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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Penn State knew it wasn't in for a joy ride on the road this season.

With three Top 25 teams scheduled away from Beaver Stadium, including defending national champion Alabama and Big Ten contenders Ohio State and Iowa, the Nittany Lions were facing a slate that would test most veteran squads.

The reality is that the Lions, with one of Joe Paterno's younger squads, has undergone growing pains the hard way and are 3-2, dropping road tilts to the Crimson Tide and Hawkeyes by identical 24-3 scores. Just seven seniors started vs. Iowa.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8, 1983 Joe Dunn tosses a pair of touchdown passes to help Marian gain a 21-12 victory over Nativity. Dunn connects with John Miller for an 80-yard touchdown, and later hits Trevor Lawrence with a 26-yard scoring strike. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive a four-yard TD run from Pat Yorke. Marian's defense, led by Lawrence and Cy Manula, hold Nativity's ground game to minus-14 yards.

Friday, October 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH (AP) – After 43 years of trekking to the familiar old Civic Arena to play in Pittsburgh, the rival Flyers knew nothing about the Penguins' new arena.

Turns out it wasn't a competitive disadvantage at all. The Flyers didn't know the new building, but the Penguins knew nothing about the Flyers' new goalie.

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's hard to believe we're at the halfway point of the high school football regular season already. It's even harder to believe that Andy Steinmetz is still in first place.

Rumor out there has it that he has a committee that is helping him with his picks this year, led by his mother Polly, who can be found selling tickets at most Palmerton home athletic events. It's about time he realized who the most knowledgeable person in his family is.

In my case, it's just plain and simple. Get the list of games, pick the winners and away I go.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Jordan on cover

of video game

After all those championships and MVP awards, Michael Jordan has finally arrived – on the cover of a basketball video game.

Jordan fronts NBA 2K11, a game that allows fans to add Jordan to their favorite team – if they can first replicate some of his greatest highlights.

One of sports' top pitchmen during his Hall of Fame playing career, Jordan had never before appeared on the cover of an NBA-licensed basketball game.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Nearly three weeks ago, Marc Gallagher ran onto the field at Men of Marian Stadium to care for a downed football player.

It wasn't the normal ankle, knee or shoulder injury.

Unfortunately, it was an injury that no coach, teammate, parent, fan or athletic trainer wants to see happen to any player. The Colt suffered serious injuries that included a severe concussion.

According to a study by Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, "nearly 63,000 concussions occur nationally each year" in high school athletics.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) is organizing its annual Coal Cracker Classic Mountain Bike Race, to be held Oct. 10 in conjunction with the annual Tamaqua Heritage Day Festival. The race will take place at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Park.

Registrations will begin at 8 a.m. with the race scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The race will feature beginner, sport and expert categories; men's, women's and single speed races; for five age groups. A bike and helmet are required, while pads are recommended.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Lehighton's Lauren McCullion passes the ball to a teammate during Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match against East Stroudsburg North.

Blue Mountain captured its 13th consecutive Schuylkill League golf championship at the Indian Hill Country Club Thursday afternoon.

The Blue Eagles had a team total of 340. Pottsville (365) finished in second in the four-team playoff. Panther Valley (390) was third and Marian (397) placed fourth.

After losing to the Colts twice in the regular season, the Panthers (16-2, 12-2) got the better of them yesterday.

Friday, October 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Freak really showed up for San Francisco on his biggest stage yet.

Tim Lincecum pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 in a dominating postseason debut, and the Giants scored their only run after a questionable umpiring call to beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of their NL division series Thursday night.

"As far as shutouts go I think that was up there with my better ones," said Lincecum. "I was pretty anxious to get out there a couple days ago. You just have to deal with those extra days."

Friday, October 8, 2010

ND's Wenger out for

year with concussions

Notre Dame fifth-year senior center Dan Wenger won't play this season following two concussions in preseason camp.

Wenger, of Coral Springs, Fla., was evaluated by a specialist at the University of Michigan on Wednesday. Neither the specialist nor the school cleared Wenger to return, coach Brian Kelly said Thursday.

Wenger has appeared in 29 games during his career with 19 starts.