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Sports log: Penn State settles first sex abuse case

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

A man who was sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has become the first to settle a civil claim against the university, the man’s attorney said Saturday. Attorney Tom Kline confirmed in an e-mail that the client known as Victim 5 when he testified at Sandusky’s criminal trial has agreed to terms with the university. The deal was first reported Saturday by The Philadelphia Inquirer. A Penn State spokesman says the school ‘‘continues to make progress on multiple settlements’’ but isn’t commenting on the newspaper’s report of a multimillion-dollar deal. Penn State’s trustees authorized some $60 million in settlements last month. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

Notre Dame’s Spond calls it a career

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said starting outside linebacker Danny Spond told teammates that his playing career is over. Kelly wouldn’t disclose the reason other than to say it was a medical condition and that the senior would issue a statement this week. Spond had a health scare last preseason when he was struck with a headache so severe doctors were concerned he may have had a stroke. He was diagnosed with a kind of migraine marked by debilitating pain. He was hospitalized four days and underwent rehabilitation to learn to walk again. At practice Saturday, Spond was walking with a cane. Kelly also said defensive lineman Tony Springmann injured his left knee and is expected to miss the opener against Temple . . . Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said two of his top players will be suspended for at least the opener. Starting cornerback Bradley Roby will sit out the Aug. 31 game against Buffalo because of his July arrest on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a bar bouncer, while running back Rod Smith was suspended because of a violation of team rules last winter . . . Nick Marshall, a transfer from Garden City Community College in Kansas, will be Auburn’s starting quarterback in the opener. Also, safety Demetruce McNeal was arrested for possession of marijuana. McNeal was second on the team with 90 tackles last season.

TENNIS

Isner continues run, rallies into final

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Unseeded American John Isner rallied from losing a first-set tiebreaker to upset seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (11-9), 6-3, in a grueling Western & Southern Open semifinal in Mason, Ohio. He’ll play Rafael Nadal, a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) winner over Tomas Berdych. Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the women’s final, beating defending champion Li Na, 7-5, 7-5. In the second semifinal, Victoria Azarenka beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 . . . The New Haven Open is closing the upper bowl at the Connecticut Tennis Center for this year’s tournament amid dwindling attendance numbers.

AUTO RACING

Allmendinger takes Nationwide race

AJ Allmendinger led 73 of the 94 laps and survived a late challenge after a restart to win the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 in Lexington, Ohio. Allmendinger improved to 2 for 2 this year in the Nationwide Series, adding a victory to the one he picked up for Penske Racing in his only previous start at Road America. The 31-year-old driver, rebounding after being suspended a year ago for failing a drug test, took the lead for good on the 64th lap. Pole-winner Michael McDowell was second, with native Ohioan Sam Hornish Jr. third.

MISCELLANY

Arizona wins second straight AFL title

Nick Davilla threw six touchdown passes and the Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul, 48-39, in the Arena Bowl in Orlando. The Rattlers (18-3) won the championship for the second straight year, also beating the Soul (14-7) last season . . . Real Solution won the Arlington Million in Illinois when first-place finisher The Apache was disqualified to second for bumping Real Solution in the final 200 yards. Real Solution rider Alan Garcia and trainer Chad Brown filed an objection which was upheld . . . Danielle Adams and Danielle Robinson scored 20 points each and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the visiting Phoenix Mercury, 88-82, in WNBA action; Tina Thompson became the third player with 3,000 career rebounds and led the host Seattle Storm past the Indiana Fever, 77-70.

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