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Nanticoke’s grand slam delivers a District 2 softball championship

EDWARDSVILLE — Nanticoke’s Jenna Lipowski doesn’t get many inviting pitches to hit. Such is the life of one of the premier power hitters in District 2 softball.Then comes a situation like Thursday when there is no choice other than to challenge the sophomore. Berwick attacked and Lipowski’s counter punch delivered a knockout.Lipowski’s grand slam in the sixth inning tore open a one-run game as Nanticoke defeated Berwick 6-1 to win the Distri...

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Holy Redeemer softball wins title on a walk-off

EDWARDSVILLE — Fruitless in eight at-bats through almost eight innings, the bottom of the order had not done its share to help Holy Redeemer’s cause on Thursday. The lower third of the lineup hadn’t even reached base.All of that changed when the Royals needed it most.One by one, the 7-8-9 hitters came through with two-out singles to lift Holy Redeemer to the top in extra innings.Redeemer won its second District 2 Class 2A championship in thre...

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For Kostopoulos, it was Penguins or retirement

When Tom Kostopoulos began his pro hockey career in 1999, he listened to veteran teammates talk about how hard it was to walk away.Now, 16 years later, Kostopoulos can relate.“It’s definitely hard to walk away. This is pretty much all I’ve done,” Kostopoulos said. “It’s scary to think about what comes after hockey, but I can put that off for another year.”That’s because Kostopoulos signed a new deal on Wednesday ...

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Former WBS, Pittsburgh boss joins Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The circumstances have changed for Dan Bylsma in taking over as coach of the young and rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.The expectations have not for someone previously accustomed to coaching the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins.The first objective for Bylsma, who got his head coaching start leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is developing a winning attitude in Buffalo, on a team that has finished last in the standings in each of the past two...

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Blatter resists calls to resign amid FIFA scandal

ZURICH — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body.“We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted his leadership on the eve of his bid for a fifth term as president.The 79-year-old Blatter insisted he could restore ...

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Stars overcome miscues at French Open

PARIS — For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set.For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later came an embarrassing mistake.For Andy Murray, it was a time warning from the chair umpire and losing a set for the first time in six matches against his opponent.While nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets on a cloudy, windy Thursday...

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Bulls fire Thibodeau after 5 seasons

CHICAGO — In five seasons under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls soared to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were collecting championships.They never got to the top with him and now he is out.The Bulls fired Thibodeau on Thursday, parting ways with the strong-willed coach who took the team to the playoffs in each of his five seasons only to have his success overshadowed by his strained relationship with the front office.

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Contract talks between Wade, Heat at impasse

MIAMI — For the first time, the relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat seems murky at best.And his future with the team is now in doubt.Contract talks between Wade and the Heat are at “an impasse” and the three-time NBA champion is preparing himself for possibly leaving the team this summer, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither...

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Rangers hope Game 7 fortune continues

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — It’s one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals and the chance to play for hockey’s biggest prize.That’s what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.Picking a winner at this point is pure speculation. Every game has been different and each team has its advantages.The Lightning have the ‘Triplets’ line of Tyler Johnso...

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White Sox, Orioles split doubleheader

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles had just earned a split of their doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox, and manager Buck Showalter didn’t seem the least bit excited.That’s because there would be plenty of work ahead, most of which would involve resting weary players and shuffling the pitching staff.The Orioles rebounded to scratch out a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday after a 3-2 loss in the opener of a doubleheader caused by riot...

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