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Padres pitching perplexes Pirates in defeat

PITTSBURGH — Clayton Richard’s plan was simple. After the San Diego Padres gave him a three-run lead in the first inning, Richard decided to attack the zone early and often. It worked. Richard (3-5) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian Villanueva homered and drove in two runs, and ...

Justify favorite to capture Preakness

BALTIMORE — Opposing trainers at the Preakness always want to see the Kentucky Derby winner up-close and then set their sights on trying to beat that horse. This year, they can see Justify. They just don’t know if they can beat him. There’s such a sense of awe about Justify and an ...

Cavs believe they can bounce back

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — They’ve survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA’s most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle. The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it’s not a surprise ...

Knights take 3-1 lead on Jets

LAS VEGAS — Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Friday night. Vegas, a 500-to-1 long shot to win the title when the season started, can advance to the ...

Saint Francis’ season comes to an end in NCAAs

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Saint Francis University softball team’s successful season reached its end on Saturday night. Playing in the NCAA Division I Tucson Regional, the Northeast Conference champion Red Flash fell to No. 2 seed Mississippi State, 11-5. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-0 ...

Locker Room set to defend title

From Mirror reports The Altoona Greater City Baseball League begins another season today but with a different defending champion. Locker Room, which knocked off Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion in last year’s finals, will open the year against BMG Construction at 4 p.m. today in ...

Kenseth returns to take pole for All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Matt Kenseth is hoping Friday night’s qualifying is a sign better times are ahead. Kenseth’s return to racing is already paying big dividends for Roush Fenway Racing after he grabbed the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor ...

Three-time reigning champs ousted from playoffs

BOALSBURG — Juniata Valley will not be defending the district title they won in each of the last three years. The Green Hornets also won’t be back in the PIAA state championship tournament. District 6-A semifinal action on Friday saw the end of a great run in recent years by Juniata ...

Tigers bounced from tourney

HERSHEY — Hollidaysburg fell to Council Rock North, 3-0, in the PIAA Class 3A team tennis quarterfinals Friday. Two matches were not completed when the overall match was decided. “It was a great run,’’ Hollidaysburg coach Brian Denis said. “All good things must come to an end, but ...

Leishman sets record at Nelson

DALLAS — Wind or no, Marc Leishman likes his chances at the AT&T Byron Nelson after breaking the 36-hole record previously shared by Tiger Woods. Hometown star Jordan Spieth really wants it to blow. Leishman followed the best round of his PGA Tour career with a 5-under 66 at the new ...

Martelacci spearheads Bavarian

Bryce Martellaci had a triple, a double and two RBIs, while Kyle Wilson came up with three hits as Bavarian Hall knocked off Shag, 11-4, in Altoona Teener Major action at Seitz Field. Winning pitcher Steve Hartman helped himself with two hits while striking out seven, and Brandon Murphy added ...

Mount’s Gutmann recognized

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College softball coach Andie Gutmann was named coach of the year by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. In her first season, she led the Mounties to their first-ever AMCC Tournament championship in program history. Mount Aloysius entered the Cconference ...

Requiem for memories never made

Commentary I don’t know if Cody Henderson and David Kephart ever crossed paths on the sports circuit. I can’t say if they knew each other or even knew of each other, but they had quite a bit in common. Both were standout athletes whose exploits were chronicled in the Mirror — Henderson ...

Golf would be a lot better off without gambling

By Ken Love For the Mirror The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal ban on gambling earlier this week is certain to cause many ripple effects across the sports landscape. Some of the negative effects certainly include the increased chances of ordinary sports fans spiraling ...

New ownership group has high hopes for Eagles Ridge

By Ken Love For the Mirror New faces will greet golfers this year at Eagles Ridge Golf Course near Curwensville. Recently hired general manager James Skinner is part of a new ownership group that purchased the club in mid-March with plans to make steady improvements to both the course an ...

Two tie for Jack Frank Memorial event

Two teams tied for first place of the Net Division at the Jack Frank Memorial at Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club held on May 12. The first team consisted of Georgiann Way, Mollie Neidrick, Eric Neidrick, and Paul Neidrick, and the second team was made up of Jim Soltis, Dave Mital, ...

State College too much as Lady Lions end season

STATE COLLEGE — The Altoona Area High School softball team huddled down the left-field line for the 20th and last time this season after its 9-0 loss to State College in the District 6 Class 6A semifinals on Thrusday at Community Field. And when it broke the huddle with the traditional ...

One inning lifts Huskies into semis

EBENSBURG — Three pitches made all the difference in Thursday’s District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal softball game at Ebensburg’s First Energy Field. Third-seeded Bishop Carroll rapped three hits off Moshannon Valley’s Sidney Lewis on three consecutive pitches in the third inning that ...

Tigers cannot finish what they start

DuBOIS — Hollidaysburg was unable to hold onto an early lead, as the Lady Tigers were defeated 13-3 in five innings on the road by DuBois in the District 6 Class 5A softball semifinals at Heindl Field on Thursday. The Lady Tigers got off to a strong start, scoring a run in the top of the ...

Rockets continue surging, tame Colts

CRESSON — Winners of 14 of its last 15 games, Southern Huntingdon kept its torrid run going at the expense of Northern Cambria. The No. 4 seed Rockets jumped ahead 4-0 after the first and rode a 12-hit attack to back pitcher Mason Smith’s solid outing. Northern Cambria’s campaign came ...