NOW asks Paterno for resignation

first_img:A leader from the women’s rights group NOW has asked Joe Paterno to resign over comments the Penn State football coach made about an alleged sexual assault. Joanne Tosti-Vasey, president of the National Organization for Women in Pennsylvania, said that she was “appalled” by Paterno’s comments last week and that they represent an institutional insensitivity that endangers women. “I just hope he gains the draft status he is capable of gaining,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. Youboty is the second OSU junior to declare for the draft. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a likely first-round choice, said after the team’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 2 that he would enter the draft. Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite has been named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice. Applewhite’s hiring comes a week after former Tulsa assistant Todd Graham replaced the retiring Ken Hatfield as the Owls’ head coach. Miller criticized The International Ski Federation in Adelboden, Switzerland, wants the U.S. ski team to address the latest controversy surrounding outspoken reigning overall World Cup champion Bode Miller. United States Skiing and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt is expected to fly to next week’s World Cup races in Switzerland to speak to Miller, who said in a “60 Minutes” interview that partying affected his performance in the past. Miller told the CBS Sunday night program, which released written excerpts Thursday, that “there have been times when I’ve been in really tough shape at the top of the course.” “Talk about a hard challenge right there. … If you ever tried to ski when you’re wasted, it’s not easy,” Miller said. “Try and ski a slalom when … you hit a gate less than every one second, so it’s risky. You’re putting your life at risk. … It’s like driving drunk, only there are no rules about it in ski racing.” Asked if the risk meant he would never ski drunk again, the 28-year-old Miller replied, “No, I’m not saying that.” Aurilia in Red Second baseman Rich Aurilia and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract, about three hours before the team would have lost the right to re-sign him until May. Also facing the deadline were infielder Alex Gonzalez and Tampa Bay, and pitcher Pedro Astacio and San Diego. First baseman Eduardo Perez, another unsigned free agent among the 26 offered salary arbitration on Dec. 7, has been working on finalizing a contract with Cleveland and has not been talking to the Devil Rays, his former club. Aurilia’s deal contains a $2 million mutual option for 2007. Baldomir disputed Carlos Baldomir is not the undisputed welterweight championship after all. The boxer who upset champion Zab Judah on Saturday night won only the WBC version of the title because he never paid the sanctioning fees to the WBA and the IBF. Baldomir won a unanimous 12-round decision over Judah, but said he didn’t want to pay the other fees. “My purse was only $100,000,” he said. “If I paid each of them the required three percent, I would have come away with nothing.” Briefly Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., late last month on drunken driving charges after his car was seen drifting out of his lane of traffic, police said. A British crew of four aboard a boat named All Relative set a world record for rowing across the Atlantic, crossing the ocean in 39 days. Shaun White made it 3-for-3 in Olympic snowboard qualifying events, while Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter each essentially assured their spots on the U.S. Olympic team with their 1-2 finish in the halfpipe Grand Prix event in Bend, Ore. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paterno’s remarks came a day before the Orange Bowl, when a reporter asked about Florida State linebacker A.J. Nicholson, who was accused of sexual assault and sent home before Tuesday’s game. Paterno replied by talking about past suspensions of Penn State players. He then added: “There’s some tough there’s so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do?” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Geez. I hope thank God they don’t knock on my door because I’d refer them to a couple of other rooms,” Paterno continued. “But that’s too bad. You hate to see that. I really do. You like to see a kid end up his football career. He’s a heck of a football player, by the way; he’s a really good football player. And it’s just too bad.” Kansas cornerback-wide receiver Charles Gordon will pass up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Whether playing offense or defense, the talented and versatile Gordon was one of the best players in the Big 12 Conference. As a receiver, he had 106 catches for 1,232 yards and nine touchdowns. As a cornerback, he had nine career interceptions. His seven interceptions in 2004 tied him for the NCAA lead. Ohio State cornerback Ashton Youboty will pass up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Youboty was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and has been projected as going anywhere from the late first round to the third round. last_img read more