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Albany, NY – Well thousands watched with a sense of subdued somberness as the hearse carrying the body of former football coach Joe Paterno slowly wound its way through the Penn State campus and through State College.

The coaching icon was laid to rest yesterday, three days after he died at age 85.
Thousands of mourners passed Paterno's casket at a public viewing over two days on campus. A public memorial service commemorating the accomplishments of Paterno, who won a major college record 409 games during his 46 years as Penn State coach, will be held later today.

To the NBA, Indiana surprised Chicago 95-90, the Lakers beat the Clippers 96-91, Miami edged Detroit 101-98, Washington walloped Charlotte 92-75, Milwaukee held off Houston 105-99, New Jersey dumped Philadelphia 97-90 in OT, San Antonio soared past Atlanta 105-83, Minnesota upset Dallas 105-90, Golden State got by Portland 101-93, Toronto topped Utah 111-106 in double OT, Denver slammed Sacramento 122-93, Oklahoma City downed New Orleans 101-91, and Cleveland beat the Knicks 91-81. New York's lost seven straight.

Among top 25 college hoops, Oklahoma State knocked off Missouri 79-72, Ohio State hammered Penn State 78-54, Duke dropped Maryland 74-61, and Michigan State beat Minnesota 68-52.

On the Women's side, U-Conn slammed Syracuse 95-54, and Kansas blew out Texas Tech 62-43.

Only one game on the ice last night, Montreal routed Detroit 7-2.

To the Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka knocked out defending champ Kim Clijsters in three sets to advance to the Open final. Azarenka will take on Maria Sharapova, who eliminated Petra Kvitova in three sets.

Meanwhile in Men's semifinal action, Rafael Nadal leads Roger Federer two sets to one this morning, and the two are on-serve in the fourth set, as they square off for a spot Sunday's tournament finale.

Defending champ Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray tomorrow in the other semifinal match.

In NFL news, the Colts have hired Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their new head coach, the Raiders and Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen are finalizing a deal to make him their new head coach, Commissioner Roger Goodell has had his contract extended through 2018, and Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke is retiring after 11 seasons.

And in baseball news, the Yankees and Andruw Jones have agreed on a one-year deal.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.