National Sports

Harbaugh takes Wolverines to Italy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh presented players on the University of Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican. Salim Makki and Grant Newsome were the chosen ...

New York gets good, bad news on same day

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The New York Mets have shifted third baseman David Wright to the 60-day disabled list, further delaying his return following neck surgery. The Mets made a series of roster moves before playing Philadelphia on Thursday night. The 34-year-old Wright played ...

Familiar face back with Irish

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tommy Rees keeps a low profile in his second stint at Notre Dame. Early to bed, early to rise and mostly work in between. It is not the life of a typical 24-year-old, but the former Fighting Irish quarterback has already lived in the spotlight in ...

Jeter thinking MLB ownership

MIAMI — Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have formed a team in their attempt to buy a team. The former New York Yankees star and former Florida governor have joined forces in their pursuit of the Miami Marlins, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The person confirmed the ...

Wiz, Rockets both up 2-0

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a rough-and-tumble, foul-filled game, Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points, including a key late 3-pointer, helping the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-101 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern ...

No. 1 seed in danger at Chicago

The Associated Press CHICAGO — For a team that bickered and barely made the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls are the early surprise of this postseason. They hold a stunning 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Celtics as the series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Friday night. “The credit through ...

Good day for Kenyans, Americans

The Associate Press BOSTON — The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world’s most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. More surprisingly, so are the Americans. Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling ...

Area finishers topped by O

According to the race’s official website, nine people from the Altoona Mirror coverage area finished Monday’s Boston Marathon. Loc O, 40, of Williamsburg posted the best time of those nine. He crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds, making him the 736th man to ...

Peppers may get pushed into 2nd round

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jabrill Peppers perhaps played out of position at Michigan last season, lining up as a linebacker even though he seemed most suited to play safety in the NFL. He made enough plays to become a Heisman Trophy finalist as a junior and to determine he was ready to play in the ...

Grieving Thomas to play Game 2

WALTHAM, Mass. — In any sport, the one thing a team can’t prepare for is the unknown. Last week, the Celtics were the toast of the East after outlasting the champion Cleveland Cavaliers for the top seed and home-court advantage. Then, the day before Boston’s playoff opener, Isaiah ...

A chance to say thank you

The Associated Press SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney from the late NFL player Konrad Reuland in what is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes. Carew underwent the procedure last December and met ...

MLB ump out of hospital after getting hit

Plate umpire Dale Scott was out of the hospital early Saturday, hours after sustaining a concussion when he was hit in the mask by a foul tip from Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo during a game in Toronto. Scott told The Associated Press by text that he was feeling OK and that the results of a ...

NCAA adopts new recruiting rules

By Michael Marot The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA endorsed a football recruiting rules overhaul on Friday that will allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people ...

Vegas: Cavs, Warriors on collision course

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here’s 10 things to know before the second season begins: But first ... LeBron Good luck, Indiana. LeBron James not only never loses in a first-round series, but the man rarely loses first-round playoff ...

Montreal evens NY series at 1-1

MONTREAL (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in Game 2 of the first-round series. Radulov jammed the puck in from the edge of the crease after a feed from Max Pacioretty to tie the ...

Veteran Steelers’ scout dead at age 74

The Associated Press ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Longtime NFL scouting and personnel specialist Tom Modrak, who broke into the league with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 74. Modrak died at his home near St. Augustine, Florida, on Tuesday as a result of a neurological disease ...

Cardinals hand Nats’ star a loss

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Leake outpitched 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Stephen Piscotty homered and had five RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. Leake (1-1) gave up four hits, struck out ...

Westwood now best without a major

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Westwood already had qualified as the best player to have never won a major even before Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Garcia only made it less of a debate. The focus is sure to shift between now and the U.S. Open over who fits into that category. When the label first ...

League could fine players for arm wrestling at casino

LAS VEGAS — Current NFL players who participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at a Las Vegas casino could be fined by the league. More than 30 professional football players were scheduled to compete at the weekend event held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, according ...

Collins leaving ’Zags

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga has announced that freshman center Zach Collins has declared for the NBA draft. Collins said Tuesday that he is exploring his options without hiring an agent at this time, but intends to hire an agent at a later date. The first McDonald’s All-American recruited by ...