Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday said it would not review Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction, but other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky had asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.

He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction about how long it took his victims to report the abuse and that jurors should not have been told to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence.

Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

He can file a new appeal under the state's Post Conviction Relief Act. That appeal could address any newly discovered evidence as well as any claims that Sandusky's lawyers were not effective.

Sandusky also could eventually take his case to federal court.

  • Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings with lawmakers in Washington, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.

    The vote will be held April 25, according to Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association.

    During meetings on Capitol Hill, Huma and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter tried to drum up support just a week after a ruling that the athletes were employees and had the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.


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    Running back Jeremy Stewart signed a one-year contract that keeps him in a Raiders uniform for a third straight season. Stewart appeared in 17 games during his first two seasons in Oakland. He played mostly special teams, though he also touched the ball 37 times as a backup to Darren McFadden.

    McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew are expected to compete for the starting spot at running back next season. Stewart is among several candidates for backup spots.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Heyward-Bey caught 29 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season with Indianapolis. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Raiders before being released last spring.

    Miscellany

    The University of Houston hired Kelvin Sampson as its men's basketball coach. Sampson, an assistant with the Houston Rockets of the NBA since 2011, replaces James Dickey, who stepped down last month citing family matters.

    Sampson's previous head-coaching jobs include stints at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He received a five-year show cause order from the NCAA in 2008 after violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits, which effectively barred him from coaching in college until 2013.

  • The Los Angeles Sparks signed free-agent guard Candice Wiggins. The former Stanford star played last season with the Tulsa Shock after playing for Minnesota from 2008-12. Wiggins joins fellow Stanford alum Nneka Ogwumike on the Sparks' roster.

    Staff writer Steve Corkran contributed to this report.