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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Penguins finish hot to grab 2-1 series lead
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Pirates walk off against Reds to halt home skid
Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a winning run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat the Reds 6-5 Monday night.
Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 before Davis’ fourth-inning homer off Mike Leake.
Sitting Bulls bring home national sled hockey title
The Johnstown Sitting Bulls disabled sled hockey team recently won a national championship.
The team, comprised of disabled athletes from Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Bedford and Blair counties, finished first in the Youth B Division at the USA Hockey National Disabled Hockey Festival held April 11-13 in Marlborough, Mass.
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Brewers top Pirates in game highlighted by dustup
Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Football team ends boycott of embattled coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato’s football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hoffner said he assured the players, who refused to take the practice field Wednesday, that interim coach Aaron Keen, who led the team in Hoffner’s absence, will continue in a major role with the team.
Game 3 pivotal for both teams
Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins, hoping to make even more history.
Blue Jackets outlast Pens in double-OT
Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.
Brewers rally to clip Pirates
Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.
Area runners gearing for Boston Marathon
The time was 12:15 p.m. It was Monday April 19, 1897. Tom Burke had drawn a line across the dirt road with his foot. Eighteen men gathered near Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland, Massachusetts.
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