Penn State's 'Paternoville' is no more


Penn State's 'Paternoville' is no more

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Paternoville will now be Nittanyville. The Penn State student group that manages the area outside Beaver Stadium where students camp out for prime football tickets has changed the name of the tent city that spouts up the week before home games in Happy Valley. The also-renamed Nittanyville Coordination Committee said Monday that student officers decided the name change would "return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it." Late coach Joe Paterno was fired in November soon after his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with child sexual abuse. Sandusky awaits sentencing after being convicted last month of abusing 10 boys. He has maintained his innocence. An independent investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh released a report last week that concluded Paterno and other top Penn State administrators concealed Sandusky's abuse to shield the university from bad publicity. On its website, the student organization that runs makeshift campgrounds said that "since it was unlikely another coach would stay as long as Coach Paterno had, changing the name for each new coach would be impractical." "Now, it's a new era of Nittany Lion football," committee President Troy Weller said in a statement released Monday. "And by changing the name to Nittanyville we want to return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it. We thank the Paterno family for their gracious assistance and support over the last several years." Students at this year's encampment plan to donate some fundraising proceeds to a child abuse prevention and treatment center. The tent city was dubbed Paternoville in 2005, and the student organizing group became an official university organization, recognized by the office of student affairs, the following year.

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Davis is part of a special Orioles power group

Davis is part of a special Orioles power group

NEW YORK---In the midst of the Orioles’ eight-run loss on Saturday, a milestone went unnoticed, the second one in as many days to pass with little attention. 

Chris Davis’ third-inning home run was the Orioles’ 200th of the season, the fifth consecutive year they’ve done that, and the second fastest in team history. Davis and Mark Trumbo hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning, giving the Orioles 202. 

On Friday, Manny Machado hit his 30th and 31st homers of the season, giving the Orioles three 30 homer hitters for the first time in franchise history. Davis has 32, and Trumbo leads the majors with 39.

In spring training once Pedro Alvarez was signed, there was talk of the team’s potential to hit home runs, and it has fulfilled the early predictions.

“I think it is pretty special. I think the most impressive to me is what Pedro has done. You know, the fact he has been so consistent with his power not playing every day. That is a really tough thing to do. As a power hitter, a lot of it is rhythm and timing so when you are not getting consistent at-bats every day, to be able to stay in there and be productive is impressive. It has been fun to be a part of,” Davis said. 

While Davis is happy with the team’s power, he’s hoping for better pitching.

“There’s no doubt. We knew we were going to be able to hit the ball going in. I think one of the advantages is, we have a lot of veteran hitters, guys that have been around and been through the fire, so to speak. You can kind of see the writing on the wall. Our big question going into spring training was pitching. It’s been for the past few years, and it will be until some of the younger guys get experience, until we’re able to consistently field a starting rotation and we don’t have to empty the bullpen all the time. That’s what’s frustrating as a player. You see the potential for the guys that are here. You know it’s not translating, and you know there’s not anything you can do as a position player other than play defense and go out there and try and score as many runs as possible,” Davis said.

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Fishing report: Cooler mornings

Steve Chaconas

Fishing report: Cooler mornings

With early high tides, use poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash and Gunfish walkers on 10-12 pound GAMMA Copoly or 20-pound Torque braid. Buzzbaits also worth a shot. Keep a weightless stickworm on deck to cast to missed strikes. Use 20-pound Torque braid and a Mustad 3/0 Mega Bite hook.

Longer and cooler nights are lowering the water temperature to the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs around 90 all week with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Lows cooling to mid 60s. Dropping to around 80 on Friday.” 

No topwater bite; quickly make a change to Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Cast over grass and make contact, then snap free. Also use Chatterbaits and swim jigs in craw patterns. 

As the tides fall, locate ditches in the grass and use soft plastics. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, shaky head, and even dropshot will work on the edges and in the cuts. Weightless stickworms Texas rigged can also be used. The key is to slow down. Try big 10-inch worms too.

The key will be to find areas in the grass that create edges. Ditches in the grass are another solid target. Docks are worth a try while the sun is up and the tide is high. Look for docks with 3-5 feet of water underneath. All of the plastic techniques will work with dropshot providing a seldom seen presentation. 

Use hollow frogs on 60-pound test Torque braid worked on top of grass at every tide and cover water. Mat punching is best with hot days, lots of sun and higher water. Use ½ ounce and heavier tungsten weights to punch through mats.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River.

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Nats' Joe Ross pitches just one inning in 1st minor league rehab game

Nats' Joe Ross pitches just one inning in 1st minor league rehab game

Nationals pitcher Joe Ross made his first minor league rehab assignment appearance on Sunday afternoon with Triple-A Syracuse and it was a brief one.

Ross tossed just 21 pitches in one inning of work against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He allowed one run on three hits and also recorded a strikeout. The three hits Ross allowed were all singles and the run was scored on a fielder's choice groundout.

Ross, 23, threw more pitches in a bullpen session this week. He threw two bullpens total, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, before going to Syracuse. Ross said he threw 25 to 30 pitches in the first session.

Ross is likely to return to the Nationals in their bullpen, with the minor league season nearing its end. He has said his goal is to be starting for the Nationals in mid-September.

Him pitching just one inning could be a part of that plan, and the Nats do have incentive to take it slow with Ross, who is returning from right shoulder inflammation. He previously pitched two minor league games - on July 24 and July 30 - before a setback made the Nats shut him down altogether.

Ross has a 3.49 ERA in 16 MLB starts this season. He last pitched on July 3 against the Reds.

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