SPORTS AND THE LAW
Three more men cite alleged abuse by Sandusky
One, a foster child, said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn’t want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town – Penn State football.
That was how two of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers explained the former Penn State assistant coach’s hold over them.
“He told me that if I ever told anyone that I’d never see my family again,” the former foster child said Wednesday, the third day of testimony in Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial in Bellefonte, Pa.
He said it terrified him when Sandusky uttered the threat after the coach pinned him while wrestling in the basement of the Sandusky home and performed oral sex on him.
Sandusky, 68, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, accusations he has denied. His arrest last fall rocked Penn State and led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno for not taking stronger action against Sandusky after allegations emerged a decade ago.
Three of Sandusky’s accusers have testified, bringing to five the number of them to take the stand.
Tom Kline, the lawyer for one of them, told reporters outside the courthouse: “It’s just remarkable how many children one man can shower with.”
The 25-year-old man who told jurors about the threat to keep him away from his biological family when he was younger said he believed Sandusky’s wife was inside the home, on a different floor, at the time. A foster child placed with another family, he occasionally stayed in the Sanduskys’ basement in State College in the late 1990s.
Speaking in a calm but sometimes hesitant voice, he said Sandusky later apologized for the threat: “He told me he didn’t mean it and that he loved me.”
The other two men to testify said Sandusky frequently showered with them. One, referred to as Victim 5, said he was groped by Sandusky, but kept quiet about the alleged abuse because he wanted to go Penn State games. The other, Victim 7, said he was touched during sleepovers and was “ashamed about it.”
Also: Jurors asked for a master list of exhibits – a list that extends well into triple digits – as deliberations continued in the perjury trial of Hall of Fame pitcher Roger Clemens in Washington, D.C.
The eight women and four men met for about 3½ hours in the afternoon, an abbreviated day because one of them had a scheduling conflict. They then recessed until Monday, taking a four-day break while U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton travels to New Orleans for a speaking engagement – a trip that didn’t appear to be an issue when the trial began April 16.
While the jury caucused in a separate room, the judge summoned the lawyers to his courtroom for a brief hearing to address several juror-related issues, including the request for the list of exhibits. Clemens is accused of having lied about an alleged use of steroids.
NFL hands Lions’ Leshoure two-game suspension
Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was suspended for two games without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Leshoure pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in May after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan. That happened March 12, less than a month after police in a different Berrien County community said they caught Leshoure with marijuana.
Detroit drafted the former Illinois standout in the second round last year, and he missed his rookie season after he tore his left Achilles tendon in training camp. He can participate in training camp and preseason games while suspended.
Also: Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch was suspended for the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Bengals drafted Moch in the third round out of UNR in 2011.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Greg Romeus probably will miss his second straight full season after injuring his left knee during voluntary offseason practices this week. Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said Romeus tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.
BCS to ‘have options – plural’ for playoff review
The conference commissioners who have been working on a four-team playoff to determine college football’s national champion plan to present the Bowl Championship Series presidential oversight committee multiple formats from which to choose.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said university presidents will “have options – plural” to consider when they meet in two weeks. Scott spoke before leaving a Chicago meeting with conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director.
What those options are is not clear. This is: “Status quo is not on the table,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said.
Also: The NCAA cracked down on temporary decals and logos that have caused players to slip during basketball games. The organization enacted a new rule requiring decals to be “consistent” in finish with the rest of the court.
Radio-show host Jim Rome said he thought he was asking a “softball question” about the NBA Draft lottery that led commissioner David Stern to ask him if he had stopped beating his wife.
Rome asked Stern whether the lottery was fixed. The New Orleans Hornets, recently sold by the league to Saints owner Tom Benson, won the No. 1 pick. Stern responded that it wasn’t, and after some debate over the legitimacy of the question, Stern said: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”
Rome said later on his TV show on CBS Sports Network that he didn’t take great offense, calling Stern’s phrase a “rhetorical device” that some fans may not understand but he did. He defended his question, saying he doesn’t believe the lottery is fixed but that it was fair to ask.
Hall of Fame baseball manager Tom Lasorda said he’s feeling “really good” while recovering from a mild heart attack he had last week in New York. Lasorda, 84, has been resting at home since flying back to California after being released from the hospital June 7, three days after he fell ill while representing the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Major League Baseball Draft.
The Minnesota Twins signed second overall draft pick Byron Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder from Appling County High School in Georgia.
The Twins announced the signing one day after Buxton joined the team for batting practice and a physical at Target Field. Buxton receives a $6 million signing bonus, which makes it the biggest contract in this year’s draft class. The Houston Astros gave No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa a $4.2 million bonus.
Green Valley High senior-to-be Alex Kaui shot a 1-over par 73 to tie Haley Moore of Escondido, Calif., for the lead in the girls division of the Matt Snodgrass Las Vegas Junior Open, a three-day AJGA event at Stallion Mountain.
Moore, the first-round leader, shot 75. She and Kaui are tied at 2-over 146.
In boys play, first-day leader Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., followed his opening 66 with a 68 to move to 10-under 134. He leads Tyler Moore of Escondido, Calif., who shot par in the second round, by six strokes.
Soung Jae Baek, a recent graduate of Southwest Career and Technical Academy, is Las Vegas’ top boys performer, tied for 13th at 4-over 148 after shooting 73 in the second round.
Mario Gomez scored two first-half goals to propel Germany to a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in a Group B match of the European Championship in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Robin van Persie pulled one back for the Netherlands in the second half, but the defeat left the 2010 World Cup runner-up on the brink of elimination.
In a Group B match in Lviv, Ukraine, Silvestre Varela scored late to give Portugal a 3-2 win over Denmark. Varela came on as a substitute in the 84th minute and scored in the 87th.