yankees to move into a tie for the final American League wild card spot. By Antonio Gonzalez. Sent previously.

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STILLWATER, Okla. — A suspended Oklahoma State basketball player broke down in tears as he was convicted on charges that accused him of sexually assaulting two women, then turned to jurors and yelled "I didn't do it." Darrell Williams was convicted Monday night of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery. Jurors acquitted him on two other counts of rape by instrumentation. By Tim Talley.



BARCELONA, Spain — Maybe Spain can convince its home fans that the game doesn't matter. No way Kobe Bryant is buying it. A game against the U.S. — the team that beat them for the Olympic basketball gold medal four years earlier — this time in front of their own crowd? The Spanish players are supposed to be OK with losing, because it's only an exhibition? By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Sent previously.

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LONDON — The London Olympics opening ceremony will be a grand spectacle — but will it be a surprise? In a word, no. Director Danny Boyle wants the details to stay secret and games chief Sebastian Coe has pleaded for insiders to stop leaking details of the extravaganza. But in the age of camera phones and social media, with 10,000 performers in the ceremony, thousands of Olympic security and staff and more than 10,000 journalists already at the Olympic Park, not much can be kept out of the public domain. By Jill Lawless. Sent previously.

— Also sent previously:

— LONDON — OLY--Rogge-Munich Massacre. By Stephen Wilson.

— NEW YORK — OLY--Costas-Munich Massacre. By Television Writer David Bauder.

— LONDON — OLY--IOC Ceremony. By Stephen Wilson.

— GLASGOW, Scotland — OLY--SOC-Solo Act. By Joseph White.

— LONDON — OLY--Golf at the Olympics. By Gerald Imray.



Peyton Manning has changed his ride, from a Colt to a Bronco. Tebowmania has moved from the Rocky Mountains to the Meadowlands. Randy Moss is back. So is Jeff Fisher. Al Davis is gone. As NFL training camps open from Mankato to Metairie, from Flagstaff to Flowery Branch, the spotlight will shine most brightly on Denver, and a certain No. 18 at quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Sent previously.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning and the New York Giants' defense carried them to their second Super Bowl title in five seasons. They need to step up again to repeat, and it all begins later this week when training camp opens. By Tom Canavan. Sent previously.

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— EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — FBN--Giants-Manning. By Tom Canavan.

— SANTA CLARA, Calif. — FBN--49ers Preview. By Janie McCauley.

— Previews of all other NFC teams; AFC team preseason previews will be sent Tuesday.

— CLEVELAND — FBN--Browns-Richardson. By Tom Withers.

— MIAMI — FBN--Ochocinco No More.

— ALLEN PARK, Mich. — FBN--Lions-Berry. By Noah Trister.

— NEW ORLEANS — FBN--Bounties-Vilma. By Michael Kunzelman.

Also sent previously

GLF--On Golf-Big Belief. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson; HKN--Blue Jackets-Rangers Trade. By Rusty Miller; HKN--NHL-Labor; FBC--Miami-Golden. By Aaron Beard; FBC--TCU-Shannon. By Tim Reynolds; FBC--Notre Dame-Rees; FBC--ACC-Media Days. By Joedy McCreary; FBC--Big 12-Media Days. By Stephen Hawkins; CAR--NASCAR-Hornish's Hope. By Chris Jenkins; BKC--Oklahoma St-Williams Charged. By Tim Talley; BKC--Minnesota-Smith Extension. By Dave Campbell.

Tuesday's Time Schedule


American League

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Oakland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Boston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

National League

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.