Pennsylvania's state government pension system will send Jerry Sandusky a $211,000 check next week to cover payments going back to when it illegally stopped his retirement benefits after the former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced for child molestation.

The State Employees' Retirement System told Sandusky lawyer Richard Beran last week that it will mail the check Monday and that Sandusky's $4,900 monthly benefits will resume in January.

A court ruled on Nov. 13 that the pension system was wrong to classify Sandusky as a university employee at the time of the sexual abuse crimes that were the basis of his pension forfeiture. It ordered the retroactive payments, along with 6 percent interest, and the pension system did not appeal.

Sandusky, 71, is serving a lengthy prison term after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. He maintains his innocence and is appealing.

Although Penn State is not a state-owned university, employees such as Sandusky, retired after decades as a defensive coordinator, are allowed to participate in the pension system. He collected a $148,000 lump sum payment upon retiring in 1999.

Penn State disclosed last month that it has paid 32 claims related to Sandusky, worth a total of $93 million.


Twins minor leaguer suspended

The commissioner's office said four players were suspended under baseball's minor league drug program, including one from the Twins organization.

Clario Perez, a pitcher in the Pirates organization, was banned for 80 games. Catcher Kerby Camacho of the Twins organization and pitcher Jose Martinez of the Mets organization drew bans of 60 games, and pitcher Will Dennis of Baltimore got 50 games.

Camacho, 18, tested positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. An 11th-round draft pick this year who attended the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, Camacho hit .093 with one homer and five RBI for the Gulf Coast League Twins.

... The Cubs claimed lefthanded pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Orioles and released recently acquired infielder Brendan Ryan. ... Free agent John Jaso and the Pirates agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract.


Federation bans drones

The international ski federation is banning camera drones from its World Cup races after one of the flying objects crashed and nearly hit Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher during a slalom in Italy.

FIS will prohibit drones "as long as I am responsible ... because they are a bad thing for safety," men's race director Markus Waldner said Wednesday, a day after the night race in Madonna di Campiglio.

"It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt," Waldner said. "I am very angry."

The drone carrying a TV camera came down and shattered on the icy slope just behind Hirscher, a few seconds after the Olympic silver medalist started his second run.


Tennis: Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling is retiring at the age of 31 because of illness. The Swede, who ended Rafael Nadal's 31-match winning streak at the French Open in 2009, has never fully recovered from contracting glandular fever in 2011, when he last played competitively. Soderling, who rose as high as No. 4 and has a 310-170 win-loss ratio, reached the final at Roland Garros in 2009 and 2010.

Soccer: John Hackworth is taking over as coach of the U.S. under-17 men's national team for the second time. Hackworth is replacing Richie Williams, who was hired as an assistant coach of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake. Hackworth coached the under-17 team from 2004-07, leading it to the quarterfinals of the 2005 Under-17 World Cup.