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49ers’ ground game too much

National Sports

The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. — From No. 2 pick in the draft to one of the last two teams standing. It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers. Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ...

Lions add new coach for WRs

PSU

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football coach James Franklin announced Taylor Stubblefield as the new wide receivers coach on Sunday. “Taylor has a strong familiarity with the Big Ten Conference,” Franklin said. “He was an elite wide receiver as an All-American at ...

Rust, Johnson help Pens rally for win

Local Sports

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback. Johnson and Bryan ...

Lions soak up national spotlight in win

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State wrestling team picked Sunday to wrestle its most complete match of the season, in front of another Rec Hall sellout crowd and an ESPN national television audience. No. 22 Rutgers, which sent out a lineup that features five freshmen, could present very little ...

Williams, Osaka both decide to compete for their families

National Sports

The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka won the tournament opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions. For something ...

Vikes’ Johnston finishes 2nd

Local Sports

HOLLAND — Glendale High School senior Cory Johnston earned a second-place finish in the Escape the Rock Tournament at Council Rock South High School on Sunday. Johnston, at 220 pounds, lost to Kyonte Hamilton of Maryland in the final by technical fall. The score was 17-0 after ...

McGregor’s victory gives him UFC clout

National Sports

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the center of the mixed martial arts world. McGregor’s dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Merrimack at SFU men Tipoff: 4 p.m., DeGol Arena Records: Saint Francis (12-5, 5-1 NEC); Merrimack (11-8, 5-1) Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 109-128 in his eighth season at Saint Francis and overall. Joe Gallo is 72-42 in his fourth season at Merrimack and overall. Radio: Online at ...

Poor first quarter too much for Lady Lions

PSU

From Mirror reports EVANSTON, Ill. — The Penn State women’s basketball team wasn’t able to overcome a slow start in an 85-59 road loss at Big Ten-leading Northwestern Sunday afternoon. Junior Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State with 18 points, while freshman Makenna Marisa scored a ...

Astros, Sox deal with scandal

National Sports

The Associated Press Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme. The ...

QB gambles pay off for Chiefs, 49ers

National Sports

The Associated Press A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were far from a sure thing. Both teams guessed right. The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in Miami. ...

On the rebound: Pirates erasing memories of 3-19 season

Local Sports

WILLIAMSBURG — Many times, whether a team experiences previous success or failure, they are ready to turn the page and not talk about the season before by the time the current campaign rolls around. That’s not the case for the Williamsburg boys basketball team. The Blue Pirates went ...

Looks like the right time to take a look at postseason picture

Local Sports

Most of the area’s teams have played at least 11 games, meaning the regular season is more than half over. So let’s take a peek at where the teams in the Mirror’s coverage area stand and where they might be by the time the playoffs begin. We’ll start on the girls side where once ...

Lundy delivers in victory over No. 21 Buckeyes

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — In what has become a common theme this season, Penn State star Lamar Stevens struggled with foul trouble again on Saturday. On the heels of three-straight losses, the Nittany Lions could not afford to be without the senior’s production against No. 21 Ohio ...

Giger: Lions right ship in crucial game

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Most coaches won’t admit publicly that one contest is a must-win game, even when it’s pretty obvious. Like the game Penn State played Saturday afternoon. “Was it a must win?” Patrick Chambers replied when asked. “I don’t believe in that. I believe there’s a ...

Pack, 49ers trying to cap comebacks

National Sports

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that’s been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home today against the Green Bay Packers, the Niners will become the second team in NFL ...

Helmet safety needs out-of-box ideas

Voice of the Fan

As a retired engineer who continues to view the world of sports analytically, I am frustrated to see the evolving destruction of my favorite spectator sport, American football. I’m a father of two sons and the grandfather of three grandsons. I see with dismay, that my wife and my son’s ...

Titans, Chiefs eye Super Bowl berth

National Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid rarely digs into his own past, preferring to stay in the moment or focus squarely on the future. It’s an approach that has served him well during a coaching career that might someday land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet when his Kansas City Chiefs ...

Fandom

Voice of the Fan

Name: Terri Henshaw Kelley Age: 50 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle class of 1986 College: Slippery Rock My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My kids, Aidan and Mackenzie, if they aren’t participating in the sport Favorite high school team: ...

LSU takes its place in history

Voice of the Fan

The walk down historic Bourbon Street towards the SuperDome for the National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson was unlike any other that I have made to a stadium. Tens of thousands of fans wearing purple and gold and orange and white paraded through the French Quarter hoping for the ...