Thursday, October 20
Ex-Penn State athletic director denies claims in lawsuit
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State athletic director is denying a claim by a main witness against Jerry Sandusky that he was terminated as an assistant football coach because of his role in Sandusky's child molestation case.
Jurors in Mike McQueary's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit were read testimony Wednesday by Dave Joyner.
McQueary's lawsuit claims he was mistreated by the university over his role as a witness against Sandusky. He's seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims.
The school says he was put on paid leave after Sandusky's arrest over safety concerns, not in retaliation for his role in the case.
Sandusky maintains his innocence and is appealing.
Testimony resumes on Thursday, the fourth day of trial. McQueary is expected to take the stand in the coming days.
FLYERS AT 50
50 years of Flyers history archived inside arena
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ed Snider created a Philadelphia Flyers franchise stocked with so many great moments, all it takes is a simple crane of the neck toward the banners hanging from the rafters to rekindle 50 years of memories.
The Flyers (1-1-1) open the home slate of their 50th anniversary season Thursday against Anaheim for the first time in team history without Snider. Snider died of cancer in April.
His foresight to save, save, save, helped turn space inside the arena into a sort-of sports edition of "Hoarders," only with a tinge of nostalgia sweeping through every step of would could stand for the franchise's cluttered Hall of Fame.
4 months after Cup clash, Penguins, Sharks meet again
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The stakes are nowhere near the same: hockey immortality versus two points in the standings in the second week of a long season.
Still, the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins expect the atmosphere to be a little more heated than the usual NHL October product when they meet Thursday night barely four months removed from Pittsburgh's six-game victory in the Stanley Cup Final.
"It was obviously tough to go on that long a journey and lose the way we did," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "I don't think there was any doubt at the end of the day they deserved to win, but at the same time I think for us it's a chance to go in, and we're a different team this year, and make a statement that we are a different team this year."
The Penguins, in essence, are not. They brought back nearly the entire group that captured the franchise's fourth championship and led to a raucous downtown parade in mid-June. A week removed from a giddy opening night in which the 2016 Cup banner was raised at newly renamed PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins are trying to focus on the next chapter instead of the last one.
That shouldn't be a problem.
The Penguins are coming off sloppy performances in an overtime loss to Colorado on Monday and a 4-0 setback in Montreal on Tuesday. Captain Sidney Crosby — the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the 2016 playoffs — remains out indefinitely with a concussion and goaltender Matt Murray is still on the mend from a broken hand.
Jones' message to Steelers teammates: "Don't panic"
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones is a realist. Call it the byproduct of spending the last three-plus years fighting for a job and fending off repeated attempts by the Pittsburgh Steelers to find somebody better to back up Ben Roethlisberger.
So in a team meeting Wednesday, with the franchise quarterback resting at home while recovering from left knee surgery and a visit from the New England Patriots awaiting on Sunday, Jones felt it was time to send a message, albeit more than a little tongue in cheek.
From the day the Steelers took him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Jones has believed he can be an NFL starting quarterback. That belief hasn't wavered. Now in the final year of his rookie contract, Jones is well aware there's possibly more at stake Sunday than one game in the standings. There's a very real chance to prove to 31 other teams he can be a difference maker.
TODAY'S PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS SCHEDULE:
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
San Jose at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.