Penn State board backs president

Published: Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C

Penn State trustees took no formal vote, but the vast majority of members voiced support Sunday for the university president's acceptance of tough penalties imposed by the NCAA over the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

Board chairwoman Karen Peetz told fellow trustees during a conference call that the panel could not vote because 10 days' notice of the meeting was required, an objection two members raised at the outset of the call.

But more than two dozen members of the 32-member board then voiced support for president Rodney Erickson's decision and a desire to move forward, although many criticized the NCAA sanctions themselves.

Erickson told trustees he was told an overwhelming majority of NCAA officials "wanted blood" and the consent decree was "a take-it-or-leave-it proposition" – and any leak of details would take the deal off the table.

After consulting with the university's executive committee and receiving legal advice that he had the power to do so, he signed the agreement, he said.

• Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, making his first public appearance since he was assaulted Aug. 1 near campus, said he didn't have anything to do with a fight before he was attacked.

"I had nothing to do with it at all, but with the police investigation still going on, there's not much I can say," said Ball, a Heisman Trophy candidate. "But I can 100 percent tell you that I had nothing to do with that first fight, honestly."

Ball, who sustained a concussion, will be limited to noncontact drills in practice for at least the next week.

Djokovic bounces back from Olympic letdown

• Novak Djokovic won his second straight Rogers Cup title and third overall, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in Toronto.

Djokovic was coming off a fourth-place finish at the Olympics.

"The losses I had in the Olympic Games gave me even more desire to come here and perform my best and try to win a title," he said. "I truly did not expect to win this tournament after the emotional losses in the Olympics.

"I really took it hard and tried to bounce back and recover. And I've done great, I have to say."

• Petra Kvitova, seeking her first title in North America, reached today's final of the women's Rogers Cup in Montreal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Caroline Wozniacki. Kvitova faces Li Na, who won the final six games to beat Lucie Safarova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Swiss wins Tour of Utah; Leipheimer takes stage

Swiss cyclist Johan Tschopp won the Tour of Utah, placing fourth in the mountainous sixth and final stage, which was won by Levi Leipheimer.

Tschopp finished 43 seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Busche, one of six U.S. riders in the top 10.

Leipheimer survived the rugged climb through the Wasatch Mountains to complete the 76.8-mile loop in Park City in 3 hours, 6 minutes, 54 seconds. He finished sixth overall, 1:08 behind.

The stage victory culminated Leipheimer's comeback from an accident in April, when he broke his leg after being hit by a car.

– Associated Press

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