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Sports briefs: Penn St. reaches deal with 7 victims in Sandusky suit

Published August 24, 2013 8:27 pm

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College football • Seven men, including Jerry Sandusky's adopted son and a Sandusky victim key to longtime coach Joe Paterno's firing, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, their lawyer says.

Settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky, the young man known as Victim 2 in court records and three other victims who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial, Philadelphia attorney Matt Casey said Friday.

Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family.

Victim 2 has said he was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a team shower in 2001. McQueary notified Paterno and school officials at the time, but police were never called, an omission that eventually led to Paterno's firing.

Sandusky was convicted in June 2010 of 45 counts, found guilty of raping or fondling boys he had met through the acclaimed youth charity he founded, The Second Mile.

Casey did not disclose the terms of the settlements but said they took shape some time ago and were completed a week ago.

"To say they're relieved, I think, is a fair statement," Casey said. "But it's also accurate to say that while we've closed this chapter, there's a whole lot of this that's necessarily inadequate. And that can't be helped, because of how ... really unspeakable this experience has been and continues to be for them."

The university has not announced the deals.

California wins in rout to advance to finals

Little League Baseball • Nick Mora allowed just two hits and smacked a three-run homer for Chula Vista, Calif., which routed Westport, Conn., 12-1 on Saturday in the U.S. title game and advanced to the championship of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

California will play Japan for the World Series title on Sunday. Japan beat Mexico 3-2 earlier Saturday on Takuma Gomi's leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning.

California took a 6-1 lead in the first two innings, scoring three times in the first with the help of three Connecticut errors and getting three more on Mora's long home run.

The West champions added six more runs in the sixth on a passed ball, a wild pitch, an error, an RBI single by Mora, and a two-run double by Michael Gaines.

Chula Vista's victory came 50 years to the day that California defeated Connecticut 2-1 for the 1963 Little League World Series title.

Halep upsets defending champ

Tennis • Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week's U.S. Open.

The 21-year-old Romanian broke the 2011 Wimbledon champion in four consecutive service games. The first break gave her a 3-2 lead in the first set. The fourth put her up 3-0 in the second as she took control of the match.

From wire reports