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A year that began with Rodney Erickson as president, David Joyner as athletic director and Bill O'Brien as football coach looks very different now with Penn State University's main...(full article)

The two men sat in the Phillies dugout Friday afternoon and answered questions during separate sessions about the $125 million festering predicament. One protected his investment; ...(full article)

Ryan Howard was benched Thursday for the second consecutive game, as Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg once again opted to sit his struggling slugger even though the Sa...(full article)

Jay Paterno's lawsuit against Penn State is a 41-page joke, a waste of time that reads like a ninth-grader's essay, where the kid tries to beef up an argument that has no legitimac...(full article)

On the day the police arrived at the home of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to arrest him on multiple counts of child sexual abuse, Graham Spanier ...(full article)

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Open Season on PSU Players

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Paterno's Name Still on Library

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Artist Paints Over Paterno's Halo

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A Last Look at His Numbers

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