Talent Show! San Diego Possible Future Phillies in Town for Scorching Weekend Set

Talent Show! San Diego Possible Future Phillies in Town for Scorching Weekend Set

The Phillies are linked to just about every available right-handed bat and relief arm on the market right about now, marking yet another player movement period in which they, like the Eagles and Flyers, are the playground of agents and sportswriters alike.  

With the trade deadline ever nearer, and the sell-mode Padres in town this weekend, we're bound to be treated to quite a few more speculative stories. So be sure to pay close attention to the guys trotting in from right field while drowning yourselves in beverages, alcoholic and otherwise, over the next four nights. To those who like to hang over the bullpen fence in Ashburn Alley, be sure to say nice things to Mike Adams. We want him changing bullpens to the lower deck sometime soon.  

Pitching matchups for the weekend (provided no one gets they ass traded) below:

Friday, 7:05  Cole Hamels vs. Cory Luebke (L)

Saturday, 4:10  Kyle Kendrick vs. Mat Latos (R)

Sunday, 1:35  Roy Halladay vs. Tim Stauffer (R)

Monday, 1:05  Cliff Lee vs. Aaron Harang (R)

A bit of a traffic advisory—there'll be folks on their way to the shore tonight, the Phils, plus the Soul at the Wells Fargo Center. Tomorrow, the Phils play in the late afternoon, and the Linc will host the Union and Real Madrid, which will draw a big crowd. I'd say to take public transportation if possible, but that's what I'm planning to do, and nobody likes a crowded Orange Line car.

Finally, if you have an extra minute, please go cast a vote for our friend Tug Haines, who you probably know from TheFightins and CasualFan. He's been on the road all summer catching baseball at a variety of minor league parks, and he's in contest over at MLB.com. Tug's a great Phils fan and an even better tailgate burger chef. VOTETUG!

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.