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Sports briefs for Sept. 4, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

New suit alleges sex abuse against former Penn State coach

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — An 18-year-old youth who says he was molested several times about six years ago by now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the former Penn State assistant football coach.

The plaintiff, identified only as D.F, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus punitive damages, from Sandusky, his former charity and Pennsylvania State University, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 26 in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, but became known only Wednesday.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 sexual offenses in the 2012 trial and is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison. His current lawyer, Alexander Lindsay, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Concussions decreased in NFL last season

A day after the NFL said the number of concussions suffered by players in 2013 had decreased, commissioner Roger Goodell declared the “game is safer and better than it ever has been.”

Goodell appeared Thursday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” and touted the league’s recent efforts to address head injuries.

“I think the players have adjusted,” Goodell said. “The coaches have adjusted. The game has adjusted. And the game is better for it.”

On Wednesday, the league made public it Player Health and Safety report, which said concussions were down 13 percent from the previous year. Concussions that occurred from helmet-to-helmet contact were down 23 percent, the league said.

Bosch expected to plead guilty for selling steroids

Former Biogenesis of America clinic owner Anthony Bosch will plead guilty to selling performance-enhancing drugs to major league players when he is back in a federal court on Oct. 16.

Bosch’ attorney, Guy Lewis, told a U.S. District Court judge that his client will continue to cooperate with the probe that involves suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has not been charged.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday Lewis said he “reached a negotiated resolution with the government, and that Tony will continue to cooperate fully.”

On Aug. 5, Bosch turned himself in to authorities, and he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. He could receive 10 years in prison.

Manziel files Johnny Cleveland trademark

First there was Johnny Football. Soon, there will be Johnny Cleveland.

The Browns rookie quarterback has filed the name Johnny Cleveland with the intention of using it on sports apparel, according to records with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

The filing comes on the heels of two others who attempted to file the name but were denied on the basis that the name is tied to Manziel, who had not given his approval, ESPN reported.

Johnny Cleveland is the 10th trademark filed by the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s company.


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