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Trading Vazquez could bring Bucs big return

This is a big day for the Pirates, or at least it could be. The Bucs have one of the most sought-after players in the majors at the trade deadline in lefty closer Felipe Vazquez, and what they decide to do with him today will have major implications for the franchise in the coming ...

Tyrone graduate gets promoted at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland announced the promotion staff member A.J. Schopp to head assistant coach on Tuesday. Schopp, a Tyrone Area High School graduate, has played a key role in the development of the Boilermakers’ lower and middle weights over the ...

PennCrest, SHAG! will meet for Deremer title

PennCrest Bank will play SHAG! for the Altoona Teener League Deremer Division title starting tonight, thanks to a win over Sheetz on Monday in a playoff game at Seitz Field. Game time for the best-of-3 series is 7 p.m. and all games are at Seitz Field. PennCrest won when Matt Moyer scored ...

Curve settle for sweep

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Trenton, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Nick Economos (0-1, 4.76) vs. Thunder RHP Nick Green (1-3, 8.78) Record: 18-20 (second half); 54-52 (overall) From Mirror reports TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve easily won the conclusion of a suspended game Tuesday night, ...

A Room with a view: Defending champs go up 1-0 on Lilly Conrad

Two-time Greater City Baseball League champion Locker Room kicked off its title defense with a robust batting attack and a strong pitching performance Monday night. Catcher Trent Creppage paced Locker Room’s 13-hit attack by driving in four runs with three hits, including a three-run homer, ...

Reds put up 10 runs in second on Pirates

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — All nine Reds crossed the plate in a parade unseen in Cincinnati since the days of the Big Red Machine. All the down-and-out Pirates could do was watch glumly. Jose Iglesias’ grand slam completed Cincinnati’s 10-run second inning and the ...

Lyles gets another shot with Brewers

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions. The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, ...

Blue-collar work ethic big deal to Washington

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — James Washington needed a hard reset. His rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t go as planned. And he knew it. So fresh off a frustrating indoctrination into the NFL in which the speedy but occasionally erratic wide receiver ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and will begin a series at Trenton tonight. SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve and Thunder will begin play at 5 p.m. this evening to resume a game that was suspended because of rain on May 30. Altoona leads the game 6-0 in the top of the third inning. Once the ...

Curve defeat Richmond

By Isaac Ritchey For the Mirror It was up in the air whether the streak would end Sunday, but after six games, the Curve’s winless skid is over. A 3-1 win over Richmond Sunday broke the longest losing streak in Curve manager Michael Ryan’s three seasons as skipper. The game began ...

Fink Jr., DeGol capture 10th local best-­ball title

ORE HILL — Few people would dispute that Anthony DeGol and Artie Fink Jr. are the area’s best two-man golf team. When it comes to best-ball tournaments, DeGol and Fink are in a class of their own. The Dynamic Duo have been partners the last couple of seasons and they’ve been almost ...

Scholly helps LR advance

Locker Room had its back against the wall in the face of a 3-0 deficit after three outs early in Game 3 of its best-of-three Greater Altoona City League semifinal series against Blair County Oil. But the defending champs got the bats rolling, and after a back-and-forth affair, Kevin Scholly ...

PennCrest, Sheetz series tied

PennCrest Bank and Sheetz are knotted up at one game apiece in the Altoona Teener League Deremer Division best-of-three semifinal series. Sheetz edged out Penncrest, 2-0, Saturday night in late action thanks to a 15-strikeout two-hitter from Aiden Steinbugl. On Sunday, Braden Callahan, Nick ...

Dupree relaxed in contract year

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is relaxed entering his contract season. The 2015 first-round pick knows he has a contract with the Steelers for this season. His future with the Steelers after that is in question, but Dupree said on Sunday that he doesn’t mind ...

L.S. Fiore crowned king for 2019

L.S. Fiore’s Aaron Smearman crushed a 3-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning and that set the tone as Fiore beat Masonic Lodge, 6-0, for the championship of the 27th annual Dean Patterson Little World Series Saturday night at Centennial Field. Smearman, later ...

Pirates’ struggles continue

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in his five-year career, Steven Matz needed no help from the bullpen. Matz pitched an efficient five-hitter for his first complete game in 90 major league starts, and the New York Mets got home runs from Michael ...

Curve losing streak at six

Next stop Tonight: Richmond at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 5.79) vs. Flying Squirrels TBD Record: 17-19 (second half); 52-51 (overall) Heading into the ninth inning of Saturday night’s ballgame, the law of averages suggested the Curve were probably going to ...

Sideline Cancer wins again

WICHITA, Kan. — The Sideline Cancer TBT basketball team defeated AfterShocks, the Wichita State University alumni, 87-79 on Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena. Sideline Cancer trailed by one point for most of the first half and was behind 44-43 at the half. The tide turned when ...

Locker Room rallies to survive

With his team trailing Blair County Oil 1-0 in the Altoona Greater City League best-of-three semifinals, Locker Room’s R.J. Barnard came to the plate in the top of the seventh just looking to bunt the tying run to second. Barnard pushed it past the pitcher, however, for a base hit that led ...

Lilly advances to City League finals

Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion was already four runs ahead when it exploded at the plate for eight runs in the seventh inning to top BMG Construction, 19-9, in the Greater Altoona City League semifinals Saturday afternoon at Vets Field. Lilly swept the best-of-three series, 2-0, ...