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Keselowski pulls into third round

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to earn an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR’s championship race.Needing to win to stay alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion came through his series-best sixth victory of the year.But the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne all were eliminated from contention.Kyle Busch could not recover from an early wreck and also was eliminated from the Chase.Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth also advanced.

 

Murray and Cowboys keep rolling

ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray became the first player in NFL history to start a season with seven consecutive 100-yard games and Tony Romo threw three touchdowns as the streaky Dallas Cowboys turned away the New York Giants 31-21 Sunday at AT&T Stadium.Murray finished with 28 carries for 128 yards and one touchdown.“He’s off to a good start,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s a team thing. Teams are coming in here trying to s...

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Rams pull a fast one on Seattle

ST. LOUIS — Walking off the field, his back to the huddle, Austin Davis had no idea the St. Louis Rams would gamble in this spot. Not backed up at their 18.The quarterback glanced back in surprise to see Johnny Hekker, arm cocked, about to let one go.It certainly surprised the Seattle Seahawks, even though they’ve seen it before.“That’s pretty sweet,” Hekker said of the pass to a wide-open Benny Cunningham that helped the Rams run...

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Record-setting Rangers tame Sharks

/NEW YORK — Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash scored four seconds apart late in the second period, tying a New York Rangers record, and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves Sunday in a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.Lundqvist extended his franchise mark with his 51st career shutout as the Rangers (3-3-0) won their second consecutive game after losing three straight. He preserved the whitewash by denying Patrick Marleau late in the third period with an acrobatic save a...

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Victory snatched from Notre Dame’s grasp

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame ran almost the same play for its first touchdown against No. 2 Florida State.Three receivers bunched to the right, close to the line. The front two jam into the middle and the back one, Corey Robinson, cuts to the outside. It appeared to work perfectly again when Everett Golson hit Robinson for an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter.As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated the 2-yard score,...

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The call that changed Kansas City’s history

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days.Chances are he’ll see himself, too.“Nobody wants to have the call that I did in the World Series,” Denkinger told The Associated Press this weekend from his winter home in Arizona. “But I did. And now it’s...

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‘The Freak’ a forgotten man

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday’s workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi’s locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever.No words necessary.Lincecum, so far an unused reliever this postseason, is doing everything he can to stay involved in the San Francisco Giants’ latest World Series run after he was such an important part of the previous two....

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Bill Jones: United Way campaign counting on you to ask the right questions

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”– Eugene Ionesco, French dramatistSince the start of the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s 2014 campaign in early September, I have been asked to speak nearly three dozen times to civic groups, social clubs, students, school administrators, business and labor leaders, and at many long-standing workplace campaigns as well as new companies wanting to support the community through the wor...

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Letter to the Editor: Candidate Aaron Kaufer’s commitment to property tax reform effort praised

If you support property tax elimination, there is no doubt that you should be voting for state representative candidate Aaron Kaufer.Aaron has been a strong supporter of Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate our school property taxes and shift the funding of our schools to a fairer and more equitable tax that would make everyone invested in the future of education. Aaron has been supporting this legislation for years!

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Letter to the Editor: Writer scolds candidate Eileen Cipriani for acceptance of EMILY’s List backing

This question is for state representative candidate Eileen Cipriani: Do you know what commandment that you have aligned yourself with regarding EMILY’s List, having taken its money and having offended us in the Catholic and Christian communities.I will help you answer. “Thou shall not kill.”I never want you or anyone like you to shape our children’s lives and futures or be affected by any decision you would make.Frank Chest...

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Plains No. 2 takes shootout victory

Chelsea Flaherty scored twice Sunday as the Plains No. 2 Girls team beat Plains No. 1 Girls, 4-3 in a shootout in a B Bracket game of the County Cup youth soccer tournament.Chelsea Flaherty scored twice and Madison Smith scored once for Plains No. 2. Katherine Majeski scored all 3 goals for Plains No. 1.Saturday’s GamesStoners No. 3 carves one outStoners No. 3 beat Plains No. 1 by a score of 2-1. Ava Butcher a...

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Rematches highlight boys first round

The brackets for the District 2 boys and girls soccer tournaments were released on Sunday night featuring several regular-season rematches in the first round of boys play.The open tournaments starts on Tuesday in the A and 2A classifications, while the 3A first round begins on Thursday. The first rematch to be held will be Tuesday evening when Berwick (3-11-2) travels to Dallas (12-3-1) at 6 p.m. When the teams met earlier this season, the No. 13 seed Bulldogs somehow secured a tie...

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Crestwood senior captain embraces her new role of responsibility

WRIGHT TWP. – Mike Williams saw this coming one year ago.The Crestwood volleyball head coach glanced at his roster and saw one glaring theme.Seniors. Six of them. Attackers, setters, liberos. No position was safe.He knew in 2014 that steady athletes like Nicole Jankowski, Olivia Jankowski, Emily Sipple and Taryn Wojnar wouldn’t be there.One player would. A hard-hitting lefty with heart and desire.That person was Bryanna Hurn....

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Dreams came true for new Plains Hall members

PLAINS – Chris Sedon, Kyle Costello, Roger Beatty and the late Frank Semanski were newly inducted into the Plains Hall of Fame on Sunday night during a dinner held at the Plains American Legion.“The kids had dreams,” Roger Beatty said. “I tried to instill in them that the only limitations they have are the limitations they set on themselves. Those dreams are what made those kids play their hearts out for me.”

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W-B Police: Shots fired near Sherman Street

WILKES-BARREPolice apprehended and charged a man from White Plains, N.Y., after a short foot chase while responding to reports of shots fired in the area of South Sherman and South Streets around 6:20 p.m. Sunday night.According to police, the victim said he was driving a motor vehicle when two black males “flipped him off.” The victim said suspect 1, a male in a green hoodie, reached into the waistband of suspect 2 and pulled out a handgun, then fired about ...

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W-B man serves up homegrown magazine

WILKES-BARRE — The Internet may be killing print media, but Aaron Bomba doesn’t really care.This fall he published the first issue of his quarterly magazine PAGITICA, a general interest publication aimed at millenials in their 20s and 30s — and it’s based in Wilkes-Barre.“I think now we’re hitting a point where it’s too much,” he said. “There’s a charm to something you can physically hold.”Bomba...

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Lawmakers get low grades by environmental groups

Area legislators did not fare well in rankings put out by a trio of environmental advocacy groups, with only one — retiring Phyllis Mundy — getting a perfect score of 100 and three others getting a “passing” grade of 70 or better.In releasing the report, dubbed the “2013-14 environmental scorecard,” the three groups — Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and the Sierra Club — argued that voting records for both Repu...

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Local educators, candidates say PA Core standards needs reworking

More standardized tests, new requirements for graduation and higher expectations for lower grades are just some of the expectations school districts must meet as part of the new Pennsylvania Core Standards.Pennsylvania Core became the law of the land this year, but deciding whether it measures up for students could be an issue for new and returning lawmakers next year.School officials are weighing options to meet the new standards, which are nearly identical to the feder...

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