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How close was that?

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By Pete Iacobelli The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won. So did top-seeded Duke — barely — when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim. Williamson had 32 points and helped rally the Blue Devils from behind in the ...

Bucs hope Kang can continue hot spring

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From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Jung Ho Kang can keep doing what he’s been doing in spring training for the team this season, because he did it again on Sunday. Kang hit his seventh home run of the spring in a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore ...

Retiring Gronkowski says nine years in the league is enough

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The Associated Press BOSTON — The New England Patriots’ gentle giant has decided to hang up his cleats. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram , saying that a few ...

Keselowski routs the field to earn victory

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The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Brad Keselowski gave Team Penske and the new Ford Mustang its third Cup victory through the first six races of the season by routing the field at Martinsville Speedway. Keselowski led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR ...

Team Pennsylvania wins easily

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JOHNSTOWN — Team Pennsylvania won 14 of 17 bouts — including four by fall — in a 57-12 victory over Team Maryland/West Virginia on Sunday in the Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Penn Cambria’s J.C. Smychynsky won the Nick Roberts ...

Vols survive, beat Iowa in OT

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The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Admiral Schofield ran around the court in sheer joy, waving a March Madness towel after Tennessee made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016. The rest of the Volunteers? Just trying to breathe normally again. Tennessee avoided one of ...

Unstoppable: PSU wins 8th national title in 9 years

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PITTSBURGH — Maybe it was the regularity or the domination or the two finals losses out of five, but Penn State’s championship Saturday night in the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in PPG Paints Arena lacked a certain flair. However, after last year’s tournament ended with ...

Haralson situation addressed

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Following plenty of outcry over social media about replays aired on PCN showing West Middlesex junior Grace Mild connecting with a forearm/elbow to Bellwood-Antis’ Sakeria Haralson in the final moments of the first half of Thursday’s PIAA Class 2A title game, the PIAA has contacted WM coach ...

Rudel: Tournament dreams not so sweet for Macklin

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In 1970, NCAA danced without Florida State With March Madness in high gear, Kenny Macklin finds himself bittersweet. When the former Penn State Altoona head basketball coach and current Mountain Lion assistant was a player at Florida State in 1969-70, the Seminoles thought they had Final ...

Sports at a glance

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D5 all-stars play tonight BEDFORD — The Nationwide Insurance/District 5 All-Star basketball games will be played tonight at Bedford Area High School. The girls game is at 6:15 p.m. and the boys game at 8 p.m. Altoona Mirror coverage area players playing for the East All-Star squad ...

Chambers lucky he’s at Penn State

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I never want to see anyone fired who is doing what they believe is their very best. All or most coaches feel that way, and that is part of a coach’s makeup. However, these Division I coaches in the major sports such as football and basketball are paid a very attractive salary. If they can ...

Fond memories of Flash at Jaffa

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The Saint Francis Red Flash returned to the NIT for the first time in over 60 years this March, playing a solid game against one of the most storied programs in college basketball. It may prompt old time Flash fans to recall the near misses a decade after their last appearance in ...

2018-19 Mirror wrestling all-stars

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It was a banner 2018-19 for many wrestlers and some teams in the Mirror coverage area, particularly for Glendale sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge senior Jared McGill. It was a golden year for McMillen and McGill. Spurred on by hard losses in the previous year’s PIAA Class 2A ...

McMillen, McGill each live up to expectations

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Glendale 126-pound sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge 170-pound senior Jared McGill were expected to win state titles this season. McMillen was a returning state runner-up, and McGill was a three-time state placewinner who was very motivated after suffering a shocking loss in the ...

Winding down and getting ready to return home

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BRADENTON, Fla. — It hardly seems possible but our annual winter fling in Florida is almost over. Spring training baseball is wrapping up and we should be back in Altoona on April 1. Hopefully, we can bring some of this great weather back north. The Pirates have been hot lately. Just a ...

McCann scores twice for Pens victory

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DALLAS — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins ...

Bucs add 2 vets to roster

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From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two important roster decisions on Saturday, announcing that outfielder Melky Cabrera and southpaw Francisco Liriano made the team for the upcoming season. Since both players were in camp on minor league contracts, ...

Logano leads pack of Fords into race

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Joey Logano led a Ford sweep at Martinsville Speedway with another pole-winning run for Team Penske. Logano turned a lap at 97.830 mph in Saturday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. His pole-winning run came roughly 90 minutes after Team Penske teammate Will Power ...

Altoona baseball returns 1-2

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Altoona baseball team returned from its trip to Virginia on Saturday with a 1-2 record, following a 6-5 loss to Manchester High School. The Mountain Lions went 1-1 on Friday in their two games. On Saturday, Manchester scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a ...

Casey has one-stroke lead at Valspar

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The Associated Press PALM HARBOR, Fla. — The final hour changed the dynamics of the Valspar Championship, just not the lead. That still belongs to defending champion Paul Casey, and he saw only the upside of having his three-shot margin shrink to one, and going from a final round pairing ...