Penn State head coach James Franklin directs his team during NCAA college football practice on the outdoor fields at Lasch in State College, Pa., Monday, July 31, 2017. (Joe Hermitt/ via AP)

Franklin signs contract extension worth $34.7 million

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James Franklin is now the fourth-highest paid coach in college football after agreeing to a new six-year contract with Penn State that will guarantee him $34.7 million. A contract extension seemed to be a given after Franklin led the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title, 11-3 record and top ...

California's Mason Kellerman scores on a wild pitch as Washington pitcher waits for the throw at Lamade Stadium on Friday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

California has shutout win

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A closer look at the Rancho Santa Margarita, California 9-0 win over Walla Walla Washington, Friday at Lamade Stadium. PLAY OF THE GAME: Joey Gray's first-inning grand slam set the game’s tone with just one swing. After working a full-count, Gray went the opposite way and lined his grand ...

Franklin’s deal raises bar and solidifies future

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James Franklin’s contract status has been widely discussed for the past year. Franklin went from approaching the hot seat to landing in the catbird seat. On the heels of consecutive 7-6 seasons that were understandable in the wake of the sanctions, yet still frustrating, Franklin opened ...

Greenville overcomes flood to get to Series

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Tysheika Daniels experienced mixed emotions as her son Cash spoke his first words. She felt one part elation, one part shock. Daniels thought her boy would say “momma.” Instead, he said, “ball.” Before he ever picked up a ball or bat, Cash Daniels-Moye started his baseball ...

Seven-run first dooms Cutters

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Auburn scored seven runs in the first inning off of Williamsport starter Will Stewart leading to an 11-3 win over the Crosscutters to take the rubber match of the three-game series. Stewart lasted just 2/3 of an inning, the shortest outing in his 17 career starts since being drafted by the ...

New Jersey’s Chris Cartnick is congratulated by his third base coach after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning at Lamade Stadium on Thursday. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

NJ excels thanks to work ethic

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Holbrook Little League features a 9:30 p.m. curfew. Creating that curfew never caused a problem. Enforcing it has. The Holbrook Little Leaguers from Jackson, New Jersey, never want to leave the field for all the right reasons. They simply love playing baseball. They are passionate about ...

Japan’s first baseman Ryuto Konno receives the throw for an out against Australia’s Cody Brian during a Little League World Series game at Volunteer Stadium on Friday in South Williamsport. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Japan cruises past Australia

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A closer look at the Hills LL of Sydney, Australia vs. Tokyo Kitasuna LL of Japan game Friday at Volunteer Stadium, an 8-0 Japanese win: PLAY OF THE GAME: Keitaro Miyahara set the tone with his leadoff double, which led to the game’s first run when he escored on a Seiya Arai single. Japan ...

Dynasty in Connecticut for multiple reasons

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Ask nearly anyone associated with the Fairfield American Little League a certain question and a slight pause follows. Fairfield has created a Little League dynasty in Connecticut and is playing at the Little League World Series for the third time since 2010 after capturing the New England ...

Alex White, Mike Lilley, Richard Barnhill and Brack Massey of the 1998 Greenville, North Carolina Tar Heels cheer for North State Little League (IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette)

Greenville 1998 champs return to Series

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Of the many North State Little League fans at Friday’s Southeast versus Midwest game at Lamade Stadium, eight stood right where the Greenville, North Carolina kids were standing, 19 years earlier. When it was announced that their home town Little League team had made it to Williamsport, ...

Aaron Boone: ‘Embrace opportunity’

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There’s advice for Little Leaguers, and there’s advice for big leaguers. Aaron Boone has been both, and as an ESPN analyst for Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field, he thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals can use Sunday to experience something new as they ...

Seoul rolls to a victory

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A closer look at the West Seoul LL of Seoul, South Korea vs. Los Bravos de Pontezuela LL of Santiago, Dominican Republic on Friday at Volunteer Stadium, a 10-1 Seoul win: PLAY OF THE GAME: Dong Heon Kim’s three-run home run in the top of the third opened a 4-1 lead. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jin ...

Gesicki looking to do more than just catch the ball

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UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s easy to tell when a tight end is good at catching the ball, and after a tough 2015 season, Mike Gesicki rebounded with a stellar 2016 campaign by hauling in just about everything thrown near him. Those pass-catching abilities make the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Gesicki a ...

All LLWS games to start at 4 or 8 Friday

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Little League announced that the game schedule for Friday, August 18 at the Little League World Series has been amended due to weather. Game 5 (Australia Region vs. Japan Region) and Game 6 (Northwest Region vs. West Region) will be rescheduled to start at 4 p.m., at Volunteer Stadium and ...

Smalltown Walla Walla team doing big things

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They had not yet grasped the magnitude of their achievement. But all it took was one trip through the Los Angeles Airport changed all that. That is when the Walla Walla Valley Little Leagues understood. They knew they were now big-time. One by one, patrons who never met the Walla Walla, ...

Gurrola’s homer leads Cutters’ 9th-inning rally

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Yahir Gurrola picked a good time to hit his first professional home run Thursday night. The 27th-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Williamsport Crosscutters to a 9-8 win over the Auburn ...

Mexico’s Andre Garza celebrates his home run with his team against Venezuela during a Little League World Series game at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport on Thursday afternoon. (CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette)
Andre Garza, 22 of Mexico, celebrates his home run with his team during the Latin America versus Mexico Little League game at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport.

Faria propels Venezuela over Mexico

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A closer look at the Guadalupe Trevino LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Luz-Maracaibo LL of Maracaibo Venezuela, Thursday at Volunteer Stadium, a 4-1 Venezuela win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Juan Faria singled home Jhann Bozo for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning. PLAYER OF THE GAME: ...

Canada’s Daniel Orfaly begins his slide to score on a single by Grayson Frers in the third inning against Italy at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday. (AP)

Canada routs Italy

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A closer look at the South Surrey LL of White Rock, B.C., vs. Emilia LL of Emilia, Italy game Thursday at Volunteer Stadium, a 12-2 win by Canada in four innings. PLAY OF THE GAME: Chase Marshall hit a grand slam as part of a seven-run third inning. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Marshall finished 2 ...

Ex-Olympic athlete has son at LLWS

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It doesn’t get much bigger than competing in the Olympics as an adult and it doesn’t get much bigger than competing at the Little League World Series as a kid. Then there’s being an Olympian and watching your kid at the Little League World Series, and that’s what Carrie ...

Modest beginnings for Sioux Falls success

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The Sioux Falls Little League story begins with two fields, some weeds and some major maintenance. Despite being South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls never featured a Little League team until this year. Starting the league in a city dominated by Sioux Falls Empire Association Baseball ...