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TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M has moved to fire baseball coach Willie Brown, who was accused by the university of harassing a walk-on infielder for his sexual orientation.

Vanard Williams II was cut by Brown and filed his allegations Nov. 20.

FAMU attorney Avery McKnight said in a statement Thursday that employment action is under way to dismiss Brown. He said more information could not be released in a case where sexual harassment is alleged.

Brown's attorney, Steve Andrews, called the charges bogus and threatened to file a defamation suit against FAMU. Andrews said he has affidavits from players who say no player was treated differently.

Some witnesses said they believed Brown was trying to be funny. One question they were asked was whether Brown told Williams he would dress him in a bra and panties.

Former Rattler Kevin Clethen has handled the team since Brown was put on paid leave in November.

Penn state: The NCAA said it has no immediate plans to spend the $12 million paid to it as part of sanctions against the university over its handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The fate of that money — and the rest of the $60 million Penn State owes the NCAA — is the subject of two legal challenges. On Wednesday, a judge put on hold state Sen. Jake Corman's request for an injunction barring the NCAA from spending the money.

Et cetera

Soccer: Louisville defender Andrew Farrell was selected by the New England Revolution with the top pick in Major League Soccer's draft. The 20-year-old was a first-team All-American last season. New England acquired the top pick from Toronto on Wednesday. Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez went No. 2, to Chivas USA. The rest of the top 10: 3. Toronto, Kyle Bekker, M, Boston College; 4. Vancouver, Kekuta Manneh, F, Austin Aztex (PDL); 5. Vancouver, Erik Hurtado, F, Santa Clara; 6. Colorado, Deshorn Brown, F, UCF; 7. Dallas, Walker Zimmerman, D, Furman; 8. Montreal, Blake Smith, M, New Mexico; 9. Columbus, Ryan Finley, F, Notre Dame; 10. Seattle, Eriq Zavaleta, F, Indiana.

skiing: Olympic champion Hannah Kearney returned to the moguls World Cup circuit with a win in the ASANA Freestyle Cup at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y. Kearney missed the first two World Cup races after fracturing two ribs while training in October.

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