Jerry Sandusky, the convicted child sex abuser sentenced to no less than 30 years, became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation.The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.He faces testing and evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his “home” prison. At Camp Hill, experts will assess his mental state, physical health and education level, and determine whether he needs treatment.Sandusky was sentenced this month to 30 to 60 years for sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.There are about 6,800 sex offenders serving time in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The Corrections Department does not maintain special units for sex offenders, and there is no way to predict where he will be sent.Meanwhile, he maintains his innocence and had attorney file motions for a new trial.Sandusky’s lawyers made the filing at the courthouse in Bellefonte, where he was sentenced two weeks ago after being convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus in State College.“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount . . . to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,” they wrote.The 31-page set of motions, technically not appeals because they were filed with the trial judge, cover a wide range of assertions, including insufficient evidence, improper use of hearsay testimony and improper rulings from the bench.More than a third of the document explores ways Sandusky claims the rapid pace of the case violated his right to due process of law, as he went from arrest to trial in just over seven months. His lawyers said they were swamped by documents from prosecutors and lacked time to interview possible witnesses and an expert and two assistants were not available at trial.The document said Judge John Cleland ruled improperly concerning the use of a computer-generated drawing of an accuser and issued incorrect jury instructions. It also raised issues about prosecutors’ closing argument, the vagueness of the charges, sequestration of jurors and the amount of restitution ordered.
For more than 20 years, the first man and woman across the Boston Marathon finish line have almost always been athletes from Kenya or Ethiopia. But it was an American woman and a Japanese man who won this year’s open divisions. Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win since 1985, finishing in 2:39:54, the slowest winning time since 1978. The men’s field was similarly sluggish — Yuki Kawauchi’s winning time of 2:15:58 was the slowest since 1976.One likely reason for the unusually slow finishes? Runners faced heavy rain, headwinds and the coldest marathon temperatures in 30 years. Kawauchi was loving the cold, though. “For me, these are the best conditions possible,” he told reporters after the race.
No Big Ten team has won a football game this year. Despite 2011 embarking on just its third day, five Big Ten teams have taken to the gridiron. All five have failed. On a New Year’s Day that will live in conference infamy, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin all came up short. Three of those schools — Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State — perpetuated southerners’ favorite notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida thumped their Midwest adversaries by a combined score of 138-45. In late November, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee questioned the merits of schools from non-BCS conferences. He said TCU and Boise State, then ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the BCS, respectively, weren’t worthy of a shot at the national title. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for (the BCS conference) schools,” Gee told The Associated Press. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.” TCU beat Wisconsin 21-19 to cap off an undefeated season in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin was the only team to knock off Gee’s Buckeyes. Even incoming Big Ten member Nebraska lost last week in the Holiday Bowl to Washington, an opponent it defeated 56-21 on Sept. 18. The Cornhuskers totaled 189 yards of offense, a far cry from the 533 yards they amassed against the Huskies three months earlier. Iowa’s win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday and Illinois’ victory over Baylor in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday have the Big Ten sitting at 2-5 overall. The Big Ten isn’t the only conference to struggle this bowl season, however. None of the BCS conferences has blown away the competition, and only the ACC (4-3) and the Big East (3-2) have compiled winning records. That’s the same Big East scorned by many after sending unranked, four-loss Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl, which the Huskies lost 48-20 to Oklahoma on Saturday. ACC champion Virginia Tech faces Stanford in tonight’s Orange Bowl. Before Saturday’s trifecta against the Big Ten, the SEC had been 0-3. The Big 12 is 3-4, while the Pac-10 is 1-1. OSU can salvage what’s left of the Big Ten bowl season by knocking off SEC foe Arkansas in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes and Razorbacks have never played, but OSU has never won a bowl game against an SEC opponent (0-9). “I know personally — I have lost three in a row against the SEC,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. “I’m not tired of hearing about it. It’s a reminder to me of just how good the SEC is in football.”
First-year Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell lauded Buckeye Nation’s contribution to Saturday’s win against then-No. 12 Wisconsin and senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he thinks the offense could score 50 points against Indiana (1-8, 0-5) during a Tuesday press conference. Neither addressed the forthcoming decision from the NCAA regarding the football program’s rules violations, though a university spokeman told The Lantern Tuesday that the expected announcement date of the ruling is “hard to predict.” A nod to students Fickell began his remarks by thanking the OSU students and fans for helping create an atmosphere at Ohio Stadium that he said was “unbelievable.” “(I) wouldn’t want to start any other way but to thank the fans, the crowd and the students for an unbelievable atmosphere this weekend,” Fickell said. Fickell said he even needed he wife’s reassurance that the Horseshoe, which held 105,511 fans on Saturday, was as loud as he perceived it. “Sometimes, I had to get in the car afterward, ask my wife to make sure I saw and felt that atmosphere as well as it was,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if it was my heart that was pounding or the screams from the crowd, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere, unbelievable experience, just to be a part of something, obviously a game like that. But that’s what Ohio State football’s all about.” “Signature” win? Not a chance With the 33-29 win against the then-No.12 Badgers Saturday, Fickell clinched his second consecutive win against a ranked opponent. OSU beat then-No.16 Illinois, 17-7, on Oct. 15. Fickell rejected the notion that Saturday’s win was a “signature” win in his young career as a head coach, saying, “Every win is big.” “The way it was won, obviously, maybe that might mean something different, the atmosphere it was won in,” he said. “But still it goes down the same on the schedule — it goes down as a win.” Running the score up on Indiana The Indiana Hoosiers, which have allowed opponents to score 204 points combined in their last four games, could be in for more trouble Saturday. OSU senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he wants the Buckeyes to score 50 points against the Hoosiers. “Yeah, I mean, you gotta look at it that way. Whatever we could do to put points on the board,” Herron said. “I think it’s possible. It’s definitely possible.” All crickets on the NCAA front After its Aug. 12 hearing with the NCAA in Indianapolis regarding the football program’s infractions, the university originally expected the final ruling to arrive sometime during the Buckeyes’ four-game stretch between Oct. 8, when they traveled to Nebraska, and this Saturday’s home game against Indiana. There was no mention Tuesday of the NCAA violations, or when the ruling would be handed down. In a Tuesday email to The Lantern, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said that since additional violations were considered by the NCAA after the Aug. 12 hearing, “We (OSU and the NCAA) are no longer on the same timetable.” As a result, Lynch said in the email that it is difficult for him to predict when the ruling will be announced.
Ohio State junior guard Aaron Craft was chosen as the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division I men’s basketball by Capital One Thursday. Craft, a native of Findlay, Ohio, is a nutrition major who has plans to go on to medical school. He holds a 3.92 GPA. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America for the second consecutive year, and also received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for highest GPA at the 2012 NCAA Tournament Final Four. The award is given to student-athletes who are either varsity starters or key reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The athletes must also be at least a sophomore in both athletic and academic standings and be nominated by their sports information director. The athlete is then selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, a 2,800 member national organization made up of public and media relations and communications professionals in all levels of U.S. and Canadian college athletics. Craft leads the Buckeyes in steals with 51 this season. He also holds OSU records for steals in a season with 98 and for assists in a game with 15. This season, he averages 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and two steals per game. Craft has played an average of 33 minutes per game, second only to the Buckeyes’ lead scorer, junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Craft has also been named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team (2011), a third-team All-Big Ten selection (2012), the Big Ten All-Defensive Team twice (2011, 2012) and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for 2012. He also earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for 2012. OSU currently holds a 19-7 record and is ranked No. 18 by the AP poll. The Buckeyes are set to play Michigan State Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Eusebio Di Francesco shares the thoughts of Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti about the verbal abuse players and Coaches suffer in Italian stadiums.The Napoli boss pointed out after Jose Mourinho’s cupped ear to the Juventus fans that there were too many insults in all Italian stadiums, and his colleague agrees.“I’m in total agreement,” Roma Coach Di Francesco told RAI as cited by Football Italia as he arrived for the Panchina d’Oro award ceremony.“I’ve been talking to the lads at the Universities about it. We need to cheer on our heroes, but no-one likes these insults.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Di Francesco also discussed yesterday’s game with Atalanta, which featured a controversial VAR call.“VAR needs to be used in the right way, but I’m in favour of technology. I’m happy with the performance yesterday and the way the team is growing.”Roma and Napoli both enjoyed wins in the Serie A last weekend while league leaders Juve beat AC Milan at the San Siro to consolidate top spot.