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Bucs above .500 after 8th win in a row

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win. Dickerson homered on ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...

Covering the bases: Tebow goes to DL

Altoona Curve

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Saturday night at Reading. The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 3 p.m. SAFE AT FIRST: Binghamton OF Tim Tebow was placed on the 7-day disabled list Saturday with a hand injury, meaning he almost certainly will not play against the Curve ...

Spieth tied with two others at top

National Sports

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in the British Open and a big edge in experience. Still only 24, he already has won three majors and his name is the last one etched on the base of the silver claret jug. One name in the mix makes it all feel so new. “I’ve ...

Coach memorable for right reasons

Voice of the Fan

I am probably the last person on earth who should be writing a sports column. My first Little League game was an abject failure. We lost 33-0, long before mercy rules were introduced. That team did not win a single game. Three years later, when playing in the “majors” — at least the ...

Ohio State continues troubling trend

Voice of the Fan

I have been surprised over the years that Ohio State University hasn’t been hit with more allegations of improprieties with any of its sports programs. Well, as they say, “what goes around comes around” when a number of former wrestlers and a nursing student came forward in an ...

Fandom

Voice of the Fan

Name: Ben Sosnowski Age: 13 Residence: Duncansville Junior high school: Hollidaysburg Future college: Penn State My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family and friends Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite ...

NASCAR stars push for changes

National Sports

LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR has been reluctant to make more than modest tweaks to its schedule. That hasn’t stopped its drivers this summer from wondering about possibilities in hopes of luring more fans: n A Cup race on Eldora dirt. n More races at short tracks. n No more multiple races at ...

Five win on DPLWS first day

Local Sports

There were five first-round winners on Saturday during opening-day action at the 2018 Dean Patterson Little World Series at the Logan Township Youth Baseball Association Field. L.S. Fiore beat Peterman’s Florist, 16-0, in three innings as Aaron Smearman had two hits and two RBIs. He also ...

Four teams left in the hunt

Local Sports

From Mirror reports Second-round play was completed Saturday at the 2018 Reliance Bank Classic at the Park Hills Country Club, and the starting field of 224 golfers was paired down to four teams in each of the seven flights. In the championship flight, teams that have advanced to this ...

Tokyo preparing for 2020 Games

National Sports

TOKYO — Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Stadium — the late-architect Kenzo Tange’s masterpiece from Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics — and pictured the city in that era. She was a university student from northern Japan who landed a job as an interpreter at the dazzling swimming ...

France gets upset win

National Sports

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Ellia Green walked out of a medical room in the bowels of AT&T Park and looked up at a TV screen on the wall. She couldn’t have liked what she saw. While her teammates placed their hands on their heads in disbelief, France was celebrating on the ...

Thomas, Froome helps Sky succeed

National Sports

The Associated Press MENDE, France — With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France. The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central, allowing a large ...

Different is in for Dodgers’ Machado

National Sports

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press It’s a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty. Perfect time for a new number, too. One with an LA story and a Baltimore past. Machado joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday after being acquired in a blockbuster trade with ...

Bucs’ Rodriguez has solid return

National Sports

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night. Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 ...

Plastic worms can be magic for summertime

Outdoors

Soft-plastic worms have been a staple lure in the bass fisherman’s arsenal for more than 50 years. The discovery of flexible vinyl in the 1930s gave lure makers a unique medium to work with, and by the early 1950s, several individual lure makers were making their own versions of soft, ...

Loving the sounds of Mother Nature

Outdoors

If you ever have the extreme privilege of having a swarm of hysterical songbirds attack your position, consider yourself blessed! I had that experience earlier this spring, at my friend’s house during the Spring Gobbler season. Even though Joanie and I had planned to get out hunting ...

Piping plovers find way to Presque Isle

Outdoors

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — For the second consecutive year, a pair of federally endangered piping plovers are raising chicks on Presque Isle State Park’s Gull Point. Further heightening this breaking conservation news is the nesting of a pair of state-endangered common terns on ...

Tyrone Legion goes small in win

Local Sports

Tyrone Legion, which was the regular-season champion in the George B. Kelley Federation this year and also entered the playoffs as the top seed, has a formidable batting attack. But Tyrone Legion is also adept at playing “small ball” — bunting for hits, stealing bases, and capitalizing ...