Shohei Otani’s posting could be hung up by MLB Players Association

ORLANDO, Fla. — Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Thursday that Shohei Otani will be subject to the rules of the recently expired posting system, allowing MLB teams to put up a $20-million release fee for his negotiating rights, but one not-so- small problem remains. The Players Association has yet to give the green light for that […]

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Penn State’s Mike Gesicki continues his long road toward the NFL

Mike Gesicki’s physical routine before the 2016 season was well-documented. The Penn State tight end stayed after practice every day during the offseason to hit the blocking sled and catch passes. But off the field, he did the same sort of repetition to help from a psychological standpoint. “I had goals and aspirations,” Gesicki said. […]

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Roethlisberger throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans 40-17

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory on Thursday night. Running the no-huddle offense extensively for the first time all season, Roethlisberger completed 30 of 45 passes to help the Steelers (8-2) win […]

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D2 4A Championship Preview: Valley View’s running game Berwick’s main concern

Berwick’s defense needs to do something few opponents of Valley View have been able to accomplish. Take the Cougars out of their comfort zone. Do that and it will go a long way to a possible District 2 Class 4A championship when Valley View (9-3) plays at Berwick (10-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. Valley View […]

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Local Roundup: WVC coaches announce boys soccer first and second team selections

The coaches from the Wyoming Valley Conference announced its boys soccer all-stars on Thursday. Dallas and Crestwood had four players each named to the Division 1 first team. Wyoming Valley West and Tunkhannock saw three players each make the team. Dallas’ David Chopyak, Ricky Wooditch, Zack Holthens and Brandyn Lewis received first-team honors. Crestwood’s Hubert […]

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Altuve, Stanton earns MVP honors

NEW YORK — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball’s best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin and capping Houston’s championship […]

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Hensley Meulens can communicate to Yankees 5 languages

Hensley Meulens thinks he has the communication skills the New York Yankees want in their next manager, and he can display his prowess in five languages. A former Yankees player and current San Francisco Giants coach, Meulens was born in Curacao and speaks English, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and Papiamento. “Believe it or not, you kind […]

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D2/11 Class 5A Subregional Preview: WVW faces different challenge in Whitehall

Everything is going to go up a notch. It always does when a District 2 team plays a District 11 team in the PIAA football playoffs. Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, D2 champion Wyoming Valley West (6-6) will see that for itself when the Spartans play at D11 champion Whitehall (9-3) in the D2/11-5A subregional […]

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Times Leader Sports Report: Heading into the final stretch

WILKES-BARRE — In the latest Times Leader Sports Report podcast, host DJ Eberle, John Erzar, Paul Sokoloski, Derek Levarse and Tom Venesky discuss Wyoming Valley Conference football and field hockey, Penn State football, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the outdoors and more. Rundown — Open — A WVC football update: John provides an update of the remaining WVC […]

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Streaking Steelers, Titans look to make statement

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have a commanding lead in the AFC North and are in a two-way race with New England for homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as Thanksgiving looms, exactly where they expected to be all along. It just doesn’t necessarily feel like it. While the Steelers (7-2) are hardly apologizing for […]

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