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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

LONDON (AP) – Five things to know about Tuesday, Day 11 of the London Olympics:

–Floored: Aly Raisman finishes Olympics in style with floor gold.

–All-American final set for women's beach volleyball.

–Bolt breezes into 200-meter semifinals; Pearson wins women's hurdles.

–On top: Hoy sets British record with 6th Olympic gold.

Aly Raisman's reaction was right on. She put together a crisp floor routine Tuesday, then mouthed, "Wow" after she saluted the judges.

Wow, indeed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8, 1980 Tom Carrigan pitches a three-hitter to help Jim Thorpe post a 4-1 win over Summit Hill in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Carrigan walks three and strikes out seven in his six innings of work. Scott Miller delivers a two-run triple and scores a run for the winners while Pat Large collects a single and scores twice. Greg Strubinger also contributes an RBI. For Summit Hill, Trevor Lawrence finishes with two hits.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August 7, 1970 Joe Barrett hits a pair of homers, one a solo shot and the other a three-run blast, to help Tamaqua edge Summit Hill, 6-5, in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Mike Miorelli collects two hits, one a double, and earns the pitching win while Craig Trusky finishes with a pair of hits and scores two runs. For Summit Hill, Jerry Hnat goes 4-for-4 at the plate.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The man dressed in blue Penn State sweats with a whistle hanging from his neck barked out orders as he surveyed the offense.

After a troubling offseason for the Nittany Lions program, it was finally time for Bill O'Brien to get back to coaching football.

"I want Penn State to turn the page and move forward, understanding why we are," O'Brien said Monday after holding the team's first preseason practice – and the first workouts since the NCAA leveled strict sanctions on the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Red Sox 6, IronPigs 5

The Rundown – Lehigh Valley missed an opportunity to retake the lead in the IL North as the bullpen blows the lead and the game late.

IronPig pitching – Tom Cochran started and left the game in the fifth inning with a 5-3 lead. He gave up three runs, 2 earned, on four hits. J.C. Ramirez and Justin De Fratus pitched three scoreless to get to the closer Phillippe Aumont. Aumont blew his third save of the season by giving up two runs on two hits with three killer walks. Jake Diekman gave up a SAC fly in the bottom of the tenth to take the loss.

Monday, August 6, 2012

August 6, 1962 Nesquehoning holds off Summit Hill to post a 5-3 Panther Valley Little League tournament win. Padora gains the pitching win, allowing six hits while striking out seven. He also helps his own cause by collecting a hit and scoring two runs. Malaska chips in with a hit and two runs scored while Skodacek contributes a pair of hits.

Monday, August 6, 2012
@Caption Stand Alone:Lehighton youth wins two state golds Sarah Laible, of Lehighton, won two gold medals at the Pennsylvania Level 5 State Meet. The 11-year old, who has been competing in gymnastics for four years, took first in bars and the beam. She registered a score of 9.15 on bars and 9.375 on the beam. Laible, who trains with Berks Gymnastics Academy in Reading, also was fourth in the floor event with a score of 9.025 and tenth in the vault with an 8.300. Her total score of 35.85 was good enough to place third in the all-around. Laible, who has battled back from a broken elbow she suffered a year ago, earned 16 medals in her Level 5 season is working toward Level 6 and 7 skills.

Sarah Laible, of Lehighton, won two gold medals at the Pennsylvania Level 5 State Meet. The 11-year old, who has been competing in gymnastics for four years, took first in bars and the beam. She registered a score of 9.15 on bars and 9.375 on the beam. Laible, who trains with Berks Gymnastics Academy in Reading, also was fourth in the floor event with a score of 9.025 and tenth in the vault with an 8.300. Her total score of 35.85 was good enough to place third in the all-around.

Monday, August 6, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township shut out Jim Thorpe, 6-0, on Friday in the championship game of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Members of the title team include, front row from left, Dalton Berger, Caine Carpenter, Zach Krum, Jack Schaeffer, Frank Bokan III, Jason Pryce; back row, scorekeeper Craig Haupt, coach Corey Schaeffer, Jonathan Herman, Collin Haupt, Daniel Keer, Gabe Wagner, Haris Cokrlija, Nolan Wentz and coach Frank Bokan Jr.

Front l-r, Dalton Berger, Caine Carpenter, Zach Krum, Jack Schaeffer, Frank Bokan III, Jason Pryce; back l-r, Craig Haupt, scorekeeper; Corey Schaeffer, coach; Jonathan Herman, Collin Haupt, Daniel Keer, Gabe Wagner, Haris Cokrlija, Nolan Wentz, and Frank Bokan Jr., coach.

Monday, August 6, 2012

LONG POND With a powerful storm looming yesterday at Pocono International Raceway it became evident to teams and drivers that the race was going to be shortened. A caution on lap 87 for Kurt Busch slamming into the turn two wall set the stage for a dramatic restart and eventual finish to the Pennsylvania 400. A finish that could end up changing the course of a season for one driver who has maybe had one of the most bad luck seasons of all time.

Monday, August 6, 2012

During a weekend full of change for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, one thing stayed the same: State basketball pairings.

After putting off a decision on whether to stick with the traditional bracketing for its most lucrative championship or switch to regionalized pairings that leaned heavily on geography, the PIAA stuck with the status quo.

By a 20-8 vote of the Board of Directors recently, the PIAA will stay with pairings similar to those it has used since it broadly expanded the basketball playoffs 40 years ago for the 1971-72 season.