HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The NCAA's decision to dial back one of the penalties against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal has drawn positive reaction from students and others associated with the university, who got some good news after two years of scandal.
College sports' governing body announced Tuesday that it would gradually restore 20 football scholarships, saying the school has already made significant improvements to its athletics programs.
"I think it's great that the NCAA is coming down a little easier," said 22-year-old Brendan MacBride, a senior from the Philadelphia suburbs who learned of the decision on a cellphone message during a criminology class in State College. "They were too hasty to begin with."
Five scholarships will be restored next year and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 85 in 2016-17, a season earlier than the school had agreed to, the NCAA said.
Spencer done: Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer will have season-ending surgery on his left knee and may have played his last game for the Cowboys.
Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, says doctors have a "good idea" what type of surgery but were still considering options. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke on his radio show, saying Spencer was likely to have microfracture surgery.
Fulmer speaks to Vols: Tennessee has received a pep talk from former coach Phillip Fulmer as it attempts to end a two-game skid.
Fulmer attended a Tennessee practice Tuesday for the first time since he stopped coaching the Volunteers after the 2008 season. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Fulmer spoke to the team and added that "to have him back, I think, meant a lot to everyone."
Burleson breaks arm: Two days after a victory that for this franchise was downright historic, the Detroit Lions are facing another dose of adversity.
Receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday after he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat, authorities said. Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of Burleson's season, but surgery is scheduled for today.
Oakland QBs: The Oakland Raiders will begin a short week of preparation with uncertainty about who will start at quarterback as Terrelle Pryor recovers from a concussion.
Pryor was knocked out of Monday night's 37-21 loss at Denver in the fourth quarter after a hard hit to the helmet by Wesley Woodyard. He was replaced by Matt Flynn.
Anti-military tweet: The St. Louis Rams say an anti-military tweet by former offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe is reprehensible, and coach Jeff Fisher also weighed in on the comment.
After practice Tuesday night, Fisher said Nsekhe (In-SECK-ee) wasn't in the NFL because he's "not necessarily a deep thinker, OK?"
Nsekhe responded to a tweet that NFL players shouldn't make more money than soldiers by tweeting back: "It doesn't take much skill to kill someone."
Charges against Sullinger: Prosecutors say they intend to pursue domestic assault charges against Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger even though his accuser wants to drop the case.
The 21-year-old Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Monday to face charges of assault and battery, destruction of property and witness intimidation in connection with the Aug. 31 confrontation with his girlfriend. She accused Sullinger of pinning her to a bed and the floor at his Waltham home.
NBA Inside Stuff: Recently finished as an NBA player, Grant Hill will help restart "NBA Inside Stuff."
The basketball series is returning to TV, with Hill serving as a co-host.
The program, consisting of highlights and features about players and teams, will debut on NBA TV on Nov. 2 and air weekly throughout the season.