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Matchup triggers high-stakes game, stretch

PSU

It doesn’t get much better than this. Penn State, 6-0 and having climbed to No. 2 for the first time in almost 20 years, taking on Michigan on the grandest of whiteout stages at Beaver Stadium before a national TV audience, boldly underscores how far the Nittany Lion program has come back ...

Astros force Game 7

National Sports

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn’t afford anything else. The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL ...

Friday night football scoreboard

Local Sports

Chestnut Ridge 41, Bellefonte 21 (final) Bethel Park 42, Altoona 3 (final) Bishop Guilfoyle 31, Johnstown 7 (final) Bishop McCort 28, Central Cambria 0 (final) Cambria Heights 42, Bedford 7 (final) Hollidaysburg 52, Central Mountain 18 (final) Claysburg-Kimmel 49, Tussey Mountain 40 ...

Mountain Lions look to add meaning to last two games

Local Sports

Some area high school football teams are gearing up for the postseason, which begins in a couple of weeks. For the Altoona Area Mountain Lions, Nick Felus says that time is now. “We want to approach this week and the week after,” Felus said, “as a playoff week.” The Lions won’t ...

Steelers try to fix red-zone problems

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — The drive that put the NFL’s last unbeaten team on notice started three feet from the Pittsburgh Steelers own end zone. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Steelers put their considerable offensive talents on display. They literally pushed the Kansas City Chiefs ...

Ready to air it out: McSorley prepared for challenge ahead

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The answer to the age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object may finally be determined in Beaver Stadium Saturday when Saquon Barkley — the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards per game — runs full force into the Michigan ...

Astros, Verlander need a win

Professional Sports

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander’s ninth game — or their season will end short of that ...

PSU vs. Michigan best of Big Ten this week

PSU

Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it’ll almost certainly have to upset the ...

Hernandez’ 3 HRs finish off Cubs

Professional Sports

CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez’s home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Bengals’ tough stretch starts in Pittsburgh

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — The Bengals have a chance to move into contention in the AFC North, but it’s a long road back. And it starts in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati (2-3) plays four road games in the next five weeks, a stretch that will either set them up for a run at the playoffs or leave them so far ...

Conference schedules expanding next year

National Sports

NEW YORK — Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March. “This is the mecca of basketball,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It always has been. And I think it always ...

Raiders beat KC on final play

Local Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Oakland Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday ...

Experience matters in trying to beat Cats

National Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks. Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters ...

Buckeyes now playing up to potential

Local Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A month ago some Ohio State faithful urged the benching of quarterback J.T. Barrett because of the anemic passing game. Now he’s being talked about as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. It’s been all good lately for the fifth-year senior, statistically the best ...

Patriots, Falcons set for Super Bowl rematch

Local Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The score 28-3 will forever live in infamy for the Atlanta Falcons. For the New England Patriots it’s a shining symbol. That’s the 25-point deficit they overcame this past February on their way to posting the largest comeback win in Super Bowl history. In the first ...

NBA already dealing with big injury issues

Local Sports

MIAMI — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from the ...

Yahner, Carroll topple Guilfoyle in three

Scholastic Sports

EBENSBURG — Kate Yahner had 11 kills, 10 digs and nine service points as Bishop Carroll swept Bishop Guilfoyle in a Laurel Highlands Conference high school girls volleyball match, 25-14, 25-12, 25-8, on Thursday. Kayla Repko chipped in with 14 service points and 27 assists for the Lady ...

Tigers convert more in victory

Local Sports

TYRONE — In a back-and-forth contest, Hollidaysburg made good on more conversions to slip by Tyrone, 35-32, in freshman football action on Thursday. Gage Shawley (1 and 9 yard runs) and Bryce Martelacci (24 and 5 yard runs) led the Golden Tigers with two scores apiece, while Deshawn Moss ...