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pa. court denies sandusky appeal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would not review Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction, but other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky had asked the court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify. He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction about how long it took his victims to report the abuse and jurors should not have been told to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence.

Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Sandusky's attorney Norris Gelman said he was disappointed by Wednesday's decision.

Gelman said Sandusky can file a new appeal under the state's Post Conviction Relief Act. That appeal could address any new evidence and claims Sandusky's lawyers were not effective. Sandusky also could eventually take his case to federal court.

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FSU's O'Leary hurt in motorcycle crash

Florida State starting tight end Nick O'Leary will miss the last six spring practices after being in a motorcycle accident over the weekend, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

"He's skinned from head to toe … and got a swollen ankle … but he'll be fine," Fisher said.

This is the second motorcycle accident in less than a year for O'Leary, grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus. He wasn't seriously hurt in one in May.

A junior last year, O'Leary caught 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns for the national champions. He holds the school record for touchdowns by a tight end (11).

Northwestern: A players vote on whether to authorize a union was set for April 25.

Michigan State: Defensive lineman Malik McDowell, of Southfield, Mich., signed with the team to which he committed on signing day over his mother's objections. Coach Mark Dantonio said he received McDowell's faxed letter of intent Tuesday night. McDowell's mother, Joya Crowe, initially wouldn't sign the letter, igniting two months of speculation as FSU, Michigan and Ohio State remained candidates to land McDowell.

Alabama: Tailback Altee Tenpenny, who played all 13 games as a freshman last year, was charged with marijuana possession after a March 24 arrest in North Little Rock, Ark., his hometown. Coach Nick Saban said he faces internal discipline.

et cetera

DOGS: D'Arcy kennel's Crowned Supreme, Golden Squire and Golden Surf remained unbeaten, and Aquaid also won in second-round qualifying of the $80,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Golf: Phil Mickelson said he has recovered from a pulled muscle in his right side and will play in the Houston Open, which begins today.

Soccer: Barcelona was banned by the sport's governing body from signing new players for next season after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations in bringing youth players to its La Masia program.

Storm: The Storm signed former Plant player James Harrell, a defensive back who played with it last season, and kicker Geoff Boyer, and re-assigned kicker Carlos Lopez.

Tennis: Venus Williams beat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:24pm]

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