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October 15, 2012
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October 15, 2012

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Last Friday that he sabotaged Canadian competitor Olivier Jean's skate during the 2011 speedskating world championships, '10 Olympic bronze medalist Simon Cho of the U.S. In what he called "the biggest mistake of [his] life," Cho (above), 21, said that at the request of U.S. national coach Jae Su Chun, he bent one of Jean's blades. Jean had to withdraw from the meet's final event, the 5,000-meter relay. Chun, who was suspended last month while U.S. Speedskating investigates allegations that he abused skaters, has denied those charges as well as Cho's. Jun Hyung Yeo, the interim head coach in Chun's absence, was suspended as well on Friday after investigators found that he and Chun knew of the tampering but did not report it; U.S. Speedskating has not announced a punishment for Cho. The national team will be headed by Pat Wentland and Stephan Gough at the World Cup, which begins on Oct. 19.


By a group of Minnesota legislators, access to Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's medical records, which are held at the Mayo Clinic. The lawmakers hope the information will help determine whether Gehrig (right) indeed died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, or whether head trauma was a factor, and their proposal asks that medical information be available 50 years after a person has died. (State law prohibits the release of medical records unless requested by the person in question or an immediate relative. Gehrig had no children, and his wife, Eleanor, died in 1984.) However, Ann McKee, a doctor at the Boston University center studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy and one of the people to suggest that Gehrig might have suffered from that disease, has said that she does not believe the records will be of use. "It really requires looking at the tissue," she says, "and he was cremated."


By ESPN, that it will carry at least seven Kontinental Hockey League games on ESPN3 this season. (ESPN3 is the network's streaming Internet channel.) The slate will include the KHL All-Star Game. Since the NHL lockout began on Sept. 15, many of the league's stars have signed to play for European teams, including Capitals leftwinger Alex Ovechkin, with Dynamo Moscow; Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, with CSKA Moscow; and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, with Lev Praha.


By former Nittany Lions graduate assistant Mike McQueary, a whistle-blower lawsuit against Penn State. (McQueary witnessed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in a locker-room shower with a young boy in 2001 and reported it to then head coach Joe Paterno.) McQueary, who is seeking more than $4 million in damages, claims that former university president Graham Spanier's statements that he believed and supported then athletic director Tim Curley and then vice president Gary Schultz irreparably harmed McQueary's reputation. He also says that he was the only member of Paterno's staff not invited to interview for his job under new coach Bill O'Brien. McQueary says that his salary last year was $140,000 and that his future earnings would have totaled at least $4 million. The university has declined to comment.


Permission to compete in the men's downhill race on Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta, by four-time women's World Cup overall winner Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. "I'd like to have one chance in my life to race against them," Vonn (above) said. "I'm not asking for World Cup points. I just want the chance to compete." She would forgo the women's races held in Aspen, Colo., at the same time, and might face the possibility of also missing the second women's event, held the following weekend at Lake Louise, because of a rule that prohibits training runs on competition mountains within five days of races. Vonn has offered to skip two of her practice runs before the competition to eliminate her advantage. The U.S. ski team has yet to make a formal request to the International Ski Federation.

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