Foxcroft-Mattanawcook football time changed

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 9:24 p.m.

Saturday’s exhibition football game between Foxcroft Academy and Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln has been pushed up to 4 p.m.

Mattanawcook Academy athletic director Rick Meyers explained there is an issue with their lights in Lincoln that apparently was caused during the installation of the new scoreboard.

Mets’ Santana not expected to pitch again in 2012

NEW YORK — Johan Santana is done for the year, and to say he had an up-and-down season would be an understatement of Cy Young proportions.

Explaining that their ace is worn out from two years of rehabilitation and maintenance, the New York Mets placed Santana on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with inflammation in his lower back and said he is not expected to pitch again in 2012.

Doctors recommended rest, but not surgery.

The 33-year-old Santana missed last season following major shoulder surgery in September 2010. He got off to a strong start this year and pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history June 1 against St. Louis. But he threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game and is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA since.

Ex-Penn State president disputes sex abuse report

PHILADELPHIA — Ousted Penn State president Graham Spanier and his lawyers attacked a university-backed report on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal on Wednesday, calling it a “blundering and indefensible indictment” as they fired a pre-emptive strike while waiting to hear if he’ll be charged in the case.

Lawyer Timothy Lewis called Louis Freeh, the former FBI director and federal judge behind the report, a “biased investigator” who piled speculation on top of innuendo to accuse Spanier in a cover-up of early abuse complaints.

“The Freeh report, as it pertains to Dr. Spanier, is a myth. And that myth … ends today,” Lewis said at a downtown Philadelphia news conference.

Spanier did not attend. But he told media outlets in stories published hours later that he never understood the early complaints about Sandusky, who this year was convicted of molesting 10 boys, to be sexual.

Kromer will be Saints’ interim head coach

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as the interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation.

Vitt has been overseeing head coaching duties since Sean Payton’s full season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints held off until Wednesday on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead of the coaching staff when Vitt had to step aside in Week 1.

The 45-year-old Kromer is in his fifth season with the Saints and also serves as running game coordinator.

The move allows offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. to maintain his focus exclusively on designing and calling plays for Drew Brees and the Saints’ record-setting offense.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was a head coach the past three seasons in St. Louis, was another option, but he is in his first season in New Orleans and trying to help the Saints adjust to his scheme.

Court: Ex-NFL punter eligible for workers comp

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Longtime-NFL punter Tom Tupa is eligible for workers compensation for a career-ending back injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game in 2005 at FedEx Field while playing for the Washington Redskins, Maryland’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

The court rejected the idea that football injuries should not be considered accidental because of the rough nature of the sport.

Tupa’s injury happened “out of and in the course of (his) employment,” the Maryland Court of Appeals said in its 16-page opinion.

The team and insurers argued that Tupa’s injury was not an accidental personal injury within the meaning of Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.

The 46-year-old Tupa played 18 seasons in the NFL for seven teams from 1988 to 2005. He never played again after the injury, which happened in Landover, Md.

Minn. St.-Mankato football coach faces porn case

MANKATO, Minn. — The head football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, was charged Wednesday with two counts related to child pornography after authorities said they found nude images of children on his cellphone.

Todd Hoffner, 46, of Eagle Lake, was charged with one count of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work, and one count of possessing child pornography. Both are felonies.

Police began investigating last week after a university official went to them with three videos of children that were said to be on Hoffner’s work-issued cellphone, according to the complaint filed in the case.

Hoffner is on leave and a university investigation is pending. In five seasons, he has led the team to a 34-13 record.

NFL, insurers clash over concussion-suit defense

NEW YORK — A fight is brewing between the NFL and insurers over who will pay to defend the league against former players’ lawsuits over head injuries, with the league and carriers now squaring off in cases on each coast.

Some Travelers Companies Inc. subsidiaries filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York, where Alterra America Insurance Co. filed its own suit last week. Meanwhile, the league sued a list of insurers last week in Los Angeles.

The NFL’s suit aims “to ensure an orderly and comprehensive determination of its insurance rights and its carriers’ obligations,” the league said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the Travelers suit “does not alter our objectives.”

Lawsuits involving more than 2,400 retired players accuse the NFL of failing to act on medical evidence showing that repeated hits to the head can cause permanent brain injuries and other long-term health problems. The NFL denies the allegations and says it has made safety a priority.

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