Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 1993 - Four pitchers from the West squad combine to strike out 15 batters and lead their team to a 13-3 victory in the annual Panther Valley Little League Tournament all-star game. Tamaqua’s Matt Leitzel and Vince Boyer each fan five, while Ryan Bamford, also from Tamaqua, strikes out three. Winning pitcher John Stanko, of Lansford, whiffs two. Boyer also homers in the contest, while Jason Seiple of Tamaqua bangs out a pair of doubles. Leitzel finishes with two hits, and Brian DeGiosio of Summit Hill adds a run-scoring double.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Day 13 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, platform diving, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):


Usain Bolt should be lining up for gold medal No. 8 at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 meters and the biggest drama may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. He already owns both the world record at 19.19, and the Olympic record at 19.30.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 1981 - Tamaqua closes the Panther Valley Little League tournament in impressive fashion, rolling to a 27-0 win over Nesquehoning to finish undefeated. The winners, coached by Merle Wertman, hit four solo homers in the lopsided victory. Blasting long balls are Sean Love, Keith Wunderlick, A.J. Caldonetti, and Tom Rottet. Caldonetti collects five hits and drives in seven runs. Rudy Butterworth tosses a one-hitter, striking out 15 batters, and adds four hits on offense. Love also ends the contest with four hits, while Bill Liaw and Rich Wentz each finish with three.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin was lying on the track, dazed after a heavy fall and with her hopes of an Olympic medal seemingly over. Suddenly, there was a hand on her shoulder and a voice in her ear: “Get up. We have to finish this.”

It was American Abbey D’Agostino, offering to help.

“I was like, “Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympics Games. We have to finish this,”’ Hamblin said.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Javien Elliott was giving away six inches and 61 pounds to Carson Wentz when Tampa Bay’s fourth-string, undrafted rookie cornerback found himself confronted by the onrushing quarterback early in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s exhibition opener.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Panther Valley School District will be selling fall season passes at the varsity football scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at Panther Valley Stadium and Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Meet the Panthers Night at the Panther Valley Stadium at 7 p.m.

Following are the ticket plans and prices:

Single game

Varsity football and volleyball — $5 adults; $3 students/senior citizen

JV football, junior high football and girls basketball — $3 adults; $2 students/senior citizen

Season ticket

(all fall sports)

Adult — $45

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Palmerton Area School District will sell football season tickets on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Wednesday. Aug. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the ticket booth at the football stadium.

Following are the ticket prices:

Adult —$20

Student — $10

Senior citizen — $10

Family pass — $50

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lehighton Area School District will be selling fall season tickets and season passes for the 2016 season.

Football tickets will be $30 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students.

This will include tickets for the five home varsity games, a reserved parking pass for each game, and a reserved seat.

Volleyball tickets will be $40 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students. This will include admission to the nine home volleyball matches.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 16, 1960 - Bruce Shanfelt tosses a two-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe to a 2-1 victory over Tamaqua in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Shanfelt allows just an unearned run in the first inning, and blanks the visitors the rest of the way. Shanfelt collects two hits at the plate, including a single in the fifth frame that chases home Bob Brown with the go-ahead run. Joe Bonner chips in with a hit for the winners, coached by John “Buck” Sweeney, while Bob Schweibinz adds a run scored.

Monday, August 15, 2016

DALLAS (AP) – Oklahoma already has a record nine Big 12 championships, and last season took the league into the College Football Playoff for the first time.

While the smallest Power Five conference could soon be expanding, the Sooners and Bob Stoops – now the longest-tenured FBS coach – seem to have everything in place to push for another playoff run out of the 10-team league.