Mike McQueary, the former Penn State football assistant coach who complained he saw Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at his sex abuse trial sued the university on Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation.

The whistle-blower lawsuit claims McQueary's treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment.

The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks at least $4 million in damages.

The lawsuit discloses that shortly after Sandusky was charged, the university's then-president, Graham Spanier, met with athletic department staff inside the university's football stadium and expressed his support for athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, who had been charged with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse in the Sandusky case. Spanier also issued a public statement with the same message.

Curley, now on leave, and Schultz, who has retired, have repeatedly denied the charges against them and await trial.

McQueary said Spanier's support of the two administrators was designed to preserve the university's reputation and make McQueary a scapegoat.


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McQueary, whose contract with Penn State wasn't renewed, testified this summer that he came upon Sandusky and the boy in a sexually suggestive position in a team shower in early 2001. McQueary, then a graduate assistant coach, reported the episode to then-head football coach Joe Paterno, who in turn alerted Curley and Schultz. Paterno was fired after the three men were charged, and he died of complications from lung cancer in January.

NHL

Leaders from the NHL and the NHLPA met Tuesday though no end appears in site to the NHL lockout that now threatens the start to the regular season.

"Today," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, "was not overly encouraging."

Daly estimated that the league has lost $100 million in revenues from the canceled preseason. And though they can pick up at any time, for the moment, there are no further talks scheduled.

That only further increases speculation that regular-season games could be lost, with an announcement sometime this week. The season was slated to begin Oct. 11.

"We are closer by definition (to canceling regular-season games)," Daly said. "We are focused on minimizing the damage."

Golf

Describing the role as "torture" at times, victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal ruled out the possibility of staying on for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles (Scotland).

The Spaniard returned to Europe on Monday night, cradling the gleaming golden trophy and still reveling in Europe's stirring rally over the United States at Medinah (Ill.) on Sunday.

But after seven matches as a player -- during which he teamed up so effectively with the late Seve Ballesteros -- and now another as a winning captain, he has come to the end of his 25-year Ryder Cup career.

"I can assure you it will be a no, period," Olazabal said Tuesday.

  • Jack Nicklaus turned down an offer from 2013 Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples to be an assistant captain at Muirfield Village (Ohio).

    Tennis

    Australian Open organizers have increased prize money to a record $31.1 million for 2013 in response to player concerns about compensation at Grand Slam tournaments, making it the richest in tennis history.

  • Rafael Nadal plans to return from a knee injury at an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament in December. Nadal hasn't played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June. He is recovering from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

    WNBA

    The Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 75-64 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face Connecticut. In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm 73-72 to advance to the conference finals. Minnesota will host Los Angeles in the opener of the West finals Thursday night.