View Count: 126 |  Publish Date: April 03, 2014
Sports digest, April 2

The states highest court said Wednesday it would not review Jerry Sanduskys child molestation conviction, but other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.
Sandusky had asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.
He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction about how long it took his victims to report the abuse and that jurors should not have been told to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence.
Sandusky defense attorney Norris Gelman said he was disappointed by the Supreme Courts decision, which was issued in the form of a one-sentence order.
Sandusky has the right to file a new appeal. Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.ElsewhereVenus comes from behind to win
Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 at Charleston, S.C.
It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world, who needed 1 hour, 50 minutes to finish the straight-set victory over the South African. Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set and trailed 4-1 in the second.
On Tuesday night her sister, top-ranked Serena Williams, was stunned 6-4, 6-4 by Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, ranked No. 78 in the world.
Also, American Sloane Stephens was upset 6-4, 6-4 by 19-year-old Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who has a career-high No. 35 ranking and who notched her fourth career victory over a top 20 player, the third coming last week at the Sony Open.
Golf: British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous defeated U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick 3-and-2 to win the Georgia Cup in Alpharetta.
The Georgia Cup began in 1998 as a match between the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur titlists the week before they play in the Masters.
Memorabilia: Items from longtime Boston Red Sox player and coach Johnny Peskys personal collection will be sold during a live auction at Fenway Park on April 12.
The items include Peskys 2004 and 07 World Series rings, as well as bats autographed by Ted Williams and a ball that includes a Babe Ruth signature.
Pesky was a player, manager, coach and broadcaster in a career with the club that spanned over 60 years. He died in 2012 at 93.
Baseball: The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola, 53, now a minor-league pitching coach, underwent successful open-heart surgery.

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