Reserves leaving Nittany Lions
STATE COLLEGE – Two little-used reserves are leaving the Penn State basketball program.
The team announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Patrick Ackerman and freshman guard Akosa Maduegbunam were granted releases to transfer after completing the spring semester.
The departures create one scholarship roster opening for the Nittany Lions, who finished 10-21 and last in the Big Ten (2-16) in Patrick Chambers’ second year on the bench.
Chambers, in his first full recruiting cycle, signed a respectable four-player high school class arriving in the fall highlighted by guard Geno Thorpe out of Pittsburgh.
Also, senior point guard Tim Frazier is expected to return after missing all but four games this year because of a left Achilles injury, while guard John Johnson will be eligible in December after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh.
Red Flash open season Sept. 7
LORETTO – St. Francis will open its football season Sept. 7 at Georgia Southern, a team that reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs last season before losing 23-20 to top-ranked North Dakota State.
The Red Flash travel to James Mason on Sept. 14, then play host to Lincoln in the Sept. 21 home opener.
Fordham visits DeGol Field on Sept. 28 to renew a rivalry last played in 1948, and the Flash open their NEC conference schedule on the road Oct. 5 at Central Connecticut. They are at home the following week against Monmouth, which has left the NEC for the MAAC.
After a bye week, St. Francis will host Sacred Heart Oct. 26, then play back-to-back road games
Nov. 2 at Duquesne and Nov. 9 at Bryant.
The final home stand is a Nov. 16 game with NEC champion Wagner and a Nov. 23 season wrapup against Robert Morris.
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Pirates rally to keep sweep
Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.
AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing
Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.
Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes
Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.
Tribune-Democrat sports staffer departs after 44 years in newsroom
Joe Gorden’s temporary assignment to The Tribune-Democrat sports department concluded on Thursday night after more than four decades.
Gorden retired after 44 years at the newspaper, all but three of them in the sports department.
Steelers’ Brown eyeing encore to breakout season
Antonio Brown rolled up to the dorms at Saint Vincent College last week in a Mercedes conversion van.
It’s fitting in a way. Five years into a blossoming career, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is playing the role of dad – OK, maybe slightly older brother – to a group long on talent but short on experience.
Bucs stand pat at non-waiver deadline
The Pittsburgh Pirates will receive some welcome additions to their roster in the coming days.
The faces, however, will be familiar.
Blairsville pegged as team to beat
As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.
Baserunning blunder helps Giants end six-game losing streak
Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
Too bad for Hurdle. What he watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.
Rookie linebacker making impression at Steelers camp
Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end.
Greene’s No. 75 will be retired at Ravens game
Joe Greene’s No. 75 now belongs to the ages.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday the team will retire the Hall of Fame defensive end’s number during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.
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