Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PENN STATE-ABUSE
Penn St. higher-ups hammered in Sandusky probe
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Penn State report on Jerry Sandusky's
molestation of children isn't kind to school officials.
Former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free)
says the most "saddening and sobering" finding from his group's
investigation into the child sex scandal is school officials'
"total disregard" for the safety and welfare of the ex-coach's
victims.
He called out Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno,
ex-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and
former senior vice president Gary Schultz, saying that the "most
powerful men at Penn State failed" to take any steps for 14 years,
The investigation concludes that the senior officials
"concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse"
because they were worried about bad publicity.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45
criminal counts. The scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and
Spanier.

OLYMPICS-SAUDI ARABIA-WOMEN
London breaking down gender barrier
LONDON (AP) -- Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the
Olympics for the first time.
The decision, announced by the IOC, means every country
competing in London will include women athletes. That's also an
Olympic first.
Two female Saudi competitors will compete, one in judo and the
other in the 800-meter race.

OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL
Opening night in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team struts
its stuff for the first time this evening in Las Vegas. Team USA
will play the Dominican Republic in its first exhibition game a day
after Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that this year's team could
beat the 1992 Dream Team that was led by Michael Jordan, Magic
Johnson and Larry Bird.
The Dominicans are coached by Kentucky's John Calipari and
feature NBA players Al Horford and Francisco Garcia. They just
finished playing in an Olympic qualifying tournament on Sunday,
falling one victory short of claiming the 12th and final spot in
the London field.

CHAMPIONS-U.S. SENIOR OPEN
50-and-vers playing for majaor title
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) -- Olin Browne is defending his U.S.
Senior Open title this week at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club
in Lake Orion, Michigan. It's the fourth of five majors on the
Champions Tour.
Last year, at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio, Browne finished 15
under par and three shots better than runner-up Mark Calcavecchia
(kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah).

GOLF-BRITISH OPEN PREPS
Tuning up for the Open on both sides of the pond
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Steve Stricker is aiming to win the John
Deere Classic for a fourth consecutive year at TPC Deere Run in
Silvis, Illinois.
It's not the strongest of fields assembled this week. That
distinction belongs to the European Tour's Scottish Open. World No.
1 Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer
(KY'-mur) and Ernie Els are among those already across the Atlantic
to prepare for next week's British Open at Royal Lytham and St.
Annes.

NHL-SENATORS-NEIL
Neil comfortable where he is
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators have signed veteran
forward Chris Neil to a three-year contract extension.
The 33-year-old has spent his entire 10-season career with the
Senators after being selected 161st overall in the 1998 NHL draft.
He's recorded 90 goals and 110 assists along with a
franchise-leading 1,861 penalty minutes.
Neil had 13 goals and 15 assists in 72 games last season.

TOUR DE FRANCE-11TH STAGE
An uphill climb today in the Alps
ALBERTVILLE, France (AP) -- The 11th stage of the Tour de France
is under way. Bradley Wiggins is still holding the overall lead as
they ride in the first big mountain test of the race.
The Briton is wearing the yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive
stage.
Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah) has pulled
out of the Tour to return home to be with his wife for the birth of
their second child.
The Swiss rider wore the yellow jersey for the first week of the
Tour.


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