The Daily News from Lebanon, Pennsylvania on August 11, 2009 · 11
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The Daily News from Lebanon, Pennsylvania · 11

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ty y y ijg jgyyi yi;wwyyywii Baseball roundup, 3B WITH COMICS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at the Eagles training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Pros are real, McCoy Theres a lot of pressure on his shoulders, being drafted as a running back when we have (Brian) Westbrook here . Now everyone is expecting him to do so much. DONOVAN McNABB, onVookTe teammate LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy adjusts to life in the NFL, as he could be key for the Eagles. By ROB MAADI Associated Press BETHLEHEM LeSean McCoy slipped after taking a hand-off, got up leisurely and was swarmed in the backfield by the defense. Welcome to the NFL, rookie. McCoy, the Philadelphia Eagles second-round draft pick, has plenty to learn. His new team has an intricate offense, and he must know all the pass routes, blocking schemes and where to run. One detail McCoy shouldve picked up before he got here: Unlike the college game, the play isnt automatically dead when a players knee touches the ground. At the tender age of 21, McCoy could quickly become an important part of Philadelphias offense, especially if Brian Westbrook isnt healthy enough to cany the load. McCoy is taking most of the reps with the first unit in training camp because Westbrook still is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. So far, the pace of the game has been the biggest adjustment for McCoy, a two-year standout at Pittsburgh. Its a lot different than I expected, McCoy said. Its a lot faster, but the physical part, getting hit thats kind of normal. The thing is guys get to you faster than in college. A shifty runner, the 5-foot-ll, 198-pound McCoy has a knack for finding holes and piling up yards. He rushed for 1,488 yards and 21 touchdowns at Pitt last season, and 2,816 yards and 35 TDs in two years, breaking several of Tony Dorsetts school records. Vision is one of my biggest things that kind of makes me a good player, he said. Keep it basic, hit the holes. McCoy also had 65 receptions at Pitt His receiving skills will be useful because the Eagles often throw to their backs. When we drafted him, we thought he was an excellent receiver not only out of the back-field, but we believe that he could play a receiver spot in this league, offensive coordinator Marty Momhinweg said. Well use him all over the place there. Hes really an exceptional receiver. McCoy originally planned to stay at Pitt for his junior season, but chose to enter the draft shortly after the Panthers lost 3-0 to Oregon in the Sun Bowl. A seasonending ankle injuiy during his senior year in high school helped persuade McCoy to turn pro early. See McCOY, page 4B Nagy gets his chance The Central grad and Palmyra assistant signed on with Eagles. From staff and wire reports One mans misfortune is another mans dream come true. Or at least it could turn out that way for Matt Nagy. Nagy, a former star quar terback at Manheim Central, the University of Delaware and the Arena Football League, and currently an assistant coach at Palmyra Area High School, is now, at least for the time being, a backup quarterback for the Eagles. Following a sprained left knee suffered by Birds backup QB Kevin Kolb on Monday, the Eagles signed Nagy, who had been working with the team as a coaching intern for the second straight summer, to fill the roster spot and serve as the third quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and AJ. Feeley. Kolb is expected to miss Thursdays preseason opener against the Patriots and will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis following the game. After starring at Manheim Central in the mid 1990s, Nagy went on to Delaware, where he earned third-team All-America honors. He later spent six seasons in the Arena league, leading two different teams to Arena Bowl titles. Nagy, 31, joined Palmyras staff last year as tlpe offensive coordinator for head coach Chris Pope and helped the Cougars to a 5-5 record. To make room on the roster for Nagy, the team released wide receiver Brandon Robinson, a rookie from Boston College. Also going down with an injury in Eaglesrcamp at Lehigh on Monday was defensive end Trent Cole, who suffered a sprained left shoulder. . The Eagles already have lost starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley and rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram for the season. Both players suffered ACL knee injuries last week Per team rules, Nagy did not speak to the media last night but should be available to reporters today, according to fellow Palmyra assistant Mike Snyder, who exchanged text messages with Nagy on Monday. Smoke emerges from rain Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed NASCAR race at Watkins Glen. By JOHN KEKIS Associated Press WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - When the rain held off and The Glen heated up, Smoke was in his element Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a steamy Monday, muscling an ill-handling car in the early going and then holding off Australian Marcos Ambrose over the final 25 laps for his Cup-record fifth victory at the famed road course. I love it when it gets slick, Stewart said after his 36th Cup win. Theres just something about this place. Weve been really good. Stewart has finished first or second in eight of the past 11 Cup road races, but had to keep the hard-charging Ambrose at bay. Ambrose won the Nationwide race here Saturday with a daring move that surprised Kyle Busch for the lead and finished third a year ago in the Cup race after starting last I was watching him (Ambrose), Stewart said. I think we were stronger in the parts we needed to be and we never looked at the fuel. It was Stewarts third win in his first season as an owner-driver and the seventh road course win of his career, second to four-time Watkins Glen winner Jeff Gordons NAS-CAR-record nine. Stewart has six consecutive top-two finishes at Watkins Glen, also winning in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007 and finishing second in 2006 and 2008. All of Stewarts previous success at The Glen came with crew chief Greg Zipadelli at Joe Gibbs Racing Darian Grubb was atop the pit box this time for Stewart-Haas Racing The two-time Cup champion always seems to peak in the hot days of summer, and hes right on schedule. See SMOKE, page 3B AijSOGIA I CD PRESS CHARLES BEHCH Tony Stewart celebrates after winning Mondays race at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Patemo, Penn State ready for title defense With a new hip, JoePa is prepared to return to the sideline and lead the Nittany Lions. By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press STATE COLLEGE New hip, new contract Same JoePa Relegated to the press box for much of last season because of a sore hip, a healthy coach Joe Pater-no plans to return to the sideline this fall as Penn State prepares to defend its Big Ten title. Really, did you expect JoePa to be anywhere else? Tve enjoyed the competition, I enjoy the challenges that go on with coaching at the level were at I enjoy being around young people, said the 82-year-old Patemo, who had hip replacement surgeiy late last year. I don't know what else Id rather do. Hes been doing it for a while, too Patemo enters his 44th year as head coach, and a mind-boggling 60th at Penn State including his 16 years as an assistant Armed with a new three-year deal, the Hall of Fame coach isnt planning on going anywhere in the near future. In fact the settled contract and improved health made this offseason one of the quietest in a while in Happy Valley. Recruiting is going well, and the Nittany Lions seem to be over a string of major off-field issues from recent seasons. Thats kept most of the focus on the team coming back. Patemos crew again seems primed for a Big Ten title run and possibly a national title chase. See PENS STATE, page 4B Phillies Martinez to start Wednesday By RAY PARRILLO Tire Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA - At long last the Pedro Martinez experiment will move from the lab to the pitchers mound. In a decision that has been anticipated since Martinez pitched his final minor-league rehab assignment with Reading on Thursday, the Phillies on Monday announced that the 37-year-old right-hander would start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs at Wngley Field, where the Phils open a three-game series tonight As a result Jamie Moyer will be moved to the bullpen, even though it is generally believed his style is not conducive to effective relief pitching The Phillies may need a sixth starter in September, when they play 30 games, including two makeup contests. The 46-year-old Moyer is signed through next season. Lefthander J.A Happ will pitch tonight as the Phillies open a six-game road trip. Entering Monday night they held a four-game lead over Florida in the NL East See MARTINEZ, page 3B n 0 tl ' b

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