Sign-up dates set for flag football

The Amsterdam Little Giants will be holding sign-ups for its NFL Flag Football program March 11, 12 and 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night at the Little Giants Field adjacent to William H. Barkley MicroSociety. Flag football is open to players ages five through seven at a fee of $40 per child.

The league is also looking for coaches for both the upcoming 2013 flag and tackle football seaons, along with volunteers will to contribute time in helping the league maintain its facilities.

To volunteer or for more information on sign-ups, contact

Tickets on sale for Howlan's induction

Alumnus and former head basketball coach for Saint Mary's Institute and Bishop Scully High School, Francis "Dutch" Howlan will be posthumously inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 17 at the Heritage Hall of the Glens Falls Civic Center. Howlan compiled a win-loss record of 468-235 coaching varsity basketball at SMI and BSHS from 1953 to 1987.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with brunch, followed by the induction ceremony of the nine inductees for 2013. Adult tickets are $25, children (6-11) $12 each. Contact Jeanette Constantine at Saint Mary's Institute, 842-4100 for tickets.

F-F Little League holding registration

The Fonda-Fultonville Little League will be holding registrations at the Fultonville McDonald's the next two Saturdays.

Sign-up sessions will be held both this Saturday and March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

HS football combine slated for April 6

The Empire State High School Football Combine will be held April 6 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

The event, similar to the NFL's scouting combine, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is open to players in the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The combine will also be open to prep school players.

A player must be in good standing with his community and high school to participate. For further information, please call 508-259-0160.

Big East break-up picks up speed

NEW YORK (AP) -- The breakup of the Big East's football and basketball schools appears to be on the fast track.

The major college football members will meet in Atlanta on Friday to discuss the departure of the seven basketball schools that are planning to leave the conference and create a new league.

According to media reports, the basketball schools plan to have their new conference up and running for the 2013-14 school year and will pay the football schools to keep the Big East name and play its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco says no deal has been completed between the two groups but "some of this stuff is clearly coming down to the wire."