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Albany, NY – Well Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he will not negotiate a plea deal in his client's child sex-abuse case, calling it a "fight to the death."

Joe Amendola spoke on the courthouse steps after his client waived a preliminary hearing, that would likely have included testimony from at least some of Sandusky's 10 accusers.

Amendola says Sandusky is also waiving an arraignment that had been scheduled for January 11th. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for late March, and Sandusky remains out on $250 thousand dollars bail. Sandusky has denied the allegations, which led to the departures of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and the university president.

Meanwhile, two men who say they were sexually abused by Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine are suing the school and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation. Bobby Davis and Mike Lang say they were molested when they were children. Fine maintains his innocence. He's been fired by the university.

To the ice, Winnipeg dumped Minnesota 2-1, Philadelphia whipped Washington 5-1, Boston blanked Los Angeles 3-0, Columbus skated past Vancouver 2-1, Dallas shutout the Rangers 1-0, Toronto topped Carolina 2-1, Ottawa downed Buffalo 3-2, Montreal outlasted the Islanders 5-3, Nashville held off Calgary 2-1, Colorado edged San Jose 4-3 in a shootout, Detroit dropped Pittsburgh 4-1, and New Jersey beat Florida 3-2 in a shootout.

To Top 25 college hoops, Wisconsin fought off Wisconsin-Milwaukee 60-54, Mississippi State survived Florida Atlantic 75-68, and Michigan cruised past Arkansas Pine-Bluff 63-50.

On the Women's side, DePaul dumped Princeton 78-67, Tennessee got by Rutgers 67-61, and Ohio State blew out Southern 83-49.

In NFL news, Steelers linebacker James Harrison plans to appeal the one-game suspension he's received for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Colt McCoy during last Thursday's win over Cleveland.

In NBA news, the Nuggets have acquired guard Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer from the Mavericks for a future second-round pick. Denver also re-signed center Nene to a five-year deal, worth up to $67 million.

And in baseball news, the Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Dontrelle Willis, catcher Kelly Shoppach and the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract, and second baseman Skip Schumaker has agreed to a two year deal with the Cardinals.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.