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August 13, 2012

For The Record


From Penn State in the wake of massive NCAA sanctions tied to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case, nine Nittany Lions football players—so far. Among those who last week decided to go elsewhere were junior running back Silas Redd (above, who ran for 1,241 yards and seven TDs in 2011), to USC, and senior wide receiver Justin Brown (517 yards, two TDs), to Oklahoma. Because of the penalties against Penn State, including a four-year bowl ban, players are allowed to transfer without sitting a season. Also departing: junior backup quarterback Rob Bolden, who tried to leave after his freshman year but was not released from his scholarship, to LSU; redshirt freshman safety Tim Buckley, to N.C. State; junior kicker Anthony Fera, to Texas; junior linebacker Khairi Fortt, to Cal; junior tight end Kevin Haplea, to Florida State; redshirt freshman lineman Ryan Nowicki, to Illinois; and incoming freshman defensive tackle Jamil Pollard, to Rutgers.

| DIED |

At 22 of undetermined causes, Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso. Police were called to a Columbus bar at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday after a 911 call reporting "a very drunk person who ... is unconscious," and Urso was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. (Toxicology reports aren't due for several weeks.) The career games leader at North Carolina, where he captained the Tar Heels to the '11 NCAA title, Urso was the 10th overall pick in the '12 MLS supplemental draft. He had been recovering from surgery for adductor tendinitis and was not with the team, which was in D.C. at the time. He had played in just six games this season, including five starts.

| DIED |

When lightning struck at Pocono Raceway after Sunday's rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400, 41-year-old NASCAR fan Brian Zimmerman. Jeff Gordon won the race, which was called after 98 of 160 laps. Afterward, officials encouraged the crowd, estimated at 85,000, to seek shelter, but they were never evacuated from the facility. Nine other spectators were injured, one critically, by subsequent jolts. Zimmerman, from nearby Moosic, Pa., was near his car when he was hit and went into cardiac arrest.


By five men in what police initially called an "unprovoked assault" near Wisconsin's campus on Aug. 1, Badgers running back and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball (below). The 5'11", 212-pound senior sustained a concussion and facial injuries in the early-morning assault—the incident report for which described assailants knocking down and kicking Ball—after which he was hospitalized. Last Saturday, however, police found evidence of an July 28 fight at which Ball was present but did not participate. They are investigating whether the incidents are related and whether any charges can be filed in the first altercation, which resulted in one man's being treated for an undisclosed injury. Ball, who will enter '12 as a Heisman front-runner, is not likely to be ready for the start of Badgers training camp this week but is expected to make a full recovery.

| WON |

Last Saturday by 3-year-old colt Market Share and his trainer, Linda Toscano, l the $1.5 million Hambletonian Stakes, harness racing's most prestigious event. Toscano, 57, is the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian in its 87-year history. Race favorite Uncle Peter led at the top of the homestretch, but Market Share, who went off as the third choice, at odds of 4--1, ran him down and held off fast-closing Guccio for the win. "It's really a dream come true winning this race," Toscano said. "It's kind of like winning an Oscar or pitching a perfect game. It's really surreal."

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