One of the most sordid chapters in NCAA history is written as Jerry Sandusky becomes a convicted serial child molester. The longtime Penn State assistant football coach is found guilty of 45 of 48 charges of child molestation. Sandusky, 68, is sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. An independent investigation reveals that Joe Paterno was involved in a cover-up, and the NCAA hits Penn State with a fouryear bowl ban, significant scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine.
■ The Summer Olympics in London open to rave reviews from the world. U.S. swimmers get off to a roaring start.
■ Spain routs Italy to win the Euro Cup and remain the world’s No. 1 soccer power.
■ Roger Federer breaks British hearts by toppling Andy Murray for a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.
■ Ernie Els takes advantage of a spectacular meltdown by Adam Scott to win the British Open.
■ Lin-sanity engulfs Houston as Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin signs as a free agent with the Rockets.