Steelers sign free agent
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed restricted free agent Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.
McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons and has three career sacks.
The 27-year-old McLendon is expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July. The Steelers are looking to replace five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton, who is a free agent and will almost certainly not be brought back. Hampton would turn 36 before the season opener.
PITTSBURGH – A Thanksgiving night visit to Baltimore and a trip to London highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule.
The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Tennessee then play the first of four prime-time games the following week in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh plays the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL’s annual trip to London on Sept. 29 and will get the next week off. The Steelers will host the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Oct. 20 then play in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, Pittsburgh’s first appearance on Thanksgiving since 1998.
Pittsburgh will play three of its final four games at Heinz Field, starting on Dec. 8 when the Miami Dolphins and former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace visit. Pittsburgh ends the season at home on Dec. 29 against Cleveland.
Full NFL schedule in Scoreboard on Page B3.
Portage native is recognized
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Education Section manager Carl Richardson has been presented the Outstanding Community Recreation Professional Award by the state Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Richardson is a Portage native.
In addition to his contributions to education, the award recognizes Richardson’s more than 20 years of accomplishments in reaching out to health and physical education teachers and recreation professionals, enabling them to provide fishing and safe boating programming in schools and communities.
Mounties sweep Waynesburg
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius improved to 20-9 on the season by sweeping Waynesburg 5-0 6-2 in a non-conference doubleheader.
Kelsey Ickes recorded three strikeouts to earn a shutout win in
Danielle Hart had two hits and scored two runs for Mount Aloysius. Jalissa Westover and Taylor Mansfield also had hits.
In Game 2, Shelby Kline pitched a complete game while Lindsy Sammarco paced the Mounties with two hits.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
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.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
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