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Sandusky son talks of father’s bedtime ‘ritual’
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky said he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home – except when it came time to go to bed.
The Oprah Winfrey Network yesterday released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father.
Matt Sandusky tells Winfrey that his father had a bedtime “ritual.” The full interview airs tonight at 9.
The network said Sandusky also described grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his father.
Jerry Sandusky is a former Penn State assistant football coach now imprisoned for molesting 10 other boys. Matt Sandusky is one of six children adopted by Jerry Sandusky and his wife.
Source: Stephenson leaves Pacers for Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Controversial free-agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person said Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a press conference tomorrow.
Stephenson wrote on Twitter: “Indy, I had a great 4 years. Thank you Larry Bird, the fans, my coaches and teammates for the incredible experience. I will never forget any of you! I now have to look to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a player and as a person in Charlotte! I’m excited to play for this franchise and the fans!! #buzzcity.”
Stephenson is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He led the league with five triple-doubles.
The outspoken and emotional Stephenson had 14 technical fouls last season.
Warriors, Rush agree to two-year deal
OAKLAND, Calif. – Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors agreed to a two-year contract.
Agent Mark Bartelstein said Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal.
Rush was Golden State’s top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala.
Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury. He has averaged 8.3 and 3.3 rebounds in six seasons.
Source: Cavs, Jones agree on minimum deal
LeBron James won’t be the only player moving from Miami to Cleveland next season.
A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining James with the Cavaliers. Jones and the Cavaliers agreed to terms on a veteran minimum deal for $1.4 million yesterday. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
Jones spent the past six of his 11 NBA seasons in Miami. Last year Jones shot a career-high 46 percent on 3-pointers, but only appeared in 20 games.
He joins Mike Miller, who agreed to a two-year deal on Tuesday, as former James teammates that are following him to Cleveland.
Royals acquire RHP Frasor from Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Kansas City Royals acquired veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.
The trade was made yesterday, the same day Patton was scheduled to participate in the Triple-A All-Star game. The Rangers will assign him to Triple-A Round Rock.
Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. He spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.
Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season. He has 60 strikeouts in 46.1 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.
Cowboys release backup QB Orton
IRVING, Texas – Quarterback Kyle Orton was released yesterday by the Dallas Cowboys, an expected move after Tony Romo’s backup was a no-show during offseason workouts.
Orton skipped the workouts amid reports that he was considering retirement. He was subjected to about $70,000 in fines for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June.
By releasing Orton, the Cowboys save his $3.25 million base salary this season. But he will count about $1.1 million to their salary cap this season and about $2.2 million to next year’s cap.
The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week with Brandon Weeden as the backup quarterback and Caleb Hanie also on the roster.
Wozniacki advances to Istanbul Cup quarters
ISTANBUL – Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Karin Knapp of Italy, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Cup yesterday.
Kristina Mladenovic of France upset third-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-3, in the second round, while seventh-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia was ousted by Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-4, at the Koza World of Sport Complex.
The hardcourt Istanbul Cup has rejoined the WTA calendar after a three-year break during which time the Turkish city hosted the WTA finals.
Kontaveit out of Swedish Open
BASTAD, Sweden – Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit is out of the Swedish Open, a day after beating top-seeded Alize Cornet.
Kontaveit lost to Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-3, yesterday in the second round.
Lara Arruabarrena of Spain beat sixth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), at Bastad Tennis Stadium, and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa defeated Germany’s Laura Siegemund, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Two seeded players went out of first-round matches yesterday. Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada beat third-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Julia Goerges of Germany ousted seventh-seeded Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain, 6-2, 6-0.