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Pens, Sens get one more game

Professional Sports

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hoffman fired a slap shot through ...

Winning contagious at Central

Scholastic Sports

By Jim Lane For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — When it comes to successful sports programs, few area high schools measure up to Central. The Scarlet Dragon baseball team advanced to the District 6 Class 3A championship by trimming Philipsburg-Osceola, 7-3, in the semifinals Tuesday ...

PNG Field seems a lot like home for Juniata Valley

Scholastic Sports

By Ty R. States For the Mirror ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley is a playoff-tested baseball team, owning the last two District 6 Class 1A championships. The top-seeded Green Hornets will get the chance to win a third championship after a 5-0 victory over Claybsurg-Kimmel on Tuesday in the ...

Getting harder to defend Cutch

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Commentary PITTSBURGH — Batting third for the Pirates ... Andrew McCutchen. But for how much longer? How long can manager Clint Hurdle continue to use a prime lineup spot on a player who is struggling to keep his batting average above .200? The Pirates are undoubtedly hoping for a ...

Cooled-off Curve on losing skid

Altoona Curve

By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve dominated early in the season at Peoples Natural Gas field, starting 14-3, but they had to come back down to earth eventually. Altoona has cooled off the past few days and lost its third straight home game, 4-2, to Akron on Tuesday night before ...

B-A advances

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BLAIRSVILLE — With a lower seed and a road matchup on the docket, coming off a nail-biting finish several days before, most teams would feel pressured knowing a championship berth was at stake. Most teams, though, don’t have a lineup as potent as Bellwood-Antis.’ Nevin Wood overcame a ...

Defensive gem propels Ridge past rival Warriors

Scholastic Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com EVERETT — Chestnut Ridge sophomore Brodie Harbaugh was having his shoulder checked out after the game. “I’m not sure when I did it” Harbaugh said. “I think it was when I was hitting” Must have been. There certainly wasn’t anything ...

Adams’ trade had to happen

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Commentary Notes and observations as the Major League Baseball season reaches its quarter-pole mark: n It wasn’t a question of “if” but a question of “when” that Philipsburg’s Matt Adams would be traded from the St. Louis Cardinals. Adams became the odd man out when the ...

Fielding woes contribute to Mustangs’ exit from playoffs

Local Sports

PORTAGE — Giving a team more than three outs in any given inning is a recipe for a game to change hands and slip out of your control. That rule of thumb ended up playing out in Tuesday’s District 6 Class 2A semifinals between top-seeded Portage and No. 4 seed Bishop McCort. Portage ...

Bearcats march into final, will face Central

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MIFFLINTOWN — Huntingdon, down 3-2 after four innings, scored three runs in the top of the fifth and rode the arm of relief pitcher Alex Mykut the rest of the way to a 5-3 victory over Juniata in the District 6 Class 3A baseball semifinals Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats, now 12-7, take on ...

Alarm goes off during Bucs’ game

National Sports

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates led Atlanta, 3-2, in the sixth inning when the game was delayed by rain. It had not resumed at press time. Tonight: Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (2-3) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-4) TV: ...

Diehl’s big day helps Ridge overtake Everett

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EVERETT — The last time Chestnut Ridge faced Everett on the softball diamond, Ridge’s Kayla Diehl was 0-for-4 at the plate. Diehl more than redeemed herself in a rematch on Tuesday. The Lady Lions’ sophomore pitcher went 4-for-5 with four RBIs — hitting a go-ahead home run in the ...

Riley sparks Sheetz to win

Local Sports

Matt Riley delivered three hits and an RBI to power Sheetz past Platinum Wealth Strategies, 7-3, at Vets Field on Tuesday in Altoona Greater City Baseball League play. Nate Nickel went five innings and gave up one run to earn the win. Kyle DeGennaro drove in two, and Robbie Yahner had two ...

Bryant vows he’s a changed man now

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By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Game days were the hardest, when the pain Martavis Bryant inflicted on himself, his family and his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates felt the most acute. So Bryant retreated and refocused. The television in the Las Vegas place he shared with ...

Cavs bounce back in win over Celtics

National Sports

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 ...

Predators about more than just being there

Professional Sports

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won’t just be happy to be there either. “Our guys know the big picture,” ...

HOF Kennedy dead at the age of 48

National Sports

The Associated Press Cortez Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing career. And yet what Kennedy accomplished as a player with the Seattle Seahawks — which was good enough for induction into the ...

Swogger, Hoenstine earn Mirror’s top honors

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Ali Wyland was moved to tears even as she left her seat to approach the stage. “Sorry,” the multi-sport Hollidaysburg Area senior standout said through a half-sob after receiving the Erin Dodson Award — representative of the best volleyball player in the area — from the late Dodson’s ...

Altoona captures D6 title

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TYRONE — Phillip Swartz tipped the ball over the corner of the net for the match point, and the hugs and celebration began as the Altoona Mountain Lions held on after a furious rally from State College to capture the District 6 Class 3A boys volleyball championship at the Tyrone Area Middle ...