Steelers sign assistant coach
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired former Minnesota Vikings assistant James Saxon as the team’srunning backs coach.
Saxon replaces Kirby Wilson, who left the Steelers to take the same position in Minnesota earlier this week.
Saxon will try to help revitalize a running attack that ranked 27th in yards and 29th in yards per carry in 2013. Saxon is the second offensive assistant brought in by the Steelers in the last two weeks.
Pittsburgh hired former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak to coach the offensive line earlier this month.
Saxon’s previous coaching stops include Miami, Kansas City and Buffalo. He played eight seasons in the NFL from 1988-95, running for 533 yards and five touchdowns.
Pitt-Johnstown holds onto 4th
Coach Pat Pecora's Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers, 9-1 overall and winners of seven straight dual meets, remained fourth in the most recent NCAA Division II Super Region I rankings released Tuesday.
Seven Mountain Cats are individually ranked, including All-Americans Dave Fogle (125 pounds) and Travis McKillop (184), the top-ranked wrestlers in their weight classes.
Luke Palamides (133), two-time national qualifier Gary Lantz (165), Zac Bennett (197), and 2013 national qualifier Josh Duplin (285) are all ranked fourth, while Sam Hanau (141) is ranked fifth.
Gleason helps finish 10th
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Johnstown’s Kevin Gleason and co-driver Corey Fergus of Ohio, driving a BMW 328, finished eighth out of 39 entries in the Sport Touring (ST) class Friday in the season opener for IMSA's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at Daytona International Speedway.
Gleason, 26, qualified ninth with a time of 2:05.839 for an average speed of 101.844 miles per hour around the 3.56-mile road course. He drove the first half of a caution-filled race, kept the car in the top 10 and turned it over to his teammate unscathed.
The series now travels to Sebring International Raceway March 13-14 in Florida.
PSU coach attends speech
STATE COLLEGE – The new football coach for Penn State attended the president’s State of the Union address in Washington.
James Franklin heard the speech on Tuesday as the guest of Republican Rep. Glenn Thompson.
Thompson’s northern Pennsylvania district includes the university campus in State College. Thompson is also a Penn State alum who says he wants to welcome the new coach to the area.
Franklin was named to lead the Nittany Lions on Jan. 11. He previously coached at Vanderbilt.
In a statement, Franklin says he appreciates the invitation and looks forward to hearing the president’s vision for this year and beyond.
Penguins shut out Capitals
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.
Steelers’ Woodley victim of salary cap
The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.
Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.
Hawkins signed to offer sheet
On the first day of free agency, Cleveland signed Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the contract or Hawkins will join the Browns, who need a replacement at slot receiver after releasing troubled veteran Davone Bess.
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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Liriano sharp in Pirates victory over Rays
Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Martin had an RBI single during a six-run first inning against Rays starter Matt Moore and added a three-run homer off Grant Balfour in the fourth.
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