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Letter to the Editor: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget offers ‘fresh start’ for Pennsylvania’s schools and taxpayers

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan proves that state government can invest in public education again. That’s the kind of budget I want in the school district where I live.In Luzerne County, Gov. Wolf’s budget will give our schools a combined funding increase of more than $13 million. We need that increase more than ever, since we’ve been feeling the consequences of funding cuts for the past four years. This kind of support will help us to reduce class sizes, bring ...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Bryan Rust making strides since returning from injury

During the first period in last Friday’s game against Binghamton, Bryan Rust found himself engaged in a battle.Rust wasn’t necessarily squaring off against an opponent, but rather himself.It was Rust’s first game back since suffering a lower body injury on Feb. 21, and as his teammates worked to build a lead over the Senators, Rust fought to get his game back.He admits that his timing and playmaking abilities weren’t up to par thanks to...

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Adam Davis an ace on the mound for University of Delaware

When it comes to quality starts, University of Delaware senior Adam Davis is right up there with the best of them in Division I college baseball.Tri-captain and Hazleton Area graduate is 2-1 with a 2.62 earned run average for the 9-9 Blue Hens. In five starts, he’s worked 34.1 innings and given up 33 hits, 14 runs, 10 earned, with 10 walks and 31 strikeouts. The 6-foot, 175-pound right-hander worked 7.1 innings, giving up eight hits and two runs, both earned, with no walks an...

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Tunkhannock falls to Delaware Valley, 3-0

Delaware Valley 25-13, 25-12, 25-14 defeated Tunkhannock in straight sets in a boys volleyball game on Tuesday.Alex Clark finished with one ace and four assists, Max Hardy chipped in with one ace, two digs and two kills and Shane Straley made 12 digs for the Tigers.Delaware Valley’s Rafael Alexandre had eight kills and two blocks in the win.GIRLS LACROSSEWyoming Seminary 14, Scranton Prep 2Alexis Qu...

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Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in its backyard

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks.“The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked.If anyone had that perception, it certainly isn’t the case with two teams in the Final Four — which is being in Indianapolis.The Badgers play unbeaten Kentucky in one semifinal on Saturday nig...

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MLB salary breaks $4M benchmark

NEW YORK — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.&#...

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NHL’s top scorers struggling this season

DENVER — When it comes to scoring, Sid the Kid’s pace this season is no match for the greatest by the Great One.Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby is in line to win the scoring title with what can be projected to be about 85 points. That’s a number Wayne Gretzky reached by midseason when he accumulated 215 during his record-setting year in 1985-86.Granted, a much different time and way different style back then. Still, the NHL’s top players arenR...

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Lydia Ko rolling toward history on LPGA Tour

The pressure from playing in the first major of the year is clearly getting to Lydia Ko.The 17-year-old sensation already is the youngest golfer, male or female, to be ranked No. 1. She has finished in the top 10 in her last 10 starts on the LPGA Tour, including two victories. She has broken par in 28 consecutive rounds, one short of the record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2004.As she made her way around Mission Hills for her first practice round at the ANA Inspiration, sw...

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Kentucky’s platoon system gives way to traditional rotation

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari’s platoon system has given way to a nine-man rotation that gives the Kentucky coach plenty of combinations.Who plays and how long hasn’t mattered to the top-ranked Wildcats.Platooning has been replaced by the immediate challenge of winning the school’s ninth championship and remaining undefeated along the way.The egos that were checked early have remained on the shelf during the NCAA Tournament as Calipari...

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Pirates rock Tiger’s ace Price

LAKELAND, Fla. — David Price didn’t want to end spring training this way.Price was rocked for seven runs over six innings in his final tuneup for opening day as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday.“I just wanted to work on some things, last-minute things,” Price said. “I know I need to make better pitches, but body-wise I feel fine.”Price is to start Monday’s opener against Minnesota, ending J...

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