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Distractions provide latest test for Lions

PSU

Tonight’s visit to Iowa is a great test for Penn State on several fronts. Number one, after landing in the Top 10 for the first time this season, the Nittany Lions will find out how they handle prosperity with the campus slapping their backs and heaping praise on them. There’s less ...

Franklin tries to end drought in road games vs. Top 25

PSU

Five things to look for as No. 10 Penn State visits one of the Big Ten’s toughest venues to face No. 17 Iowa, which is always difficult to beat in Saturday night games. No. 1: Franklin’s quest For everything he’s accomplished in his career and at Penn State, James Franklin still has ...

Mammoth matchup set in AL

National Sports

HOUSTON — It’s the AL Championship Series matchup most everyone expected entering the season. But the paths the Houston Astros and New York Yankees took to get here weren’t exactly what either team envisioned. “It’s definitely been brewing,” Houston ace Justin Verlander said. ...

It’s official: rookie QB Hodges to start vs. Chargers

National Sports

PITTSBURGH — It’s officially “Duck” season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers ruled quarterback Mason Rudolph out for Sunday’s visit to the Los Angeles Chargers while he continues to recover from a concussion, meaning undrafted rookie free agent Devlin “Duck” Hodges will ...

LSU’s high-octane attack awaits test

National Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. — The grin on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow’s face broadened as he was asked to consider how much the fifth-ranked Tiger’s passing game had evolved since they lost at Florida one year ago. “How long do you have? It’s not the same offense,” Burrow began. “We’ve ...

Hamlin tops speed chart nearly going 205 MPH

National Sports

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Denny Hamlin climbed from his car at Talladega Superspeedway and was shocked to learn he had not only topped the speed chart, but reached nearly 205 mph in pacing practice. “It really caught me off guard,” Hamlin said Friday after his lap at 204.904 mph. The Daytona ...

USC’s Helton under microscope

National Sports

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian Kelly of No. 9 Notre Dame knows a little how his Southern California counterpart Clay Helton might feel as their teams prepare for their 91st meeting tonight. “What was the over-under that I’d make 10 USC games?” the Fighting Irish coach joked about whispers ...

Sanchez guides Nats to Game 1 win

National Sports

ST. LOUIS — It turns out Washington’s Big Three is a Big Four. Don’t forget about Anibal Sanchez. The right-hander carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Howie Kendrick had two more big swings and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Friday night in the NL ...

2018 loss still echoes for WVU

National Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Iowa State’s smothering defense from a year ago is still hauntingly fresh in the memories of West Virginia players. So, too, is Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy bouncing through the Mountaineers with relative ease. That defense is still stout a year later and Purdy ...

NBA to remain silent in China

National Sports

The NBA will complete its trip to China in silence. Saturday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets to end this year’s NBA China Games series will be played as scheduled in Shenzhen, though there will be no news conferences for players or coaches before or after that ...

You can’t touch this: Cole crushes Rays’ hopes

Local Sports

HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. After fellow aces Zack Greinke and ...

Friday Live Football Scoreboard

Local Sports

MID-PENN COMMONWEALTH Central Dauphin East 36, Carlisle 7, FINAL Central Dauphin 34, State College 13, FINAL Cumberland Valley 59, Altoona 14, FINAL LAUREL HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE Cambria Heights 42, Central Cambria 14, FINAL Chestnut Ridge 21, Bishop McCort 14, FINAL-Overtime Somerset 40, ...

Lions’ offense gets big challenge at Iowa

PSU

Penn State has the No. 5 scoring offense in the country so far, averaging 47 points per game, but we’ll find out Saturday if the offense truly is worthy of high praise. The Nittany Lions will face a tough Iowa defense that that ranks third in the country in points allowed, just 8.8 per ...

Portage set for huge game with playoff implications

Local Sports

The Portage Area High School football team has an opportunity to forge a three-way tie atop the WestPAC Conference standings by beating undefeated Meyersdale tonight. But veteran Portage coach Gary Gouse is looking at a much bigger picture. Kickoff for the conference showdown between ...

Defense ready to pick up slack

Local Sports

Steelers week 6 Who: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers When: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. Records: Steelers (1-4), Chargers (2-3) The latest line: Chargers by 61⁄2 points The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The bold-faced names on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense kept repeating ...

Johnston ties Tyrone career mark in victory

Local Sports

TYRONE — Corey Johnston scored the game’s lone goal in Tyrone’s 1-0 win over Bald Eagle Area Thursday in high school boys soccer. Johnston tied the Tyrone school record for career goals. Alex Robert recorded the shutout in goal for the Golden Eagles, which improved to 6-8-1. Records: ...

Kershaw owns up to another collapse

National Sports

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success — dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget. Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night ...

Lady Tigers get big win

Scholastic Sports

SAINT MARYS — The Hollidaysburg girls tennis team handed St. Marys its first loss of the season on Thursday, 3-2, in area high school tennis action. The Lady Tigers (13-4) got singles wins from Lydia Lieb, and doubles victories from Rachel Gallagher and Jocelyn Pandolph, along with Madeline ...

Musser, Beasom help Juniata Valley rally past Glendale

Local Sports

FLINTON — Emma Musser and Maddy Beasom had 18 and 17 kills, respectively, to help lead Juniata Valley back from two sets down to a 24-26, 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 15-7 win over Glendale Thursday in high school girls volleyball. Musser and Brooke Boonie each had 20 assists, Hayden Taylor had 37 ...

Cards’ manager apologizes

National Sports

A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually mild-mannered skipper — and while he was sorry Thursday that his colorful language got leaked, he did not feel bad ...