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Monday, June 11, 2012
Logano's late move pays off

LONG POND - Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano's future for next season is still in doubt, as he currently doesn't have a deal in place with Joe Gibbs racing. However, it's what Logano has now done in the present that might sure up his situation for 2013.

Logano took on a newly surfaced and fast Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon and conquered the tricky triangle coming away with his first Sprint Cup win of the season and second of his career.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

AJ Wenrich tossed a three-hitter and Alex Storm collected a pair of hits to help lead the Franklin Township Shockers to a 4-1 Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League win over Hazleton.

Wenrich allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning as the Mountaineers grabbed a 1-0 advantage but the Shockers pushed across four runs in the top of the fifth.

Storm had a double and knocked in a run during that fifth frame, while Wenrich helped his own cause with a hit, run and RBI. FT also received a hit and run from Anthony Rossino and Jimmer Farano.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies have made a lot of history together over the last few years, with the Phils being the sole beneficiary of the past.

Four years ago, Philadelphia defeated Los Angeles four-games-to-one in the National League Championship Series and went on to the World Series. The Phils eventually won the Fall Classic for the first time since 1980.

A year later the Phils would deal the Dodgers a case of déjà vu, as they again knocked off the west-coasters four-games-to-one en route to their second straight World Series appearance.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jacobsburg Historical Society is beginning the Bicentennial of its historic Boulton site along the banks of the Bushkill Creek with a living history celebration of Northampton County heritage on the grounds of the Henry Homestead, Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.

Located just west of the Belfast Exit, Route 33, at the intersection of Henry and Schoeneck, the hills above the banks of the Bushkill Creek will come alive with costumed living history participants who will be celebrating the 200 years of history brought to this area by the Henry Gun Works.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"I don't know what's wrong with us," a friend said the other day in response to the many domestic problems dogging the United States.

"I do," I said. "Too many sheep. Not enough shepherds."

While she chuckled at my comment, that doesn't mean it's accurate. After all, I'm not exactly an expert in our country's affairs. I spend far more time reading about health and fitness than the state of the nation.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

HARRISBURG – Although Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists have determined that smallmouth bass with black spots caught in some areas of the Susquehanna River pose no health threat to the fish or those who may consume them, the overall condition of the river is a concern to the agency.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Coach Bill O'Brien's brief tenure as Penn State football coach up to this point has shown promise. Recruiting has already been an improvement since O'Brien has been at the helm and a new offensive system is sure to be welcomed with open arms by the Nittany Lion faithful.

This week O'Brien gave the masses their first glimpse into what the Penn State squad will look when they take the field for the 2012 season. It's way too early to say this is what the depth chart will look come September 1st, but it's still the first official depth chart anybody has seen since O'Brien was hired.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
bob ford/times news Jimmy Johnson talks with a member of his pit crew during Friday's practice session at Pocono International Raceway.

This Sunday's Pocono 400 is blanketed with numerous story lines, but the subject that everyone still seems to be talking about is the newly repaved surface and what affect it will have on the race.

One thing that has already become evident from the new track surface is that the speeds will be much higher than in the past.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
bob ford/times news Dale Earnhardt Jr. adjusts his helmet before going out for a practice run.

LONG POND - Newness is the word here at Pocono International Raceway.

Most of the focus has been on the repaved 2-1/2 mile tri-oval, but this is also the first Sprint Cup race that NASCAR and Twitter have gone live with the first-of-its-kind digital partnership in Pocono. And most of the drivers are on board and it should be interesting to see what they'll do to give us an inside look at what goes on during race weekend here for the Pocono 400.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June 9, 1950 "Birdie" Jones collects four hits, one a double, and scores four runs to lead Lehighton to a 13-1 Panther Valley League win over Coaldale. Dern Sharbaugh gains the pitching victory, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out three. Lenny Dietz contributes to the Lehighton cause with two hits and two runs while Russ Barry and Charley Yenser each add a pair of hits.