Friday, February 23, 2018
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college football

SON DEFENDS PATERNO

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Paterno's son said Friday that an allegation made by insurers that a boy told the longtime Penn State football coach in 1976 that he had been molested by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is "bunk." Scott Paterno tweeted that "it would be great if everyone waited to see the substance of the allegation before they assume it's true. Because it's not."

If the allegation were true, it would suggest his father had protected "an obscure assistant coach no one had yet heard of" in 1976, Paterno wrote. The allegation was revealed Thursday in an order issued by a Philadelphia judge in litigation between an insurance company and Penn State. The order reportedly also cited reports by unnamed assistant coaches who said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

CNN reported that Joe Paterno knew of a boy, 15, who was allegedly raped by Sandusky in a Penn State bathroom in 1971. And NBC News reported that up to six Penn State assistants were aware of Sandusky's crimes.

soccer

Player dies during match

Dinamo Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died after he collapsed during a match in Bucharest, Romania. Doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the Cameroon midfielder, 26. There was no official cause of death. Media said he had a heart attack. Ekeng was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff cried as events unfolded. Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter who are in Paris.

MORE SOCCER: The Los Angeles City Council approved plans for a $250 million stadium for Major League Soccer's expansion Los Angeles Football Club, which debuts in 2018. The 22,000-seat stadium will be on the site of the Sports Arena, which will be torn down, next to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and USC. … Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was banned for six games after appearing to gouge the eye of Chelsea striker Diego Costa on Monday.

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boxing: Canelo Alvarez is a heavy favorite against Amir Khan tonight when they meet in Las Vegas for a piece of the middleweight title (pay-per-view). Khan moved up in weight to get a shot at Alvarez, who is likely to weigh 170 or more. Khan, who will have a speed advantage, has fought most of his career at 140.

tennis: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will meet in the Madrid Open semifinals today, with Novak Djokovic facing Kei Nishikori. Murray defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 and Nadal fought past Joao Sousal 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Djokovic beat Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-4 and Nishikori edged Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (8-6), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3. Also, Djokovic criticized Bernard Tomic for making no effort to return a serve when he faced three match points in a loss to Fabio Fognini on Tuesday. Tomic, 23, said he didn't care because he is already worth $10 million.

olympics: Four Russian gold-medal winners at the Sochi Olympics, who were not named, used performance-enhancing drugs, the whistleblowers who exposed cheating in Russia's track program told 60 Minutes in an interview to air Sunday.

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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

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Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

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Lightning escapes for 4-3 win in Ottawa

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Police: DeSean Jackson’s former Eagles teammate drove truck found wrecked with bullets, marijuana inside

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston uninjured in car wreck

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Boys basketball: Wharton wins a wild one in final seconds

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