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  • Paterno to step down

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.
    Paterno said he was “absolutely devastated” by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex.
    He said he hoped the team could finish its season with “dignity and determination.”
    The trustees could still force him to leave immediately and could take action against university president, Graham Spanier.

  • Paterno to retire at end of season--video extras

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.

    "This is a tragedy," Paterno said in a statement Wednesday. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

  • College FB roundup: scores from around the nation--video extra

     

    EAST

    Brown 34, Yale 28

    Bryant 31, Albany (NY) 17

    CCSU 31, Robert Morris 24

    Cincinnati 26, Pittsburgh 23

    Dartmouth 33, Cornell 24

    Georgetown 30, Fordham 13

    Harvard 35, Columbia 21

    Lafayette 37, Colgate 24, OT

    Lehigh 14, Holy Cross 7

    Louisville 38, West Virginia 35

    Marist 30, Valparaiso 7

    Monmouth (NJ) 48, St. Francis (Pa.) 45

    Navy 42, Troy 14

    New Hampshire 28, James Madison 10

    Penn 37, Princeton 9

    Rhode Island 24, William & Mary 21

    Rutgers 20, South Florida 17, OT

  • OT field goal puts LSU over Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 1 LSU gained the inside track to the BCS title game, beating No. 2 Alabama 9-6 on Drew Alleman’s 25-yard field goal in overtime after a fierce defensive struggle in which neither team reached the end zone Saturday night.
    The Crimson Tide missed four field goals, including Cade Foster’s 52-yard attempt after Alabama got the ball first in the extra period. LSU appeared to win the game on Michael Ford’s run around left end after taking a pitch, but he stepped out of bounds at the 7.

  • Cards win World Series, beat Texas 6-2 in Game 7--video extra

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.

    A day after an epic Game 6 that saw them twice within one strike of elimination, the Cardinals captured their 11th World Series crown. After a whole fall on the edge, Tony La Russa's team didn't dare mess with Texas, or any more drama.

    Freese's two-run double tied it in the first inning against loser Matt Harrison and Allen Craig hit a go-ahead homer in the third.

  • Tar Heels are tops in AP poll

    North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
    The Tar Heels, who return all five starters from the team that reached the regional finals last season, were the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ men’s preseason Top 25 on Friday.
    It is the eighth time they have received that honor since the preseason poll started in 1961-62.
    That breaks a tie with Duke, North Carolina’s Tobacco Road rival, and moves them into a tie with UCLA.

  • Cardinals stun Texas, force World Series to Game 7

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hours after David Freese's home run plunked down on the grass patch beyond the center field wall, long after the ballpark emptied, a message still burned bright on the scoreboard: "See you TOMORROW NIGHT for Game 7 of the World Series!"

    Whatever happens, whether the St. Louis Cardinals or Texas Rangers win, they'll have a hard time topping Thursday night.

    "You had to be here to believe it," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

    In one of the greatest thrillers in baseball history, the Cardinals twice rallied when they were down to their last strike of the season. First, Freese saved them with a two-run triple in the ninth, then Lance Berkman delivered a tying single in the 10th.

  • West Virginia will join Big 12

    The Big 12 has a replacement lined up for Missouri before it even leaves the conference.
    Acting quickly to make sure it maintains a 10-member lineup, the Big 12 approved bringing in West Virginia to replace Missouri when the Tigers complete their move to the Southeastern Conference, a person with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 had not announced that the conference board of directors on Monday unanimously approved inviting West Virginia when Missouri’s spot comes open.

     

  • NBA talks resume today

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator.
    The sides resumed talks about 10 a.m. Wednesday, about eight hours after they broke for the night.
    No bargaining had been expected Wednesday or Thursday, since the owners have board meetings schedules. But instead their labor relations committee came back for further discussions with the players’ association executive committee.
    Neither side commented on Tuesday’s talks at the request of mediator George Cohen.

  • Most drivers had no experience at Las Vegas

    The perfect storm: A high-banked oval crowded with the largest field of the season. Inexperienced or impatient drivers racing at more than 220 mph. Absolutely no room for error.
    What was supposed to be a season-ending showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway became instead a script for disaster Sunday: a fiery 15-car crash that killed popular two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and left the shaken auto racing community to deal with uncomfortable questions.
    The drivers knew the Las Vegas race was going to present challenges even before the season began.