McNabb Practices, Should Be Ready For Giants This Week

McNabb Practices, Should Be Ready For Giants This Week

Number five returned to practice today with the Birds and should be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Giants.  Mathematically speaking, the Eagles are not eliminated from the playoff hunt just yet, but realistically, most fans don't believe the team will get there.

This leads to the question of what the final four games of the season will mean to McNabb, the Eagles, and the rest of the league.  McNabb will go out and play his tail off as does every single time he takes the field.  Nobody questions this.  What I want to know is whether McNabb will be, in a sense, auditioning for his future.  With McNabb set to pull in over $9 million in 2008, his future with the Eagles is as unclear as ever.

ESPN's John Clayton has an interesting take on all of this and suggests that the Eagles should look to Brett Favre as an example and keep McNabb for many more years to come.  The only problem with that thought process is the fact that it would seemingly waste the selection of Kevin Kolb.  Clayton's opinion doesn't seem to resonate with anyone in Philadelphia.  The buzz in Philly is that McNabb is as good as gone once this season is over.

I'm torn on the issue.  The final four games will play a big role in my final evaluation and I'll be watching and hoping to see flashes of the Donovan McNabb from yesteryear, from the days when he was a legitimate MVP candidate.  These next four games may not have real playoff implications, but everyone around the NFL will be watching.

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.

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.