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Altoona takes tourney

Both Altoona coach Miriam Colledge and Juniata Valley coach Rachelle Hopsicker talked about basketball being a game of runs following their matchup Wednesday. Valley parlayed a 16-5 run into a seven-point lead early in the second quarter, but the Lady Lions called timeout and immediately ...

Bellwood-Antis tops McCort in consy

The Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils got off to a sluggish start in the consolation game of the Jaffa Shrine Basketball Tournament against Bishop McCort Wednesday evening, and Bellwood coach Jim Swaney didn’t mince any words talking to his players about it during a first-quarter ...

Lions, Tigers both pick up 2 victories

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Blake Slobodnik (200 free, 500 free), Rusty Focht (50 free, 100 breast) and Sergio Slobodnik (100 free, 100 back) each won two events to help Altoona top Northern Cambria, 131-31, in high school boys swimming action Wednesday. On the girls’ side, the Lady Lions’ ...

Lady Lion gymnasts triumph

The Altoona Area High School gymnastics team improved to 2-0 Wednesday night, thanks to a 135.775-115.3 win over Bellefonte at the Fieldhouse. The Lady Lions got two wins each from Teiha Weaver and Marissa Stouffer and a solo victory out of Lexi Whysong. Vault—1, Weaver, A, 8.6; 2, ...

Posluszny a leader for Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coach Doug Marrone was just about to release his players for a two-day break Sunday when defensive end Calais Campbell, safety Jarrod Wilson and several other Jacksonville Jaguars chimed in with a request. “Poz, Poz, Poz,” they chanted. They wanted veteran ...

AP likes Patriots by 6 over Steelers

The final Thursday night game of the season couldn’t be much more forgettable. Denver and Indianapolis are hard enough to watch with a full week to prepare. On short notice: UGH! The Broncos (4-9) have been one of the league’s major disappointments, and they broke an eight-game skid ...

Patriots’ defense looking vulnerable

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots have shown only glints of vulnerability under Bill Belichick. That’s why it was so unexpected this season to see New England putter to a 2-2 start and drop to the bottom of the NFL’s defensive rankings after allowing 30 or more points in three of those ...

Shazier placed on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier’s season is over. The AFC North champions placed Shazier on injured reserve Tuesday because of a spinal injury suffered in a victory over Cincinnati on Dec. 4. The 25-year-old Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery last ...

NFL Network suspends Faulk, others

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit. The NFL on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. They ...

Pens lead goalie youth surge

PITTSBURGH — Jim Rutherford knows what it’s like to be a young goaltender trying to find his way in the NHL. Rutherford went through it with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 1970s, thrust into action at 21 years old with a franchise in the middle of a bumpy transition. Yet that’s ...

Cards get Ozuna; Harper talks start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — J.D. Martinez has a chance to see in person what his monster year is worth. The free-agent star who hit .303 with 45 home runs was ready for a meet-and-greet session with teams at the winter meetings. The Boston Red Sox wanted to see him, having hit the fewest ...

Ball brothers turn pro with club team in Lithuania

A professional Lithuanian basketball club signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball’s two younger sons ineligible for college basketball. The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA, where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team’s season-opening ...

George ready for boos back in Indy

OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George knows the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse well enough to expect a rude reception when he returns for the first time. George spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and the four-time All-Star helped them reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. After last ...

Montgomery shines for Lions

The Altoona Area High School ice hockey team improved to 8-0-1 Tuesday night, thanks to a 7-0 win over Hollidaysburg in scholastic action at Galactic Ice. The Mountain Lions got a 17-for-17 performance from their goalie, Evan Montgomery, who got the shutout. AJ Thompson, Owen Kravetz ...

Thomas’ 34 powers Tyrone to Mountain win

TYRONE — Dylan Thomas poured in 34 points, including knocking down seven 3-pointers, as Tyrone blew out Philipsburg-Osceola, 81-55, in a Mountain League boys basketball contest on Tuesday night. Jake Meredith also hit double figures for the Eagles with 14. Carson Jones registered 21 ...

Claar, Claysburg down N. Bedford

CLAYSBURG — Emily Claar poured in 20 points, including nine in the first quarter, to lead Claysburg-Kimmel over visiting Northern Bedford, 56-32, in an Inter-County Conference interdivisional girls basketball clash on Tuesday. Megan Hartman netted 15 and Olivia Locke 14 for the Lady ...

McIlroy plans to stay busy leading up to Masters

Rory McIlroy took off the final three months of the year to heal his body and clear his mind, and he appears eager to get back to work. With a series of announcements over the last week, McIlroy revealed what likely will be his most ambitious schedule ahead of Augusta National in the 10 years ...

Martellacci, Grassi lead Tigers’ win

Rocco Grassi and Bryce Martellacci scored 15 points each to lead Hollidaysburg to a 48-35 victory over Altoona Maroon in freshmen boys basketball Tuesday. Kyle Pheasant and Jacob Corso led Altoona with nine points apiece. HOLLIDAYSBURG (48): Boland 6, McGinnis 3, Grassi 15, Martellacci 15, ...

Booz garners award

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona sophomore Emily Booz was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Women’s Swimmer of the Week on Monday afternoon. In the Lady Lions’ 88-85 victory at Wilkes University on Friday evening, Booz had two individual first place finishes ...

Dragon domination

Williamsburg held a 24-20 lead over Central early in the second quarter when Joey Smith started to assert himself. The 6-foot-5 senior’s scoring and rebounding helped the Scarlet Dragons reel off 23 straight points on their way to a 69-57 win Monday in the Jaffa Shrine’s Special Tip-off ...