AP: Number of inmates fall in State Prison, Priest Sentenced, Sports Scores and Schedules

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Officials say the number of inmates in Pennsylvania’s state prisons fell by 2.2 percent last year, the sixth decline in the past seven years.  The Wolf administration said Friday legislative changes and efforts by the Corrections Department and the Board of Probation and Parole are helping drive the decreasing prison population.

Total inmate numbers fell to 47,370, or 1,068 fewer than were incarcerated in state prisons at end of 2017.

The number of new inmates sent to state prison by the courts fell by 7 percent.  There were 6 percent fewer people being returned to prison for violating terms of parole.

 

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults has been sentenced to two and a half to 14 years in prison.  David Lee Poulson was sentenced in Jefferson County on Friday after pleading guilty in October to corruption of minors and child endangerment.

Poulson is one of two priests charged as a result of a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that named almost 300 predator priests accused of abusing more than 1,000 victims over seven decades in six of the state’s dioceses.  Prosecutors say 65-year-old Poulson abused an altar boy in church rectories more than 20 times and had him confess afterward.  Officials say Poulson was immediately taken into custody after sentencing.

 

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they had an officer pose as an Uber driver to arrest a man who left a two-pound package of marijuana inside a ride-sharing vehicle. State police say 21-year-old Malik Mollett left the package behind during a ride on Dec. 29. WTAE-TV reports Mollett later contacted Uber who then contacted the driver.

The driver contacted police instead of reaching out to Mollett when he found the package. Police were then able to set up a sting resulting in the arrest of Mollett.   He faces several charges and is currently being held at the Westmoreland County Jail.

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Features 

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered.  Terms were not disclosed. Kelly was in the second of a three-year contract that reportedly paid her more than $20 million a year.

She’s been off the air since October after creating a furor by suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween, and exit negotiations had dragged for two months over the holidays. Even before the controversial commentary, her future was considered limited at NBC News.  “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” the network said in a statement Friday night.

NBC says she’ll be replaced in the third hour of the “Today” show by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones.

 

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PA Sports Stories, Scores & Skeds

 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Collins hit a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left and Atlanta hung on when Philadelphia flopped on its final plays to lead the Hawks to a 123-121 win over the 76ers. Collins scored 25 points and Kevin Huerter hit five 3s and led the Hawks with 29 points. Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 30 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored three times and the Penguins rallied from an early three-goal deficit for a 7-4 victory over the Ducks. Phil Kessel scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Pittsburgh sent Anaheim to its 10th consecutive loss. Tanner Pearson scored the tying goal midway through the third and added another with 3:25 left for the Penguins, who roared back for their 10th win in 11 games with a four-goal third period.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with six players, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco. All-Star right-hander Aaron Nola didn’t reach an agreement with the team. The Phillies offered $4.5 million and Nola is seeking $6.75 million. He finished third in NL Cy Young award voting last year after going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. The 25-year-old Nola earned $573,000 in 2018.

 

SCOREBOARD

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Boys

Shikellamy 89  Selinsgrove 46

Shamokin 59  Mifflinburg 58

Mountoursville 55  Milton 54

Mount Carmel 82  South Williamsport 52

Loyalsock 88  Midd-West 32

New Covenant 47  Sunbury Christian 26

Northumberland Christian 52  Juniata Mennonite 45

Meadowbrook Christian 58  Walnut Street 42

 

Girls

Juniata 54  Millersburg 20

Meadowbrook Christian 46  Walnut Street 29

Northumberland Christian 59  Juniata Mennonite 14

Marion Catholic 28  Lourdes Regional 22

Susquenita 63  Greenwood 34

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Atlanta            123      Philadelphia    121

Final    Washington     113      Milwaukee      106

Final    Indiana            121      N-Y Knicks     106

Final    Toronto           122      Brooklyn         105

Final    Dallas  119      Minnesota       115

Final    Houston          141      Cleveland        113

Final    Portland          127      Charlotte         96

Final    Utah    113      L.A. Lakers     95

Final    Golden State   146      Chicago           109

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Carolina           4          Buffalo            3

Final    Winnipeg         4          Detroit 2

Final    Calgary            4          Florida 3

Final    Pittsburgh        7          Anaheim          4

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Indianapolis    at         Kansas City     4:35 p.m.

Dallas  at         L.A. Rams       8:15 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    Maryland         78        (22) Indiana    75

 

 

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Detroit at         L.A. Clippers  3:30 p.m.

Memphis         at         Miami  5:00 p.m.

Boston at         Orlando           7:00 p.m.

San Antonio    at         Oklahoma City            8:00 p.m.

New Orleans   at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Denver            at         Phoenix           9:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Utah    10:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Sacramento     10:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia    at         New Jersey      1:00 p.m.

N-Y Rangers   at         N-Y Islanders 1:00 p.m.

Boston at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Columbus        at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay      at         Buffalo            7:00 p.m.

Colorado         at         Montreal          7:00 p.m.

Detroit at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Vegas  at         Chicago           8:30 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Dallas  9:00 p.m.

Arizona           at         Edmonton       10:00 p.m.

Ottawa            at         San Jose          10:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         L.A. Kings      10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Indianapolis    at         Kansas City     4:35 p.m.

Dallas  at         L.A. Rams       8:15 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Duke          at         (13) Florida St.            2:00 p.m.

(3) Tennessee  at         Florida 6:00 p.m.

(4) Virginia      at         Clemson          12:00 p.m.

(5) Gonzaga    at         San Francisco  10:00 p.m.

(7) Kansas       at         Baylor 4:00 p.m.

(8) Texas Tech at         Texas   2:00 p.m.

(10) Nevada    at         Fresno St.        8:00 p.m.

Georgia           at         (11) Auburn    4:00 p.m.

Louisville        at         (12) North Carolina     12:00 p.m.

Mississippi       at         (14) Mississippi St.      1:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         (15) NC State  12:00 p.m.

(16) Ohio St.   at         Iowa    2:30 p.m.

Wichita St.      at         (17) Houston   8:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt       at         (18) Kentucky 8:30 p.m.

Miami (Ohio)  at         (19) Buffalo    12:00 p.m.

Kansas St.       at         (20) Iowa St.   12:00 p.m.

Seton Hall       at         (21) Marquette            2:00 p.m.

(25) TCU         at         (23) Oklahoma            2:00 p.m.

DePaul            at         (24) St. John’s 6:00 p.m.

 

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