Sports briefs: Oct. 29

October 28, 2013 

Sports in the courts

Penn St. settlements near$60 million for 26 claims

Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered as a university icon who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.

Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients.

The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.

University president Rodney Erickson issued a statement calling the announcement a step forward for victims and the school.

"We cannot undo what has been done, but we can and must do everything possible to learn from this and ensure it never happens again at Penn State," said Erickson, who announced the day Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 that Penn State was determined to compensate his victims.

The settlements have been unfolding since mid-August, when attorneys for the accusers began to disclose them. Penn State has not been confirming them, waiting instead to announce deals at once.

 A judge on Monday dismissed domestic violence charges against Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger after his girlfriend said she would refuse to testify against him.

Sullinger, 21, pleaded not guilty last month to charges that included assault and battery and intimidation of a witness after his girlfriend, Deann Smith, told police he had repeatedly pinned her to a bed and the floor on Aug. 31 in the home they shared in Waltham.


Basketball

Grizzlies' Davis fined $15,000

The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Ed Davis $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas.

Davis was given a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for the incident, which occurred with 8:42 remaining in the Rockets' 92-73 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday.

 Pacers swingman Danny Granger will miss the first three weeks of the season with a left calf injury. Last season, Granger missed all but five games with a tendon injury in his left knee. The team said there is no concern about the previously injured knee.


UK sports

Men's golf slides to second in round 2

Led by senior Cody Martin's four-under 68, the Kentucky men's golf team sits in second place after two rounds of the Invitational at The Ocean Course. The Wildcats are five strokes behind South Florida.

As a team, UK shot five-over par, 293 on Monday, as the Wildcats dropped a spot in the team standings.


Football

Mitchell says he's targeted by Goodell

Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell says he's being "targeted" by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after receiving his fifth fine of the season from the league office.

Mitchell was fined $7,875 last week for taunting after he shoved Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds during a game on Oct. 20. Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury on the play.

Mitchell wasn't penalized on the play for the hit or for taunting.

 The Browns' third straight loss included a damaging injury. Speedy return specialist Travis Benjamin, one of Cleveland's top playmakers and one of the NFL's best punt returners, tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament in Sunday's loss at Kansas City and will miss the remainder of the season.

 The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Bengals running back Bernard Scott, whose four-year NFL career was interrupted last season by a torn ACL.

Packers 44, Vikings 31: Aaron Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead Green Bay to a over host Minnesota on Sunday night. Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes and Jordy Nelson had 123 yards receiving for the Packers.


The last word

After saying he's going to "take peoples' knees out" to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather lashed out at the Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall, referencing the checkered domestic violence past of the receiver who last week suggested that players such as Meriweather should be removed from the league. Retorted Meriweather:

"Everybody got their opinion. If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you'd rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?"

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