Jerry Sandusky spoke with Bob Costas in a telephone interview on NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday night. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children.

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Costas. 

Costas asked if that meant he was "completely innocent" of all charges.

Rex Ryan was caught on video shouting an obscenity at a Patriots fan who was taunting the Jets coach after Sunday night's game at MetLife Stadium. After the Jets' 37-16 loss, the fan yelled, "Hey, Rex, [Bill] Belichick is better than you." Responded Ryan: "Shut the [expletive] up."

On Monday, Ryan apologized. An NFL spokesman said the league is looking at the situation, and there is speculation that Ryan will face a fine.

A week after troubled former baseball player Lenny Dykstra pulled out of a boxing match against Jose Canseco (and then fired off a bunch of anti-semitic tweets), former Celtic Shaquille O'Neal indicated he wants to take's Dykstra's spot. Tweeted Shaq at UFC boss Dana White: What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up. There was no immediate response from White or Canseco.

Forget Chad Ochocinco.



Former NHL star Theo Fleury, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Canadian junior hockey coach when he was a teenager, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss his recovery and offer some insight into how the alleged victims of the Penn State situation are feeling.

Fleury is now a motivational speaker and author of the 2009 autobiography "Playing with Fire," in which he made public the abuse he faced by Graham James, who served time in prison for abusing other players.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in a Qualcomm Stadium parking lot at Thursday night's Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, according to an Associated Press report. The victim, who was not cooperating with police, was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. It's the second violent incident after a Raiders road game this season, following the shooting of a 24-year-old man after a preseason game between the Raiders and 49ers in San Francisco.

In the end, all Joe Paterno cared about was Joe Paterno.



The Sporting News conducted a poll of 111 players from 31 teams and asked which player is the most overrated. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ranked first with 21 votes, edging out Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had 21.

Said one NFC defensive player: "Tim Tebow. I think it’s more media-driven. I think based on what people say about him, he should be doing some unbelievable things."

I don’t want to hear about the peripheral damage to student-athletes. I don’t want to hear about the millions of dollars lost in revenues to academia. I don’t want to hear about TV contracts and the integrity of the schedule. And I don’t want to hear about due process.



According to an Associated Press report, Joe Paterno said he will retire as Penn State coach at the end of the season, his 46th leading the team. Paterno, who last week recorded his 409th career victory, the most ever in NCAA Division 1 history, has come under fire for his failure to be more aggressive in reporting alleged child molestation accusations by a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

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