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Turf wars: WVC teams have new type of home fields to defend

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As a steady rain pelted players pounding their way through a high school football scrimmage, they all stood on solid ground marveling at one quirk nature had nothing to do with.The ground they were trampling through never gave way.That’s because they were playing on a synthetic mixture called FieldTurf, which is fast becoming the champion of Wyoming Valley Conference football fields.Over the past decade, three historical WVC football stadiums replaced their grass-and-dirt fields with turf, two more are in the process of completing the switch, and another upgraded its old artificial surface with fall-friendly FieldTurf.


In lost season, RailRiders salvage split

MOOSIC — That wicked shot searing over the right field wall off the bat of a former friend did more than send the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to a heart-wrenching loss.It sentenced them to a losing season.Not that Dan Johnson cared much.The former RailRider and current Buffalo first baseman drilled a game-winning home run to complete a five-run rally in the t...

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Orrson successfully defends ‘Fastest Woman’ title

MOUNTAIN TOP — Marina Orrson scored a wire-to-wire victory in the D&L Trail Mile on Wednesday evening at the Black Diamond Trailhead, finishing fourth overall in 5:03, capturing top honors in the Valley’s Fastest Woman series.Orrson, just as she did last year, won all three races in wire-to-wire fashion. The first race was the Susquehanna River Runners Club’s 1 Miler on the track at Misericordia University on Aug. 12. The second race was the Giants Despair Challen...

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This one wasn’t going to get away. After watching Buffalo rally with a stunning five-run seventh inning that beat the RailRiders 6-5 in the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Nick Rumbelow made sure his team’s Game 2 lead stood up. Rumbelow fanned four of the six outs he recorded, striking out the side in the seventh and final inning of Game 2 to preserve an 8-3 RailRiders victory in the nightcap. That didn’t give Scranton/Wilkes-B...

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PSU captain Olaniyan embracing new role

Bob Shoop’s phone buzzed a bit more than usual on Monday morning. One of the leaders of his defense, it seems, was a little wound up.Defensive end C.J. Olaniyan had gotten wind of an interview that an Orlando radio station did over the weekend with (in)famous ESPN pundit Lee Corso.“I’ll tell you what — UCF should wax ‘em good,” Corso said on WHOO-AM while discussing Saturday’s Croke Park Classic between Penn State and Central Flo...

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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre resident calls for homeowners and renters to demonstrate pride in place

I am a lifelong resident of South Wilkes Barre. I used to be proud of my city, but not anymore.I look around and see trash everywhere – along roads, in front of homes – grass that is not mowed in people’s yards, empty lots that look like jungles. Does no one take pride in their homes and surroundings anymore? Whatever happened to street cleaning; God knows we pay enough in taxes. Our streets and roads are like minefields; you try to avoid a pothole only to hit ano...

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Penguins welcome a new rival to kick off 2014-15 season

On Oct. 1, 1999, the Philadelphia Phantoms hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the first game in the new franchise’s history.Fifteen years later, the Penguins are repaying the favor.After the Phantoms bounced from Philadelphia to Glens Falls before finding a home in Allentown for the upcoming season, the Penguins will host their East Division rivals for their first game as Lehigh Valley. That will take place on Oct. 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, per the 20...

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Local Roundup: Wyoming Sem sweeps Hanover Area

Abby Capin and Meghan Savada rallied from a first set loss before pulling out an 11-9 third-set tiebreaker to highlight the Wyoming Seminary’s 5-0 sweep of Hanover Area in high school tennis.Seminary’s Madison Nardone, Jacque Meuser and the team of Danica Mits/Becca Barnes won their matches without dropping a game.H.S. GOLF Coughlin 165, Pittston 178Ryan Keyes won medalist honors with a 37 to lead Cougli...

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NFL Notebook NFL suspends Gordon for 2014 season

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril.The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.The NFL, though, came down h...

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NBA Notebook Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling’s r...

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Philly honors Taney team with parade

PHILADELPHIA — The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion’s treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia.Thousands of office workers and city residents lined a major thoroughfare to cheer on the Taney Dragons and their pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated.“A lot of people were here,” Mo&#...

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USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans’ team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication,” the school announced in a statement Wednesday.The school didn’t explain how Shaw...

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Sharapova rallies to outlast Dulgheru at US Open

NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova’s serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.The five-time major champion rallied from a set down to beat 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Sharapova overcame nine double-faults and 46 unforced errors to improve her record in three-set matches this year to 17-6.Dulgheru had played just twice since mid-July, and she was dragging as t...

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Police: Driver crashes, loses door, flees scene

HANOVER TWP. — Township police said the driver of a black Nissan drove away after crashing into a guide rail along Pine Run Road just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.Police recovered a black car door and handle at the scene.The Nissan is missing its driver’s side door and likely has damage to its driver’s side, police said.Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Hanover Township police at 570-825-1270.

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Other Opinion: User fees for Pennsylvania game lands should apply to hunters and trappers too

Hikers and birdwatchers will be exempt, but members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission are mulling whether to require snowmobilers, horseback riders and cyclists to have a special permit – and pay a fee – when using trails in state game lands.The panel could approve that policy as early as Sept. 23. Individuals holding a current hunting or furtaker’s license, the commission website states, would be exempt from buying the special permit. The new permit ...

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Officials defend use of public money for Schott

Duryea Mayor Keith Moss says Schott North America Inc. applied to the borough for a share of gaming money to develop a new type of porous glass “because they couldn’t do it all themselves.”The company asked for $500,000, but the state Commonwealth Financing Authority, which decides which projects to fund in each county with the casino revenue, approved just $100,000 for Duryea in 2012.While readers have questioned the use of government money to fund a p...

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$10M state grant to aid rail bridge project

A $10 million state grant awarded to the Reading & Northern Railroad will aid in the construction of a bridge over the Lehigh River creating a railway connection to the Northeast from the Philadelphia region.The new bridge will be located near the Lehigh Gorge trail in Kidder Township, north of Jim Thorpe and provide access from the Port of Philadelphia to northeastern United States and Canada.

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LCTA attorney negotiating repayment over ‘ghost riders’

KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority’s solicitor said he still is negotiating with the state Department of Transportation over the $3.16 million in state funding PennDOT wants back due to claims of “ghost riders” on LCTA buses.But attorney Joseph Blazosek said on Wednesday he doesn’t see any new developments in the authority’s appeal to come before October.PennDOT wants the money back due to claims the authority had b...

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