Sports briefs: Penn State settles 26 abuse cases
college football • Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.
Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients.
The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.
Vonn sticks with comeback plan
skiing • Lindsey Vonn was tempted to speed up her return from knee surgery to rediscover the rush of racing she misses so badly. Instead, she made what she calls a "wise" decision. The Olympic downhill champion skipped last Saturday's season-opening race in Austria.
She will stick with her original plan to come back at home at the event in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
After training in Chile in August went better than expected, Vonn flirted with the idea of coming back for the giant slalom in Soelden. She decided last week to wait. Her right knee felt great in training. But she could tell her body just wasn't quite ready to race.
"My timing is a little bit off," Vonn told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. "If I get into trouble, if I make a mistake on the course, I revert to bad habits. I'm not as technically sound as I need to be. That just takes time on the snow."
Every decision centers on making sure she's healthy and in top form for this winter's Sochi Olympics. The four-time overall World Cup winner shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming last February.
Cilic wins in return from doping ban
tennis • In his first match since returning from a four-month ban following a failed doping test, Marin Cilic beat Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Paris Masters. Cilic tested positive for a banned stimulant in May, but claimed he ingested it inadvertently through a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.
The Associated Press