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BTW event at Jaffa tonight
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Mick Foley will return to Altoona tonight as a special enforcer at the Big Time Wrestling show at The Jaffa Shrine.
Foley threw out the first pitch at an Altoona Curve game in August of 2016 when he was the WWE Raw general manager.
A meet and greet is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., and the first match is scheduled for 8.
Tickets range from $15 to $75 and can be purchased at btwtickets.com.
In other action, an inter-gender match between former WWE women’s wrestler Emma and ex-WWE wrestler James Ellsworth will take place.
Other notable wrestlers scheduled to appear include 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Mark Henry, Hurricane Helms, Tony Atlas, Gillberg and BTW champion Flex Armstrong.
Henry will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday, April 6 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Cambria Co. HOF class announced
Former NFL running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and Ferndale and Robert Morris women’s basketball standout Maebeth (Schalles) Altman headline the 2018 class of inductees for the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.
The class will be inducted during a banquet at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center on Saturday, July 7.
Also to be honored will be one-time Arizona State quarterback Fran Urban, Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze, Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart and Eagles head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi.
Two teams will be recognized, as well: Altman’s 1987-88 PIAA Class 1 runner-up and Bishop McCort’s Class 2A state runner-up girls hoops team from the same season.
Rusty Staub dies at 73
NEW YORK — The New York Mets say former slugger Rusty Staub has died at 73.
The team said in a statement he died Thursday after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, hours before the start of the baseball season. A team spokesman says the Mets learned of the death from friends of Staub who were with him at the time.
Staub was a six-time All-Star and the only player in major league history to have at least 500 hits with four different teams. The orange-haired outfielder became a huge hit with fans in the U.S. and Canada during a career spanning 23 seasons.
Staub played from 1963 to 1985 and finished 284 hits shy of 3,000. Affectionately dubbed “Le Grand Orange” in Montreal, he broke into the majors as a teenager with Houston, lasted into his 40s with the Mets and spent decades doing charity work in the New York area.
Pegula’s plans in early stages
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ long-term future in western New York was secured when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the franchise following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in 2014.
Where the team will play its home games — at its current stadium in suburban Orchard Park or at a new downtown Buffalo facility — within the next decade is the question.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell touched on the topic at league meetings in Florida on Wednesday by saying the Pegulas are “at a very early stage” in assessing their options. Goodell then left the details to be announced by the owners when they are ready to share them with the community.
On Tuesday, Terry Pegula said, “We talk about that heavily internally, but not publicly,” when asked if the Bills would consider using the opt-out clause in their lease in two years to explore a new stadium site.
The Bills later clarified Pegula’s comment by saying he was referring to long-term stadium plans and adding that the team had no plans to opt out of the lease, which expires in the summer of 2023.
From Mirror, wire reports