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We need Kaepernick more than ever

It’s been a terrible week in America. Maybe if we had just followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick, who had hoped the simple, non-violent act of taking a knee during the national anthem would move us to talk more about some of the serious problems plaguing this country. Maybe if we had just ...

Jones captures pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Erik Jones’ timing was perfect for first career pole in the NASCAR Cup Series — at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he’s fighting hard for a playoff position. The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for ...

Armour shoots 61 to share lead at Wyndham tourney

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ryan Armour shot a career-best 9-under 61 on Friday for a share of the lead with Webb Simpson after two rounds at the Wyndham Championship. Armour and Simpson were at 13-under 127 halfway through the PGA Tour’s final event of the regular season. Simpson shot a ...

Stultz recalls milestone day

Fifty years ago this summer, one of the best golfers in Blair County’s history set out to accomplish something that hadn’t been done before, or since. During early September 1967, Hollidaysburg’s Scott Stultz had the opportunity to capture two club championships — on the same ...

Ferguson claims Invitational title

STATE COLLEGE — Tyrone’s Andrew Ferguson shot a 1-under par 71 at the Penn State Blue Course to win the Happy Valley Invitational high school golf individual championship in a field of more than 60 golfers Thursday afternoon. Ferguson’s performance helped the Golden Eagles win the 2A ...

Younger breed exudes sportsmanship

I really enjoyed watching last week’s PGA Championship and seeing many of the best PGA pros struggling to finish on a surprisingly difficult Quail Hollow golf course that was re-designed just last year. It was also enjoyable to see young star Justin Thomas play well under pressure and win ...

Becky Sheetz Memorial tourney raises $70,000

The Health South Altoona team of Keith Danner, Scott Filler and Ron Hinish won the 22nd annual Becky Sheetz Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 10. More than 40 teams competed to benefit the Arc of Blair County and Special Olympics. The event helped raise more than $70,000. M&T Bank’s Bob ...

Something special: Kicking game now a strength for Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Special teams were a major obstacle for Penn State not that long ago, then it all changed last season when a special teams highlight turned into the program’s most important play in many years. Marcus Allen’s blocked field goal and Grant Haley’s touchdown return led ...

Curve fall flat in key road loss

PORTLAND, Maine — At this stage of the season, in such a tight playoff race, the Curve simply cannot afford bad losses. They had a really bad one Thursday afternoon. Facing a pitcher who had a 5.83 ERA coming in, Altoona’s offense looked lost and put up no fight in a 2-0 loss to ...

Red Flash hope to build on great 2016 season

LORETTO — With hesitation, Saint Francis football coach Chris Villarrial recapped the unforgettable 2016 season during Thursday’s annual kickoff luncheon at the JFK Student Center. The Red Flash won their first Northeast Conference title in school history and subsequently advanced to the ...

New standouts expected to emerge

The 2017 high school golf season should produce plenty of new stars in the area after most of the top-tier talent graduated following last season. Altoona, Philipsburg-Osceola and the Central Cambria girls will be defending district team titles, but each of those teams will have to replace ...

McGloin, Eagles top Bills

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Of all the high-profile players making debuts in a new uniform, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was most impressive. Darby intercepted former teammate Tyrod Taylor’s pass and returned it 48 yards and also broke up two passes in his first game since ...

Pitt giving away Conner bobblehead

PITTSBURGH — Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that in conjunction with the University’s 2017 homecoming festivities, the first 30,000 fans in attendance at the Oct. 14 football game versus N.C. State will receive an exclusive James Conner bobblehead. As the Panthers wear the famous Pitt ...

Local girl wins national title

A local girl recently played a key role on a national championship softball team. Emily Cavender, 10, who will be a sixth-grade student at the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School, participated on the Northeast American age 10-under team that won the championship in its eight-team division at ...

McSorley on Manning watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State junior quarterback Trace McSorley claimed a spot on the Manning Award watch list. It is McSorley’s sixth watch list appearance (Maxwell Award, Wuerffel Trophy, O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Award and Unitas Golden Arm Award). Prior to the 2004 college ...

Quick start puts Curve in first

PORTLAND, Maine — The Curve began their most important road trip of the season in strong fashion Tuesday night, right from the start. Cole Tucker tripled to open the game, and Pablo Reyes followed with a two-run homer to give Altoona a quick lead. The Curve later scored three runs in the ...

This one hurts: Bucs squander chances in tough loss

MILWAUKEE — Home runs have been key to the Milwaukee Brewers’ production this season. The suddenly resurgent Brewers hit five more Wednesday, including Manny Pina’s deciding two-run shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Brewers to a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “That’s ...

Curve fall back into tie for 1st

Tiebreakers could help down stretch PORTLAND, Maine — With the Western Division playoff race coming down to the wire, the Curve have one subtle but important edge in their favor against two of the three teams they’re battling for a postseason berth. Altoona lost Wednesday night at ...

Watt’s emergence puts Harrison in new role

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt will take all the preseason snaps he can get at right outside linebacker. And perhaps most of them in the regular season too, a fact the man his is in the process of replacing isn’t fighting. James Harrison is the Steelers’ ...

Cullen leaves Pens, heads home to Minnesota

Matt Cullen could have easily called it a career at age 40 after winning consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s what he and everyone around him expected him to do, but his body bounced back strongly enough this summer from the postseason grind that he believed he ...