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.
Bishop Carroll slips past Monessen
Just when things looked the bleakest for the Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night, the Huskies went on a 22-0 run keyed by Nik Suckinos from 3-point range and held on for a 69-65 victory over Monessen in second round PIAA Tournament action at Gateway High School.
“I was trying to be a spark off the bench,” said the junior forward, who finished with 14 points. “It was a big game and when I went in, I really focused on hitting my shots. Shots were falling. It was a good night.”
Berlin girls playing in PIAA rematch
It’s deja vu for the Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball team.
The Mountaineers (22-4) will play District 7 champion Vincentian Academy in PIAA Class A second-round action at 8 p.m. tonight at Hempfield High School.
Shade taking hopes on the road
The Shade girls’ basketball team is looking at its two-plus hour road trip to Big Spring High School in Newville today as a twist of good fate.
The Panthers will take on Halifax in a 7 p.m. Class A contest in the second round of the PIAA Tournament.
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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