Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — The baseball great and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has died. The Atlanta Braves said he died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. No cause was given. Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era. “Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases. But the Hall of Famer will be remembered for one swing above all others, the one that made him baseball’s home-run king., died early Friday. Hank Aaron was 86.

Aliquippa School Board approves Football Coach Mike Warfield’s Contract

Story by Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano

(Aliquippa, Pa.) Aliquippa High School Football Coach Mike Warfield was awarded a 3 year contract extending from March 22, 2021 to March 21, 2024  Lorie Willis was hired as a volunteer  girls basketball coach.

The board accepted the resignation of Lakesha Cobb, elementary school administrative assistant effective December 23, 2020.
Friday, February 12 will be an in-service day instead of a  regular school day. Monday, February 15 will be a regular school day, not  an in-service day.
The district has been awarded $4,032,121.00 in CARES ACT funding from the   state.  The funding was allocated to support ongoing learning in school districts in the 16th legislative district.
The funding is part of  $2.2 billion  in federal stimulus funds  to k-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the pandemic

Colts QB Rivers, 39, retires from NFL after 17 seasons

Colts QB Rivers, 39, retires from NFL after 17 seasons
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire after playing one season with the Indianapolis Colts. His decision at age 39 comes less than two weeks after the Colts suffered a 27-24 loss at Buffalo in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Rivers spent his first 16 seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers after they acquired him in a draft-day trade that sent Eli Manning to the New York Giants in 2004. Rivers finishes his career ranked among the league’s top five in career completions, career yards passing and career TDs. His 240 consecutive regular-season starts was the second-longest streak since 1970, trailing only Brett Favre. He never played in a Super Bowl.

Champagnie’s 31-point effort helps send Pitt past Duke 79-73

Champagnie’s 31-point effort helps send Pitt past Duke 79-73
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Champagnie tied a career-high 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Pittsburgh held off Duke for a 79-73 win. It was the fifth 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound effort for the sophomore Champagnie in just his eighth game of the season for the Panthers . Following Matthew Hurt’s layup with 1:23 remaining to bring Duke within 75-73, Au’Diese Toney threw down a dunk off a pass from Johnson with 56 seconds left to seal the win despite the fact the Panthers missed four foul shots in the last 17 seconds. Jalen Johnson scored a career-high 24 points for Duke.

Pirates’ rebuild picking up steam after Musgrove trade

Pirates’ rebuild picking up steam after Musgrove trade
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are hopeful the rebuilding process is picking up steam following a three-team trade with the Mets and Padres. Pittsburgh sent starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to the Padres as part of an exchange that brought five players to the Pirates, including four prospects. General manager Ben Cherington says the team’s focus is on stockpiling young talent, adding he believes the club’s minor-league system is deeper than he was when he was hired in the fall of 2019. Cherington added there’s a chance the Pirates could add a veteran or two in free agency before spring training begins

Dillon lands Daytona 500 ride with rebuilding Gaunt Brothers

Dillon lands Daytona 500 ride with rebuilding Gaunt Brothers
By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ty Dillon landed a Daytona 500 ride with Gaunt Brothers Racing in a pairing of a driver and team both trying to rebuild in 2021. Dillon spent four seasons driving for Germain Racing but lost his ride when lack of sponsorship led the team to close. Gaunt Brothers last year ran its first full Cup season but struggled in part because COVID-19 protocols wiped out almost all practice, qualifying and testing. Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee Company will sponsor the No. 96 Toyota as Dillon attempts to qualify for NASCAR’s Feb. 14 opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Padres acquiring SD native Musgrove from Pirates

AP source: Padres acquiring SD native Musgrove from Pirates
By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal. Another person confirmed the New York Mets were also involved in the trade, acquiring left-hander Joey Lucchesi from San Diego. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade had not been announced. Musgrove, who played at Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, California, will join a rotation that includes Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, who were obtained in blockbuster trades after Christmas.

Guentzel’s winner lifts Penguins by Capitals 4-3 in shootout

Guentzel’s winner lifts Penguins by Capitals 4-3 in shootout
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel beat Ilya Samsonov in the fourth round of a shootout and the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Washington. Casey DeSmith stopped 20 shots in regulation then turned aside T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin in the shootout as the Penguins avoided their first 0-3 start since 2015-16. Evan Rodrigues, Colton Sceviour and Marcus Pettersson all scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh. Ovechkin got his 707th career goal to move within one of Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for seventh on the all-time list.

Konecny records hat trick, leads Flyers past Penguins 5-2

Konecny records hat trick, leads Flyers past Penguins 5-2
By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny had his first career hat trick to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. The Flyers did lose team MVP Sean Couturier to an unspecified injury. Couturier was plowed into the boards and may have hurt his left shoulder. He left after just two shifts and 45 seconds. He scored 22 goals last season and won the Selke Award as the NHL’s top defensive forward. Konecny scored the first goals of the game and another one late in the third to get the hat trick.

Steelers part ways with Randy Fichtner, 2 assistants

Steelers part ways with Randy Fichtner, 2 assistants
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are shaking up their coaching staff. The team announced offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and assistants Shaun Sarrett and Tom Bradley will not be back following a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland. Fichtner spent 14 seasons with the Steelers and was promoted to offensive coordinator three years ago. Yet Pittsburgh’s offense struggled down the stretch this season following an 11-0 start. The decision to not retain Fichtner could impact whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns in 2021. Roethlisberger and Fichtner have a close relationship dating back to Fichtner’s stint as quarterbacks coach from 2010-18.