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Meyer still going strong as Buckeyes ready for Rose Bowl

National Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there’s one more game to win. Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for ...

PSU wrestlers gear up for No. 9 Sun Devils

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The top-ranked Penn State wrestling team closes out December by welcoming No. 9 Arizona State to Rec Hall for the first time ever tonight. The Nittany Lions (3-0) and Sun Devils (1-2) will meet in sold-out Rec Hall at 6 p.m. in a dual that will air live nationally on ...

Jackson, Ravens look to keep rolling

National Sports

BALTIMORE — The last time Tampa Bay faced Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes within the first 17 minutes to get the Ravens rolling in a 48-17 rout. Flacco will be watching from the sideline Sunday in the rematch of that 2014 blowout. The 2012 Super Bowl MVP lost his starting ...

Pre-Christmas bowls feature intriguing matchups

National Sports

The fun starts for those who did get into the postseason — and those who get to watch it — on Saturday with five FBS bowl games and stretches through New Year’s Day. The following are the pre-Christmas bowl games: SATURDAY Celebration Bowl At Atlanta North Carolina A&T (no ...

Diaz finds ‘right fit’ as Temple’s coach

National Sports

PHILADELPHIA — Manny Diaz let everyone know what he thought of the reception he received when being introduced as Temple’s football coach Thursday. “This is better than what was on the brochure,” he said. The 44-year-old University of Miami defensive coordinator was introduced as ...

Stanford dominates en route to final

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MINNEAPOLIS — When Stanford volleyball players said they had been waiting a year for the NCAA volleyball semifinal match, they didn’t mean a full season, even though their opponent Thursday night was the only team to beat them in 2018. Redemption for a five-set loss at BYU in August ...

Notre Dame’s McGraw sees her recruit in person

Scholastic Sports

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis junior Alli Campbell has caught the eye of almost everyone who has ever watched her play basketball, but Wednesday night there was one set of eyes she was a little more driven to impress. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw and Irish associate coach Beth Cunningham were ...

Campbell pours in 32 against Everett

Scholastic Sports

BELLWOOD — Everett played Bellwood-Antis down to the wire in last year’s Inter-County Conference championship game just before the Lady Blue Devils began their run to the PIAA Class 2A championship. That effort was on Bellwood’s minds Wednesday night when the Lady Warriors came to town ...

AP: Chiefs will escape with narrow win

National Sports

For those fans who dislike Thursday night football, rejoice that this week is the final game of the season on such short rest. Also rejoice that it’s one of the best matchups of the year, with hefty implications in the standings, as Kansas City hosts the Los Angeles Chargers. Even with a ...

Patriots preparing for Bell-less team

Professional Sports

Next opponent What: New England at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Patriots (9-4); Steelers (7-5-1) The line: Patriots by 2 1⁄2 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If there’s been a blueprint to having success against the Patriots defense this season, it’s started with ...

Eagles quarterback has bad back

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The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Two people familiar with Carson Wentz’s back injury tell The Associated Press the quarterback hasn’t been ruled out for Philadelphia’s game at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team ...

Blackhawks snap steak on Penguins

Local Sports

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night. Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which ...

Report has Temple hiring Diaz

National Sports

The Associated Press Temple is finalizing a contract to make Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the deal were ...

Morton reaches new deal with Rays

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LAS VEGAS — All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton has reached a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. A person familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for two years and $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been officially ...

Helton paces Guilfoyle boys over Richland

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JOHNSTOWN — Junior Will Helton led the way with 18 points to help Bishop Guilfoyle move to 2-0 with a 59-50 win over Richland in high school boys basketball action on Wednesday. Michael Montecalvo scored 14 points, and Jessiah Witherspoon scored 12 for BG, which played without injured Luke ...

No incentive left for hitters to play the entire field

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LAS VEGAS — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It’s not a problem if the hitters don’t make it one. “There’s an easy way to combat that,” Oakland’s Bob Melvin said. “Just hit the ball the other ...

Hollidaysburg, Altoona, Central Cambria sweep

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SOMERSET — Conor McKeirnan was a winner in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races and helped the Golden Tigers sweep the relays for Hollidaysburg in a 127-43 win over Somerset to remain unbeaten at 2-0-1 in high school boys swimming on Wednesday. A pair of sophomores led the Lady Tigers as ...

LHAC all-conference teams picked

Local Sports

The Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference released its all-conference teams for this past fall in girls tennis, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, golf, football and boys and girls cross country. In football, local teams represented were Bishop Guilfoyle with Daniel Potopa, Ben McCloskey, ...

Balanced offense has Lady Bearcats at 3-0

Scholastic Sports

MOUNT UNION — Kaitlyn McElroy led a balanced attack with 11 points to help Huntingdon roll past Mount Union, 57-22, Wednesday night in high school girls basketball action. The win helped the Lady Bearcats improve to 3-0. Kynnedy Miller and Emily Kurtz each scored 10 points for the Lady ...

Illinois coach sets sights on beating his old boss

National Sports

There will be a sense of the familiar when defending national champion Nebraska and Illinois meet in the NCAA volleyball semifinals in Minneapolis tonight. John Cook has coached the Cornhuskers (28-6) to their fourth straight final four, where they will try to take the next step toward a ...