Three more Sandusky accusers testify | A.M. Briefing
The prosecution's case in Jerry Sandusky's sex-abuse trial neared its conclusion Thursday in Bellefonte, Pa., after just four days of testimony...
Three more accusers take stand at Sandusky trial
The prosecution's case in Jerry Sandusky's sex-abuse trial neared its conclusion Thursday in Bellefonte, Pa., after just four days of testimony, with three more accusers taking the witness stand, including a young man who said the former Penn State assistant coach raped him as a teen guest in Sandusky's home.
The eighth accuser to testify told jurors the abuse began with fondling and forced oral sex and led to several instances of rape in the basement of Sandusky's Centre County home, where he spent more than 100 nights and where his muffled screams went unanswered by Sandusky's wife, Dottie, who was upstairs. He said he figured the basement must be soundproof.
"He got real aggressive and just forced me into it," said the young man, now 18 and a recent high-school graduate. "And I just went with it — there was no fighting against it."
He said under cross-examination by Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola that the attacks sometimes left him bleeding but that he never sought medical attention.
Another accuser told jurors Sandusky called himself the "tickle monster" before embracing him in a shower.
Armstrong set to fight
Lance Armstrong is gearing up for a fight over the latest round of doping allegations.
Armstrong's lawyers demanded access to evidence gathered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, including test results and the names of witnesses who said they saw the seven-time Tour de France champion use performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong has until June 22 to respond in writing to the allegations, the first step of what could be months-long process.
"I'm exploring all my options," Armstrong said. "They're not limited only to arbitration with USADA. I think there are other questions that need to be answered with regard to their behavior and tactics."
"They are well known to move the goal line on you," he said, referring to the drug agency. "We are entitled to certain things, certain pieces of evidence, if not all the evidence in terms of what will be in front of the review board."
Kings feted in L.A. parade
Dustin Brown stood on a flatbed truck and raised the big silver trophy above his head once again. The air in downtown Los Angeles filled with a blizzard of silver-and-black confetti.
The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the first time, and a celebration 45 years in the making certainly appeared to be worth the wait.
The Kings rode double-decker buses and flatbed trucks in a parade through the city center, moving slowly up Figueroa Street past thousands of roaring fans. Brown and playoff MVP Jonathan Quick then raised the Cup outside Staples Center, where the Kings completed their 16-4 rampage through the postseason on Monday night by eliminating the New Jersey Devils.
Tsonga injures finger
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France may miss Wimbledon after injuring his right hand during a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) third-round loss to Ivan Dodig of Croatia at Queen's Club in London. Tsonga hurt the little finger on his dominant hand when he slipped and fell during the final set.
Nadal, Federer win
Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-5, 6-1 at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Roger Federer of Switzerland, a five-time winner of this Wimbledon tuneup, downed Germany's Florian Mayer 6-4, 7-5.
Manning looks sharp
The Denver Broncos wrapped up their offseason workouts with another spirited practice marked by potent, precise passes. One thing is clear after 13 offseason practices, six of which were witnessed by the media: Peyton Manning is back.
The four-time MVP has shown no ill effects of the nerve issue that caused weakness in his throwing arm last year, required four neck operations, forced him to miss the entire 2011 season and led to his release from the Indianapolis Colts.
Mercilus signs with Texans
The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a four-year deal. Mercilus was the 26th overall pick in this year's draft out of Illinois.
Also, the Texans announced contract extensions for general manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak.
• The St. Louis Rams and outside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, a starter for most of six seasons with the Redskins, signed a free-agent contract.
• Fernando Torres scored a goal in each half to give Spain a 4-0 win over Ireland in Gdansk, Poland, and eliminate the Irish from the European Championship. In Poznan, Andrea Pirlo gave Italy the lead with a curving free kick in the 39th minute, but Croatia's Mario Mandzukic was left unmarked to equalize in the 72nd for a 1-1 draw.
• North Dakota's flagship university dropped its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname for the third time, and officials expressed hope that the latest retirement — fueled by this week's overwhelming statewide vote — would finally stick.
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