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Lions land big one in Parsons

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin looked ahead to a sandy beach, a time when he had hung up his whistle as Penn State football coach and began penning his memoirs when asked about the question central to the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class. “The book will probably be five chapters ...

Queen heading to Colgate

Altoona Area High School two-sport standout Jayvion Queen is a true student-athlete. A Mountain Lion standout in football and basketball, Queen signed a Division I national letter of intent Wednesday morning to attend Colgate University where he will play football. “It’s a prestigious ...

Pitt picks up ‘solid’ class

PITTSBURGH — Pitt football received some early gifts this holiday season. Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA’s early signing period. Student-athletes can get a jump start on their future destinations and sign their national letter of intent until Friday under this new arrangement. A ...

Bearcats take control in 3rd quarter

TYRONE — In many hotly contested high school basketball games, the third quarter, for better or worse, tells the story. In the third quarter, momentum in a game often swings in one direction, and remains there for the duration. Such was the case Wednesday night, when unbeaten Huntingdon ...

Steelers getting back some reinforcements

PITTSBURGH — For vastly different reasons, two of the Steelers veteran starters were prevented from practicing fully or playing in games during December. That changes this week — and Marcus Gilbert and Joe Haden couldn’t be happier. “I’m super, super excited,” said Haden, the ...

Adams agrees to deal with Nationals

WASHINGTON — A person familiar with negotiations says the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms in principle on a $4 million, one-year contract with first baseman Matt Adams, a deal pending a successful physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ...

Lady Panthers hold off Tigers

CRESSON — The Penn Cambria girls appeared to have built a pretty comfortable lead at 45-32 with 6:31 left in a non-conference matchup against Hollidaysburg. Feeding off turnovers and getting stops, Penn Cambria used a 29-12 scoring advantage over the middle quarters to seemingly head down ...

Red Flash cap huge rally

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Saint Francis University women’s basketball team erased a 29-point Portland lead and outlasted the Pilots in double overtime in an improbable 106-101 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The 29-point comeback is the second-largest in NCAA women’s basketball history, ...

Elliott mum in return to Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott’s Dallas teammates alluded to the happy-go-lucky locker room personality they missed — along with the football skills — during the star running back’s six-game suspension. Elliott wasn’t interested in sharing that side of himself, or much of ...

Ruggery, BG boys trounce Westmont

JOHNSTOWN — Luke Ruggery hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 16 points to lead Bishop Guilfoyle past Westmont Hilltop, 71-35, in high school boys basketball on Wednesday. Will Helton added 11 points for BG, while Joe Nash led Westmont with nine. BISHOP GUILFOYLE (71): Labriola 1 ...

Whysong sparkles

Lexi Whysong won the all-around to help Altoona down Waynesboro, 135.55-123.45, in high school gymnastics on Wednesday at the AAHS Fieldhouse. Whysong scored a 35.025 in the all-around and also won the bars (8.725) and floor (9.35). Altoona’s Teiha Weaver was third in the ...

WVU lands 19 recruits on signing day

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia has landed at least 19 recruits on the first day of the early signing period, including a four-star defensive lineman who joined his brother in staying close to home. Dante Stills of Fairmont Senior High School is the son of former West Virginia linebacker ...

Central defense tough on BEA

MARTINSBURG — Central held Bald Eagle Area to just two points in the second half in a 48-17 victory in high school girls basketball Wednesday. Cassie Mock scored 12 points, and Maddi Metzler added 10 for the Lady Dragons. BALD EAGLE AREA (17): L. Barnhart 1 3-7 5, Skripek 2 0-0 4, ...

Tyndall, McKeirnan pace Hollidaysburg boys

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg got double wins from Will Tyndall (50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Conor McKeirnan (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) in a 107-55 victory over Ligonier Valley in high school swimming on Wednesday. On the girls side, Allison Black won the 200 IM and the 100 ...

Ramus leads Portage shooters

PORTAGE — Bill Ramus led all shooters with a score of 275 to help lead Portage to a 1,356 to 1,158 win over Northern Cambria in high school rifle Wednesday. Summer Viscusi had a score of 273 for Portage for the second-highest total of the competition. NORTHERN CAMBRIA (1158): Horvath 251, ...

Lady Lions succumb in overtime

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Penn State women’s basketball program dropped its final non-conference game of the regular season, falling 75-66 in overtime at American on Wednesday inside Bender Arena. The Eagles (7-4) used an 11-0 run over the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to knot the ...

Spring Cove downs BEA

WINGATE — Paxton Kling scored 14 points, and Cassmyer Lowery added 10 points as Spring Cove topped Bald Eagle Area, 50-30, in freshman boys basketball on Wednesday. Spring Cove improved its record to 3-1. SPRING COVE (50): Boyles 4, Helsel 4, Brumbaugh 2, Biesinger 4, Kling 14, Lowery 10, ...

Close matches don’t fall Scarlet Dragons’ way

MARTINSBURG — Of the 13 contested bouts between Central and Clearfield, three of them were decided by three points or less. Unfortunately for the Scarlet Dragons, those three didn’t go their way. The Dragons recorded five pins to Clearfield’s four, but the Bison captured close wins at ...

Bellwood-Antis edges C-K

CLAYSBURG — Ty Noonan opened the match at 132 pounds with a pin of Zach Claycomb in 4 minutes, 20 seconds to set the tone, and with pins from Trentin Whaley (182) and Evan Pellegrine (285), Bellwood-Antis defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 33-28, in high school wrestling on Tuesday. Claysburg’s ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at American Tipoff: 1 p.m. Bender Arena, Washington, D.C. Records: Penn State (9-3), American (6-4) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 190-138 in her tenth season at Penn State and overall. Megan Gebbia is 75-62 in her fifth season at American and overall. Radio: Live audio at ...