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Lady Bulldogs fall in close one to WPIAL champs

SOMERSET — The West Greene High School softball team brought some daunting numbers into Thursday’s PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal-round matchup against Claysburg-Kimmel. West Greene made it all the way to the state finals last year, and had lost just once in 24 games entering Thursday’s ...

LeBron doesn’t fault Warriors’ plan

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of ...

Johnston cruises to victory

Adam Bankovich had a triple, double and two RBIs, and Johnston Realty scored nine runs in the fourth inning for an easy 14-1 win over ProActive Sports in five innings Thursday night in a AAABA game at Juniata. Brady Goodling, Lennox Pugh and Greg Copenhaver had three hits and two RBIs apiece ...

Ostapenko a surprise finalist

PARIS — Jelena Ostapenko is a young woman in a hurry. On the day she turned 20, Ostapenko became the first unseeded French Open finalist since 1983, using big and bold groundstrokes to end points lickety-split on the way to beating 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-6 (4), 3-6, ...

Huntingdon native Hudy to get honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of Kansas Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance Andrea Hudy, a Huntingdon native, will receive the National Strength and Conditioning Association Impact Award at the NSCA National Conference, July 12-15, in Las Vegas. Handed out since 1997, ...

Warriors rally late for 3-0 lead

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant drained a big 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to ...

Brubaker, Simpson spark Curve victory

HARRISBURG - Starting pitching has been hit and miss for the Curve most of this season, but as the Double-A newcomers get more experience, that could start changing. J.T. Brubaker turned in a stellar outing Wednesday night, shutting out Harrisburg on two hits for six innings, and Altoona ...

Kaup punches her ticket to 2018 world triathlon

Courtney Kaup continues to add to her resume as a triathlete. Kaup, a former standout basketball player at Altoona Area High School and George Mason University, was the second overall finisher in the women’s division at the XTERRA Gator Terra on Sunday at DeGray Lake and Iron Mountain in ...

Kaup punches her ticket to 2018 world triathlon

Courtney Kaup continues to add to her resume as a triathlete. Kaup, a former standout basketball player at Altoona Area High School and George Mason University, was the second overall finisher in the women’s division at the XTERRA Gator Terra on Sunday at DeGray Lake and Iron Mountain in ...

BCO scores big in extra victory

Blair County Oil exploded for six runs in the top of the eighth inning in earning a 13-7 extra inning win over Cumming Motors Wednesday night in a Greater City League game at Juniata Field. Ty Zimmerman roped four hits and knocked in two runs to pace BCO, while Sean Staffy tallied three hits ...

Hackenberg trying to ignore critics

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Christian Hackenberg has plenty of critics, many of whom think the New York Jets’ second-year quarterback will never be an NFL starter. And that’s before the former Penn State starter has even played in a regular-season game. “That’s their opinions,” ...

Claysburg moves on in slugfest

BROCKWAY — All it took was a little time and some patience for the Claysburg-Kimmel High School softball team to notch an 11-5 win over Coudersport in the opening round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Tuesday. The Bulldogs (16-7) not only waited through a one-day delay to play Coudersport but ...

Cavs sticking to game plan down 2-0

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t changing his game, Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup. The Cavaliers aren’t slowing down. Defiant — and some might argue delusional — in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending ...

Cavs sticking to game plan down 2-0

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t changing his game, Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup. The Cavaliers aren’t slowing down. Defiant — and some might argue delusional — in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending ...

Cavs sticking to game plan down 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant is growing a little tired of questions about his ability to play defense. “Underrated?” Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D. “My coaches don’t feel like that.” Neither does he, and KD’s menacing, 6-foot-9 presence ...

Three Spartan players dismissed after charges

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three Michigan State football players were charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct after a woman said she was raped and forced to perform oral sex in the bathroom of an on-campus apartment during a party in January. Josh King, 19, was charged with first- and ...

Durant’s underrated defense comes up big

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant is growing a little tired of questions about his ability to play defense. “Underrated?” Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D. “My coaches don’t feel like that.” Neither does he, and KD’s menacing, 6-foot-9 presence ...

Teenager Ostapenko makes semifinals at French Open

PARIS — Suddenly a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time, Jelena Ostapenko sounded a lot like the carefree teenager she’ll be for only a bit longer. Ostapenko, an unseeded 19-year-old from Latvia, displayed unbridled joy after using the go-for-it strokes of someone too bold to know ...

Uihlein, Stricker qualify for Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Peter Uihlein suddenly faces at least a three-week stretch in America, and it starts with the U.S. Open. Uihlein, the former U.S. Amateur champion playing on the European Tour, birdied the first extra hole in a 4-for-3 playoff Tuesday morning that determined the last of 14 ...

Wallace takes ‘huge step’ for NASCAR as black driver

Darrell Wallace Jr. used to steel himself against racial insults spewed at him in the lower levels of racing and he survived sponsorship woes that slowed his advancement through NASCAR. Wallace persevered in a sport that seemed long reserved for whites. This weekend at Pocono Raceway in ...