Kevin Youkilis continues to produce in Chicago, notching an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 victory over the Twins, but he departed the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle. The 33-year-old Youkilis struggled with injuries in Boston, missing a month earlier this season with a back problem, but the White Sox insist he only left the game as a precaution.

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that no players have indicated that they plan to transfer in the wake of the NCAA penalties announced a day earlier, but all the team's sponsors are not demonstrating the same loyalty.

The insurance company State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State broadcasts, and General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal.

"We will not directly support Penn State football this year," State Farm spokesman Dave Phillips said Tuesday. "We just feel it was the best decision."

Former Patriots and Jets running back Curtis Martin, set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, said Monday that he suffered so many head injuries during his playing days that he became "an expert at covering it up."

New Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning called some of the victims of last week's movie theater shooting in suburban Denver, and a few other Broncos visited survivors in the hospital Sunday.

"What we were trying to do was go in there, show support and try to put a smile on these people's faces. But the thing is, they put a smile on our faces," linebacker Joe Mays said. "They had such positive attitudes. They knew they were blessed to live and they knew they were going to have another chance to walk about with their families."

According to a report from Armen Keteyian of CBS Sports, the NCAA on Monday will announce "unprecedented" penalties against Penn State for its role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Penalties are expected to be handed out against both the football program and the university itself. 

"I've never seen anything like it," a source told Keteyian.

Penn State University removed the statue of Joe Paterno from outside its football stadium on Sunday morning. 

The statue was moved by workers into Beaver Stadium as approximately 150 students watched the removal while chanting, "We are Penn State." 

Penn State president Rodney Erickson made the announcement of the removal at 7 a.m on Sunday. 

According to multiple reports, the Penn State Board of Trustees voted Thursday night to remove the school's statue of former football coach Joe Paterno this weekend. Former TV sports personality Bonnie Bernstein tweeted that the school's Board of Trustees voted on a conference call to remove the statue, which has been guarded by students since threats arose about it following the release of the Freeh report that criticized Paterno's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

Jets coach Rex Ryan went public Thursday about his weight loss, saying that he wanted to reach a milestone before commenting. Ryan, who underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2010, said he has lost 106 pounds -- including 50 since the end of last season -- and is down to 242. His waist went from 48 inches to 38.

"I wanted to break that 100-pound barrier before I really said, 'All right, guys, this is what it is,' " said Ryan, who was not paid to have the surgery but has since been hired by the company to talk about his experience.

Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, who was widely criticized for his selfishness and lack of production during the team's late-season collapse in 2011, wants to focus on the positive this year -- and he wants the media to do the same.

Major League Baseball career hits leader Pete Rose is filming a reality show for TLC. The show will focus on the 71-year-old Rose and his fiancee, a model who is about half his age. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show has a working title of "Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project."

"It's not going to be classless," Rose insisted. "It seems like a lot of reality shows aren't really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining and real."