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Penn State approves $60M settlement to Sandusky victims

Penn State’s board of trustees has authorized the university to spend about $60 million to settle many of the roughly 30 outstanding claims by victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case, according to two people familiar with the matter. The settlements, of which there are about 25, vary in size and could be completed within the next month, the two people said.

The settlements would come more than a year after Sandusky was found guilty in June 2012 of 45 counts of abuse. Sandusky, a former top assistant to the late Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

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Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference champion. In the preseason poll, the Crimson Tide received 182 first-place votes out of a possible 243. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division and was the second leading vote-getter with 38, while South Carolina received 18.


Delle Donne leads voting

Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne became the first rookie to lead the league’s All-Star voting when the starters were announced Thursday.

Delle Donne received 35,646 votes, nearly 2,000 more than Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker. Delle Donne will be joined on the Eastern Conference squad by teammate Epiphanny Prince.

The other Eastern Conference starters are New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, who will be playing in her eighth All-Star Game.

Parker will be playing in her first All-Star Game. She will be joined in the starting lineup for the West by Phoenix teammates Diana Taurasi and rookie Brittney Griner, and Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus.

In games Thursday night, Taurasi scored 32 points as Phoenix snapped the Los Angeles Sparks’ 19-game regular-season home winning streak, 90-84. Delle Donne scored 23 points as Chicago routed the host New York Liberty 75-55 in a matinee game.


Serena leads U.S. Open field

Top-ranked Serena Williams and her sister Venus are among five past champions getting direct entry into the U.S. Open women’s main draw. They’re also two of 10 Americans in the provisional field, the most of any country.

In Bastad, Serena Williams cruised into the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open by beating Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-3.

Federer prevails

Top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland cruised past Czech qualifier Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-3 to reach the German Tennis Championships quarterfinals in Hamburg.


New Zealand reaches 50 mph

Emirates Team New Zealand has established a top speed for America’s Cup 72-foot catamarans, hitting 44.15 knots, or 50.8 mph, on San Francisco Bay. The Kiwis set the mark on the first reaching leg as they sailed alone around the course to collect another point in the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers. The scheduled opponent, Artemis Racing, has yet to race as it works to get its second boat launched after the fatal capsize of its first boat May 9.


Summerhays shoots 63

Daniel Summerhays rebounded from a disappointing finish last week in Illinois, firing a 9-under 63 to open a three-stroke lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss. Will Claxton, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Randolph shot 66.

Jeff Gove of Seattle was even par through four holes. Andres Gonzales of Olympia shot a 73.

Alison Walshe shot a 6-under 65, her best score in her four years on the LPGA Tour, to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Paula Creamer (66) and top-ranked Inbee Park (67) were among those hovering near the lead.

Washington resident Wendy Ward shot a 69. Former Husky Paige Mackenzie had a 74.


• Six current college football players were added as plaintiffs to a high-profile antitrust lawsuit that claims the NCAA owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used without compensation. The players are: Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham; Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson; linebacker Jake Fischer and kicker Jake Smith from Arizona; and tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise of Minnesota.

• Oklahoma State was picked as the favorite to win the Big 12 football title in a preseason media poll. Oklahoma was picked second and Texas Christian third.

• The Sun Bowl Association reached a six-year extension with the ACC. The association recently announced a similar six-year extension with the Pac-12.

Danny Garcia will defend his unified light welterweight world titles against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

• The Los Angeles Kings agreed to an eight-year, $47 million contract extension with right wing and team captain Dustin Brown.

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