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Quotes from Sandusky sentencing, Penn State, more

Quotes from Sandusky sentencing, Penn State, more

Quotes on the day Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child sexual abuse:

``In my heart I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.'' - Jerry Sandusky, in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.

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``I've wiped away a first tear and I've seen lives end. I've forgiven, I've been forgiven. I've comforted others, I've been comforted. I've been kissed by dogs, I've been bit by dogs. ... I've been a fighter. I've conformed. I've also been different. I've been me. I've been loved, I've been hated. I've lived long enough to cherish many memories. And I have a card in my room with the word `Hope' on it. I cling to that card.'' - Sandusky during his remarks during the hearing.

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``I am troubled with flashbacks of his naked body, something that will never be erased from my memory. Jerry has harmed children, of which I am one of them.'' - Victim No. 5 in remarks to the court during the sentencing hearing.

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``The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children. I'm not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that.'' - Judge John Cleland, to Sandusky, before sentencing him to at least 30 years in prison.

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``His statement today was a masterpiece of banal self-delusion - entirely self-focused as if he himself were the victim. It was, in a word, ridiculous.'' - Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan.

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``I don't have any comment.'' - Sandusky's wife, Dottie, to an Associated Press reporter after the hearing.

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``Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery.'' - Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

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``It was a smart sentence, a conservative sentence, but one that has the effect of keeping Sandusky behind bars for the rest of his life.'' - Michael Boni, the lawyer for Victim No. 1, whose complaint in 2008 launched the state's investigation into Sandusky.

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``I just wanted a childhood like everyone else. ... I've been looking over my shoulder for a long time. Jerry Sandusky is the worst kind of pedophile.'' - Victim No. 1, in a statement read by McGettigan at the hearing.

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``I am stunned that he is clinging to the conspiracy story. It is completely absurd to say that all of these victims, who did not know each other over a span of 15 years - as well as two eyewitnesses, police, a psychologist, school administrators - that all of these people magically came to this vortex of setting him up.'' - Kristen Houser, vice president of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

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``(Sex offenders) will basically convince themselves that what they're doing is justified ... that they're simply responding to the overtures of someone. What they miss, though, is that they typically set the situation up.'' - forensic psychologist Robert Wright, who runs a sex-offender treatment program in Tampa, Fla.

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``These cases are difficult in the best of circumstances. It is to the credit of these investigators, along with the resilience of the victims, resulting in an airtight case, the conviction of 45 crimes - and now, today's sentence. I want to especially commend the victims in the case, who had the courage to come forward and testify in open court, in spite of tremendous pressure and national publicity.'' - Gov. Tom Corbett, who was attorney general when the investigation began.

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``While it is true that Jerry Sandusky will not be hurting any more children, there will be others to take his place. That is why we must redouble our efforts to stop predators and protect victims. That is the lesson we must take away from the Sandusky case, if we want some good to come of it. Whoever you are, whatever your station in life - please have the courage and the decency to do the right thing if you suspect that a child is being abused.'' - Attorney General Linda Kelly

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4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

The Caps put together their best performance of the series Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

he win pulled Washington even with Columbus in the series 2-2.

Here's how the Caps got the big win.

4 Reasons why the Capitals beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

1. Tom Wilson factors in the offense

Wilson’s hands are good for more than just punching.

He proved that again on Thursday as he scored the first goal for the second consecutive game. Chandler Stephenson and John Carlson provided the pressure on Sergei Bobrovsky. With Bobrovsky scrambling in the crease, Evgeny Kuznetsov passed the puck back to Wilson who fired the one-timer past the Columbus netminder.

In the first two games of the series, Wilson had no points and no shots. In the last two games, he has two goals and 13 shots on goal.

2. A great keep-in by John Carlson

We saw how dangerous it was when penalty killers fail to clear the puck in Game 1 when the Caps failed to clear in the third period leading to the game-tying power play goal.

In Game 4, the roles were reversed. Trying to kill off an Artemi Panarin penalty, Cam Atkinson attempted to clear the puck with the backhand. Carlson skillfully corralled the puck out of the air at the blue line to keep it in the zone.

The power play was able to reset and T.J. Oshie scored the rebound goal soon after.

3. Braden Holtby closes the door to finish the second period

After the Caps took the 2-0 lead, the Blue Jackets made a late push to try to pull one back.

In the last 10 minutes of the second period, Columbus had 13 shot attempts, five of which were not net. Several of those shots were high-quality opportunities, but Holtby came up with the big saves that the team was not getting earlier in the series.

His play ensured the Caps took the 2-0 lead to the locker room.

4. Alex Ovechkin extends the lead to three

Washington entered the third period up 2-0. In each of the first three games, the Caps held a two-goal lead and allowed the Blue Jackets to battle back and tie the score. Even with a two-goal lead, it still felt at the start of the third that the next goal would decide the game. If Columbus pulled within one and got the crowd back on their side, we have seen what that momentum can do for them.

This time, however, Ovechkin struck first. After a board battle behind the net, the puck trickled out to the faceoff circle. Ovechkin grabbed it and quickly snapped the puck past Bobrovsky before anyone could react.

The goal gave Washington their first three-goal lead of the series and shut the Blue Jackets’ comeback down before it could begin.

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Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

COLUMBUS — Alex Ovechkin confidently predicted earlier this week that the Caps were going to win twice at Nationwide Arena and take their first round series back to Washington knotted, two games apiece.

And, on Thursday night, that’s exactly what Ovechkin made sure his team did.

No. 8, who was playing in his franchise-record 101st playoff game, scored his third goal of the playoffs early in the final frame and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4.

Tarik’s Three Stars of Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 4

1. Tom Wilson, Capitals

After a slow (and penalty-plagued) start to this series, Wilson has become a force. Yes, he took another minor, but the good is far outweighing the bad these days. Big Willy recorded a goal, an assist and a team-high seven shots. 

2. Braden Holtby, Capitals

Holtby had his best game in, well, a long time. He stopped 23 shots, including all eight he saw in a contentious second period.

The goal he surrendered was a nearly unstoppable tip-in by Boone Jenner.

3. T.J. Oshie, Capitals

Osh just plays the game so dang hard.

So it should come as no surprise that he delivered in his team’s biggest game of the season to this point. Oshie, of course, scored the game-winning goal on the power play midway through the second period.

It was No. 77’s second tally of the series. He also directed six shots at the Columbus net and made a couple of hits...all from a player who's been fighting through injury the past few weeks.

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