Thursday's Sports in Brief

Thursday's Sports in Brief
November 2, 2012, 7:29 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The ``conspiracy of silence'' that protected Jerry Sandusky extended all the way to the top at Penn State, prosecutors said Thursday as they charged former university President Graham Spanier with hushing up child sexual abuse allegations against the former assistant football coach.

Prosecutors also added counts against two of Spanier's former subordinates, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who already were charged with lying to a grand jury.

``This was not a mistake by these men. This was not an oversight. It was not misjudgment on their part,'' state Attorney General Linda Kelly said. ``This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth.''

Spanier's lawyers issued a statement that asserted his innocence and described the new charges as an attempt by Gov. Tom Corbett to divert attention from the three-year investigation that began under his watch as attorney general.

RUNNING

NEW YORK (AP) - The blue and orange finish line is in place in Central Park, no superstorm debris in sight.

Little else is normal with the New York City Marathon.

Though, the course will be the same since there was little damage, getting to the finish line could still be an adventure for runners from outlying areas.

Such is life in Sandy's aftermath - disrupted trains, planes, buses and ferries, flooded buildings, blocked roads and knocked out power.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg saw none of this as insurmountable and defended the decision to hold the race, insisting resources wouldn't be diverted from storm victims. He noted Thursday that electricity was expected to be restored to all of Manhattan by race day, freeing up ``up an enormous number of police.''

``This city is a city where we have to go on,'' he said.

City Council member Domenic Recchia Jr., however, called plans to hold the race ``just wrong'' in light of the ongoing misery among residents with no food, shelter or electricity.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and the players' union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy.

The league and its network broadcasters also will run TV pregame and in-game messages to promote donations during this weekend's games, beginning with Thursday night's game on NFL Network between Kansas City and San Diego.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick remains the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, for next week and beyond.

Coach Andy Reid said he never considered benching Vick, he just wanted to step back and evaluate the beleaguered veteran.

LONDON (AP) - The Olympic Stadium is in need of a tenant and London Mayor Boris Johnson thinks the NFL could be the right match.

Just a few days after the NFL's sixth regular-season game at Wembley Stadium, Johnson said he has spoken with the league about playing more games in the British capital.

All six NFL games in London so far have been at Wembley, including the New England Patriots' 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Some BCS officials are almost as giddy about the prospect of Notre Dame playing in one of their bowls games as Fighting Irish fans are.

``I tend to think right now, there's a lot to be played, but I don't see how they could avoid being in a BCS game somewhere,'' Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton said. ``They have four games left. Anything can happen, but they're looking so strong. Even if they only win two of those, certainly if they win three or four, they will be in a BCS game.''

The fourth-ranked Fighting Irish (8-0) are third in the BCS standings heading into their game against Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday, where they are 16.5-point favorites. They likely will be favored against Boston College (2-6) and Wake Forest (4-4) before the season finale at Southern California (6-2).

Officials with the Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls all say they will consider the Irish under the right circumstances, primarily that they meet the minimum requirements of nine victories and being among the top 14 teams in the final BCS standings.

BASEBALL

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said.

Perez, who last played in the majors for the New York Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, and there was evidence at the scene to suggest that whoever killed him had been searching for money, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor who is involved in the investigation.

No one was in custody and authorities did not reveal whether they had any suspects. Police said there were several assailants and that the house in the town of San Gregrorio de Nigua appeared to have been ransacked.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's economic development agency sued former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and some of its former officials, saying they committed fraud and other acts that misled the state into approving a $75 million loan guarantee to his failed video game company.

The suit was filed in Rhode Island Superior Court four months after 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy following a spectacular collapse that has likely left the state on the hook for as much as $100 million.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers outrighted outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Nashville.

Morgan hit .304 while helping Milwaukee win the NL Central in 2011, but slumped to .239 this year and the Brewers failed to make the playoffs. He is a .280 career hitter over six seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The World Series champion San Francisco Giants are parting ways with Aubrey Huff, declining to exercise his $10 million club option after two disappointing seasons following a big year during the team's title run two years ago.

OLYMPICS

LONDON (AP) - The IOC opened an investigation into Lance Armstrong's role in a doping scandal that has already wiped out his seven Tour de France titles and could cost him his Olympic bronze medal.

The IOC will also examine the Olympic involvement of other riders and officials implicated in a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that detailed ``the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.''

PRO BASKETBALL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he's ``in it for the long haul'' when it comes to seeing his struggling franchise transformed into a consistent winner.

He knows it won't be a quick, easy process after Charlotte ``hit rock bottom'' last season. But the always-competitive Jordan says the franchise needs to start turning things around.

He said Thursday that the Bobcats are not a playoff team now, ``but we need to get the ball rolling in the right direction.''

NEW YORK (AP) - The game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets that was postponed by SuperStorm Sandy will be played on Monday, Nov. 26.

GOLF

SHENZHEN, China (AP) - Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott shot 7-under 65s to lead the HSBC Champions after the first round Thursday.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, played a bogey-free round with seven birdies, while Scott finished his round with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.

Two-time HSBC Champions winner Phil Mickelson was in a tie for third one shot back, along with Bubba Watson, Peter Hanson and Shane Lowry.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Defending champion Jay Don Blake birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

AUTO RACING

Interim IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus insisted it is business as usual for the series after a week of upheaval that included sharp criticism over the abrupt and awkward end of a three-year run by CEO Randy Bernard.

Belskus, who is also the Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief executive, ran IndyCar after Tony George's resignation in 2009 until Bernard took over in early 2010. He said again that the Hulman-George family, which owns both the speedway and IndyCar, is not considering selling the money-draining open-wheel series.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) - Andy Murray wasted a match point against a qualifier ranked 69th and quickly lost his composure.

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland rallied to stun the U.S Open and Olympic champion 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Thursday in the third round of the Paris Masters.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Already qualified for the semifinals, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to make it three wins from three at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) - Landon Donovan isn't sure he wants to play at the 2014 World Cup, a stance that prompted U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to say he intends to speak with the longtime American star.

The 30-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, has been sidelined by a string of injuries this year and has appeared in just eight of 20 national team games since Klinsmann became coach.

BOXING

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Evander Holyfield filed a lawsuit to try to stop the upcoming auction of some of his boxing memorabilia, including an Olympic bronze medal and the gloves he wore to fight Mike Tyson.

Holyfield's lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles and seeks an order blocking the sale of 20 of the almost 450 items set for auction Nov. 30 by Julien's Auctions.