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Pens rookies control Comets

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Last season the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got just a brief look at Conor Sheary, but it was enough to leave an impression.During 15 postseason games, Sheary registered 11 points and was the team’s third leading scorer.During Wednesday’s preseason game against the Utica Comets, Sheary proved that his stellar play in last season’s playoffs was no fluke, as he assisted on two goals and scored another to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win.


Mixed bag of results midway through season

The Wyoming Valley Conference football season has reached its midway point. It seems like it was just yesterday the teams were sweltering through double sessions in August.Some teams have met expectations. Others have exceeded them. And still a few more haven’t played as expected so far.Here’s a look at what has happened through five games and what to expect over the final five as teams jockey for playoff positions.

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PSU recruits posting big numbers

Those who tune into James Franklin’s weekly radio show Thursday night won’t be hearing from James Franklin. Instead it will be strength coach Dwight Galt answering questions from a live crowd.Why Galt? Because Franklin and his assistants will be busy on the recruiting trail.The Penn State coach said this week that he and his staff would be focusing on recruiting Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Nittany Lions’ bye week. Most will be headed out of...

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Crawford, Bumgarner batter Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.San Francisco will face NL East champion Washington in the NL Division Series on Friday.Crawford’s shot over the right-field wall in the fourth inning off Edinson Volquez put the Giants ahe...

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Freshman fuels Dallas field hockey rebound

DALLAS TWP. — For Sam Banks, there was only one way to settle her nerves Wednesday afternoon — score a goal.The Dallas freshman nabbed her first varsity start and quickly introduced herself to Berwick with an unassisted goal 25:11 into a field hockey game the Mountaineers went on to win 3-0.Banks didn’t get the news until the starting lineup was announced about 30 seconds before the start of the game.“I was nervous at first, but (Dallas...

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D2 tennis postseason begins today

Over the next 13 days, District 2 tennis will go from more than a hundred participants down to perhaps just a dozen.The postseason gets underway today when the singles tournaments begin bright and early at 9 a.m. at Kirby Park. The district events wrap up on Oct. 14 with the team championship finals, also set to be held at Kirby Park.Class 2A seems to be the busiest for the Wyoming Valley Conference as Wyoming Seminary’s Madison Nardone or Holy Redeemer’s Meg...

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GAR field hockey outlasts Northwest

It took until the 22:34 mark of the second half for a goal, but GAR topped Northwest 1-0 on Wednesday in WVC field hockey play.Brea Seabrook netted the game-winner and Brittany Vital made two saves to ensure a shutout.Holy Redeemer 4, Lackawanna Trail 1Holy Redeemer scored three goals in the first half and never looked back. Greta Ell and Jen Ringsdorf each finished with two goals in the win.Madison Lee scored Trail’s lone goa...

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Misericordia set to induct five

Misericordia will add to its athletics Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming weekend by inducting Steve Haluschak, Shelly (Lyons) Kostoff, Jean Messaros, John McGovern and Danielle (Morcom) Mills.Haluschak (Pittson Area) was the first dual-sport athlete in school history, playing basketball and baseball. Kostoff (Seton Catholic) and McGovern were MVPs of the women’s and men’s basketball teams, respectively. Mills was a four-time first-team all-conference standout...

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Tigers hope starters can outdo Orioles bullpen

BALTIMORE — The Detroit Tigers’ starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.Baltimore’s starters carry less impressive credentials, yet they don’t necessarily have to outpitch their Detroit counterparts for the Orioles to advance.All they have to do is keep it close, then hand the baseball over to one of the best bullpens in major leagues...

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Vikings try to contain Packers’ Nelson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Building a successful working relationship between a quarterback and receiver requires a lot of time and communication.After seven years together, there are few better combinations in the NFL than the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.A quarterback renowned for accuracy throwing to the league’s leading receiver, and they’ll try to keep the Packers’ passing game rolling against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursd...

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Gardner will start at QB for Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After leaving sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field following a hit to the head last weekend, Michigan coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for the program’s breakdown in communication Wednesday and said Devin Gardner will start against Rutgers.Hoke did not elaborate on discrepancies between his news conference Monday and athletic director Dave Brandon’s statement on Morris’ injuries early Tuesday. Brandon said Morris suffered a ...

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Drivers fear next round of Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks.The three-race stretch that begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway ends on Oct. 19 at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be booted from the field.“I think that bracket will break some hearts,” Brad Keselowski said three days before winning the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway last month.

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Police: Phelps’ eyes, speech affected at DUI stop

BALTIMORE — Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday.The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08.Phelps, 29, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in his native Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authori...

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Trout ready for playoff debut vs. Royals

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball’s best young player.“He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don’t need it,” Trout said. “Just keep that same swing that got you here, and go from there. (But) it’s definitely...

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Players file lawsuit in Canada over World Cup turf

American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players have filed a lawsuit in Canada challenging plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf.Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed Wednesday at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press.The women claim that playing the sport’s premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination und...

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Flyers look to break 40-year Cup drought

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers are set to hit the big 4-0.Yes, that’s 40 years without a Stanley Cup championship.Winning it all this season would erase one of the longest Cup droughts in the NHL, though this year’s team seems far removed from championship contention.The Flyers were the hit of the NHL in the 1970s thanks to those hard-hitting Broad Street Bullies. Led by Hall of Famers Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber, the Flyers won cons...

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Revamped Penguins have same Cup expectations

PITTSBURGH — The puck is the same size. So is the rink. The goal too.So forgive Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby if he’s not getting too caught up in the idea new coach Mike Johnston and general manager Jim Rutherford are creating some kind of brave new world for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders to navigate after they were brought in to replace Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero.“There’s only so many ways to play,” Crosby said. “ItR...

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Letter to the Editor: Boot Republicans from a Congress that’s failing to cure America’s ills

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Our “do-nothing Congress” is on vacation again, and it’s not coming back until after the election. They have chosen to come back Nov. 12.How does Congress ever think this is right for our country? They get paid while off the job, for as long as they want off, and get health care and pension, while complaining about the unemployed people getting unemployment benefits with no job and even no food on their tables, because our Congress...

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