Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PENN STATE-ABUSE
Closing arguments today
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky's
child sex abuse trial has thrown out three of the 51 charges in the
case. That leaves the former Penn State assistant football coach
facing 48 counts.
Sandusky arrived for court this morning with his wife. He didn't
answer questions as he walked into the Centre County courthouse
where closing arguments are scheduled today.
Seven days of often-graphic testimony wrapped up Wednesday when
the defense rested without calling Sandusky to the stand.

MLB-SCHEDULE
First pitch of the day in Motown
UNDATED (AP) -- The Tigers and Cardinals will settle their
three-game series this afternoon in the Motor City.
Detroit is recalling prized pitching prospect Jacob Turner to
start against 6-2 Kyle Lohse (lohsh).
It's a matchup of clubs sitting third in their respective
Central Division races. The Tigers are three games back of
first-place Cleveland and the Cards are 3 1/2 behind Cincinnati.
There is also an interleague matinee in Oakland, where the
Athletics will be out to complete a three-game sweep of the NL
West-leading Dodgers. Los Angeles sends struggling lefty Clayton
Kershaw to the mound to face Travis Blackley.
Tonight's interleague games find Minnesota at Pittsburgh,
Washington home to Tampa Bay and Miami at Boston.
There's a National League contest under the lights in
Philadelphia, where the Phillies will be looking to complete a
three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

BASEBALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Let's play 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- They are cleaning up some leftover business
at the College World Series. Kent State and South Carolina were
rained out yesterday and have an early start today (12:08 p.m.
Eastern). The loser is eliminated from the double-elimination
tournament and the winner moves on to face unbeaten Arkansas in the
nightcap.
Sandwiched in between will be undefeated Arizona taking on
one-loss Florida State.

NBA FINALS
Heat on the verge
MIAMI (AP) -- Most every night in Miami is a party, but tonight's
festivities might be championship caliber.
The Heat are a win away from the second NBA title in franchise
history and first since assembling its Big Three.
LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn Wade) and Chris Bosh lead Miami into
Game 5 of the finals against the Thunder this evening holding a 3-1
advantage in the best-of-seven showdown.
After dropping the opener in Oklahoma City, the Heat has ripped
off three straight victories.
No NBA team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, but the
Thunder already wiped out one big hole just one round ago in the
Western Conference finals. They trailed San Antonio 2-0 before
bouncing back to win the series.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BCS on its deathbed
CHICAGO (AP) -- Finally, the people in charge agree with the
people in the stands.
A major college football playoff is closer than ever to becoming
a reality.
The BCS commissioners have backed a plan for a four-team playoff
with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major
bowl games and a selection committee picking the participants. The
plan will be presented to university presidents next week for
approval.
Once the presidents sign off, and that seems likely, major
college football's champion will be decided by a playoff for the
first time, starting in 2014.

GOLF
On course
UNDATED (AP) -- This week's PGA and LPGA tour events are under
way.
The men are at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., for the
Travelers Championship. Webb Simpson is on hand, fresh off his win
at the U.S. Open that gave him his first major title. Fredrik
Jacobson (YAHK'-uhb-sihn), who was one of the contenders last week
at The Olympic Club, is the defending champion. The Swede made just
one bogey over 72 holes last year to collect his first PGA Tour
title.
The ladies are north of the border in Waterloo, Ontario, for the
inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Michelle Wie (wee) is
trying to break out of a season long slump. The recent Stanford
graduate has failed to advance to weekend play in all five she has
played that have a cut. And she was bounced in the opening round of
the Sybase Match Play.

OBIT-LEROY NEIMAN
Olympic artist dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- LeRoy Neiman, the painter and sketch artist best
known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest
sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died
Wednesday at age 91.
Neiman also was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for
many years and official painter of five Olympiads.


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