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Good guys to get rewarded

NEW YORK — The NFL has created a Sportsmanship Award that will be voted on by the players and presented to the winner on the eve of the Super Bowl.The award will be part of the NFL Honors show in which The Associated Press presents its major league awards, including MVP and Coach of the Year.A player “who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition” will...

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Frein

With reported sightings of Eric Frein throughout the Pocono Mountain area, the Pocono Mountain School District closed schools Tuesday, forcing a few schedule changes to the District 11 playoffs.Pocono Mountain East was originally slated to host Liberty in a Class 3A girls soccer preliminary round matchup at 3 p.m. Tuesday, but because schools are not open, the teams will meet at 3 p.m. today.The Cardinals won’t get to play on their home field either. The game has b...

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Giants open with a bang

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night’s World Series opener.In a matchup of streaking teams, the Giants won their seventh Series game in a row dating to 2010 and ended a perfect postseason for the Royals, who had been 8-0. San Francisco also ended the Royals’ 11...

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On Campus

The Bucknell football team is off to a 5-1 start and a key performer for the Bison is sophomore Nick O’Brien. O’Brien (Wyoming Area) starts at cornerback and also returns kickoffs and punts. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has 20 tackles and two pass breakups despite missing the first two games of the season. Last year, he played in 10 games with 33 tackles and six pass breakups with a fumble recovery.“Nick has been a very consistent player in our program,” coach...

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PSU defense faces its toughest test

Bob Shoop answered first with a chuckle. It was a perfectly reasonable response, given the question.What makes Ohio State’s offense so tough to defend?Penn State’s defensive coordinator needed to take a second to pick a starting point.“Well, their tempo first and foremost,” Shoop said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence. (Quarterback J.T. Barrett) is playing well. They’ve got two really good backs playing well. ...

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Penguins blanked by Devils

Riding a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s contest against the Albany Devils, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had plenty of reason to feel optimistic.The weekend sweep of two games in St. John’s erased a dreadful 0-2 start to the season for the Penguins, and on Tuesday they bolstered their lineup with forward Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Scott Harrington, who were sent down by Pittsburgh on Monday. They also welcomed the season debut of top prospect Derrick Poul...

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Pittston Area primed for Class 3A district playoffs

For the first time, the District 2 girls soccer playoffs welcome all 35 teams to the playoffs. While teams like Nanticoke and GAR enjoy a chance at postseason play for the first time, many first and second round games are bound to be uncompetitive.Reclassification suits Pittston Area just nicely. Instead of being pegged a No. 6 seed in a crowded Class 2A field with two undefeated teams, the Patriots find themselves the top team in the District 2-4 3A tournament. Williamsport, out o...

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Royals advance to semis

WILKES-BARRE — There was only one option for Holy Redeemer head coach Juliann DeFalco when tasked with slowing down Wyoming Area’s Bree Bednarski - Alexis Lewis.The senior defender, who DeFalco relies on to provide a calming influence on the field, stepped up to the challenge as the No. 4 Royals bottled up the 61-goal scorer en route to a 3-1 win over No. 5 Wyoming Area in the quarterfinals of the District II AA field Field Hockey Tournament on Tuesday at Hollenback Par...

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Field Hockey: Lehman, Crestwood, Sem advance to semis

Miranda Moosic scored two goals in the second half t0 lead Lake-Lehman past Lackawanna Trail 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the District II Class Class 2A Field Hockey Tournament on Tuesday.The Black Knights will face face Wyoming Seminary, a 5-0 winner over Tunkhannock, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.Lehman took an early 1-0 lead on a Lilli Stepanski goal, assisted by Kate Supey.Crestwood 9, GAR 0Ashleigh Thomas scored four of Crestwood̵...

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Lions’ Lewis hoping to shake off a rough week

It’s a feeling Eugene Lewis won’t soon forget.Standing on the sideline for the opening drive of Penn State’s primetime showdown with Michigan. Not being out there to come up with a big play to spark the offense in the second half as he had done several times before.Injury and concerns about practice habits kept the sophomore wideout from seeing the field much at all in the Nittany Lions’ last game.But after a constructive sitdown with J...

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