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Sex abuse college loses its victories

The governing body of US college sports took unprecedented action against Penn State University's revered football programme yesterday in response to a child sex abuse scandal, fining the school $60m (£39m) and voiding the team's victories for the past 14 seasons.

Penn State officials were accused of not taking action after being alerted to child sex abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The scandal tainted one of college football's leading coaches, the late Joe Paterno, and led to his firing last year along with other top school officials.