October 12, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - For weeks, Penn State coach James Franklin has talked about being more aggressive on offense, taking more shots downfield, and being less conservative in play-calling. In Saturday's 29-7 win over Indiana at Beaver Stadium, the Lions finally did it. The game plan didn't always work out, with quarterback Christian Hackenberg not always connecting with his intended downfield receiver. But the wideouts appeared more confident and energized on the field. It was a marked improvement from the unit's dismal performance in last week's 20-14 win over Army.
October 12, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Christian Hackenberg took the snap from the Indiana 5-yard line and dropped back, but instead of hanging in the pocket until he found a receiver, he started to run up the middle. When he got to the 1, he launched himself over a would-be tackler and over the goal line for a Penn State touchdown. "When he dove, I was thinking to myself: 'Is this man crazy?' " said running back Nick Scott, who was on the field for the score. Hackenberg, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound junior, showed Saturday he could produce touchdowns with his legs as well as his right arm. He passed for two touchdowns, ran for two more scores, and carried the Nittany Lions (5-1, 2-0)
October 9, 2015 |
One of Indiana's strongest defenders, tackle Darius Latham, has had fewer opportunities to show his skills this season. He was suspended for the first game of the season, and, after being served a separate, indefinite suspension pending a proceeding with a university ethics office, it remains uncertain whether Latham will take the field against Penn State Saturday in Happy Valley. His loss hasn't been the best news for a Hoosiers defense that is ranked 71st in rushing yards allowed and 97th in points allowed in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
October 7, 2015 |
After its attempt to tie, or maybe even defeat, top-ranked Ohio State at the end of regulation Saturday fell 9 yards short, Indiana gets to bounce back against Penn State Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Which prompts the question: Can the Hoosiers bounce back? "To me, we haven't accomplished much," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Monday at his weekly news conference. "There's a lot of football to play. I think there's a lot of fight in this team. There's opportunities for guys to step up. I think our team has that mentality.
September 28, 2015 |
Three generation of Mortons, ranging in age from 4 to nearly 73, boarded a bus in Gary, Ind., about 7 a.m. Thursday and arrived in South Jersey in the wee hours Friday. The trip was close to 800 miles. They'd come to see Pope Francis. "Oooh, it was long," said Roxanne Morton, 45, a domestic violence shelter director, who had her little son, Royal, with her. But the Mortons weren't really complaining. "He's a holy man; he's so humble," she said. "His message is, we're here to take care of each other.
May 6, 2015 |
The Penn men's golf team had to wait until near the end of the Golf Channel's NCAA selection show Monday to find out where it would play its regional of the NCAA Division I championships, leading coach Bob Heintz to sweat a little bit. "I was getting nervous thinking they were figuring out a way to keep us out," Heintz joked. The Quakers, with an automatic bid for winning the Ivy League, were assigned to the regional at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. Temple junior Brandon Matthews also had to wait, but he will make a return visit to the regionals as an individual competitor, heading to The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
April 4, 2015 |
It didn't take long for the uproar over religious-freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas to reverberate in Pennsylvania. Democrats, including Gov. Wolf, grabbed onto the controversy this week to bolster their bid for a state ban on discrimination against members of the LGBT community. The proposal would make it illegal for businesses to fire workers or deny customers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It would also offer protections beyond antidiscrimination measures already passed by more than 30 municipalities, including Philadelphia, Haverford, Abington, and New Hope.
April 2, 2015 |
TO GIVE YOU an idea of how influential sports have become in this nation's fractionalized and petty political discourse, just look at the timeline since Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 into law last Thursday. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is openly gay, condemned the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The CEO of Salesforce, the billion-dollar tech company, did as well, Marc Benioff saying he would halt plans to expand into the state. Angie's List announced it, too, was canceling a $40 million expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, a move that was to add 1,000 jobs.
April 1, 2015 |
#BOYCOTTIndiana. It's all the rage. Indiana's 20th-century way of thinking has garnered the forces of social media to push back quickly and punitively. Say hello to the 21st century, Indiana. It's a time and place that frowns upon discriminatory, bigoted and homophobic legislation. Miley Cyrus is saying potty-mouth words about Gov. Mike Pence on Instagram. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is threatening to pull its biennial convention, scheduled for 2017, out of the state.