Sports and the law
Penn State aide recounts
Sandusky’s alleged abuse
A former Penn State assistant coach who was a central figure in Joe Paterno’s downfall testified Tuesday that he heard a “skin-on-skin smacking sound” in a campus locker room one night in 2001 and saw something that was “more than my brain could handle.”
Jerry Sandusky was standing naked in the showers behind a boy, slowly moving his hips, Mike McQueary told the jury during testimony in Bellefonte, Pa.
McQueary, one of the star witnesses in the child sexual abuse case against Sandusky, said he had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex. He testified that he slammed his locker shut loudly as if to say, “Someone’s here! Break it up!”
Then, he said, he went upstairs to his office to try to make sense of what he had seen.
Sandusky, 68, is on trial on charges he molested 10 boys over a 15-year period. Authorities say he abused them in hotels, at his home and inside the football team’s quarters. The former assistant coach and founder of an acclaimed youth charity has denied the allegations.
Paterno was fired last fall, shortly after Sandusky’s arrest, when it became known that McQueary had told the head football coach about the shower episode a decade ago. Two months after his dismissal, Paterno died of lung cancer at age 85.
McQueary was composed during his testimony, and when asked if he knew Sandusky, he looked right at him with a sharp glance that Sandusky returned.
McQueary’s account differed little from the one he gave in December at a preliminary hearing for two Penn State administrators charged with failing to report the shower episode to authorities. One difference: He said it took place in 2001 instead of 2002.
Earlier in the day’s testimony, the teenager who triggered the grand jury investigation became the second of the alleged victims to take the stand.
Choking back tears, he said that Sandusky kissed him, fondled him and engaged in oral sex with him during numerous sleepovers in the basement of Sandusky’s home while the coach’s wife was upstairs.
Also: A man accused of killing three people at a Saturday night party near Auburn University turned himself in after a three-day manhunt, a defense attorney said.
Attorney Susan James said that her office arranged for Desmonte Leonard to turn himself in at a Montgomery, Ala., courthouse around 7:50 p.m. EDT after getting word that his family wanted her help.
She said she contacted U.S. Marshals and then she and her son, who works for her as an investigator, picked up Leonard. She wouldn’t say where except that it was about 50 miles from Montgomery.
The Amateur Athletic Union will begin what its national president said he hopes will foster a “culture of safety” with the implementation of several reforms, including mandatory background screening for all staff, coaches and volunteers.
The new screening is set to begin Sept. 1 and coincides with the youth organization’s new membership cycle.
Yankees closer Rivera says
surgery ‘went perfectly’
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said the surgery on his injured right knee “went perfectly” and he’s looking forward to beginning his rehabilitation.
Rivera, 42, tore his right ACL and damaged meniscus in the knee while shagging fly balls in batting practice May 3. A blood clot in his right calf delayed the surgery until Tuesday.
Rivera used Twitter to tell fans the surgery was a success.
Also: Detroit closer Jose Valverde denied throwing a spitball in the ninth inning of the Tigers’ 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
An Internet video showed Valverde putting his glove to his mouth with the ball in it before delivering a 1-2 pitch to Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco swung and missed at the 94 mph fastball.
Valverde said he was wiping sweat from his face with his glove, not spitting on the ball.
In other Tigers news, reliever Octavio Dotel (1-2, 4.42 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.
Also: Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando (1-0, 2.08 ERA) is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strained right groin.
The Cleveland Indians acquired right-hander Esmil Rogers from Colorado for cash, hoping the reliever who went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA this season for the Rockies can get turned around in the American League.
Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Joppa, Md. He was 67.
Boswell went 68-56 for Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore from 1964 to 1971.
Colts’ top draft pick Luck
on target at minicamp
Andrew Luck was finally back in Indianapolis and ready to get started.
The No. 1 overall pick returned to the Colts’ practice field for the first time in about five weeks and looked as if he hadn’t missed a thing. During a one-hour morning workout in shorts to start the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp, Luck had only one of his 16 passes in team drills hit the ground – and that was a dropped pass.
He’s expected to throw to teammates for the first time at Lucas Oil Stadium today.
Also: New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow took snaps with the second-team offense during the team’s minicamp in Florham Park, N.J.
Mark Sanchez, whom the team has repeatedly insisted is the Jets’ undisputed starter, ran the first-string offense throughout the practices.
Tebow, acquired from Denver in March, is expected to serve in a variety of roles for the Jets this season, including running the team’s wildcat-style offense and serving as a punt protector on special teams.
Teammates of Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams came to his defense after the team’s top tackler was blasted on social media for tweeting a photo of his playbook last week.
Williams blew past reporters without stopping to answer questions after the start of the team’s mandatory minicamp in Englewood, Colo. But several of his teammates said that while Williams might have breached NFL protocol, he didn’t give away secrets that would hurt the team.
Cornerback Tracy Porter said opponents would have to have “psychic powers” to capitalize on the photo of six defensive alignments that Williams tweeted Friday.
Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed skipped the Baltimore Ravens’ mandatory minicamp in Owings Mills, Md.
Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Reed can be fined up to $63,000 if he misses all three days of practices.
Las Vegas’ Kurt Busch will return to Phoenix Racing when his one-week NASCAR suspension ends today.
Busch met with team owner James Finch, and the duo agreed to move forward to this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Busch’s status with Finch seemed shaky after his one-week suspension for verbally abusing a media member.
Defending girls champ Alex Kaui, a senior-to-be at Green Valley High School, shot a 1-over-par 73 to stand in a three-way tie for second, two strokes off the lead, after the first round of the Matt Snodgrass Las Vegas Junior Open, a three-day AJGA event at Stallion Mountain.
Haley Moore of Escondido, Calif., shot 71 to lead the field.
In the boys’ division, Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Tyler Moore of Escondido.
Sam Dickey led Southern Nevada boys players with a 73 that has him tied for 10th.
Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the United States in a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City.
Clint Dempsey put the U.S. ahead in the 40th minute, but Fabian Johnson pulled down Carlos Ruiz just outside the penalty area to set up the late free kick in a dangerous position. Pappa, a Chicago Fire midfielder, put a 24-yard shot just under the crossbar that froze goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the European Championship and Jakub Blaszczykowski tied it in the second half as Russia and Poland drew 1-1 in a Group A match in Warsaw.
In another Group A match, the Czech Republic beat Greece 2-1 in Wroclaw, Poland.