Penn State officials will face perjury charges

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Penn State officials will face perjury charges

From Comcast SportsNetHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children.Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled against the motions by former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that would have thrown out the count of perjury against each man.The judge did not rule on the other count they each face, failure to properly report suspected child abuse. In that case, the defendants have argued the statute of limitations has expired. The judge said that dismissal request would be ruled on separately.The judge said the claim made by Schultz and Curley that there is insufficient evidence to corroborate the perjury charges will be more appropriately pursued during the trial. He also said prosecutors have given the defendants sufficient information about which parts of their grand jury testimony make up the perjury allegation."Having satisfied the request to specify the statements it will seek to prove as perjurious, we find that the commonwealth need not identify the manner in which it intends to prove the alleged falsity of each statement," the judge wrote.The perjury counts are felonies, while failure to report suspected child abuse is a summary offense, less serious than a misdemeanor.Schultz, the university's former vice president for business and finance, has retired. Curley, the athletic director, is on leave. Their trial is scheduled to begin in Harrisburg with jury selection on Jan. 7. Defense lawyers are seeking to split the criminal cases against them.A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the defendants' lawyers did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some on campus. He remains jailed awaiting sentencing Oct. 9.Eight young men testified against Sandusky, describing a range of abuse they said went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex and anal rape when they were boys and for some included acts that occurred inside Penn State team showers. One young man testified his muffled screams from the basement of the Sandusky home in State College, where Penn State is based, went unanswered as Sandusky attacked him.The 68-year-old Sandusky maintains his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but insisting he never molested them. Given his age and the serious nature of the crimes of which he was convicted, he's likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life.The abuse scandal touched off by Sandusky's Nov. 5 arrest rocked Penn State, bringing down famed coach Joe Paterno and the university's president and leading the NCAA, college sports' governing body, to levy unprecedented sanctions against the university's football program.Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, hired by university trustees to conduct an investigation into the university's handling of abuse complaints against Sandusky, concluded that Paterno, ousted president Graham Spanier, Curley and Schultz concealed a 2001 allegation against Sandusky to protect Penn State from bad publicity.The late coach's family, as well as Spanier, Curley and Schultz, have hotly disputed Freeh's assertions.

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Who would be the lucky 25 on an Orioles postseason roster?

Who would be the lucky 25 on an Orioles postseason roster?

A week from now, the Orioles season will be over — or it will be just beginning. 

The guess here is that the Orioles make it into the postseason, and they’ll return to Toronto just days after they left it for the wild-card game on Oct. 4. 

Of course, the Orioles could host that wild-card game eight days from now, but that would assume they beat out the Toronto Blue Jays, whom they trail by 1 ½ games. The Blue Jays play the Yankees tonight, and if they lose, the Orioles will trail by a game. If they win, it’s two games, and the Orioles have to sweep in order to leave Toronto with the advantage. 

Incidentally, if the Orioles and Blue Jays end the regular season with the same record, the team that wins the season series gets home field, and the Orioles must win all three games to capture a 10-9 advantage.

Rogers Centre has historically been unfriendly to the Orioles. They’ve lost five of seven there this year, and they won the season series in Toronto just once (2014) in the last 11 series. 

They haven’t won even a three-game series there since June 2015, when they took two of three, and haven’t swept three games since Apr. 22-24, 2005. 

Detroit, which trails the Orioles by 1 ½ games, plays Cleveland, and should the Orioles and Tigers tie for the second wild card, they’d play a tiebreaker in Baltimore a week from now. 

If the Orioles get to the wild-card, they’ll have to trim their roster from 35 to 25. (If they have to play a tiebreaker, it’s treated as a 163rd regular season game, and they’d have the full roster on hand.)

If they get to the wild card and win it, they would play the American League team with the best record. 

At the moment, Boston, winners of 11 straight, and Texas both have 92-64 records. Cleveland, which is about to clinch the AL Central, is 90-65.

Who would be on the Orioles playoff roster?

SURE THINGS: 

Pitchers — Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Darren O’Day, Donnie Hart. 

Catchers — Matt Wieters, Caleb Joseph

Infielders — Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Ryan Flaherty, Pedro Alvarez

Outfielders — Hyun Soo Kim, Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo, Michael Bourn

Of the remaining five roster spots, four would probably go to pitchers. 
Would manager Buck Showalter want six starting pitcher types and include Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley? 

All three have pitched well recently. 

Gallardo has only pitched two seasons in the American League, and is 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA against Boston. He allowed two runs in five innings in his only start against Cleveland and is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in his two starts against Texas, for whom he pitched last season. 

Jimenez is 2-6 with a 6.82 ERA when facing the Red Sox, 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA against Cleveland and 4-3 with a 2.78 ERA against Texas.

Miley recorded just four outs while allowing six runs in his only start against the Red Sox, is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in two starts against Cleveland and 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA in four starts against Texas. 

If you’re thinking that maybe Showalter could use Gallardo, Jimenez or Miley as a swingman, the Orioles would only need four starters in a five-game Division Series, and only Jimenez has pitched in the bullpen recently. 

Gallardo’s three major league relief appearances came in 2007, and Miley hasn’t pitched in relief since 2012. 

Of course, if Showalter was concerned that Dylan Bundy was tiring, he could always put him in the bullpen for the postseason and use two of Gallardo, Jimenez and Miley as starters. 

If Showalter chose to put Gallardo, Jimenez and Miley on the postseason roster, and the Orioles carried 12 pitchers, they’d have to choose between Oliver Drake, Tommy Hunter and Vance Worley for the 12th spot. 

Drake has allowed just two earned runs on four hits in 11 innings since his recall last August from Norfolk, but is by far the rawest choice. 

Hunter has tons of postseason experience, and while Worley hasn’t been used as often since the rosters expanded, he could be more valuable as a long man with a shorter roster. 

As for the extra position player, Bourn is included because of his pinch running and defensive ability, and based on his first week in the big leagues, the Orioles may opt for Trey Mancini over Nolan Reimold. 

The Orioles would travel with a handful of extra players for the postseason in case of injuries. The pitchers who aren’t selected — catcher Francisco Pena, infielder Paul Janish and outfielder Drew Stubbs — could also go along, if they’re needed later on. 

RELATED: ORIOLES STRENGTHEN PLAYOFF POSITION WITH WIN OVER ARIZONA
 

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Su'a Cravens channels Chappelle Show in perfect postgame tweet after Redskins win

Su'a Cravens channels Chappelle Show in perfect postgame tweet after Redskins win

Su'a Cravens had a monster game for the Redskins on Sunday, including an interception to seal the first victory of the season.

After the game, the rookie sent the perfect tweet. 

RELATED: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE REDSKINS' VICTORY

Cravens' tweet is an homage to The Chappelle Show, arguably one of television's funniest ever sketch comedy shows that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s.

The "Game...Blouses" is a hilarious h/t to a skit where Dave Chapelle played the late Prince, who schooled Charlie Murphy in basketball. Check it out below, but be warned the sketch includes explicit language and general lewdness. If easily offended, don't watch.

For the game, Cravens had three tackles and two passes defensed to go with his pick of Eli Manning on the Giants last drive. Cravens almost had a first-half interception as well, but he and safety David Bruton both went for the pass and neither came down with it. In just the third game of his NFL career, Cravens is proving well worth his second-round draft position, and off the field, proving he has star power too. 

No word on if post-game pancakes were served at Giants Stadium.