HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered as a university icon who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.
Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients.
The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.
University president Rodney Erickson issued a statement calling the announcement a step forward for victims and the school.
"We cannot undo what has been done, but we can and must do everything possible to learn from this and ensure it never happens again at Penn State," said Erickson, who announced the day Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 that Penn State was determined to compensate his victims.
The settlements have been unfolding since mid-August, when attorneys for the accusers began to disclose them. Penn State has not been confirming them, waiting instead to announce deals at once.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Major League Baseball are seeking a speedy dismissal of an Alex Rodriguez lawsuit accusing the league and Commissioner Bud Selig of trying to drive him out of baseball, according to a letter sent to a judge Monday.
U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier.
Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed.
He said lawyers for the New York Yankees third baseman would ask that the case be remanded to state court in Manhattan, where Rodriguez had filed it early this month before the league removed it to federal court. Siev said the requests by the league and Rodriguez both concern whether the lawsuit's claims fall outside or are pre-empted by the Taft-Hartley Act, known formally as the Labor Management Relations Act.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 23 Michigan will be without tight end A.J. Williams against No. 24 Michigan State.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke announced Monday the sophomore has been suspended for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Hoke says it's disappointing when a player makes a poor decision and the Wolverines will help Williams as he learns a valuable lesson.
Williams is from Cincinnati and started the last four games. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Williams hasn't caught a pass in his two-year career, but is used as a blocking tight end.
Michigan plays the Spartans on Saturday in East Lansing.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan drew post position eight in a field of 10 for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile, where the 6-year-old gelding will try to improve to 6-0 on the turf this year.
Wise Dan will be ridden by John Velazquez, who was aboard for the gelding's only loss in his last nine starts earlier this month at Keeneland, where the race was moved from the turf to the synthetic surface.
Wise Dan will face nine rivals at Santa Anita on Saturday, the second of two days of racing during the 30th Breeders' Cup.
Cleburne and Havana — both 2-0 — will put their undefeated records on the line in the $2 million Juvenile, which drew a full field of 14.
Post positions for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic and $2 million Distaff will be drawn later Monday.
PARIS (AP) — In his first match since returning from a four-month doping ban, Marin Cilic beat qualifier Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 Monday to reach the second round of the Paris Masters.
The Croatian served 22 aces and hit 42 winners to only 17 for Sijsling.
Cilic tested positive for a banned stimulant in May but claimed he had not intended to ingest it in a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain, Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, Dutch qualifier Robin Haase and Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo also advanced to the next round.
Lopez outlasted Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1). The Spaniard failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but he recovered in the tiebreaker of the third set by winning the last six points.