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The latest from the Jerry Sandusky trial

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The latest from the Jerry Sandusky trial

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial are likely to hear more graphic testimony Wednesday, following two days of accounts of alleged sex assaults involving the former Penn State assistant football coach and boys he met through his charity. Two of Sandusky's alleged victims have already testified and a former assistant coach, Mike McQueary, described seeing Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a Penn State shower. McQueary's father, John, appeared likely to be among those taking the stand soon. Before the start of Wednesday's proceedings, he entered the courthouse through a canopied door used by witnesses. On Tuesday, Mike McQueary recounted a 2001 encounter in which he saw Sandusky and a young boy in a position that he believes meant Sandusky was sodomizing the child. In a voice alternating between calm and forcefulness, McQueary said he walked into a university athletics locker room more than a decade ago to the sound of a "skin-on-skin smacking sound." In a mirror, he said, he could see into the showers and saw Sandusky standing behind a boy who was "propped up against a wall." The identity of the boy who was said to have been in the showers remains a mystery to prosecutors. Earlier Tuesday, the teen identified by prosecutors as "Victim 1" struggled to retain his composure while recounting the humiliation and fear that accompanied alleged abuse at Sandusky's hands. The boy, now 18 and a recent high school graduate, said sleepovers in a bedroom in the basement of Sandusky's State College home escalated into kissing, fondling and oral sex. Eventually, he testified, Sandusky said it was his turn to reciprocate the act of his alleged molester. He said he could not resist. "I don't know how to explain it, I froze," he said. "My mind is telling me to move but I couldn't do it, I couldn't move." Sandusky, 68, is on trial on charges he molested 10 boys over a 15-year period -- allegations he has denied. Authorities say he abused them in hotels, at his home and inside the football team's headquarters. Sandusky's attorneys have suggested his accusers have financial motivations for coming forward and questioned why Victim 1's initial accounts omitted some allegations he made later. The teen said he changed his story repeatedly out of shame and fear, and when he finally did confide to a school guidance counselor, he was told by an unidentified school official or officials that Sandusky "has a heart of gold, and he wouldn't do something like that." "So they didn't believe me," the teenager said. The teen's account of abuse was later referred to county social workers and eventually spawned the grand jury investigation that led to the charges.

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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The Caps are a bad faceoff team, here’s what they’re doing about it

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The Caps are a bad faceoff team, here’s what they’re doing about it

Tuesday’s practice was a lot like every other for the Caps until the end. After working on the power play, the team gathered at one end of the ice and began working on faceoffs. It was not just the centers, but wingers and defensemen alike got into the action with every win celebrated by loud cheers from teammates.

It should could as no surprise to see faceoffs as a point of emphasis for Washington considering just how much the team has struggled with them in the early season. The Caps rank 30th in the league in faceoff win percentage at only 43.8-percent.

“Yeah, there's little details that can help our game,” Lars Eller told reporters after practice. “The more you have the puck, easier the game is gonna be for you. We have a little more time in between games than usual during the season here, so we have the time to work on something like that, which can be little things that makes the difference.”

The team as a whole watched video on faceoffs prior to practice and then worked as a five-man unit during the drill. The main point of emphasis head coach Todd Reirden wanted to drill into his players was that faceoffs are not simply the responsibility of the centers alone.

“The days of it just being center vs. center and a clean draw being won back are a rarity now so it's important to have all five guys helping, something we watched video on earlier today,” Reirden said.

“You ask any centerman if they have a good group of wingers that can help them out on draws, that makes a huge difference,” Nic Dowd said. “I've been lucky, I have [Devante Smith-Pelly] on my right and I'm a righty so I win all my draws my backhand side so a lot of pucks go his way and he wins a lot of draws for me. That's huge. You have a guy that's sitting over there that's sleeping, you could go easily from five wins to five losses and then that's your night. It makes a big difference.”

Faceoffs were always going to be more of a struggle for the Caps this season with the departure of Jay Beagle who was, by far, the team’s best faceoff man for several years. Whenever the team needed a big draw, Beagle was the player relied upon to win it. With him gone, it is no surprise to see the team struggle.

But the Caps don’t like the idea of keeping possession off a draw just 43.8-percent of the time.

“It's essentially like the ref is creating a 50-50 puck and you snap it back, you get possession, now you're forechecking and it makes a huge difference,” Dowd said. “You play against those top lines, they want to be in the O-zone. Well, if you lose the draw, now you're playing D-zone, you win the draw now you're playing O-zone. So effectively, you've shut down their shift.”

There is a school of thought suggesting that perhaps the importance of winning faceoffs is overrated and a team’s faceoff win percentage is not overly important. Eller himself admitted as much to reporters.

What no one can argue, however, is that while some faceoffs may not matter all that much, there are some that are hugely important in a game. The Caps recognize that. For them, being a strong faceoff team is not necessarily about improving the team’s win percentage, but more about being able to win those critical draws.

“It's something that for the most part the players understand and a neutral zone faceoff with 14 minutes to go in the first period is not nearly as important as one that's 5-on-6 at the end of the game,” Reirden said. “We all know that. It's important to put the right people on those situations and give them the best chance to have success.”

“A center ice draw, I could see where guys could make the argument, well you lose it you still will play hockey and stuff could still happen,” Dowd said. “But I think the game is such a possession game now that any opportunity you can win a 50-50 puck whether that's a faceoff or a board battle, it makes a huge difference.”

 

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