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National sports weekly roundup

National sports weekly roundup

By Clinton Durfey, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Nov. 19, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — This week in sports, Penn State continues to dominate headlines with new information about the sex abuse scandal coming forth daily, while MLB announced the CY Young winners, the NBA maintained its lockout status and BYU looks into joining the Big East, western division.

Penn State

The Penn State scandal continues as new facts are still surfacing. Mike McQueary, once a graduate assistant and now the football team's wide receivers coach, allegedly witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the shower. The Associated press reported that McQueary claims he stopped the assault he wrote in an email, “I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room ... I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police .... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds ... trust me."

The Associated Press later reported that neither the college police or the state police have record of a report being filed by McQueary.

Bob Costas conducted a telephone interview with Sandusky on Monday, Nov. 14, on NBC’s Rock Center. In the Interview Costas asked Sandusky, "Are you a pedophile?" Sandusky replied, “No.”

“I could say that I have done some of those things," Sandusky continued. "I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

Costas later asked, “Is there anything that was wrong and you wish you had not done?” Sandusky replied, “I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

The Associated Press reported that Penn State has hired Ketchum Public Relations and a Pittsburg-based law firm, Reed-Smith.

MLB Cy Young Winners

On a much lighter note, baseball announced the Cy Young winners this week. Unlike past years, the Cy Young winners were no surprise. Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander received unanimous first place votes for the American League. The Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw, also a pitcher, was also expected to win the Cy Young award. Kershaw received 27 of 32 first-place votes.

NBA Lockout

The NBA is still a mess. According to ESPN, the players rejected another deal and more games were canceled through December. The players are still considering decertification of the players union. Decertification would allow the players to pursue a lawsuit, which would be directed at the owners on the grounds of an alleged breach of anit-trust laws.

Tim Tebow

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow continues to prove critics both right and wrong. He's not necessarily the most enjoyable player to watch; his passes are downright painful at times, proving his critics right. However, Tebow continues to win games, proving the his supporters right. He orchestrated another last-minute to drive to give the Broncos a win over the Jets last week, making him 4-1 as a starter.

BYU and the Big East

The Associated Press reported that BYU might be in control of a conference deal that would create a western division in the Big East. The Big East would add BYU, Boise State, Air Force and Houston in order to expand and keep its BCS birth.

Clinton Durfey

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