The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 8, 2007

Local sports briefs 9/9


Football

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.

SOCCER

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.

MOTORSPORTS

Info on Little E coming soon

RICHMOND, Va. – His 2008 lineup finally set, team owner Rick Hendrick said he’s about two weeks away from announcing a sponsor and car number for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Hendrick said he’s close to completing the sponsorship part, but the number end is still a work in progress.

The only thing that’s certain, he said, is that Earnhardt won’t drive the No. 8 or the No. 25. Junior has used the No. 8 since entering the Cup series, but DEI won’t let him take it with him at the end of the season.

The No. 25 is the existing number at Hendrick, which has been in use since 1986 when Hendrick gave it to the late Tim Richmond. But Hendrick said he’s ready to “walk away from the 25.”

“The curse of the 25, I’ve heard that so many times,” Hendrick said. “(The No. 25) meant a lot to me over the years. I think now is time for a change. I hate to see the number go, but I’m actually looking forward to having a completely clean sheet of paper going forward.”

Hendrick said he’d like to find a number that includes an 8 for Earnhardt, and the team has applied for trademarks on the 28, 38, 51, 58, 81 and 82.

Mears ready for his new ride

RICHMOND Va. – The pressure is on Casey Mears, who will move to a team that has qualified for the Chase for the championship the last two seasons.

Mears is moving into the No. 5 at Hendrick Motorsports next year, and Kyle Busch has made that team a consistent title contender. Mears, who scored his first Nextel Cup victory in May, has yet to qualify for the Chase.