Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered as a university icon who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.

Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients.

The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others might produce settlements.

Sandusky, 69, has been pursuing appeals while he serves a 30- to 60-year sentence on 45 criminal counts.

He was convicted of abusing 10 boys, some of them at Penn State facilities.

Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda." Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC President Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.

Golf

Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under 67 for a one-shot win over Tiger Woods in an 18-hole exhibition in Haiku, China. McIlroy has yet to win in an official event this year. Woods was paid $2 million for the event, and McIlroy took home $1.5 million.

  • The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the tour in 2014. She already is No. 5 in women's world ranking.

    Miscellany

    Cal's Nov. 9 game against USC -- its final home game of the season -- has been set for a noon kickoff and will be aired on Fox, the Pac-12 office announced.

  • Game On Dude was made the early 8-5 favorite in an impressive field of 12 for Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race he has failed to win in two previous tries for trainer Bob Baffert. Game On Dude drew the No. 9 post.

  • In his first match since returning from a four-month ban after a failed doping test, Marin Cilic beat Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Paris Masters.

  • San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' manager's job. Jim Leyland stepped down after the team's loss to Boston in the ALCS. Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon also have interviewed for the job.

  • Lawyers for Major League Baseball are seeking a speedy dismissal of an Alex Rodriguez lawsuit accusing the league and commissioner Bud Selig of trying to drive him out of baseball, according to a letter sent to a judge.

    Staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.

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