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Jerry Sandusky prosecutors want jurors brought in from another county

The lawyer for the former Penn State assistant football coach say he'll fight the move to have out-of-county jurors serve during Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial.

January 31, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has pleaded not guilty to 52 charges of sexual assault.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has pleaded… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case asked Tuesday to have jurors brought in from another Pennsylvania county, a day after disclosing in court records they would tell the former Penn State assistant coach the names of his 10 alleged victims.

The attorney general's office argued in a court motion that pretrial publicity and Penn State's prominent role in its local community mean Sandusky's criminal trial warrant the use of jurors from outside the State College area. Sandusky's lawyer said he would fight the proposal.

In the other court filing, made late Monday, prosecutors said the alleged victims' names will be delivered to Sandusky's lawyer by the close of business Friday, a process that would apparently avoid disclosure through public court records. The men are identified as Victim Nos. 1-10 in court records.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, said he was vehemently opposed to using an out-of-county jury. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts and has denied the allegations against him.

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An affidavit filed in a slander suit against Syracuse University and basketball Coach Jim Boeheim says the wife of fired assistant Bernie Fine had sex with players, and several people associated with the program knew about it, including Fine.

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Sidney Crosby neck injury confirmed

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is suffering from a soft tissue injury in his neck that could lead to neurological problems.

Crosby and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux met with spinal trauma expert Dr. Alexander Vaccaro in Philadelphia on Monday to review a series of recent tests on the 2009 NHL MVP.

Vaccaro determined an MRI and CAT scan revealed no evidence of a fracture in Crosby's neck, instead confirming a California doctor's diagnosis that Crosby is dealing with a separate neck problem.

Dr. Robert S. Bray examined Crosby in Los Angeles last week and treated him with an injection to alleviate swelling in the neck. Bray will oversee Crosby's progression with therapists.

The 24-year-old hasn't played since concussion-like symptoms resurfaced following a game against Boston on Dec. 5. Doctors say the neck injury can cause symptoms similar to a concussion.

The team called the injury "treatable," adding Crosby will return when he's symptom-free. Crosby skated with fellow injured teammates Jordan Staal and Simon Despres on Tuesday morning.

Boxer Andre Berto has injury, fight is postponed

Welterweight champion Andre Berto suffered a biceps injury in sparring Monday that has forced the postponement of his Feb. 11 International Boxing Federation title defense against Ventura's Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas.

Berto underwent two examinations Tuesday to establish the extent of damage to the left biceps, and Ortiz's promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, said the diagnosis would establish whether Ortiz could wait for Berto to heal or move on to take a fight in the interim.

"If it's going to be 10 weeks, we'd look for Victor to take a fight," Schaefer said.

Ortiz said Tuesday if Berto can't return quickly to stage the rematch of their entertaining April fight — when both men were knocked down — he'd like to be considered for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has a licensing hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission Wednesday for a May 5 fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

— Lance Pugmire

Drug suspension for Angels minor leaguer

Angels minor league pitcher Daniel Reynolds was suspended 50 games for a second drug violation. The right-hander was penalized Tuesday under baseball's minor league program for a drug of abuse.

Taken by the Angels with the 201st pick of the 2009 amateur draft, the 20-year-old was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 relief appearances last year for the rookie level Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a pair of one-year contracts that settled arbitration cases, giving catcher Miguel Montero $5.9 million and infielder Ryan Roberts $2,012,500.

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Right-hander Dustin Moseley has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, avoiding arbitration. Moseley will make $2,012,500 this year, $12,500 below the midpoint of what he requested and the Padres offered. Moseley had asked for $2.55 million, San Diego offered $1.5 million.

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Washington State guard Faisal Aden suffered a torn ligament in his left knee last week and will miss the rest of the season. Aden is the team's second-leading scorer and he ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with an average of 14.5 points per game.

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Jim Caldwell, fired last month as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens as quarterbacks coach. After working with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for 10 seasons, Caldwell will turn his attention toward improving Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and strengthening Baltimore's passing game, which ranked 19th this season.

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Authorities are investigating the theft of sports memorabilia and jewelry from the home of former football star John Cappelletti, the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner from Penn State.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday that the burglary occurred on or around Jan. 20 at Cappelletti's home in Laguna Niguel.

Amormino says he cannot say specifically what items were taken but they do relate to Cappelletti's playing days at Penn State and NFL years with the Los Angeles Rams and the San Diego Chargers.

The spokesman says Cappelletti released a statement describing some of the items as irreplaceable and saying he would consider offering a reward for their return.

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