Judge sets Oct. 29 date in Paterno lawsuit
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge has scheduled an Oct. 29 hearing in the lawsuit filed by the family of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA over penalties it imposed on the school amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The judge said in an order that he would hear arguments on preliminary objections filed by defendants in the case.
The NCAA penalized the school for its response to complaints about the former Paterno assistant and imposed a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, a loss of scholarships and the elimination of 112 Paterno-era wins.
The order also said the hearing won't address issues involving court jurisdiction over claims against NCAA president Mark Emmert and former executive committee chairman Edward Ray as individuals.
Cheaney leaves Indiana to be Saint Louis assistant
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana is losing former basketball star Calbert Cheaney to Saint Louis, where he will be a full-time assistant coach for another ex-Hoosier, Jim Crews.
Cheaney has served as the Hoosiers' director of basketball operations since June 2011.
Coach Tom Crean issued a statement late Tuesday night, crediting Cheaney with helping Indiana to reclaim a prominent spot on the national college basketball map over the past two seasons. Crean also said he believes Cheaney has a bright coaching future.
Cheaney won the Wooden, Naismith and Big Ten player of the year awards following the 1992-93 season, when he averaged 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. With 2,613 career points, Cheaney is still the Big Ten's career scoring leader.
Ravens get RB Carter from Colts for WR Reed
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have acquired running back Delone Carter (Copley High School) from the Indianapolis Colts in a trade for wide receiver David Reed.
The deal, announced Wednesday, involves two players who have seen limited playing time in the NFL.
Carter has started three games over two seasons with the Colts, running 133 times for 499 yards and five touchdowns. He was a fourth-round pick out of Syracuse in the 2011 draft.
His best season came as a rookie, when he ran for 377 yards on 101 carries.
Although the Ravens already have Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce at running back, the 5-foot-9, 232-pound Carter might be used in short-yardage situations.
The 26-year-old Reed has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years. All five catches came last year.
Former players, NFL Films feud over rights
PHILADELPHIA -- Ten former NFL players, including five Hall of Famers, want the league to pay if NFL Films uses images of them without their consent.
Attorney Jon King represents the players. He compares this class-action lawsuit to the lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon against the NCAA because they deal with an "individuals rights to control the use of their image."
On Tuesday, a group that includes Curley Culp and John Riggins filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to reclaim payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses from film footage they say was used on NFL Network and to promote the league without the former players consent.
There was a $50 million settlement in April between the NFL and a group of retired players seeking publicity rights. The NFL said Wednesday that settlement was "fair and reasonable" and should be enough to placate this group of players.
McCarty returns to fill out Celtics staff
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics have filled out new coach Brad Stevens' staff.
The team says that former Celtics forward Walter McCarty will return as an assistant coach. Also joining the team are Ron Adams and Micah Shrewsberry. Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga had already been in position.
Adams spent the last three seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Shrewsberry spent three seasons as an assistant at Purdue and worked with Stevens at Butler. McCarty worked for the Celtics as a community relations consultant last season. He had been a member of Jim O'Brien's coaching staff with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season and spent three seasons at Louisville as an assistant.
McCarty played 10 seasons in the NBA before he retired in 2006.
Pistons sign Harrellson to two-year contract
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons signed center Josh Harrellson to two-year contract for the league minimum with the team holding an option for the second season Wednesday.
Harrellson played sparingly in six games last season for the Miami Heat.
The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Harrellson was drafted by New Orleans out of Kentucky in the second round in 2011, then traded that night to the New York Knicks. Harrellson averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.6 minutes as a rookie and played in four playoff games during the 2012 playoffs with the Knicks.
The Pistons traded for point guard Brandon Jennings during their busy offseason and signed free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups, Luigi Datome and re-signed Will Bynum.
Rodriguez puts end to non-baseball talk
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez says he's cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field.
Rodriguez is not in the New York Yankees' lineup Wednesday night, a day after playing both games of a doubleheader.
The three-time MVP says he wants to put the focus solely on baseball while the Yankees make a push for a spot in the playoffs.
Over the weekend, Rodriguez said he asked the players' union to file a grievance over his medical treatment. MLB responded by challenging him to make public the evidence that led to the 211-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod's lawyer rejected the request.
Ortiz exits game due to lower back tightness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz has left the game against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning on Wednesday because of tightness in his lower back.
Ortiz was hitless in three at bats in Boston's 12-1 win on Wednesday, striking out his last two times. He came out of the game following the top of the fifth inning and was replaced by Mike Napoli.
Ortiz entered the day batting .323 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI.
The Red Sox have a day off before opening a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.