Steelers ball helping charity
In commemoration of the 75th season of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nikco Sports has produced a limited edition football.
The 75th Pittsburgh Steelers Anniversary Football will cost $99 with $7.50 of that fee being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The 5,000 footballs come with a certificate of authenticity and can be purchased two ways: By calling 1-800-345-2868 or by visiting www.nikcosport.
Local cable adds NFL Network
Atlantic Broadband announced in a press release Friday that it will carry the full NFL Network schedule, giving fans access to eight exclusive late-season NFL games.
Atlantic Broadband will air the network’s games beginning with the Nov. 22 Indianapolis-Atlanta matchup and including the Steelers’ Dec. 20 game with St. Louis.
The NFL Network will be available to digital service subscribers.
UPJ blanks Point Park
Sophomore forward Chrissy Burnsworth netted two goals and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Paha made three saves to lead the Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team to its third consecutive shutout victory.
This time UPJ dealt visiting Point Park University a 2-0 loss Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-0.
Burnsworth netted her first goal and got the Lady Cats on the scoreboard in the 35th minute off of a corner kick.
Lauren Penn took the corner kick that bounced Alicia Zack onto Burnsworth’s foot, who beat Point Park goalkeeper Emily Temalewski.
Ten minutes later, Burnsworth scored unnassisted from a rebound off of a blocked shot to give UPJ a lead it did not relinquish.
Paha, who earned her second shutout, improved to 3-0 after facing seven shots and making three saves.
The Lady Cats outshot the Pioneers 31-7 for the match, including a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal.
UPJ will host Shepherd (W.Va.) University in a WVIAC conference match on Wednesday at 4 p.m., before traveling to the University of Findlay (Ohio) Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
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Pirates power past Brewers
Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.
Jackets preparing for Game 2
The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.
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Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open
Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.
‘Hawks already building toward next season
Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.
Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee
That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.
Penguins rally to wear out Jackets
Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.
Series serves as reunion for former Chiefs personnel
Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.
Malkin nearing return
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.
Reds swing way past Pirates
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.
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