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Paterno supporters defend
late coach after email leak

Joe Paterno’s family and supporters are defending the late coach against a leak of apparently damaging material released during highly secretive investigations into former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Details from a decade-old email have raised new questions about whether the Hall of Fame coach tried to cover up a sex abuse complaint against Sandusky.

With Paterno no longer able to come to his own defense, his family has fought back, with their lawyer accusing “someone in a position of authority” of trying to smear the late coach.

But family spokesman Dan McGinn said Tuesday he wasn’t worried about the various investigations’ impact on Paterno’s legacy. McGinn said Paterno never directed him to protect his legacy or clear his name during their discussions that followed Sandusky’s arrest in November.

“Joe Paterno had confidence in the way he lived,” McGinn said. “He believed his life record would speak for itself.”

Paterno died from lung cancer at age 85 in January, two months after the Penn State trustees fired him, citing a lack of leadership in response to a 2001 report by graduate assistant Mike McQueary about Sandusky showering with a boy in a football team locker room.

Also: The Atlantic Coast Conference is remaining tied to the Orange Bowl. The league announced a 12-year agreement with the bowl beginning after the 2014 season. The ACC said details on the opponent and broadcast partner will come later.

The ACC has sent its champion to the South Florida-based bowl every year since 2006, and this announcement means that relationship will continue when the Bowl Subdivision makes the switch to a four-team playoff in two years.


Slovakian Sagan wins another stage; Cancellara still leads Tour

Peter Sagan, a 22-year-old Slovakian, won a ride toward the English Channel in dramatic fashion at the Tour de France, then went cinematic, pumping his arms in the running style of fictional antihero Forrest Gump at the behest of his Liquigas teammates.

Competing in his first Tour, Sagan earned his second victory in the three full stages. He picked up where he left off in May at the Tour of California, where he won a stunning five of eight stages.

On Tuesday, he mastered a tricky uphill finish and schooled many older riders on the last of five small climbs over the 122-mile ride from Orchies, France, to the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey for a fourth straight day, after winning the opening-day prologue on Saturday. Bradley Wiggins, hoping to become Britain’s first Tour winner, and Sylvain Chavanel are seven seconds back. Defending champ Cadel Evans of Australia rose one spot to seventh, 17 seconds behind. Sagan was 15th, another six seconds slower.


Jagr signs with Stars; top NHL
free agents remain unsigned

While the two biggest stars on the NHL free-agent market were still pondering their futures, future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr found a new home in Texas.

The Dallas Stars signed the 40-year-old Jagr to a one-year deal worth $4.55 million.

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, however, were not ready to pick a team to play for next season and beyond. Parise helped the New Jersey Devils reach the Stanley Cup Finals last season; Suter played for the Nashville Predators.

Also: Manchester United plans to go public. In the United States, to boot.

The record 19-time English champions filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to hold an initial public offering of stock and become a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange. The deal could ease pressure on the club’s cash flow as it tries to keep and acquire players in an attempt to regain English and European titles.

While the stock price and the number of shares were not listed, the registration statement said the club hoped to raise a maximum of $100 million.

Spain’s 4-0 win over Italy in the European Championship soccer final drew an audience of 4,068,000 on ESPN, up 8 percent over the 3,761,000 who watched Spain’s 1-0 win against Germany in the 2008 final on ABC. In addition, 563,000 watched Sunday’s final on computers, smart phones, tablets and Xbox.

A Formula One test driver is facing life-threatening injuries after her car smashed into a team vehicle during testing at an airfield north of London.

Maria de Villota, a driver for Marussia F1, was at the end of her first run when her car hit the team’s support truck. The 32-year-old Spanish driver joined the Russian-owned team in March, and this was the first time she tested the MR-01 car.

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