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Albany, NY – Well it's the end of an era in State College, Pennsylvania...


That's vice chairman of the university's board of trustees John Surma speaking to reporters last night - sound courtesy of ESPN.

Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who'd had wanted to stay on through the end of his 46th season, has been fired, and has seen his legend shattered by a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

Earlier yesterday, the 84-year-old Paterno attempted to go out on his own terms, telling disbelieving players that he would retire at the season's end. But the outcry following the arrest of Sandusky on molestation charges, proved too much for the board to ignore.
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach. University president Graham Spanier has also been fired.

In baseball news, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped by four gunmen in Venezuela. The 24-year-old catcher was in his native country playing winter ball.

To the NHL, last night in Ottawa, Marian Gaborik scored twice, as the Rangers skated to their fifth straight win, beating the Senators 3-2.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay edged Philadelphia 2-1 in OT, and Nashville doubled up Anaheim 4-2.
In NBA news, Day 133 of the lockout - Commissioner David Stern's deadline has come and gone, while the NBA and its players continue negotiating in an attempt to end the lockout. After meeting for 11 hours yesterday, the two sides plan to reconvene today at noon.

And "Easy Ed" Macauley, who played for the Celtics and Hawks, and was considered one of the NBA's first big stars, has died. He was 83.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.