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Goodell getting five-year extension

Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that’s sure to be contentious. The league is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell, a person with ...

NFL unveils Madden contest

NEW YORK — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they’re good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they’re teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the ...

BG captures its opener

Emily Stevens, Sarah Manna and the team of Mary Gunnett and Victoria McElheny won their matches as Bishop Guilfoyle topped Forest Hills, 3-2, in high school girls tennis Monday. The Lady Rangers won two matches on forfeits. SINGLES: 1, Stevens, BG, def. Rivera, 6-0, 6-0; 2, Forest Hills ...

Frye registers big Bedford win

BEDFORD — Colby Frye rose to the occasion and scored the big win in the biggest race of the season Friday night at Bedford Speedway. The event, a salute to Bedford’s first feature winner back in 1936, Billy Winn, was worth $8,100 to Frye and car owner Larry Baer. It was Frye’s sixth ...

Classic worked well, so try it again

COMMENTARY By Ben Brigandi For the Mirror WILLIAMSPORT — Who said Bowman Field was a pitchers’ park? Josh Bell and Jedd Gyorko didn’t seem to think so with their home runs in the first two innings. Who said Bowman Field couldn’t host a Major League Baseball game? Plenty, and ...

Lady Lions, Tigers set high standards

Both the Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area girls tennis programs have traditionally enjoyed plenty of success over the years, and there is plenty of reason for both teams to feel optimistic about the upcoming 2017 season. Both squads enjoy plenty of veteran experience returning from teams ...

Little big leaguers: Pirates top Cards in historic game at Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — Despite spending the afternoon with 12-year-old Little Leaguers who idolize pros like himself, Josh Bell didn’t find himself dispensing much advice. “No one came to me and asked, ‘What do you think about my swing?’” Bell said. “It was more like, ‘Follow me on ...

Conner stars in Steelers’ victory

PITTSBURGH — James Conner overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL. He showed in his Pittsburgh Steelers debut Sunday that he plans to stick around for a while. The rookie running back from the University of Pittsburgh broke off runs of 17 and 19 yards, ...

Curve rally for key win

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve earned one of their best wins of the season Sunday afternoon to create just a little more separation in the playoff race with two weeks left in the season. Altoona trailed by two runs entering the ninth inning before Jerrick Suiter tied it with a two-run double. ...

Hackenberg has rough night for Jets

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones in the second quarter, and the Detroit Lions shut down Christian Hackenberg and the New York Jets 16-6 in a preseason game Saturday night. After losing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to an Achilles tendon injury in ...

One year later: Kaepernick saga playing out in divided America

What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial ...

Aussie trio make it to LLWS twice

By Jack Dougherty The Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Ethan Treble, Harrison Wheeldon and Stephen Courtney liked the Little League World Series so much they decided to try it again. For the vast majority of Little Leaguers, suiting up in South Williamsport for the World Series is ...

MLB umpires end their protest

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called “abusive player behavior” after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union’s governing board. Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday’s games after Detroit second baseman ...

Broyles remembered as coach, mentor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Frank Broyles was remembered as a championship coach, father, mentor, athletic director and guide for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease during a memorial celebration Saturday at Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena. Broyles, who led Arkansas to its lone ...

Fantasy owners, choose WRs wisely

When it comes to fantasy football we all hear several pieces of advice. Don’t draft quarterbacks early as that position is deep. Make sure to get at least one top running back in the first couple of rounds as that pool will dry up quickly. Don’t ever take a kicker or defense/special teams ...

Raisman: Changes needed after gymnastics scandal

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Aly Raisman is ready to talk about “the elephant in the room.” And the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast thinks it’s time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue. The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping change in the organization in the ...

Halep has chance to be new No. 1

MASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking. The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a ...

Raisman: Changes needed after gymnastics scandal

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Aly Raisman is ready to talk about “the elephant in the room.” And the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast thinks it’s time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue. The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping change in the organization in the ...

Halep has chance to be new No. 1

MASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking. The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a ...

Broncos going with Siemian

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Even though coach Vance Joseph isn’t saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won the Denver Broncos’ quarterback derby for the second straight summer. The seventh-rounder from Northwestern has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch of ...