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."

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are the latest NFL players to be arrested in what has been a busy offseason. There have been at least 25 arrests in the past six months.

Bryant was arrested Monday by police in DeSoto, Texas, after a domestic incident Saturday. According to an ESPN report, Bryant got into an argument with his half-brother and pushed his mother. Police paid a visit then but did not decide to make an arrest until Monday.

With reports leaking out from New York that the Knicks might change course and let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony called Lin's renegotiated offer from Houston -- which includes a $14.9 million salary in the third year of the three-year deal -- "ridiculous."

So often in the first half, as the Red Sox were putting up a so-so performance on their way to a 43-43 mark, people would ask me, "Trags, what do you think of Bobby Valentine?" or "What is the clubhouse like with Bobby V in



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Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson, who was asked by the team to stay out of sight after his comments in a Sports Illustrated story disparaging a number of former and current major leaguers (including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice), is expected to return soon following an apology he released Thursday.

"Nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity." 

Freeh Report, July 12, 2012

Anyone still want to stand up for Joe Paterno?

OK, we see you, Matt Millen. Anyone else?



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