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‘I’m going to Sandusky you’: Penn State players accused of hazing; coach James Franklin named in federal lawsuit
Penn State may be in hot water again.In a recently filed federal lawsuit, the university, football coach James Franklin and members of the Nittany Lions football team have been named as defendants in a potential hazing scandal alleged by former Penn State player Isaiah Humphries. The report also says that accusers threatened with the phrase, “I’m going to Sandusky you.”The reference is made to disgraced former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys between 1994 and 2009.Penn State issued a statement on the lawsuit, saying the district attorney would not pursue charges: The University has established processes in place for responding to claims of potential misconduct. In accordance with our processes, the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and the Office of Student Conduct carried out investigations of the plaintiff’s claims independent from Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, Penn State police investigated related allegations and forwarded the results of that investigation to the Office of the Centre County District Attorney (DA). The DA reviewed the case and decided that no charges would be pursued. MORE: Police threaten to arrest LSU players for smoking, report saysThe lawsuit claims that Franklin and members of the Nittany Lions coaching staff repeatedly ignored hazing attempts and accuses players Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jesse Luketa of spearheading the abuse. The abuse took place on campus and was witnessed by coaches who didn’t intervene, the suit states.Humphries claims the hazing was “overtly sexual” and also says Luketa threatened to kill him for his complaints about it.The suit states that Franklin threw Humphries out of the football program for complaining about the hazing, per a report from Penn Live. Humphries backed out on his scholarship with Penn State and transferred to the University of California.
Blackwell was an assistant coach at Michigan State under Dantonio from 2013-17. According to MLive.com, “Blackwell continues to say he was made the ‘fall guy’ following a 2017 on-campus party where three MSU football players allegedly sexual assaulted a female.”MORE: Fired, hired, resigned: Looking at coaching changes for 2019 season Mark Dantonio resigned as Michigan State’s head coach after 13 seasons with the program on Tuesday.Dantonio leaves shortly after receiving a $4.3 million bonus. MLive.com also reports that he is being accused of committing NCAA violations, citing court documents filed in a motion by former assistant coach Curtis Blackwell. Dantonio, 63, compiled a 114-57 record in his 13 seasons with the Spartans. Michigan State won a share of the Big Ten championship in 2010 before taking outright conference titles in 2013 and 2015. He led the Spartans to a College Football Playoff appearance in 2015.Dantonio also had success against rival Michigan with a 8-5 record, including four straight wins from 2008-11. The Spartans were also known for dramatic wins, including a fake field goal against Notre Dame in 2010, Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary to Keith Nichol in 2011 and the “Miracle at Michigan Part II against the Wolverines in 2015.Michigan State, however, slipped down the Big Ten East pecking order the last two seasons with back-to-back 7-6 records.
2. 12-box frameAt the 11:30 mark, 12 mascots are fit into the frame silently dancing and staring into the camera. Genuine nightmare fuel right there.1. Reggie the Purple Party Dude speakingA human host would have made the video far better; after all, the worst thing a mascot can do is talk. Reggie does a lot of speaking with no one else to answer his weird jokes, a dynamic that leads to strange moments of silence as he gazes into your soul.Perhaps the worst Reggie moment comes at 6:20 when he tells a bat joke to The Coyote of the Spurs and waits for a full three seconds before continuing. Mascots are the cousins of clowns in terms of kid-oriented beings that seem to get more unsettling the older you get.In their natural environment at a stadium, they’re at least easy to tune out. They generally blend into the scenery. They don’t speak. But a 22-minute video from the virtual 2020 Mascot Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday was terrifying. Absolutely horrible.Host Reggie the Purple Party Dude tells cringy jokes, and the large cast of mascots stare into the camera with their dead eyes throughout the showing.MORE: Kid writes letter to Babe RuthIf you’re wondering, Oriole Bird, Blue, Boomer and Youppie! were inducted.Here’s a breakdown of the worst things from this addition to the horror genre. We watched the whole thing so you didn’t have to.3. Tommy HawkBird mascots are at least in our opinion the most reliably troubling form of mascot (although Oriole Bird actually isn’t too bad). Something about the cartoonish eyes and beak suggest murderer. Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk is one of the most scary bird costumes out there. So when Tommy Hawk entered the room at about the seven-minute mark and made an aggressive gesture with his beak, we weren’t feeling it.Tommy Hawk is already a member of the Hall of Fame and made an appearance in the video as an apparent show of support for new entrants.
DES MOINES — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent Monday in Iowa, assuring farmers there’s been “real progress” in trade negotiations with China.“I’m very, very hopeful we’ll be able to wrap up and get a truly successful outcome for the United States and for American ag,” Pompeo said. Pompeo spoke late Monday afternoon at a forum in Des Moines organized by the Iowa Farm Bureau. John Maxwell, an eastern Iowa dairy farmer, was among those who asked Pompeo a question about the deal.“Would you comment on any kind of time frame because every day that marches on it’s getting tougher and tougher?” Maxwell asked.Pompeo responded: “No,” and both Pompeo and the audience laughed. “You remember I said I’d answer almost anything…I’m not trying to be short or not take your question seriously. I do. I am and the president is, too, enormously sympathetic to what you all are going through.”A man who identified himself as a fifth generation farmer from northwest Iowa said he harvested a “really good crop” last fall and hasn’t sold all of it on contract yet.“Do you have a plan B or whatever to peddle these things someplace other than China?” the farmer asked.Pompeo replied: “I don’t know that there’s a concrete solution to the question that you raise. I wish I could tell you: ‘Yes, we’ve got the markets identified. We know the price at which we can clear,’ but there are lots of ideas about how we might do that, ways that we might assist.”Pompeo made the stop in Iowa at the urging of former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who’s now the U.S. Ambassador to China.“I think it’s important to be able to share with the people of Iowa what’s being done on these very delicate, important issues,” Branstad told reporters after Pompeo’s remarks.Pompeo suggested while it’s been hard to get China to agree to buy more American agricultural goods, the most difficult part of the negotiations has been about China’s theft of intellectual property. Pompeo said that includes stealing the secrets of hybrid seeds developed in the United States. Pompeo also told the crowd he expects the U.S. Mexico Trade Agreement to ratified by all three countries by the end of this year — hopefully bringing an end to the tariffs Mexico placed on U.S. pork.“We’re trying to make sure we don’t fall down the same trap that American trade negotiators have done so many times,” Pompeo said. “We’re deeply aware of these retaliatory trade tariff issues and we know how much they affect you…Know they’re in the front of our mind.”Pompeo told the crowd it’s an “enormous privilege” to serve in the Trump Administration and try to deliver on the promises Trump made during the 2016 campaign.“It’s a wonderful thing to have this opportunity and then you all get to read his Twitter account, too,” Pompeo said, with a laugh.
TONIGHT:AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake baseball vs. Newman — 6:50 CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake opened up the baseball season last night with a 14-4, six-inning win over Charles City at Lions Field, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. After both teams went scoreless in the first three innings, Clear Lake used a seven-run fourth, three-run fifth and four-run sixth to pick up the victory. Chase Stuver entered the game in the fourth inning after playing in Clear Lake’s substate quarterfinal soccer game in Waverly earlier in the night and had a two-run single that sparked in the Lions seven-run frame. Stuver ended up 3-for-3 from the plate, while AJ Stevenson was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Mac Adams pitched five-and-two-thirds innings to pick up the win, not giving up an earned run while striking out six. Clear Lake is scheduled to host Newman tonight weather permitting. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 7 o’clock and you can hear in on KRIB starting at about 6:50. — other high school baseball last nightForest City 9, Hampton-Dumont 5North Butler 4, Wapsie Valley 3 (@ Waterloo Bucks Stadium)Riceville 7, Clarksville 3 2019 FIRST Iowa High School Softball Rankings — Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, May 20, 2019Class 1ASchool 2018 Record1 Collins-Maxwell 30-12 Lisbon 35-93 Clarksville 21-64 Akron-Westfield 27-55 Newell-Fonda 26-146 AGWSR 28-87 Janesville 27-128 Central City 32-119 Glidden-Ralston 19-910 Mason City Newman 28-711 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 20-912 Kee 35-613 Westwood 23-1214 North Mahaska 21-915 Sigourney 21-7 Class 4ASchool 2018 Record1 ADM 35-82 Independence 35-73 Carlisle 31-64 Charles City 33-85 Dallas Center-Grimes 18-246 Denison-Schleswig 29-57 Oskaloosa 27-98 Winterset 25-139 West Delaware 24-1610 Marion 19-1711 Ballard 20-1712 Newton 24-713 Burlington 31-1014 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 24-1515 Glenwood 19-13 — other high school softball last nightClarksville 13, Riceville 0Emmetsburg 10, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 2Northwood-Kensett 13, Lake Mills 7 Class 3ASchool 2018 Record1 Davenport Assumption 39-32 Humboldt 32-43 Albia 32-64 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 38-45 Solon 27-86 Treynor 23-57 Louisa-Muscatine 38-68 Atlantic 30-79 West Liberty 24-1010 Mount Vernon 23-1811 North Polk 24-712 Benton Community 28-1513 Des Moines Christian 24-714 Roland-Story 30-515 Centerville 20-12 MASON CITY — McKenna Mentink struck out nine to lead Mason City to a 7-1 win over Central Springs in both teams’ opening softball game of the season last night. Anna Lensing homered in the fifth, while Alicia Hoeft had two runs batted in. Mason City hosts New Hampton Friday night. IOWA CITY — Iowa has placed its volleyball coach on leave. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta calls it a significant violation.Bond Shymansky was placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave. Barta says the violation was first reported by a former student athlete. The school has notified the NCAA of the violation and the investigation is ongoing.Barta has named associate head coach Vicki Brown as interim coach.Shymansky has been the Iowa coach for five years and led the Hawkeyes to a 15-16 record this past season. His 2019 recruiting class is ranked 24th nationally, the highest ever for the program. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Sano’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Sano has homered twice in the past three games. Eddie Rosario singled with one out in the eighth before Sano hit Ty Buttrey’s fastball over the wall in right-center. It is the first home run Buttrey (2-2) has allowed in 38 relief appearances over two seasons. Taylor Rogers (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings and Blake Parker got his eighth save. — Boys varsity substate soccer tournaments started last night:== In Class 1A substate 2 in Waverly, Clear Lake needed penalty kicks to beat Postville, 2-1. The Lions outscored Postville in the shootout 4-1. Clear Lake will travel to Humboldt on Wednesday for a substate semifinal game. On the other side of the bracket, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura fell to Gladbrook-Reinback 2-1 in double overtime.== In Class 3A substate 5, Mason City had their season come to an end, falling at Waterloo West 2-1. Gabe Wetter had the lone score for the Mohawks on a rebound. Mason City finishes the year with a 6-9 record.== In Class 2A substate 3 at Waverly, Hampton-Dumont-CAL needed a penalty kick shootout to beat Charles City 2-1, winning the shootout 2-1. The Bulldogs travel to Hudson on Wednesday for a substate semifinal. — Girls regional final golf tournaments took place on Monday:== At the Class 4A meet in Fort Dodge, Thea Lunning of Mason City qualified for the state tournament, finishing fourth in the medalist race with an 87. Mason City finished fourth as a team with a 394. Waukee was the team champion with a 350.== At the Class 3A meet in Waverly, Ashley DeLong of Clear Lake shared the medalist honors with Anna Nacos of Dubuque Walhert as each fired a 76. Clear Lake finished third in the team race with a 377. Walhert was the team champion with a 335, while Xavier of Cedar Rapids was the other team qualifier finishing second with a 339.== At the 2A meet in Garner, Carlee Frayne of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura was the runner-up in the medalist race and qualified for the state tournament. Frayne shot a 77, seven shots back of medalist Delany Conrad of Southeast Valley. Okoboji won the team title with a 347 while Emmetsburg was the other team qualifier with a 378.== At the 1A meet in Britt, Bishop Garrigan was the team champion with a 366, while Alta-Aurelia finished second with a 392. St. Ansgar finished fifth with a 429 and Northwood-Kensett seventh with a 460. Class 5ASchool 2018 Record1 West Des Moines Valley 31-92 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 33-63 Fort Dodge 36-84 Iowa City High 25-195 Pleasant Valley 36-76 Waukee 28-127 Des Moines Hoover 22-78 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 36-99 Johnston 27-1010 Ottumwa 28-1211 Des Moines East 22-1712 Ankeny 28-1313 Indianola 36-314 Dubuque Hempstead 31-1315 Muscatine 27-14 Class 2ASchool 2018 Record1 Durant 32-32 North Linn 38-53 Wilton 25-174 Iowa City Regina 25-165 East Marshall 26-86 West Monona 26-97 Central Springs 28-58 Alta-Aurelia 22-59 Van Meter 25-710 St. Ansgar 21-1411 Martensdale-St. Marys 24-1412 Jesup 27-1213 West Sioux 25-914 Emmetsburg 24-815 Ogden 22-8 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Ryan Saunders their full-fledged head coach. The 33-year-old is the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA. Saunders took over on an interim basis during the second half of the season, assuming the role long held by his late father, Flip Saunders. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. Players unabashedly endorsed Saunders for his leadership, and owner Glen Taylor made clear he was the favorite.
== An expanded high school library to create more collaborative spaces, as well as some additional minor alterations to the high school building to relocate some classrooms and services The first of three public meetings about the upcoming Clear Lake Community School District bond issue vote is scheduled for this week. District voters are being asked to pass an $18 million bond issue that would fund several projects, including a proposed community recreation and wellness center to be built as part of a partnership with the city of Clear Lake. Other projects that would be funded as part of the bond issue vote include: == Improvements to the Lions Field complex including new bleachers, press box, entrance and turf at the stadium, as well as new lighting and restroom facilities for the softball field == Modifications to the Clear Creek Elementary main entry to make it more secure == An expansion of the commons area at the middle school == A new entrance, sound system and seating for E. B. Stillman Auditorium All three of the meetings will be held at the middle school commons. The first is this Wednesday night at 5:30. The second will be Wednesday February 19th at 6:30, with the final one on Monday February 24th at 6:30.
JOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds announced this morning more loosening of pandemic restrictions, including opening up movie theaters and bars at a reduced capacity and opening the door for a high school summer sports season.Reynolds says, “Business owners across Iowa are eager to get back to work. They understand and they accept the added responsibility to protect their employees and their customers. I believe that Iowans are willing to continue to do their part as well, so that businesses and entertainment and activities can resume again, even if the rules of engagement are different for now.”Reynolds says many of the restrictions are being lifted on Friday, with bars being able to reopen later next week. “Effective on Friday, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place and to ensure that proper social distancing and increased hygiene are taking place. Swimming pools will be reopening for lap swimming and swimming lessons. Next Thursday May 28th, bars and other establishments that serve alcohol, and have been limited to carryout and delivery, will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating at 50% capacity, and of course they must follow the same public health measures and business guidance that restaurants have implemented.”Reynolds says effective June 1st, schools can resume school-sponsored activities and learning with the appropriate public health precautions, including high school baseball and softball this summer. “I know that many parents and youth athletes are also eager to resume summer sports. High school athletics was the logical place to start the process of bringing athletics back in season. We’re working closely with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and others to make this possible, and together with the Department of Public Health, we’re working with youth sports associations to develop a plan to bring other sports opportunities back for the summer, and more will be coming on that next week.”The final decision on summer high school athletics would be up to the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Reynolds says she’ll be working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to evaluate if any other changes to the public health strategy should be made and she expects to announce more details next week as the current emergency health disaster proclamation is scheduled to end on May 27th.You can read Reynolds’ latest proclamation here
MASON CITY — A Mason City man faces over 50 years in prison after being arrested by authorities on drug charges this morning. Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley says the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force executed several search warrants in Mason City this morning as part of a long-term narcotics investigation focused on the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in north-central Iowa. Brinkley says the search warrants resulted in the seizure of meth, heroin, marijuana, firearms and United States currency. 30-year-old Bernard Davis III was arrested and charged with: possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to deliver heroin, both Class B felonies each punishable by up to 25 years in prison; being a felon in possession of a firearm, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison; and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. Davis is currently being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond. Brinkley says the search warrants are just part of the investigation, with additional follow-up, lab testing, and investigation necessary as additional defendants were identified as a result of today’s activity. hE says this is an active investigation.
Egypt played their semi-final in Libreville on Wednesday, although they needed extra time and penalties to see off Burkina Faso after a 1-1 draw, veteran 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary — already four times a winner of the competition — proving their hero in the shoot-out.Egyptian fans.– Formidable –The Egyptians had won three consecutive Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2010 but missed the last three tournaments amid political upheaval in the country before Argentine Hector Cuper led them to back onto the scene here.Like Broos, Cuper has a young squad, although there are four survivors from the team that won the title in 2010 in El Hadary, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi and the Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady.The Pharaohs have not exactly been a joy to watch — they have built their success under Cuper around a rock-solid defence that has only conceded one goal so far in Gabon, while they have relied heavily on the star quality of Mohamed Salah at the other end.“Egypt will not be very different to what we have seen so far, whether people like that or not, whether that means we will be attacking or not,” Cuper told reporters on Saturday.“What we will be looking for is a result and up to now we have had results.”Cuper, who has Arsenal midfielder Mohamd Elneny struggling with a calf injury, is eager to shake off his own reputation as a loser having suffered numerous agonising defeats in finals in his career.But Egypt have a quite formidable record in finals — just one defeat in eight Cup of Nations finals and two wins out of two on such occasions against Cameroon, with the first coming on penalties in Cairo in 1986.“It’s a great way to end the competition in the final but it will be even better if we win the cup,” said Elmohamady.Egyptians celebrateShare on: WhatsApp Action when Uganda took on Egypt. Egypt won 1-0 to march on into the final.Libreville, Gabon | AFP |Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.But at the outset of the tournament in Gabon it was the likes of Algeria, Senegal and defending champions the Ivory Coast who were considered the favourites, with Egypt dark horses in their first appearance since 2010.Cameroon, meanwhile, came with what looked like their weakest ever squad, handicapped by the refusal of several leading players to accept call-ups from Belgian coach Hugo Broos.Yet the Indomitable Lions qualified from their group at the expense of the hosts and have since knocked out both Senegal and Ghana to make their first final since 2008.Then, with a side containing the likes of Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto’o, they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in Ghana’s capital Accra.This current Cameroon side has no such big name stars but Broos has transformed their fortunes over the last 12 months and is now looking for them to make history.“For these young players — 14 of the 23 are playing at their first Cup of Nations — it is possibly a unique opportunity in their careers to win the trophy,” he said.Speaking to reporters on Saturday, captain Benjamin Moukandjo added: “Of course when you get to this stage you want to win but I think looking at the run we have had we have already done well.“I don’t think anyone here would have bet a cent on us beforehand and that’s a real shame.”Cameroon, who last won the title in 2002, have had 24 hours less time to recover and ready themselves for the game at the Stade de l’Amitie after second-half goals by Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog gave them a 2-0 win against Ghana in Franceville on Thursday.