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Darin Freeborough speaks to a crowd during a past Warren County Outdoor, Travel, and Gun Show. The show has been renamed in his honor, becoming the Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show.

‘To honor him…’

Darin Freeborough was a fixture at the Warren County Outdoor, Travel, and Gun Show. Now, the event will carry his name. “Darin was a great friend and a great advocate for the outdoors — hunting, fishing, and of course, trapping,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director ...

Tomlin has no plans to revist ugly history with rival Bengals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin’s got enough to worry about without having to remind his team to keep its cool on Sunday in Cincinnati. The last time Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers visited Paul Brown Stadium, they exited with a bizarre 18-16 wild-card victory in January that included a ...

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) leaps over Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Leaping Le’Veon sets Steelers single game rushing record in win over Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Le’Veon Bell had no issues with traction in establishing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rushing record on a slick, snow-covered field. Whether it was rushing to his left, right or up the middle, the Steelers running back scored three times and gained 236 yards ...

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates his touchdown, during the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Big Ten champ Penn St. left out of playoff

Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out which ones count most. This and more is what the College Football Playoff selection committee sorts through to pick the ...

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley waves following the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. Penn State won 38-31. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

McSorley shines as Lions come back for title game win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Penn State’s band played and Lucas Oil Stadium rocked, thousands of fans clad in their traditional white shirts chanted “We Are Penn State.” It might have been more fitting if had it been “We are Penn State — and we are back.” Five years after a ...

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs past Buffalo Bills cornerback Kevon Seymour (29) to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Carr leads another rally, Raiders top Bills

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When the Buffalo Bills took a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter, the game was right in the comfort zone for the Oakland Raiders. Derek Carr led yet another comeback with two touchdown passes in the second half and Khalil Mack helped force two turnovers ...

Penn State's Saquon Barkley (26) makes a 18-yard touchdown catch against Wisconsin's T.J. Watt (42) during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

USC, Penn State to meet in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California and Penn State followed two difficult paths to reach a remarkable reunion eight years later in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans will face the Big Ten champions on Jan. 2 in the 103rd edition of the Granddaddy of Them All. The rematch of the 2009 game ...

Penn State's Malik Golden (6) hoists the Big Ten East division trophy after defeating Michigan State 45-12 in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Big Ten title game reps Penn State, Wisconsin no lock to make playoff

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Penn State was picked fourth in the Big Ten East in the preseason and 2-2 after an ugly loss at Michigan, prompting the athletic director to issue a public vote of confidence for third-year coach James Franklin. Two months later, who would have thought the eighth-ranked ...

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates a first down as Jacksonville Jaguars' Prince Amukamara (21) watches during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 28-21. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

McCoy rallies Bills to 28-21 win over Jaguars

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Once LeSean McCoy eluded two defenders and cut up the right sideline with nothing but the end zone in front of him, the Bills’ running back had time to glance up at the big screen and start celebrating. “You can just hear the crowd yelling,” McCoy said, ...

Irving, James lead Cavs past 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Cavaliers have so many ways to beat teams, and this time it was Kyrie Irving’s turn to win a game. Irving scored 19 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and LeBron James had a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, leading Cleveland ...

Cal U beats IUP in D-II football playoffs

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Top-seeded California overcame a 17-point first half deficit to advance to the Super Region One Championship with a 44-23 victory over fifth-seeded IUP on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at Adamson Stadium. With the win, Caimproves ...

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely has the Nittany Lions on the verge of the Big Ten East championship.

McSorley has No. 7 Penn State on verge of Big Ten title

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Having played against Trace McSorley in high school, Derek Dowrey remembers one thing about the shifty quarterback with the deceptively strong arm he now blocks for every Saturday. “I just know that he torched us, basically,” Dowrey said. Bolstered by smart ...

Pitt seniors seek strong finish against ‘Cuse

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The signs of progress at Pittsburgh are unmistakable. From the remodeled offices to the return of the popular “script” logo on the helmets to the arrival of living, breathing adrenaline rush Pat Narduzzi as head coach in December 2014, the vibe today is in stark contrast ...

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett looks for a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

More than trophies are at stake in the Big Ten

One thing’s for sure about the Big Ten. The conference loves a good rivalry and, in most cases, a traveling trophy to go with it. Big Ten teams have been playing for buckets, bronzed pigs, jugs and more since around the turn of the 20th century. It’s all a part of Midwestern football ...

Steelers hope sack-happy performance vs. Browns was no fluke

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler only wishes he was brilliant enough to explain how a defense that struggled to get to the quarterback for two months seemed to have little trouble last Sunday in Cleveland. The same group that managed all of 13 sacks ...

Conner keeping mum on NFL prospects

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner has big plans for this weekend, and it has nothing to do with saying goodbye. Thanksgiving marks the 1-year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis that threatened the Pittsburgh running back’s career, one that kickstarted his remarkable comeback and turned ...

Pittsburgh forward Jamel Artis (1) drives to the basket past Yale guard Miye Oni (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

Young, Pittsburgh hold off Yale, 75-70

P) — Michael Young scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds as Pittsburgh held off Yale, 75-70, Tuesday night. Young, the two-time reigning ACC Player of the Week, was a jack-of-all trades for the Panthers. In addition to leading the team in scoring and rebounds, Young had three assists, a ...

Receiver Harvin coming out of retirement to sign with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Retirement proved to be temporary for Percy Harvin, the once-dynamic playmaker who’s back in the NFL and returning to Buffalo to reinforce the Bills injury-depleted group of receivers. Using the past six months to rest his mind and rehab numerous injuries that ...

No. 25 Virginia Tech holds off Pitt, 39-36

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jerod Evans shook off a right ankle injury to throw for a career-high 406 yards and two touchdowns and lead No. 25 Virginia Tech to a 39-36 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.Joey Slye tied a school and Atlantic Coach Conference record by kicking six field goals and ...

Penguins sign goalie Murray to 3-year extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Murray's breakout performance in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise.The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season.Murray helped the ...