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Penn State beats Michigan State in unique Palestra Big Ten game

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Penn State beats Michigan State in unique Palestra Big Ten game

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Tom Izzo got his bucket-list game.

But the legendary Michigan State didn’t get a win.

In the first Big Ten regular-season game ever played at the Palestra, Penn State rode strong performances from Philly natives Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr to a 72-63 win over the visiting Spartans on Saturday afternoon.

Stevens had a game-high 18 points and six rebounds while Carr had 14. Another Philly native, Mike Watkins, finished with 11 points. Payton Banks, whose sister played her home games at the Palestra for Penn, also had 11 after scoring 20 in the Nittany Lions’ last game at the Palestra — a 63-57 win over Drexel a little over a year ago.

Nick Ward led Michigan State with 16 points.

The unique game, played in front of a sold-out crowd and shown on ESPN, was set up because Penn State coach Patrick Chambers wanted a home game in Philly since six of his players hail from the region. And Izzo wanted the chance to coach in the historic gym for the first time in his legendary career.

Both got their wish but only Chambers walked away with the win as the Nittany Lions (10-7, 2-2) snapped Michigan State’s four-game winning streak and handed the Spartans (11-6, 3-1) their first Big Ten loss of the season.

Leading by 11 with under five minutes to go, Penn State had its lead whittled down to six before Carr hit a big bucket and the Nittany Lions came through with a couple of key steals to fend off the perennial powerhouse in front of a packed crowd filled with fans who braved the snow.

Earlier, the venerable gym got loud after Banks drilled a three-pointer to put Penn State up 27-19 with 7:45 left in the first half and even louder when another Banks' trey gave the Nittany Lions a 37-25 lead four minutes later.

After the Spartans pulled within five, Penn State scored the final seven points of the half — two buckets from Stevens and a three from Carr in the final seconds — to take a 44-32 lead into the break.

Penn State shot 60 percent from the field in the first half while committing only three turnovers.

More coming …

Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.

The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.

Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers.