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‘It’s raining stuffed animals’: 45,000 teddy bears tossed on ice in hockey game – video report

More than 45,000 teddy bears were tossed on to the ice at a minor league hockey game in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The annual Teddy Bear Toss event happens once the Hershey Bears score their first goal of the new season. The stuffed animals are then collec…

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Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’

County secretary in Pennsylvania apologizes for post on Facebook, where she said ‘ignorant blacks’ should ‘go to Africa’A central Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons” has r…

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Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’

County secretary in Pennsylvania apologizes for post on Facebook, where she said ‘ignorant blacks’ should ‘go to Africa’A central Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons” has r…

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‘These are the white stairs’: the enduring insults of golfing while black

Last weekend police were called after a group of black female golfers were accused of slow play. Unfortunately, the incident came as little surpriseYou don’t need to wait too long to be reminded how slow golf has been to evolve in America. The latest i…

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Pennsylvania golf club apologizes for calling police on black female members

Club reported women for playing too slowlyPolice ‘called for an issue that did not warrant charges’A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slow…

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Philadelphia finally has licence to party as Eagles bring Super Bowl trophy home

The victory parade ended decades of debate about the city’s underachieving teams – and offered real heroes to displace RockyGrowing up in Philadelphia is like growing up with an uncle who cannot stop talking about sports – locker-room drama, statistics…

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Pittsburgh Penguins fan stabbed in head refuses treatment until end of game

  • Police responded to report of stabbing at auto detail shop on Wednesday
  • 43-year-old victim was found bleeding from scalp but declined treatment
  • Victim waited until end of game then drove himself to UPMC Mercy hospital

A Pittsburgh man stabbed in the head with a screwdriver during the Penguins’ playoff opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night refused medical attention until the game was over, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the City of Steel Auto Detail shop in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood at 9.12pm local time on Wednesday, where they found the 43-year-old victim bleeding from the scalp, a Pittsburgh police spokesperson told the Guardian.

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Pennsylvania woman gets jail time for threats to youth football officials

Kimberly Ross, 35, faces six to 23 months in jail for role in letters to officialsRoss and co-worker Joseph V Loughner were upset with league rule changesA Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to two years in jail for her part in making threats …

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Penn State marks Joe Paterno milestone amid criticism over sex abuse scandal

Stadium displays video featuring highlights of former coach’s career on 50th anniversary of his first game as head coach, while fans pay tribute on campus

Penn State paid tribute on Saturday to Joe Paterno, on the 50th anniversary of his first game as football head coach and despite criticism that such ceremonies are insensitive to victims in the university’s sex abuse scandal.

Jerry Sandusky, who coached on Paterno’s staff for three decades until 1999, was convicted in June 2012 on 45 of 48 charges and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.

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Alexander Rossi causes three-car crash at Pocono Indycar race – video

Alexander Rossi causes a three-car crash by driving over the top of Hélio Castroneves at the Pocono Raceway IndyCar race in Pennsylvania on Monday, as meanwhile Will Power takes his fourth win in six races. As Rossi pulls out of his pit stall, he clips Charlie Kimball’s car before driving up and over the car of Castroneves. The accident takes place at the same racetrack where British driver Justin Wilson sustained a fatal head injury in 2015

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‘How’s Joe Paterno?’: Trump baffles with question about dead Penn State coach

  • Trump confuses crowd with question about deceased football coach
  • Paterno died in 2012 in wake of sex abuse scandal involving assistant
  • Spokesman says Trump was referring to a removed statue of Paterno

Donald Trump was showing off his knowledge of all things Pennsylvania during a Pittsburgh rally Wednesday night when he asked a baffling question – about Penn State’s famed football coach.

“How’s Joe Paterno?” Trump asked supporters. “Are we gonna bring that back? Right? … How about that whole deal?”

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Wing Bowl tells former pro wrestler to get the cluck out after cheating incident

  • Mick Foley stuffed uneaten chicken wings into fanny pack to pad total
  • Winner of annual eating contest in Philadelphia downs record 444 wings

Professional wrestling star Mick Foley has been ejected from Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl eating contest after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack in an attempt to increase his total.

People following Friday’s event on social media dubbed Foley’s antics “inflate gate”, a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots’ deflated-football controversy.

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Chuck Noll, Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers coach, dies at 82

Noll took Steelers to four Super Bowl wins Success credited with turning round fortunes of cityChuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died on Friday night at his home. He was 82.The All…

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Jerry Sandusky’s wife: my husband is innocent

In her first-ever television interview, Dottie Sandusky told NBC’s Matt Lauer that victims were manipulated and ‘saw money’

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Snow causes travel problems in eastern US with promise of more to come

Up to 8in possible in New York, 10in possible in Maryland as flight delays hit fans flying home from Super Bowl XLVIII

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Pennsylvania court denies Sandusky appeal over sexual abuse charges

Former Penn State assistant coach says judge mishandled jury instructions and his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge superior court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky’s lawyer and a state prosecutor.

Defense lawyer Norris Gelman said he planned to ask the state supreme court to review the case.

Sandusky had argued his trial lawyers did not have sufficient time to prepare, a prosecutor made improper references to him not testifying on his own behalf and the judge mishandled two jury instructions.

The opinion by Judge Jack Panella said trial judges have discretion about whether to allow pretrial delays, and that in Sandusky’s case the judge carefully considered the continuance requests.

“The decision does not reflect a myopic insistence upon expeditiousness in the face of Sandusky’s request; it was not an arbitrary denial,” Panella wrote.

Sandusky had wanted the trial judge, John Cleland, to give jurors an instruction about the amount of time it took for nearly all of the victims to report their allegations. Panella wrote that Cleland should have evaluated the need for such a jury instruction based on each victim’s age and maturity, but Cleland’s failure to do so did not harm Sandusky.

“The trial court specifically instructed the jury that they were to consider any possible motives of the victims in coming forward,” Panella wrote. “The vigorous cross-examination of the victims and arguments by defense counsel, when combined with the trial court’s instructions on credibility, clearly defined the issues for the jury.”

The issue related to Sandusky not testifying was not properly preserved for appeals court review, Panella wrote.

The appeals court also turned down another jury instruction claim, related to weighing a defendant’s good character against the allegations.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. If he does not get the convictions overturned, he is likely to die in prison.

Messages left for a spokesman for the attorney general’s office were not immediately returned.

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NCAA to gradually restore Penn State scholarships lost in sex abuse scandal

Full scholarships to be restored by 2016-17 as former senator George Mitchell welcomes ‘positive response to positive action’

Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced on Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs.

Five scholarships will be restored next year and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 85 in 2016-17, a season earlier than the school had agreed to, the college sports’ governing body said. The NCAA said the unanimous decision by its executive committee was based on the recommendation of the former US senator George Mitchell, who has been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor.

“This action provides an opportunity to recognize Penn State’s significant momentum, while also providing additional opportunities for student-athletes,” said Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA’s Division I board of directors, which endorsed the decision.

The penalties came amid heavy criticism of university leaders’ response to complaints about Sandusky. Penn State and the NCAA agreed to the penalties by entering into a consent decree more than a year ago, shortly after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. They also require the school to pay a $60m fine and serve a four-year ban on postseason play. The NCAA also eliminated 112 wins by the football program.

The Penn State president, Rodney Erickson, called the restoration of scholarships particularly welcome news for student-athletes who want to attend Penn State. “As we promised throughout this process, we are committed to improving all our policies, procedures and actions,” he said.

The NCAA said it also may reduce the postseason-play ban, depending on the university’s future progress. Mitchell said it was premature to say which other sanctions might be changed.

“This was a positive response to positive action, and as to the future, we’ll have to make judgments in the future,” Mitchell told reporters. He said the decision was particularly warranted by the actions of Erickson and other university leaders “in the face of considerable opposition within the Penn State community”.

“Over time, their actions led to a circumstance where it became clear to me that their response was positive in the face of difficult circumstances,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he recommended the restoration of scholarships, but the specific elements were decided by the NCAA and Big Ten Conference. “It is the mechanism most directly targeted to students, student-athletes,” he said. “I felt it was an appropriate place to provide the relief.”

Earlier this month, Mitchell issued a report on the first year of his service as monitor, crediting Penn State for notable progress that included implementation of 119 recommendations made last summer by the former FBI director Louis Freeh, who directed the school’s investigation into the scandal.

The family of former coach Joe Paterno issued a statement, calling the decision welcome news. Paterno died from lung cancer in January 2012, weeks after the arrest of Sandusky on abuse charges and two administrators on allegations of a criminal cover-up. A lawsuit by his surviving family members and others against the NCAA is pending in county court near State College.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, including incidents inside Penn State athletics facilities. A state appeals court recently heard oral argument in his quest for a new trial.

The Nittany Lions are 3-1 and do not play this week. In response to the NCAA announcement, coach Bill O’Brien said his staff was pleased for the players, who, he said, have “proven themselves to be a resilient group of young men who are able to look ahead, focus and overcome adversity”.

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Former Penn State president charged in Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case

Graham Spanier charged with participating in a ‘conspiracy of silence’ to cover up football coach’s abuse of boysA grand jury has charged former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier with participating in a “conspiracy of silence” to c…