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Dreams of Fields: Nittany Lions once flirted with OSU’s QB

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In some alternate universe, where different decisions were made, Justin Fields will be starting at quarterback for Penn State on Saturday at Ohio State. It sure would be fun to see what that dynamic could look like. It almost really happened, too. But then, Fields went and got very, very ...

Rudolph denies making racial slur

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The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The on-field fight between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has turned into a war of words off it, with Rudolph denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before their now ...

Garrett’s appeal gets turned down

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The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it. Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals ...

Pens the latest foe to falter

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By Allan Kreda The Associated Press NEW YORK — Brock Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to extend their point streak to a franchise-record 16 games. Nelson, who also ...

Prescott earning more with every start

Professional Sports

Dak Prescott’s breakout season may cost the Dallas Cowboys a ton of money. In the final year of his rookie contract, Prescott is putting up eye-popping numbers. Prescott leads the league with 3,221 yards passing and a career-high 8.8 yards per attempt. He’s two touchdowns shy of his ...

Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind

Professional Sports

CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about ...

Panthers destroy winless UAPB

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PITTSBURGH — At one point, it looked like Justin Champagnie might not have a freshman season with Pittsburgh Champagnie, a 6-foot-6 wing from Brooklyn, New York, suffered a knee injury in the lead-up to the season that was feared to be season ending. But after a second opinion, he was ...

Big Ten West coaches secure

National Sports

Scott Frost received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Nebraska through 2026. The university announced the extension on Saturday before Frost and the Cornhuskers took the field against Wisconsin. “I’m grateful,” Frost said. “This is where I want to be. People in ...

Lady Lions bounce back with win

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team improved to 3-2 overall Thursday night with a 68-55 win over Clemson at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State held a 14-point halftime lead that was trimmed down to one midway through the third quarter thanks to a 13-0 Clemson run. ...

SFU women preview

Local Sports

SFU women at Fla. Gulf Coast Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, FL Records: Saint Francis (1-3); Florida Gulf Coast (4-1). Coaches: Keila Whittington is 1-3 in her first season at Saint Francis; Karl Smesko is 467-93 in his 18th year at Florida Gulf Coast and is ...

Spurs on bad streak

National Sports

WASHINGTON — Forgive Gregg Popovich for not being in much of a mood to discuss the current state of the San Antonio Spurs. Fact is, he’s just not used to losing like this. Here’s how long it’s been since the Spurs dropped seven games in a row, the way they now have after DeMar ...

Tiger icers get win No. 4

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The Hollidaysburg Area High School ice hockey team improved to 4-3 Thursday night, thanks to a 7-1 win over Conemaugh Valley at Galactic Ice. The Golden Tigers blew open a close game with a 4-0 showing in the third period for a victory. Zach Miller and Michael Solimando each scored twice for ...

BG, Valley set for rematch

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For the first time since 2012, the District 6 Class 1A high school football championship game took place without Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic participating last season. That, more than anything, made Juniata Valley’s 9-3 victory over the Marauders in the semifinals a year ago shocking. The ...

Rudolph explains his view

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph wanted to get away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. The way Rudolph went about it — a process that contributed to a brawl that culminated with Rudolph getting smacked in the head with his own helmet and led to ...

Lions must maintain a ball-control offense

PSU

The question reminds me of the late 1970s, my very early days at the Mirror. At that time, there were three outstanding area small-school scholastic football teams that stood out — Southern Huntingdon, Bellwood-Antis and Juniata Valley. Each was coached by an old-school, run-first, tough ...

PSU defense must find ways to pressure OSU QB Fields

PSU

Penn State’s defense is not as good as everyone thought it was just a few weeks ago, which has been proven the past two games with the Nittany Lions looking inept at times against the pass. If PSU doesn’t fix that Saturday, it is going to get pounded by Ohio State. A painful reminder: The ...

Garrett awaits league ruling

National Sports

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett looked composed and casual, a stark contrast to the last time he was seen in public. Stylishly dressed in a bright blue suit and black turtleneck, the Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end met Wednesday with an appeals officer in New York in hopes of getting a ...

Texans, Colts a key game in AFC South

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Earlier in the schedule, the AFC South looked like one of the NFL’s deepest divisions. That might still be true, though none of the four members has exactly distinguished itself. Certainly, the Texans didn’t when they got mauled last week in Baltimore. As for the Colts, whom they host on ...

Bell rips NFL for HGH test

National Sports

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell is throwing a flag on the NFL’s drug testing policy. The New York Jets running back says Wednesday is upset he has been randomly selected five times this season by the league to take tests for performance-enhancing drugs. “I done had 5 ‘random’ ...

Howsare to play in Grey Cup

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Altoona’s Julian Howsare will be competing for the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup championship on Sunday. Howsare, 27, is a defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (16-3), who will match up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13-7). Kickoff is Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and the game will ...