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Penn State discloses Spanier made $3.3M last year

Penn State discloses Spanier made $3.3M last year

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The former Penn State president accused of covering up reports of sexual molestation by retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky earned $2.5 million in severance last year, the school said Wednesday.

Graham Spanier's total taxable income was $3.3 million in 2011, the university said. That included $700,000 in salary, $83,000 in taxable benefits and the severance money, which will be paid by 2017, the school said.

Spanier was forced out of the job after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.

He said he was not aware the school had made his earnings public, and declined to comment. He remains a tenured faculty member but is on leave.

Spanier was charged four weeks ago with engaging in an alleged cover-up of abuse committed by Sandusky. Spanier and co-defendants Gary Schultz and Tim Curley are asking to postpone their Dec. 13 preliminary hearing.

Their recent court filings have focused on the role played by former university chief counsel Cynthia Baldwin, and all three defendants have argued their charges should be thrown out.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are accused of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury.

Curley is on leave to serve out the final year of his contract as athletic director, and Schultz, is retired as vice president for business and finance.

The school on Wednesday also said it already had implemented more than half the 119 recommendations made by former FBI Director Louis Freeh to strengthen university policies in areas such as safety and governance.

Freeh conducted the school's internal investigation into the scandal. He said in his final report that Spanier, Curley, Schultz and the late coach Joe Paterno concealed allegations against Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. Lawyers for all three men, as well as Paterno's family, have all firmly denied those conclusions.

Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

It was only a mere three weeks ago that Francesco Molinari closed with a final round 62 en route to a dominant eight-shot victory at the 2018 Quicken Loans National. 

On Sunday, his eight-under total was good enough for a two-shot win over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

The 35-year-old played his final round alongside Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

The 14-time major winner had to settle for a closing round of 71 on Sunday. It was his first Open since missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2015.

Molinari continues to be one of the world's hottest golfers, notching his third win in the last five starts. 

Some of golf's best weighed in on Sunday: 

When it was all said and done, on a day that featured difficult Carnoustie wind conditions, Francesco Molinari emerged victorious hoisting the Claret Jug. 

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.

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