Steelers sign free agent
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed restricted free agent Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.
McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons and has three career sacks.
The 27-year-old McLendon is expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July. The Steelers are looking to replace five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton, who is a free agent and will almost certainly not be brought back. Hampton would turn 36 before the season opener.
PITTSBURGH – A Thanksgiving night visit to Baltimore and a trip to London highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule.
The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Tennessee then play the first of four prime-time games the following week in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh plays the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL’s annual trip to London on Sept. 29 and will get the next week off. The Steelers will host the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Oct. 20 then play in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, Pittsburgh’s first appearance on Thanksgiving since 1998.
Pittsburgh will play three of its final four games at Heinz Field, starting on Dec. 8 when the Miami Dolphins and former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace visit. Pittsburgh ends the season at home on Dec. 29 against Cleveland.
Full NFL schedule in Scoreboard on Page B3.
Portage native is recognized
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Education Section manager Carl Richardson has been presented the Outstanding Community Recreation Professional Award by the state Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Richardson is a Portage native.
In addition to his contributions to education, the award recognizes Richardson’s more than 20 years of accomplishments in reaching out to health and physical education teachers and recreation professionals, enabling them to provide fishing and safe boating programming in schools and communities.
Mounties sweep Waynesburg
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius improved to 20-9 on the season by sweeping Waynesburg 5-0 6-2 in a non-conference doubleheader.
Kelsey Ickes recorded three strikeouts to earn a shutout win in
Danielle Hart had two hits and scored two runs for Mount Aloysius. Jalissa Westover and Taylor Mansfield also had hits.
In Game 2, Shelby Kline pitched a complete game while Lindsy Sammarco paced the Mounties with two hits.
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Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs
Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.
After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions.
North Catholic rolls over Berlin in Class A
Berlin Brothersvalley had a hot start and an uptempo finish in the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown.
But Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic rode 6-foot-9 senior center Dominic Robb inside, and used an 11-0 spurt to open the third quarter to pull away in a 56-44 victory at the Sports Center.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Richland rolling forward
Richland High’s boys’ basketball team made history last weekend. Now, the Rams want to add a few more details to this memorable story.
Coach Greg Burke’s team won the program’s first District 6 boys’ basketball title since 1975 in convincing fashion over Central on March 1.
Tomahawks lose shutout
The adage – as Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence affirmed after his squad’s 2-0 loss to the Janesville Jets on Friday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena – is that you can’t win if you don’t score.
While the Tomahawks came up short on the scoreboard, they weren’t short on chances.
McCutchen leads Pirates offense in loss to Twins
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring.
Richland wrestler reaches PIAA title match
Nico Pecora gave the area its second state finalist at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships tonight.
Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
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