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Paterno plans community service for all his players

| Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Angered by the arrest of six of his players in connection with a fight at an off-campus apartment, Joe Paterno will be disciplining his entire Penn State football team -- for the entire season.

Speaking Monday before a university alumni function in Valley Forge, Paterno said he's going to require all of his players to perform community service.

Paterno said his players "were going to clean out the stadium every Sunday after every home game." He also said the Nittany Lions would work with the Special Olympics and build a home in Centre County through Habitat for Humanity.

He added that the players would turn their pay for cleaning up Beaver Stadium over to the university's club sports, whose participants usually perform the work to raise money for their teams.

"We had kids involved in something that was embarrassing, and I think we ought to prove to people that we're not a bunch of hoodlums," the 80-year-old coach said at a news conference. "Obviously, I'm probably going to have to keep one or two of them out of a game and drop one or two on the depth chart. And then whatever (university officials) think they have to do, they do.

"I want to do something where the whole team kind of says, 'Hey, we're all wrong, let's go.' "

Baseball

West Virginia senior outfielder Justin Jenkins was named to the All-Big East first team. His teammate, Adam White earned a spot on the third team, along with Pitt's Kyle Landis and Paul Nardozzi.

College football

Quarterback Mitch Mustain, who went 8-0 as a freshman starter last season for Arkansas, has transferred to Southern Cal.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics judges would no longer answer to officials in their own countries under the latest effort to remove politics from the sport.

High schools

Mandatory random steroid testing of Texas public school athletes got a boost yesterday when the state House of Representatives tentatively approved a plan to start before next football season. If approved, Texas would have the largest high school steroid testing program in the country.

Motor sports

Paul Tracy was cleared to drive and will return to Forsythe Racing for the June 10 Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland after missing the past two races with a back injury.

Soccer

The opening of the New York Red Bulls' $140 million stadium has been pushed back two months until September 2008 because of delays in the cleanup of industrial waste and foundations at the stadium site.

Tennis

Andy Roddick defeated Alexander Peya, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to the second round of the Hypo Group International.

• James Blake and Marty Fish both lost in singles, and the U.S. team dropped its opening match to Chile at the round-robin World Team Cup.

• Tsvetana Pironkova defeated Olga Govortsova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the Istanbul Cup.

• Fourth-seeded Li Na of China defeated Masa Zec-Peskiric of Slovenia, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the Strasbourg International.

• Nineteenth-ranked Vera Zvonareva of Russia withdrew from the French Open with a left wrist injury, one of three players to pull out of the tournament yesterday.

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