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Judge denies Sandusky new trial request

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Jerry Sandusky's hopes of getting a new trial are dashed after a judge declined to overturn his conviction for sexual abuse of 10 boys in one of the biggest scandals in college football history.

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied the former Penn State assistant football coach's request for another chance to convince a jury he's innocent, as Sandusky has consistently maintained.

The case led to major structural and procedural changes at Penn State and cost the university well over $200 million in fines, settlements and other costs.


Notre Dame gets QB Wimbush back for USC

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) No. 13 Notre Dame will have quarterback Brandon Wimbush ready for Saturday night's home game against No. 11 Southern California

Coach Brian Kelly pronounced the junior "100 percent" on Tuesday after Wimbush missed the 33-10 win at North Carolina two weeks ago with a foot injury.


AP midseason All-America Team announced

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and star running backs Bryce Love of Stanford and Saquon Barkley of Penn State lead The Associated Press midseason All-America team, along with two defensive backs from No. 1 Alabama.

The team released Tuesday was selected by 16 members of the AP Top 25 voting panel.


WR Davis dismissed from No. 21 Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced the decision on Tuesday, saying only that Davis broke team rules.


Georgia gets back DT Thompson, WR Godwin

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Two key starters, defensive tackle Trenton Thompson and wide receiver Terry Godwin, have returned to practice for No. 3 Georgia in its bye week.

Thompson has missed two games with a right knee injury. Godwin left last Saturday's 53-28 win over Missouri with injured ribs.


Cut D-III player passes on reinstatement

READING, Pa. (AP) A football player who was offered reinstatement after being cut from the team at Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania says he will not rejoin the team.

Sophomore Gyree Durante tells The Reading Eagle some players lost trust in him, and he does not think it would be good for him to be back on the team.


Saban gets Leach's 'pathetic' comment

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban totally gets where Washington State's Mike Leach was coming from.

Leach bluntly assessed his team as "a bunch of pathetic front-runners" after the then-No. 8 Cougars lost 37-3 to California last week .


Stanford launches Heisman site for Love

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford has launched a website to promote the Heisman Trophy candidacy of running back Bryce Love.

The site launched Tuesday includes Love's statistics, a biography, video highlights and testimonials from analysts and coaches.


Texas' Herman talking rebuild at 3-3

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Midway through a first season most notable for two close losses, an emerging freshman quarterback and an off-hand "fairy dust" comment, Tom Herman has a 3-3 team that is not really any closer to reaching a bowl game than Charlie Strong's last one was.

When asked to grade his program so far, Herman gave his players top marks for effort if not for results

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