Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison yesterday on 45 counts of child molestation. At the age of 68, the sentence is practically a life sentence. Many around the Penn State community have been looking forward to the sentencing hoping take another step towards normalcy. More here.
The San Francisco Giants had their backs against the wall last night as they headed to Cincinnati trailing 2-0. Already trailing 1-0 on a Jay Bruce single in the first, the Giants manufactured a run in the third. After Gregor Blanco was hit by a pitch, a walk, and a sacrifice to get him to third, Angel Pagan got him home on a sacrifice fly. The Giants tied the game at 1 despite having no hits. Thru nine innings, the only hit the Giants recorded was a Marco Scutaro single in the sixth that did no damage. The game went into extras when the Giants had runners on second and third with two outs. Joaquin Arias hit a chopper to third baseman Scott Rolen, who bobbled the ball, and got the throw to first a half second late as Arias beat it out and the Giants took a 2-1 lead. Sergio Romo would lock it down in the bottom half of the 10th as the Giants forced a Game 4 this afternoon still trailing in the series 2-1. More here.
The A’s headed home from Detroit trailing 2-0 and on the brink of elimination. Luckily their pitching and defense came to play yesterday. A’s starter Brett Anderson went six innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out six. The defensive play of the game came in the top of the second inning when A’s centerfielder Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder of a homerun with a leaping catch at the wall. Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes drove in the first run in the first inning for the A’s and Seth Smith hit a solo home run in the fifth. The A’s would win 2-0 to force Game 4 today at the Coliseum in Oakland. More here.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down his decision on the appeals of four players involved in the Saints’ “BountyGate.” Linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) had his suspension reduced from three games to one. Defensive end Anthony Hargrove had his suspension reduced from eight to seven games. Current Saints defensive end Will Smith did not get a reduction in his four game suspension. The most vocal of the suspended players, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, has been on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. He had his suspension upheld which means he will be out for the rest of the season. More here.