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Defense answering challenge for Eagles late in season

PHILADELPHIA — When Carson Wentz went down for the Philadelphia Eagles, the pressure fell on backup Nick Foles and everyone else to step up. The defense rose to the challenge in the first playoff game. They harassed Matt Ryan, contained Julio Jones and made a goal-line stand at the end in ...

Nittany Lion wrestlers trounce Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Penn State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) dominated home standing Michigan State (4-5, 0-3) in road action Sunday. The Nittany Lions rolled to a 48-3 victory on the back of five pins to move their dual win streak to 38. Coach Cael Sanderson’s squad won nine of 10 bouts in the ...

New matchups in title games

NEW YORK — Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville. Get ready, Philly. The Vikings are sailing into town. Tom Brady and the big game-tested Patriots (14-3) square off against the sack-happy Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6) next Sunday in the AFC championship game in Foxborough, ...

Lady Lions post road win

MADISON, Wis. — After Wisconsin knotted the score at 52-52 with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Penn State women’s basketball team reeled off 10-straight points to bolster its lead back to double-figures on the way to a 69-62 Big Ten road victory inside the Kohl Center on ...

Big 12 showing its depth

The Big 12 can stake a claim as the nation’s best conference. It has the top RPI rating, five teams ranked in the AP Top 25 and eight teams in the top 50 of the KenPom.com rankings. The only problem: The teams have been beating up on each other since conference play started. Big 12 teams ...

AASD responds to fan incident

The Altoona Area School District has issued a public apology in response to an insensitive chant directed by its student section at a Hollidaysburg player during the latter moments of the Mountain Lions’ 49-39 boys basketball victory on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. “It crossed the ...

Lady Lions escape Norwin, improve their mark to 13-1

The Altoona Area High School girls basketball team has hopes of making a long run in the PIAA state playoffs this season. Ranked No. 4 in the state and sporting a 13-1 record, the Lady Lions haven’t faced many difficult challenges so far. They did Saturday. A small, scrappy Norwin team ...

Chestnut Ridge routs Bedford

NEW PARIS — Chestnut Ridge remained unbeaten in dual meets at 4-0 after dismantling Bedford, 63-7, Saturday night in high school wrestling action. Daulton Seace (285 pounds) won the first match, pinning his opponent in 1:28. That was followed by wins for Kai Burket (106), Caleb Holderbaum ...

Shaw helps Tyrone girls knock off Tussey

TYRONE — Sydney Shaw connected on six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Emily Lehman added 18 points as Tyrone downed Tussey Mountain, 65-46, in high school girls basketball on Saturday. Maddie Garner scored 13 points, and Sophie Brumbaugh added 11 for the Lady Titans. TUSSEY MOUNTAIN ...

Buzzer beater: Smith’s bucket lifts Valley over B-A

BELLWOOD — Halee Smith might not have a clock in her head, but the 5-foot-10 Juniata Valley sophomore has ice water in her veins, strength in her handle and money in her shot. She also has an incredible flair for the dramatic. Emilie Leidig’s second 3-pointer in the last minute gave ...

Petucci powers Altoona win

Tyler Petucci won the Cohen Blanket Award as Altoona Area High School’s most valuable football player for the 2017 season. Friday night, he was the Mountain Lions’ most valuable basketball player. Petucci scored a game-high 19 points, was a beast on the boards and played a solid floor ...

WR Brown sent home with illness

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown was sent home from Steelers practice Friday, but it wasn’t because of the calf injury he’s been nursing for the past four weeks. Brown was a full practice participant all week, but coach Mike Tomlin said Brown fell ill Friday. So Tomlin kept him away from the ...

Guilfoyle girls rally in second half to beat Central Cambria

EBENSBURG — One can safely say Bishop Guilfoyle has a team that has tested the patience of coach Mark Moschella. Teams that lack experience, depth and polish will do that to even the most successful girls basketball coaches. “Whenever you take the top 10 kids out of your program from last ...

Hoops du Jour

Georgia Tech at Pitt men Tipoff: 2 p.m., Petersen Events Center Records: Georgia Tech (9-7, 2-1 in ACC); Pittsburgh (8-9, 0-4 in ACC) Coaches: Josh Pastner is 25-17 in his second year at Georgia Tech and 192-90 in his ninth year overall as a head coach. Kevin Stallings is 24-26 in his ...

Penn State wrestling cruises past Michigan

From Mirror reports ANN ARBOR, Mich — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers won seven of 10 bouts Friday night at Michigan to secure a 25-12 Big Ten victory. The Nittany Lions, ranked first, improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while Michigan, ranked fourth, fell to 5-2 ...

Eagles will try to stymie Falcons

PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) against the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went ...

Defense leads Lady Huskies past Rangers

SIDMAN — Defense has been Bishop Carroll’s calling card all year. But in order to earn an early one-game lead in the always competitive Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1, the Lady Huskies needed to get it done on the defensive end to tame a Forest Hills offense averaging 60.2 points per ...

Penn State hires RBs coach Corley

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State coach James Franklin announced Friday the addition of David Corley to the staff as the running backs coach. The program was allowed to add a 10th assistant coach, per new NCAA rules, and Corley fills that spot. Corley most recently served as the wide ...

Pirates sign Cole, but trade still a possibility

PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole remains a Pittsburgh Pirate. For now, at least. The Pirates and their top starting pitcher avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million on Friday. Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA while making a career-high 33 starts in 2017. He has one year ...

Penn Cambria topples Heights

PATTON — A 24-9 showing in the second quarter turned out to be the difference for Penn Cambria in its 78-63 win at Cambria Heights in high school girls basketball on Friday. The Lady Panthers got 24 points from Lexi Strasser, 19 from Makalyn Clapper and 11 each from Emmy Harvey and Laken ...