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McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009.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.