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Sue Paterno defends late husband in letter | College football

Ending more than a year of virtual silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity. The wife of the former Penn State football coach is fighting back against accusations against Joe Paterno that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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Sue Paterno defends

late husband in letter

Ending more than a year of virtual silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity.

The wife of the former Penn State coach is fighting back against accusations against Joe Paterno that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her campaign started with a letter sent Friday to former Penn State players.

She wrote that the family's exhaustive response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex-abuse case will be released to the public at 6 a.m. PST Sunday on paterno.com.

Freeh in July accused Joe Paterno and three university officials of covering up allegations against Sandusky, a retired defensive coordinator. Less than two weeks later, the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions on the program that Joe Paterno built into one of the most celebrated in college football.

"I did not recognize the man Mr. Freeh described," Sue Paterno wrote. "I am here to tell you as definitively and forcefully as I know how that Mr. Freeh could not have been more wrong in his assessment of Joe."

The family directed its attorney, Washington lawyer Wick Sollers, to assemble experts to review Freeh's findings and Joe Paterno's actions, Sue Paterno wrote.

Sandusky, 69, was sentenced last fall to at least 30 years in prison after being convicted in June on 45 criminal counts.

Former QB's trial

begins in Montana

More than 150 potential jurors packed a hotel ballroom for the rape trial of a former University of Montana quarterback, as attorneys attempted to seat an impartial panel in Missoula, Mont.

Jury selection in the trial of Jordan Johnson, 20, took place at a Holiday Inn after District Judge Karen Townsend said no courtroom was large enough to hold the massive jury pool.

The high-profile case is set against a backdrop of NCAA and federal investigations of how the school and Missoula respond to rape allegations on campus.

Golf

Snedeker shares lead

Brandt Snedeker and Ted Potter Jr. share the lead after two rounds of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a PGA Tour event on three California courses.

Snedeker, a runner-up in his last two tournaments, shot a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill and Potter three-putted his final hole at Monterey Peninsula for a 3-under 67. They were at 8-under 134 for 36 holes.

Hunter Mahan (69 at Monterey Peninsula) was among those one shot behind the leaders.

Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (71 at Spyglass) was tied for 30th at 3 under; Jeff Gove (71 at Monterey Peninsula) of Seattle was tied for 39th at 2 under; ex-Husky Troy Kelly (68 at Monterey Peninsula) was tied for 56th at 1 under; and Andres Gonzales (74 at Monterey Peninsula) of Olympia was tied for 149th at 9 over.

Elsewhere

Tom Pernice Jr. and Bernhard Langer shot 6-under 66s to share the lead after the opening round of the Allianz Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in Boca Raton, Fla.

Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High School graduate, was tied for 18th at 69.

• According to multiple media reports, injured skier Lindsey Vonn boarded golfer Tiger Woods' private jet in Austria. There has been speculation they are romantically linked. Vonn suffered season-ending leg injuries in a fall at the world championships Tuesday in Schladming, Austria.

• Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the super-combined event at the skiing world championships.

Hoefl-Riesch was fourth after the downhill portion before posting the second-fastest time in the slalom to finish in 2 minutes, 39.92 seconds. She beat Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.46 seconds.

• Ex-Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole, 32, signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Cole started a total of 26 games for the Seahawks in 2009 and 2010. He did not play in the 2011 or 2012 NFL seasons.

• Ex- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has interviewed with the New Orleans Saints for their defensive-coordinator opening. The Saints are seeking a replacement for the Steve Spagnuolo.

• Driver Rusty Wallace, winner of the 1989 championship, was among five inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

The class also includes former series champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; former car owner Cotton Owens; and mechanic-crew chief Leonard Wood.

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