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Ex-Spartans player to be tried for rape

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MASON, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson has been ordered to trial on sexual assault charges.

A 20-year-old woman testified Thursday that Robertson raped her at her off-campus apartment in April. The defensive end from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was kicked off the team after he was charged.

The woman said her boyfriend, a football player, told a coach, who notified police.


Former Arizona St. coach Kush dies at 88

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Frank Kush, the fearsome coach who transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse, has died. He was 88.

Arizona State confirmed the death on Thursday.


Sandusky appeals still waiting in courts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) It's been five years since ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His appeal is just one of many issues related to the scandal that are still working their way through the courts.

A look at some of the pending legal cases:


Kansas to renovate stadium in $300M plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger says plans to renovate Memorial Stadium and build and indoor training facility are moving forward and will cost around $300 million.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that Zenger made the announcement Wednesday night at a meet-and-greet event for the football team at a Kansas City, Missouri, bar. He says architectural drawings are in the works and will be released to the public in September.


Keyshawn Jr. takes leave from Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska freshman receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. won't play for the Cornhuskers this fall.

Johnson on June 9 was ticketed for marijuana possession after a resident director reported suspected drug use in a dormitory room. The four-star recruit from Calabasas, California, enrolled early and went through spring practice.


Tears shed during Vanderbilt rape trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A female student who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room and one of the former Vanderbilt University football players charged with assaulting her both broke down in tears as they testified Wednesday in the athlete's trial.

Visibly shaken during her 16 minutes on the stand, the victim teared up as she told prosecutors that the trial marked the first she has seen Brandon Banks face to face. Until now, she said she had only seen Banks' image in the collection of evidence.


Illinois puts stadium renovation on hold

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.

Whitman on Tuesday said that the new project will cost between $60 million and $80 million. It will include some things planned in the stadium renovation, such as locker rooms, training facilities and coach offices. But it won't include renovations to the stadium's south end zone.

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