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Press Box: Sandusky to speak at sentencing hearing

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Jerry Sandusky's attorney said Sandusky regrets the decision not to take the stand in his sex-abuse trial, and Sandusky is expected to address the court in his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported.

He was convicted of 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse against 10 boys, and a life sentence against the 68-year-old Sandusky is almost inevitable, according to the Patriot-News.

However, Judge John Cleland has a wide range of possibilities when determining a sentence for Sandusky, and Sandusky hopes to influence that with the written statement he plans to read.

Several of Sandusky's victims are also expected to speak during the sentencing hearing.

The abuses for which Sandusky was convicted occurred over a span of nearly 15 years, and laws have changed in Pennsylvania over that time and mandatory minimums were increased.

If Cleland wanted to maximize the punishment, he could put Sandusky in jail for more than 218 years before Sandusky would be eligible for parole.

The absolute minimum sentence is only 10 years.

NBA

--Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, who has been practicing, said he might not appear in a preseason game as he recovers from offseason back surgery.

Howard told reporters last week that would "hopefully" play at least some during the preseason, but backed off that Sunday as he watched his Lakers fall to the Golden State Warriors 110-83 Sunday in the preseason opener.

"I'm on track (to return), but my goal wasn't to play (in) a preseason game," Howard told ESPN Los Angeles. "My goal is to win a championship. That's what we're shooting for."

Lakers coach Mike Brown said he has not talked with Howard about playing any specific preseason games. The Lakers have seven preseason games left, with the next one on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario, Calif.

Brown said it is up to the training staff and doctors to determine when Howard is ready.

GOLF

--Tiger Woods personally apologized to the four U.S. rookies for his performance after the Ryder Cup team lost to Europe 14 1/2-13 1/2 over the weekend at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

GolfWorld magazine's Tim Rosaforte told the Golf Channel on Monday morning that Woods sat down with Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker and apologized for not coming through to get the necessary points needed for the U.S. to win.

Woods went 0-3-1 in the 39th Ryder Cup and is 15-17-3 for his career. The U.S. rookies went 9-6 overall, including Bradley (3-1-0), Dufner (3-1-0), Simpson (2-2-0) and Snedeker (1-2-0).

AUTO RACING

--A crowd of 88,000 fans attended Matt Kenseth's victory in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, track officials told the Anniston Star.

That represents the smallest attendance since figures for the race have been provided, and 20,000 fewer fans than the previous low of an announced crowd of 108,000 for the Aaron's 499 in early May.

The race is part of the Chase for the Cup, and did not face conflicts with the University of Alabama football team, which had a bye week.

SOCCER

-- A franchise-record crowd of 66,452 showed up to watch the Seattle Sounders' 3-0 victory over rival Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday, according to The Seattle Times.

It was the second largest crowd in Major League Soccer history for a stand-alone game, and came in front of league commissioner Don Garber.
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