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Letter to the Editor: Ukrainians know truth behind brutal Russian aggression

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The violence and loss of life in eastern Ukraine is deeply saddening.Russia has consistently attempted to deny the Ukrainian people the right of self-determination and even recognize that such a country existed, particularly during the days of Soviet communism.Today the world sees what Ukrainians have been reporting about the Russian government’s lies and evil ways. Russia claims Ukraine started the current turmoil, but who invaded Crimea, Luhansk, Slovyansk and Donetsk? Whose tanks and armed masked thugs are roaming the Eastern territories? The answer is obvious – terrorists from Russia.

 

Swoyersville advances to American Legion winners bracket final

BOYERTOWN — Facing North Parkland’s best hitter and with a runner on third in the fourth inning, Swoyersville’s Bill Gregory chose to attack the hitter rather than work around him.Gregory says he not the kind of pitcher who considers issuing an intentional walk.“I don’t think like that,” he said. “My mindset is to go after the hitter, and hopefully my stuff is good enough to beat him.”Gregory tossed a five-hit sh...

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Less zone-read for RG3 under Redskins coach Jay Gruden

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III faked the handoff to Alfred Morris and took off down the left sideline, showing the burst of speed that helped him become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.The crowd loved it. They haven’t seen much of the zone-read during the first few days of Washington Redskins training camp, but here was proof that it’s still a potent part of the playbook.Except that it wasn’t.It was actually a b...

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Eugene Monroe anchors Joe Flacco’s blind side as Ravens LT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Eugene Monroe is right where he wants to be: anchoring the left side of the Baltimore Ravens offensive line.The Ravens hope he stays there a long time, as evidenced by the five-year, $37.5 million contract they gave him in March.The bar at left tackle is high in Baltimore, given that the team’s first-ever draft pick was tackle Jonathan Ogden, now a member of the Hall of Fame. Since Ogden’s retirement after the 2007 season, however, t...

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Miami Dolphins’ credo on T-shirts after bullying scandal

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.One by one some of the members of the offense and defense removed their shoulder pads Wednesday and changed into the new gray shirt. On the back was a list of 10 sayings bordered by the words “I am a Miami Dolphin” that encompass their approach to the upcoming season.Among the sayings that br...

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Tiger Woods hopeful of more good memories at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way to an unprecedented sweep of the majors.At stake is a chance to extend a season already cut short by back surgery.

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THE T.L. EXPRESS

A lineout left two runners on base in the second inning. A grounder left two more on in the third. The potential tying run was thrown out trying to come home on an errant pitch. And finally, the tying runs were stranded when the RailRiders made two straight outs in the ninth inning. It was that kind of day for the RailRiders in their 3-1 loss to Gwinnett, where the carrot dangled in front of them all day but they couldn’t quite take a bite.

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Arizona’s Patrick Peterson relishes being highest-paid CB

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.Just ask him.Not only did he tweet out the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest-paid at his position at least five times in the Arizona Cardinals news conference announcing the new deal on Wednesday — twice before he was ever asked a question.He’s long maintained he’s the...

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Aggressive play rewarded modified Stableford event

RENO, Nev. — The 16th edition of Reno’s PGA Tour event has a new sponsor, a new name, no defending champ and a modified Stableford scoring format that encourages aggressive play up and down the edge of the Sierra Nevada.Defending champion Gary Woodland is playing in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio that features the world’s top 75 players. Still, the Barracuda Championship has one of its best fields.

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Letter to the Editor: Know the rights of people with disabilities and follow ADA’s mandates

July is truly the month of independence for all. Most everyone celebrated the Fourth of July and our country’s anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.However, it was not until many years later that the civil rights of our country’s larg...

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Letter to the Editor: Blaming President Obama has become common refrain

For some reason, or maybe none, the words to “Put the blame on Mame, boys” from the play “Auntie Mame” were running through my mind just after I woke. The same morning, there was a special television report about an airplane possibly having been shot down.Soon the phrase “the blame game” was bantered about. Lately, everything has been President Obama’s fault in some people’s points of view.Do not be surprised if a bill soon...

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Nadal to miss two events because of right wrist

Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.He said in a statement issued by the Toronto tournament that he injured himself Tuesday.In a posting on Facebook, Nadal said he is “disappointed” that he can’t ...

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New NBA lottery format would hit 76ers hard

Multiple NBA sources have confirmed that the 76ers are against a proposal that would balance out the draft lottery as early as next summer.General manager Sam Hinkie could not be reached for comment.League sources said Wednesday afternoon that the Sixers won’t get any sympathy from fellow franchises. That’s because for the second consecutive season, the Sixers are expected to field a roster below NBA standards in order to guarantee losses in hopes of a high d...

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UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion drenched after pipe breaks

LOS ANGELES — The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hoste...

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Blue-chip junior DE chooses Penn State over Florida State

Two years ago last week, Penn State looked to be all but dead on the recruiting trail after the NCAA hammer fell.On Wednesday, a five-star recruit gave a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions, picking Penn State over the defending national champions.Defensive end Shane Simmons, a junior at Maryland powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School, announced for James Franklin and the Lions on an ESPN live video stream. He chose Penn State over reigning king Florida State as well...

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Same old Phillies get throttled by Mets

NEW YORK — The Phillies played baseball Wednesday for 3 hours, 28 minutes to produce an 11-2 loss to the Mets, a peek at what the final 54 games offer if this roster remains intact. That is an outcome that gains momentum by the hour; Thursday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline could pass without a Phillies trade.So, yes, that means Kyle Kendrick will still pitch every five days. He allowed four runs — three of which scored on one Daniel Murphy blast — in six innings. R...

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WBS Pens release preseason schedule

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday. The Penguins will take on their East Division rival, the Hershey Bears, twice during exhibition play and also face a Western Conference opponent in the Utica Comets.The full preseason schedule is as follows:Wednesday, Oct. 1vs. Utica at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 4vs. Hershey at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, ...

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