Sports Log: Penn State sued by Mike McQueary over Jerry Sandusky case

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McQueary files suit vs. Penn State

Former Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who complained he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus in 2001 and testified at his sex abuse trial this summer, sued the university Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pa., for what he says is defamation and misrepresentation. McQueary’s whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation, and embarrassment. It seeks millions of dollars in damages. Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre declined to comment, and McQueary’s lawyer, Elliot Strokoff, did not return a phone message. The lawsuit discloses that shortly after Sandusky was charged, the university’s then-president, Graham Spanier, met with athletic department staff inside the football stadium and expressed his support for athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, who had been charged with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse in the Sandusky case. Spanier also issued a public statement with the same message. McQueary claims that the November meeting with Spanier ‘‘clearly suggest[ed] that [McQueary] was lying in his reports and testimonies that he had reported the sexual misconduct.’’ . . . Ohio State and TCU will play a home-and-home series in 2018-19. Ohio State will make its first trip to Fort Worth on Sept. 15, 2018, with the next game shifting to Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 21, 2019. The teams have played six times — all in Columbus — most recently in 1973 when the Buckeyes won, 37-3 . . . Ohio State sent a tape to the Big Ten office that appears to show a Michigan State player gouging at the eyes of Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins in Saturday’s game.

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BASEBALL Ex-Sox Gathright suspended for PEDs

Former Red Sox outfielder Joey Gathright has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The commissioner’s office issued the penalty for violating the minor league drug program. It will take effect if the 31-year-old free agent signs with a big league organization. Gathright played this year for Triple A Louisville in the Cincinnati system and with Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League. He struck out leading off a game against Roger Clemens in late August . . . Braves righthander Ben Sheets, 34, will retire after Wednesday afternoon’s game in Pittsburgh, according to MLB.com. Sheets has been battling elbow and shoulder problems this season . . . Angels lefthander C.J. Wilson (13-10, 3.83 ERA) will have elbow surgery after the regular season to remove bone spurs . . . Tigers righthander Max Scherzer will miss his start in Wednesday’s regular-season finale in Kansas City after twisting his right ankle during the on-field celebration of Detroit’s AL Central title Monday night. Manager Jim Leyland said Scherzer will be ready for the playoffs . . . The Mariners announced plans to move in the outfield fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season. The biggest change will come in the left-center field alley, where the fence will move in as much as 17 feet . . . Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that lefthander Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89 ERA) and righthander Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 2.94) will pitch Games 1 and 2 of the National League playoffs. He will wait to decide whether to use righthander Edwin Jackson or lefthander Ross Detwiler in Game 3.

SOCCER

Celtic, Barcelona get Champions wins

Georgios Samaras scored in the 90th minute to give visiting Celtic a 3-2 win at 10-man Spartak Moscow in the group stage of the Champions League. The striker leaped above a defender to head a cross into the net from left back Emilio Izaguirre, giving the Scottish club four points in Group G after two matches. In other matches, Lionel Messi set up goals by Alexis Sanchez (sixth minute) and Cesc Fabregas (55th) to lead Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Benfica. Robin Van Persie scored in the 49th minute, helping Manchester United come from behind to beat CFR Cluj, 2-1, in Romania. Defending champion Chelsea beat Nordsjaelland, 4-0, in Denmark, and Shakhtar Donetsk drew, 1-1, at Juventus . . . Erik Soler, an Amherst College graduate who served as president of the French team Monaco, was named general manager of the MLS’ New York Red Bulls . . . Former Germany captain Michael Ballack is retiring. The 36-year-old midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Bayer Leverkusen expired at the end of last season.

MISCELLANY

Fever advance, will take on Sun next

Katie Douglas scored 24 points and Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 20 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the visiting Atlanta Dream, 75-64, and advance to the WNBA Eastern Conference finals against the Connecticut Sun . . . Seimone Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore had 20, and the host Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm, 73-72, to advance to the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Sparks . . . Mike Tyson was denied entry to New Zealand, the country whose indigenous Maori people he says inspired his facial tattoo. Authorities canceled an entry visa for the former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist, days after the prime minister spoke out against his planned visit. He earlier had been granted an exemption to New Zealand immigration rules to speak at a November charitable event, ‘‘Day of the Champions.’’ Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction normally would have made him ineligible to enter the country.