Raul Ibanez On New Team And New Eats

Raul Ibanez On New Team And New Eats

"You can tell there's a special vibe in here," said Ibanez, scanning
the Phillies clubhouse after the workout. "It's a great environment,
everything I expected and more. Coming in here, it feels like one of my
first spring trainings. This is already a great club. Hopefully, I can
bring something to the table and add to it."

And he even handled the question of how he plans on replacing Pat Burrell well:

"Nobody can replace anybody," Ibanez said. "We're all different. But
I'll bring the best version of myself every day that I can. I'll let it
all hang out on the field. You're talking about a great player, and the
things he did in Philadelphia speak for themselves. For me to try to
replace someone like that would be foolish. I just have to be myself."

Jim Salisbury's piece on the newest member of the Phillies is chock-full of juicy lines, like this bit from Cholly on whether Ibanez will have to be replaced late in games with the likes of Eric Bruntlett and his all-ball-stopping-beard.

"Right now, I'd say he'll play all nine innings," Manuel said. "He
starts as a nine-inning guy and we'll go from there. I don't even want
to bring it up. I don't give a damn what people think. I'll see for

Damn right, Cholly. Spring is here and it feels good.

>>Raul Ibanez arrives in Clearwater [Inquirer]

In other Ibanez news, the dude likes his cheesesteaks according to Scott Lauber who gets all bloggy with the below video. Windy in Florida! I bet they don't have these down there.

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview


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.