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Giger: Beauty of ‘Field of Dreams’ is in father-son connection

It is, without question, the movie that is most deeply personal to me. In fact, “Field of Dreams” isn’t really a movie in my mind, but instead a concept, a feeling, a collection of memories and emotions. It’s easy to summarize: My dad died in 2006. My dad and I shared many baseball ...

Pirates’ offense fizzles in loss

PITTSBURGH — Jarrod Dyson watched the ball hit the dirt and bolted for home, an impressive read by the veteran speedster. He saw the play at plate better than some, too. Dyson slid around catcher Francisco Cervelli and signaled that he was safe, but he was only credited with the go-ahead ...

Curve fall again to 16-2 Senators

HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg Senators have the best record in all of pro baseball at 16-2, and they keep finding ways to torment the Curve. Altoona battled back to tie the game in the eighth inning Tuesday night, only to see Harrisburg score the go-ahead run in its half of the frame for a ...

Steelers set to extend Big Ben

The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are in negotiations trying to complete a contract extension before the start of the NFL draft on Thursday, ESPN reported Tuesday. Roethlisberger will be in the final year of his contract this season. He signed a four-year deal worth $87.6 ...

C-K surprises Mount Union

CLAYSBURG — Corey Chamberlain’s walk-off single scored Kobe Harr in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Claysburg-Kimmel over Mount Union, 9-8, in high school baseball action on Tuesday. It was the first loss of the season for the Trojans. The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the bottom of ...

Sixers finish off Nets

PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid showed no mercy. He buried a 3-pointer that gave the 76ers a 24-point lead and waved his arms like a boss, exhorting an already jacked crowd to get louder. Philly obeyed its most popular player and went wild — and the All-Star center believes the good times have ...

Baran, Maceno power Tyrone

SPRING MILLS — Winning pitcher Cate Baran struck out seven, and Callie Maceno hit a two-run homer for Tyrone in a 4-1 win over Penns Valley in Mountain League high school softball action on Tuesday. Ally Jones had three hits for Tyrone, and Victoria Reese drove in a run. The contest was ...

Talko to face Perow in final

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Ryne Talko will go for his second District 6 Class 2A singles tennis championship on Thursday. Top-seeded Talko, who won the event as a freshman, will face second-seeded Bruce Perow of Huntingdon in Thursday’s noon final at Penn State Altoona. On Tuesday, ...

Barton to host NCAA opener

WILSON, NC — The Barton College men’s volleyball team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division I-II national championships with a five-set victory over King College in the Conference Carolinas championship match. Barton College will host the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association ...

Altoona teams roll; B-A boys clinch ICC title

The Altoona boys dominated Penn Hills, 131-19, and the Altoona girls prevailed, 107-33, at Mansion Park in high school track and field action on Tuesday. Connor Adams won the 100-meter dash, 200 dash and long jump for the Mountain Lions. Gweneth Rentz (both hurdles), MaKenzie Kelley (1600 ...

Harman, Huntingdon beat DuBois in three

HUNTINGDON — Darin Harman had a team-high 14 kills, and Huntingdon swept DuBois, 25-16, 25-22, 26-24, in high school boys volleyball action on Tuesday. Andrew Cooper had a team-leading 21 assists, and Nate Via had six blocks. Alec Cooper and Andrew Cooper each had three service points. ...

SHAG! rallies for win over M&T in opener

John Schmidhammer’s infield single single scored Austin Parker in the bottom of the seventh for SHAG! in its season-opening win, 11-10, against M&T Bank in the Altoona Teener League Major Deremer Division Tuesday night at Seitz Field. SHAG! scored seven runs in the final two innings. ...

Athlete of week: Everett’s Maxwell a ‘model’ athlete

Name: Nathaniel Maxwell School: Everett Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Track and field Athlete of the week achievement: Maxwell won the 400-meter run in 51.85 in Class 2A of the Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University while also placing third in the 800 run. He ...

Athlete of Week: Claar a ‘true leader’ for Claysburg

Name: Emily Claar School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Claar went 8-for-17 with four RBIs and seven runs as the Lady Bulldogs beat Bellwood-Antis, 6-4, Southern Huntingdon, 13-4, and West Branch, 5-4, before falling to West ...

Lady Bulldogs rally for win

CLAYSBURG — For the Claysburg-Kimmel High School softball team, it’s been a matter of better late than never this spring. “That’s been the story of our season,’’ Claysburg coach Mike Barbarini said. “We seem to let (the opposing team) get ahead, then, in the fifth, sixth and ...

Pitcher Burdi injured in defeat

PITTSBURGH — Pirates reliever Nick Burdi left in tears with a right arm injury, a chilling low point for Pittsburgh in a 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. Burdi, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, had already given up five runs in a third of an inning when he fired a ...

Steelers draft preview: Linebackers

This is the sixth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday: INSIDE LINEBACKERS Currently on roster: Vince Williams, Mark Barron, Jon Bostic, Tyler Matakevich, Robert Spillane, Ryan Shazier Last five drafts: Shazier was the ...

Long road to recovery finally pays off for Polanco

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco couldn’t get the awkward slide into second base last September that dislocated his left shoulder out of his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder pored over the video during his lengthy rehab to the point where it ...

Curve getting no help on offense

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 6:30 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (0-1, 1.08) vs. RHP Erick Fedde (2-0, 2.50) Record: 8-9 From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Curve got more great pitching and finished a nine-inning game in less than two hours Monday night, but they ...

Lady Dragons save their best for last

ROARING SPRING — Central scored two times in the bottom of the seventh of a 1-1 game to beat Tyrone, 3-1, Monday afternoon in high school softball action. Ashley Negley and Maddi Metzler each had two hits for the Lady Dragons. Negley and Dylan Claycomb each had an RBI. Claycomb started ...