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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Penn State picked up a much-needed victory last week with its 33-21 win at Minnesota.

Granted, it was against the last place team in the Big Ten, but it provided a boost for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 4-3.

The question for the Lions this week is whether they can continue to build on that win with Michigan in Happy Valley tonight. Kickoff is at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Notre Dame played its worst game in the short tenure of Brian Kelly being head coach and one of its worst games in many years last Saturday at the new Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Irish were so dominated by Navy that it was embarrassing to watch. ND was not prepared, did not play with any enthusiasm, were not tough and appeared indifferent to the game itself. That all falls on Kelly and his staff.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

BANGOR – When Bangor hit for a 75-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, it looked like the sign of an upcoming shootout.

As it turned out, that first touchdown, and the two-point conversion that followed, would have been all the Slaters needed to beat Northwestern on Senior Night at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park.

The Slater defense took over from there and led the team to a 22-7 win.

"We were thrown off our rhythm," said Northwestern head coach Tom Linette. "Bangor was the better team on both sides of the ball.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe quarterback Terry Moll (17) is wrapped up in the open field by Marian's John Julian.

Teams aspiring to the post-season playoffs need to have the ability to shake off a poor performance if they want to attain their goal. And, so, when Jim Thorpe's Olympian football team dropped a 42-27 battle last week with Schuylkill Haven, Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad knew the importance of Friday night's encounter at home against the Marian Colts.

Equal to the task, the Red, White and Blue answered the bell in what one might say was "the first round," delivering knockout punches to Colts swiftly and near effortlessly in a 41-0 triumph.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman is stopped by Julian Anamege (27) and Imad Taylor of East Stroudsburg North. Coleman did have a 35-yard touchdown run in the game as the Indians posted a 36-19 victory.

You hear it from every coach.

And Lehighton's George Ebbert is no different.

But while many mentors hope for it to happen, Ebbert is actually seeing it happen.

Win or lose, we just want to improve every week.

"I know it's a cliche and every coach says it," said Ebbert. "I told the kids from Day One that I'm not going to tell them they have to win. I stress that every week. I tell them as long as they play better every week the wins will come."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sportsmen are reminded by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission that while sunny days and fall foliage tempt may give the impression of mild weather, it is important for fall boaters to wear a life jacket.

"According to Pennsylvania's boating accident reports, almost 80 percent of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket," PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety manager Ryan Walt said. "During the cold weather months boaters are especially at risk due to the water temperature and the risk of sudden cold water immersion."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission wild turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena, the statewide fall turkey population is excellent, but some hunters will face the challenge of locating flocks if they fail to do their pre-season scouting.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Heard any bad jokes lately?

I have. But my joke doesn't have a punch line. It's a saying that, if accepted as the truth, is surely no joking matter.

"Forty is the new 30."

It's supposed to indicate that people are not only living longer but also aging better. For too many middle-aged Americans, however, this is totally untrue.

For them, a more accurate saying is "Fifty is the new 75."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

CATASAUQUA - Every scholastic football fan in the area knows that Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley is a great football player.

Just how great, actually, is he?

In Friday night's match-up against Colonial League foe Catasauqua, it took the 5-10, 185-pound senior tailback about 20 seconds to score two touchdowns and pretty much sealed the 49-7 win for the Bulldogs. Remaley took a 64-yard pass from Dylan Hofmann and a 40-yard run in for paydirt and put his team up 14-0 with 9:41 left in the first quarter.

Friday, October 29, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

The start of the 2010 NBA season has finally arrived. With that, so too has change.

Many players have switched teams or roles, while some coaches have begun, resurrected or ended their careers. The one thing that hasn't changed: the skill on the court.