NCAA modifies sanctions against Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The NCAA will restore the scholarships Penn State lost in the crushing sanctions imposed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, as the organization recognizes that that university has pushed ahead with "significant momentum" to make sweeping changes to the way it runs.
Penn State's football team will see five scholarships added back each year starting in 2014-15, with the full complement of 85 scholarships set for 2016-17, NCAA officials said Tuesday in announcing the modification to the sanctions. As unprecedented as the crippling sanctions were when they were imposed on Penn State, the easing up is perhaps just as unprecedented, as the NCAA has never reduced a penalty.
SAN FRANCISCO — A teenage football fan suffered a concussion and a broken arm and nose at Candlestick Park after police say he was attacked during the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http:bit.ly/1fezVHs ) that a 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of beating the 15-year-old boy for urinating in the man's car.
Reports of other assaults at the game were also logged with stadium security.
AP Source: Pacers, George agree to new contract
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana star forward Paul George agreed Tuesday to a long-term contract with the Pacers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it won't be officially announced until today. Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap.
George's rookie deal was set to expire after next season and the 23-year-old All-Star almost certainly would have been one of most attractive players on the free-agent market.
Williams reaches third round at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO — Venus Williams upset top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open.
In her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, Williams took advantage of six-double faults by Azarenka at Ariake Colosseum.
Williams next faces No. 13-seeded Simona Halep, who defeated Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (4), 6-3.
In other second-round matches, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6 (5), 6-0. Fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3.
Compiled from wire reports