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Nittany Lions need someone to start making plays

PSU

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Badgers: They’ve been a disappointment at 6-3, losing to BYU, Michigan and Northwestern. … Veteran QB Alex Hornibrook is ...

Michigan moves into top four position

National Sports

The Associated Press Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted ...

Shaffer shines at state meet

Local Sports

Name: Lauren Shaffer School: Portage Area Age: 15 Grade: Freshman Sport: Cross country Athlete of the week achievement: Shaffer finished second in the state in Class 1A at the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey. Her time was 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Season ...

Akers anchors Everett’s team

Local Sports

Name: Macen Akers School: Everett Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Akers rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 41 yards, picked off two passes and made the game-saving tackle in the final seconds to lift Everett over ...

Zinobile makes JV versatile

Local Sports

Juniata Valley has been known for its overpowering running game for years, and thanks to 1,000-yard back Jaxson Rand, that hasn’t changed. But what has changed is the Green Hornets’ ability to work toward something they’ve been striving to achieve for a long time. “Versatility is ...

Devils dominate Penguins

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle wants to serve as a role model in the fight against cancer. He certainly was inspiring on Monday night. The cancer survivor scored three times for his first career hat trick, leading the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the slumping ...

Tributes to fallen highlight fall season

Sports Columns

As the vibrant October foliage hangs around into November, the World Series champions have been crowned, the clocks have been turned back, and fall sports kick into playoff mode. While Friday night lights still shine on the high school football postseason, the Penn State women’s soccer ...

Penn Cambria graduate helps Pitt-Bradford win AMCC title

Local Sports

Sophomore Riley Anderson of Pitt-Bradford is the player of the week for volleyball in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Anderson, a graduate of Penn Cambria High School, recorded 42 kills in the tournament as Pitt-Bradford defeated top-seeded PSU-Behrend on Sunday to win the AMCC ...

Steelers-Jaguars kick time moved

National Sports

NEW YORK — The NFL has moved the Vikings game at Chicago from Sunday afternoon to prime time on NBC on Nov. 18. That bumps Steelers at Jaguars to 1 p.m. EST on CBS. Also moving that days is the matchup between the Eagles and Saints in New Orleans, now a 4:25 p.m. game on Fox rather than at ...

Steelers’ surge continues

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him. The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been inside ...

Georgia not looking past Auburn

National Sports

ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs are firmly focused on a team from Alabama. No, not the mighty Crimson Tide. After locking up a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the second year in a row, Georgia briefly celebrated but quickly turned its attention to ...

Alabama’s defense riding high after shutout

National Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The offensive questions kept coming for Alabama coach Nick Saban at his latest news conference. Did you create such a different kind of offensive team by design? How has the offense evolved since the opener? Talk about the offensive line, the receivers. The top-ranked ...

Clemson can clinch title spot

National Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson plans to maintain its same season-long focused approach when the Tigers take on Boston College. The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, CFP 2) visit the 17th-ranked Eagles (7-2, 4-1, CFP 22) with the chance to wrap up a fourth-straight ACC Atlantic ...

College basketball set to begin

National Sports

The 2017-18 college basketball season had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons. Oh, and Sister Jean and Chicago-Loyola giving hope to ...

Steelers offense controls ball in victory over Ravens

Professional Sports

BALTIMORE — Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense. Roethlisberger ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

PSU

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

Penn State report card

PSU

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 42-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback D McSorley clearly limited, didn’t have much time and had couple more drops. But he also missed ...

WVU-bound McGhee plays key role for BG

Local Sports

In so many ways, senior Kolton McGhee has sported a leg of gold for the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders over the last four seasons. Whether he’s booming an unreturnable kickoff, booting a long field goal, or pinning opponents deep inside their own territory with an ...

Golden Tigers set to travel

Local Sports

While most of the high school football teams in the Mirror’s coverage area will stay close to home this Friday, Hollidaysburg will make a two and a half hour trek to Franklin High School to play Oil City at 7 p.m. Bedford will play Westinghouse in the District 5-8 Class 3A championship game ...

Around the NFL

National Sports

Texans 19, Broncos 17 DENVER — Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired, leaving Demaryius Thomas a winner in his homecoming and Houston escaped Denver with a win. The Texans (6-3) won their sixth straight and the Broncos (3-6) lost for the sixth time in seven ...