Former Patriots defensive back and assistant coach Corwin Brown, charged with striking his wife and holding her hostage with a handgun last summer, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday in South Bend, Ind. In the incident, Brown shot himself in the stomach after releasing his wife.

During Tuesday's Indians-Yankees game in New York, Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise reached into the stands in an attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Jack Hannahan. The ball bounced off Wise's glove and into the stands, but the umpire on the scene, Mike DiMuro, thought it was a catch and called the batter out without checking to see if Wise still had the ball.

The fan who retrieved the ball, Vinnie Pellegrino, held it up but then quickly realized what was happening, so he and his friend, Sal Azzariti, quietly handed off the ball to a 7-year-old seated nearby.

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire apologized Tuesday after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for using a homosexual slur in a tweet to a fan who had criticized him.

"I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people," Stoudemire said in a statement. "I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse."

Barack Obama usually gets a warm reception in Democrat-heavy Massachusetts, but on Monday he found out that tweaking Red Sox fans is not the way to go. Obama, speaking at a Symphony Hall fundraiser, was booed for thanking Boston for sending Kevin Youkilis to the president's favorite team, the White Sox.

"I guess I should not have brought up baseball," he said after the strong reaction. "I understand. My mistake, my mistake. You've got to know your crowd."

At Saturday night's U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., there was an unprecedented tie for third place in the women's 100 meters between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. Tarmoh initially was declared the third-place finisher by a thousandth of a second, but later it was determined that there was a tie.

"Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today's verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families."

 -- Statement from Paterno family following conviction of Jerry Sandusky



Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of molesting 10 boys over 15 years. The jury, which had deliberated for just over 20 hours, found Sandusky guilty in 45 of the 48 counts in his child sexual abuse case.

After the verdict was read, Sandusky was taken to county jail to await sentencing in about three months. During the trial, Sandusky never took the stand in his own defense.

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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, joining Dennis & Callahan in studio for 90 minutes Friday morning, said he is "tapped out" financially following the demise of his video game company.

Schilling said he invested "just north of $50 million" of his own money and lost it all. "I'm tapped out," he insisted.

Spurs guard Tony Parker on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a New York City nightclub for $20 million after he received a scratched retina during a fight involving singer Chris Brown and hip-hop star Drake. The dispute apparently centered around the singer Rihanna, who both men have dated. Parker accused the W.i.P. club in SoHo of being negligent in security and supervision for allowing the fight to happen.

LeBron James might have won over some fans for fighting through leg cramps in the final minutes to help the Heat defeat the Thunder in Tuesday night's Game 4 of the NBA finals, but some hockey players were not impressed.

Tweeted Ducks center Nick Bonino: We get it Lebron, it doesn’t hurt when you’re running around but it looks unbearable when the cameras are close up during the timeouts.

Added Capitals minor leaguer Ryan Potulny: Lebron James is embarrassing himself and the NBA or actually all athletes.