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Penn State ex-President Spanier gets US travel OK

Penn State ex-President Spanier gets US travel OK

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Former Penn State President Graham Spanier learned Monday he can travel outside state lines while free on bail, but a judge said no to any foreign trips.

Spanier's lawyer Ed Spreha confirmed the one-page order, which was posted on the court system's website, but declined to comment on its substance.

The order requires Spanier to provide five days' notice of any travel outside Pennsylvania. He may not have any contact with current or past members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or with any witnesses in the case against him.

Spanier faces charges that include obstruction and perjury for allegedly covering up complaints in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

He had sought permission to travel to Europe for work and family matters, but the bail modification limits him to the continental United States.

A message left for the attorney general's office late Monday was not immediately returned.

Spanier served as Penn State president for 16 years before he was forced out in November 2011, shortly after Sandusky was arrested along with two other former university administrators.

Spanier and the other officials, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, are awaiting a preliminary hearing and all three deny the allegations.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Bellefonte regarding Sandusky's post-sentencing motions. He was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, but maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon at the NBA Combine.

Turgeon talked about his three draft-eligible players and what this time is like advising them. Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their early favorites for the Wizards' first round pick and their biggest takeaways from the NBA Combine measurements.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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