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November 9th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Former Penn State cheerleader joins growing chorus calls for Paterno to resign

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may soon be out of a job because of a child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant. But "JoePa" still has plenty of support on campus and in the local community. Hundreds of students and community members showed their support for the coach by holding an impromptu rally outside Paterno's home last night. But many others are outraged and believe that Joe has just got to go.

Roxanne Jones, a former Penn State Cheerleader and founding editor of ESPN the magazine, explains to Christine Romans why she can no longer support the coach – or willingly cover up Happy Valley's dark secrets.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sexual abuse • Sports
November 9th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Joe Paterno's career on the ropes? Harrisburg Patriot News reporter explains

Penn State could be in the process of bringing Joe Paterno's historic 45-year coaching career at the school to an end. The University's Board of Trustees plans to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Paterno assistant – and charges that school officials tried to cover it up. Yet many Pennsylvania locals continue to support the renowned coach. A crowd of fans and students held an impromptu rally outside Paterno's home to stand in solidarity with the hometown legend.

Carol Costello speaks with Sara Ganim, a reporter at The Patriot News, who's been following the local reaction to these shocking sex abuse allegations.

Filed under: Controversy • Sports
October 31st, 2011
11:44 AM ET

NBA cancells games through end of November – will there be any basketball this year?

The National Basketball Association announced Friday that all games through November 30 are cancelled as team owners and players continue to battle over a new collective bargaining agreement. The talks remained stalled after team owners rejected calls by the players' union for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a new labor deal. The NBA, however, remains "committed" to reaching a deal, the deputy NBA commissioner says.

Carol Costello speaks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim to discuss if a deal is still possible – or if the entire season is on the brink of being cancelled.

Filed under: NBA • Sports
October 28th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Cardinals force game 7 with stunning comeback over Texas

The St. Louis Cardinals staged a nearly miraculous comeback Thursday night, beating the Texas Rangers in extra innings to take the World Series to a final Game 7.  The Cardinals were pushed to within their last strike in the 9th and 10th innings, only to come back and erase two-run deficits in both times. They finished the comeback in the eleventh inning when David Freese hit a walk-off home run, leading the Rangers to a 10-9 win. The two teams will now meet again Friday in a final game that will decide the World Series champion.

Carol Costello speaks with Andy Martino, sports writer for the New York Daily News, to talk about the game that some people are already calling the greatest in the history of the World Series.

Filed under: Sports
October 17th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

What does yesterday's deadly car crash mean for the future of Indy racing?

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died yesterday after he was involved in a multi-car wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. Wheldon was only 33 years old and had a wife and two sons who were present at the race.

Following the crash, the rest of the race - the marquee event of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships - was canceled. The drivers, many of whom were visibly emotional after emerging from a meeting with IndyCar officials, did a five-lap salute in Wheldon's honor.

Jon Wertheim, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, talks to Alina Cho and Christine Romans on American Morning today about what likely went wrong on the track and what the accident means for the future of Indy Racing.

Filed under: IndyCar • Sports
October 17th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Former IndyCar driver talks about losing Dan Wheldon

A fiery crash claimed the life of two time Indy-500 champion Dan Wheldon yesterday, leaving many fans wondering what went wrong on the racetrack.

The devastating crash involved fifteen cars and happened only five minutes into the race, making Wheldon the seventh person in IndyCar racing to die in an accident since 1996.

Today on American Morning, Lyn St. James, former Indy Race car driver, explains how the racing community is reacting to Wheldon's death and discusses the dangers of the sport.

Filed under: Sports
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