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PSU's request to delay McQueary lawsuit is denied

PSU's request to delay McQueary lawsuit is denied

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied Penn State's request to put on hold former assistant football coach Mike McQueary's whistleblower and defamation lawsuit until related criminal cases are resolved.

Judge Thomas Gavin said the pending criminal matters ``impose no burden on Penn State'' because the university is neither a prosecutor nor defendant in the cases against former administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

McQueary, who testified in June that he complained to then-head coach Joe Paterno after seeing defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky naked in a shower with a boy, is pursuing a civil suit against the school.

Gavin said Spanier, Curley and Schultz ``have no Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify, nor need they fear that information gathered in this case can be used against them in the criminal proceedings. The focus in the criminal proceedings is what (the) defendants knew about Sandusky's improper conduct on the day they appeared before the grand jury or met with investigators, not the reason why McQueary was let go.''

Regarding the defamation claim, Gavin said the only issue is whether a statement issued by Spanier in support of Curley and Schultz defamed McQueary.

``Whether the criminal defendants were truthful in their testimony regarding what they knew about the incident McQueary observed and reported is factually and legally distinct from McQueary's whistleblower and defamation claims.''

Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre declined to comment, and McQueary lawyer Elliott Strokoff did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after his conviction for sexually abusing 10 boys.

McQueary testified at trial that he went to the team locker room late one Friday night and came across Sandusky in the shower with the boy in a sexually suggestive position. He said he heard a ``skin-on-skin smacking sound,'' and that the incident left him ``extremely alarmed, extremely flustered, extremely shocked.''

He told the jurors he believed Sandusky was anally raping the child. For that victim, one of 10 in the criminal case, Sandusky was convicted of several crimes but acquitted of the most serious charge, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

McQueary's lawsuit claimed Spanier's support for Curley and Schultz harmed his reputation, making him a scapegoat. He also alleges he lost his $140,000-a-year coaching job because of his cooperation with prosecutors. He is seeking reinstatement and back pay, among other things.

Spanier, forced out as president in the wake of Sandusky's arrest, remains a tenured faculty member but has been placed on paid leave. Curley, the school's athletic director, is on paid leave to serve out the last year of his contract. Schultz is now retired as vice president for business and finance.

The three face charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury, for an alleged cover-up of complaints about Sandusky.

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Bradley Beal won't require surgery for shoulder, Wizards GM says

Bradley Beal won't require surgery for shoulder, Wizards GM says

Bradley Beal's right rotator cuff injury is enough to keep him out of the NBA's restart in Orlando, but not enough to require surgery, according to Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard.

Sheppard said he doesn't "think surgery is an option at all" and repeated that claim, indicating it is not even on the table at this point. The team is confident Beal can manage the injury because he already has for roughly eight months.

Beal, Sheppard says, first hurt his shoulder on Nov. 27 against the Phoenix Suns. The rotator cuff was aggravated several times throughout the course of the season when he got bumped during games, often times when coming off screens.

Beal, of course, played very well despite the discomfort. He left off in March averaging 30.5 points per game, second in the NBA behind only James Harden.

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Sheppard says keeping him out now is more about preventing it from getting worse during a stretch of games that aren't as important as the team's big picture future.

"I think if we had another month of ramp-up time, Bradley would probably be ready to play. These are eight games vs. 82 next season and all the seasons beyond that. I think it's worth mitigating the risk right now for what's ahead," Sheppard said.

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Sheppard also noted the truncated NBA offseason due to the months-long postponement of games this season. With next season expected to begin in December, the turnaround will be quicker. A serious injury at this point could affect his status for the start of next season.

The Wizards want to avoid that because they are anticipating the return of John Wall from his Achilles injury and want to have both of their All-Star guards in the fold. Beal sitting out helps preserve that.

The question now is whether Beal can work around his right rotator cuff injury without surgery. He has proven he can manage it, but it has already lingered for eight months. Will it still be an issue, minor or major, five months from now?

For the meantime, Beal will have to watch from afar as the Wizards go to Orlando to close out their season. He is set to stay back in Washington and continue working with coaches at the Wizards' practice facility.

Beal ends the year with some pristine numbers: 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. The points-per-game are the second-most in franchise history only to Walt Bellamy's 31.6 in 1961-62.

Not bad for a guy who was playing hurt.

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Nationals get snubbed once again on Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Nationals get snubbed once again on Sunday Night Baseball schedule

When ESPN released its initial Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the 2020 season, the defending champion Nationals were nowhere to be found. 

But that was a long time ago. Since the season was delayed due to coronavirus, they've had time to consider their rating-chasing actions and think hard about Washington's ommission. 

After further consideration and a newly released 10-game TV schedule, the Nationals...are once again nowhere to be found. 

Three of their division rivals (Mets, Braves, Phillies) are on the Sunday Night Baseball schedule a combined six times, with the Braves and Phillies featured on back-to-back Sunday nights. The Cubs and Cardinals as well as Yankees-Red Sox play twice on Sunday night as well.

RELATED: NATS' 2020 SCHEDULE FILLED WITH ODDITIES

In the spirit of analytics, 75% of the known Sunday Night Baseball schedule belongs to six of the 30 teams. The two final matchups have yet to be announced. 

Now, there are of course a very limited number of Sundays on the schedule this year and there's still a chance the Nats nab one of those last two games. For now however, Washington fans will just have to enjoy their team play on all but one night a week. 

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