BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie ``Seabiscuit.''
With his accusers seated behind him in the courtroom, he denied committing ``disgusting acts'' against children and instead painted himself as the victim.
And then, after he had said his piece, a judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday, all but ensuring the 68-year-old Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the child sexual abuse scandal that brought disgrace to Penn State and triggered the downfall of his former boss, football coach Joe Paterno.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.
Though an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds, Goodell ruled he was sticking with his decision to suspend Vilma for the season and Smith for four games.
Hargrove, a free agent defensive lineman, will face a two-game suspension once he signs with a team. He originally was hit with eight games, but that was reduced to seven with five games already served. Fujita, who plays for Cleveland, will now miss only one game instead of three.
The responses of Vilma, Smith and the NFL Players Association left little doubt that the seven-month-old bounty saga is far from over.
Alex Karras was recently released from a California hospital after having kidney failure so he could spend his final days with family.
``He may be dying of kidney failure because now his body is catching up to the deterioration of his mind,'' Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney in a lawsuit against the NFL, told The Associated Press.
The 77-year-old former defensive tackle and actor, who was born and raised in Gary, Ind., has been surrounded by his wife and kids at his home in Los Angeles.
HOUSTON (AP) - Linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament, leaving the unbeaten Houston Texans without their top tackler and one of their emotional leaders.
Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson. Cushing walked off the field on his own, but didn't return.
The Texans (5-0) play Green Bay (2-3) in Houston on Sunday night. The loss of Cushing is worrisome for Houston, which ran into a rash of injuries to some of its top players in 2011, including Andre Johnson (hamstring), Matt Schaub (Lisfranc fracture) and outside linebacker Mario Williams (torn chest muscle).
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Sanchez is staying put as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.
Despite struggling again in a 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans, Sanchez is still Rex Ryan's guy - despite many fans and media suggesting a switch to Tim Tebow could help the Jets (2-3) get back on track.
``Yeah, no question,'' the Jets coach said without hesitation when asked if Sanchez remains the team's starter.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - After two injury-plagued seasons, running back Kevin Faulk retired after 13 years with the New England Patriots.
The team's career leader in all-purpose yards formally announced his retirement at the team's Hall of Fame.
Drafted out of LSU in the second round in 1999, Faulk was part of all three New England championship teams.
His 12,349 all-purpose yards, 5,041 return yards and 4,098 kick return yards are team records. He also rushed for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 431 passes for 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns.
NEW YORK (AP) - A man suspected of slashing a 25-year-old youth soccer coach to death and slicing off his ear last weekend on a New York City street fled to Mexico City, a law enforcement official said.
Orlando Orea, also known as Orlando Gutierrez or Orlando Estevas, bought a one-way ticket on an Aero Mexico flight with cash moments before it was scheduled to leave from Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday morning, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Detectives discovered Orea's name at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and immediately placed him on a no-fly list, but he was already gone, the official said. Orea, 32, is suspected of killing Michael Jones at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after the two men were seen together, possibly arguing, on 14th Street in Union Square, one of Manhattan's busiest neighborhoods, the official said.
MIAMI (AP) - Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. national team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee.
U.S. Soccer said that Donovan - who has more goals, assists and starts than any player in program history - will likely not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the past eight months.
HOUSTON (AP) - The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men's basketball teams from the postseason, saying it came close to levying the so-called ``death penalty'' against the school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions on its own.
BELEK, Turkey (AP) - The anticipated matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on Wednesday may not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals.
McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by six shots and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by one shot on Tuesday in the $5.2 million event at the Sultan course in Antalya.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With U.S. anti-doping officials set to issue their report on the Lance Armstrong case, a lawyer for the cyclist again criticized the process that led to Armstrong being banned from the sport for life.
In a five-page letter to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said the agency should send the International Cycling Union its entire evidence file in the Armstrong case, not just a limited report packaged to support the sanctions.
USADA officials have said they expect to send their ``reasoned decision'' report to UCI this week.
SHANGHAI (AP) - John Isner reached the third round of the Shanghai Masters by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (3), 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7).
Rafael Nadal says he has been encouraged recently about his recovery from a left knee injury and hopes to soon resume practice.
Nadal didn't rule out playing next month in the ATP World Tour Finals or Davis Cup finals, but added that returning that quickly would be difficult.
LINZ, Austria (AP) - American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Generali Ladies.
OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Zheng Jie of China advanced to the second round of the Japan Open with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Maria Jose Martina Sanchez of Spain.
DETROIT (AP) - Budd Lynch, a veteran radio broadcaster who spent more than 60 years working for the Detroit Red Wings and became the team's public voice, died. He was 95.
Lynch, the hockey club's public address announcer, died following a brief illness at a Detroit-area rehabilitation center, the team said in a release. At 63 years, Lynch was the longest-tenured employee in team history.
DETROIT (AP) - Donnie Butcher, who played five seasons in the NBA and later coached the Detroit Pistons, died. He was 76.