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Report: SU athletics staffer under investigation

Report: SU athletics staffer under investigation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The media director for Syracuse University's athletic department is no longer employed by the school and, according to a newspaper report, is being investigated by police.

Roger Springfield no longer works for the university, Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs at the university said Wednesday night. Quinn did not provide additional information.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported Springfield is under investigation by Syracuse police and the district attorney's office.

Attorney James McGraw has been hired to represent Springfield. He did not return a phone call from The Associated Press. McGraw told The Post-Standard he did not know what prompted the investigation.

Fitzpatrick told the paper the investigation began after university officials contacted law enforcement officials recently. He said he expected it to last another two to three weeks.

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Orioles Twitter celebrates sweep of Phillies in emphatic fashion

Orioles Twitter celebrates sweep of Phillies in emphatic fashion

The Baltimore Orioles pulled off a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with an 11-4 drubbing on Thursday. The team, which was expected to suffer through another year of rebuilding and poor results, is off to a surprising 10-7 start.

With the early success, Twitter users got the opportunity to do something they haven't been able to do much of as of late: brag and troll. And boy, did they ever.

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The Orioles team account made sure everyone knew exactly what just went down in Philadelphia, and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. once again made a joke about the team's low expectations.

Of course, old takes had to be exposed and jokes about the cardboard fans almost wrote themselves.

Baltimore will ride its hot streak into a weekend series with the Washington Nationals, a team they just beat twice and nearly swept if it wasn't for a tarp malfunction. Though the Nationals are the defending champions, the confidence within the Orioles and their fans is not wavering.

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Phillies analyst calls team 'lifeless' following Orioles series sweep

Phillies analyst calls team 'lifeless' following Orioles series sweep

Tuesday saw the Baltimore Orioles take down the Philadelphia Phillies 10-9 in extra innings in the first game of a three-game set. The loss for Philadelphia could largely be pinned on some bad defensive-lapses in the field.

Following the result, NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst Ricky Bottalico let the Phillies know just how disappointing their play on the field was

“I thought this game was an embarrassment to baseball. I felt like the Bad News Bears-type stuff today," Bottalico said.

On Thursday, Baltimore completed the sweep with an 11-4 drubbing. So, of course, Bottalico had some more words for Philadelphia. The team went from an "embarrassment" to "lifeless."

"Watching this game, I saw a lifeless Phillies team," Bottalico said. "Coming into a game where you're playing the Baltimore Orioles and the Orioles had just beaten you up two games in a row, you would have thought there would be some fight back."

Bottalico specifically took issue with the Phillies bullpen, which has consistently struggled throughout the 2020 season.

"If I was out there and I was in this bullpen and I wasn't pitching well right now, I would be scared to death to walk into that clubhouse every day after the game," Bottalico said.

Coming into the 2020 season, the Phillies were expected to contend for the playoffs while the Orioles struggled through another year of rebuilding. For at least three days in August, the roles were reversed. 

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