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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. IsraelÕs prime minister heads to Washington this week for a high-profile meeting with President Donald Trump that is suddenly clouded in uncertainty. After embracing IsraelÕs hard-line nationalist right throughout his presidential campaign, Trump appears to have softened some of his positions on key issues since taking office. (Gali Tibbon, Pool via AP, File)

Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players

JERUSALEM — It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian ...

Pittsburgh Pirates' John Jaso, left, signs autographs for fans at baseball spring training in Bradenton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LHP Tony Watson, Pirates go to arbitration; $400,000 apart

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Tony Watson has gone to arbitration with the Pittsburgh Pirates, asking for a raise from $3.45 million to $6 million. Pittsburgh argued during Wednesday’s hearing he should be paid $5.6 million, A decision by arbitrators Gil Vernon, Jeanne Wood and ...

Lock Haven Bald Eagles start quick, defeat Cheyney 95-78

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team (11-12, 7-12 PSAC) opened the game on a torrid 12-0 run and never looked back as all 12 Bald Eagles scored in a huge 95-78 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East win over Cheyney (2-23, 2-18 PSAC). With the race ...

Jersey Shore’s Allison Moore pushing ahead of Central Mountain’s Eryn Bartlett in the 200 individual medley. (The Express/Michelle White)

Bulldogs and Wildcats battle it out in Susquehanna Waters; split both meets

In any sport, there is a plethora of opportunities for athletes to ply their trade. Swimming being no different, Jersey Shore and Lock Haven swimmers in the surrounding communities often compete on the same teams in summer rec, winter YMCA, and USA swimming. But come the high school swim ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) returns to the bench after getting his 999th career point in the NHL on a goal by Penguins' Jake Guentzel in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The Penguins won 4-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Crosby gets point No. 999, Penguins top Canucks 4-0

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin scored and picked up an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby got his 999th career point with an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled by the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Tuesday night. Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen also scored ...

Virginia Tech's Seth Allen (4) shoots as Pittsburgh's Rozelle Nix (25) and Justice Kithcart (5) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Virginia Tech rallies in 2nd half to top Pittsburgh Panthers, 66-63

PITTSBURGH — Ahmed Hill scored 17 points and Virginia Tech shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half to spark a come-from-behind 66-63 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Seth Allen made a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining for the Hokies and Pitt missed three 3-point attempts on the ...

Pitt hires former FAU coach Partridge to run defensive line

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Partridge is back with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Coach Pat Narduzzi hired Partridge on Tuesday to serve as the team’s defensive line coach. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who left the program earlier this month. Partridge served as head coach at Florida Atlantic from ...

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10), Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade via AP)

New York Giants release Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings in salary cap moves

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants said goodbye to Victor Cruz after a seven-year storybook run during which he developed into one of the NFL’s most feared receivers and a fan favorite, helping the franchise to a Super Bowl title before being slowed by injuries. The Giants ...

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Scott Wilson (23), center Sidney Crosby, second from left, defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8), defenseman Kris Letang (58) and right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) talk on the ice prior to a face off during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Penguins’ Rust out longer term, Malkin return imminent

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust’s upper-body injury may be worse than the team initially feared. Coach Mike Sullivan classified Rust’s injury as “longer term.” Rust left during the second period of a 4-1 win over Colorado last Thursday after crashing into the ...

Jersey Shore girls win Williamsport Coaches Invitational

WILLIAMSPORT - For those away meets, where the schools had diving boards and a diving team, the Jersey Shore girls only had to wait four events into the meet to see where they stood. After the opponents racked up the points, the girls had the next seven events to give chase and erase the ...

Lock Haven University Men’s Basketball falls at Millersville, 88-82

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team (10-12, 6-12 PSAC) dropped a pivotal Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division contest at Millersville University (8-15, 7-12 PSAC), 88-82. Amir Hinton (Philadelphia/Abington) had another strong ...

Philadelphia 76ers' Sergio Rodriguez in action during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Without Joel Embiid, 76ers snap Miami’s 13-game winning streak

PHILADELPHIA — Following the short-handed 76ers’ unlikely victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night, Joel Embiid calmly chatted with fans at center court. There was no dancing this time, but no one would’ve blamed Embiid if he busted a few celebratory moves like he did during a Meek ...

Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1) drives against Xavier's Quentin Goodin (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bremson’s 17 lead No. 2 Villanova Wildcats over No. 24 Xavier, 73-57

CINCINNATI — When Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett limped off the court, a matchup of the Big East’s top scorers turned into another workmanlike win for No. 2 Villanova. Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo scored 17 points apiece in a balanced offense on Saturday, leading the Wildcats to a 73-57 ...