Don't Forget to Watch Jrue Holiday Represent All That Is Good About the Sixers This Weekend

Don't Forget to Watch Jrue Holiday Represent All That Is Good About the Sixers This Weekend

Jrue Holiday has been the best thing (occasionally, the only good thing)
about watching the Sixers this season, and for his efforts to make our
team watchable—usually in vain, but at least the boy tries—he was
invited to hobnob with the NBA elite at All-Star Weekend this year. Not
only will he be playing in the game proper, as the youngest Sixer ever
elected to represent the Eastern Conference at the Mid-Winter Classic,
but he'll also be participating in the Skills Competition, where he'll
get to prove that he can dribble through cones and pass through
cylinders and prove what a fundamental boss he is.

The skills
competition is up first on Saturday night, probably around 9:00-ish
(just after the always-riveting Shooting Stars competition), and Jrue is
currently being pegged
by Vegas as the favorite at 3 to 1, ahead of Tony Parker, Damian
Lillard, Jeremy Lin, Brandon Knight and Jeff Teague. (Sounds right to
me—my money would either be on Jrue or Lin.) The All-Star Game is on
Sunday at 8:00, with Jrue coming off the bench for the East. Expect the
Damaja to get a decent amount of burn as one of only two point guards
the team will have at their disposal, along with Cavaliers sophomore
sensation Kyrie Irving.

No other Sixers at All-Star Weekend this
year, regrettably—Arnett Moultrie's recent hot streak was far too
little, too late to get him into the Rookie-Sophomore Game, and none of
our other guys are skilled enough to get into any of the other
competitions on their own merits. Still, if we were to send but one
representative to basketball's three-day celebration of its best and
brightest, we could do a lot worse than Jrue. Support your a11-star,
won't you?


Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.