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Pirates leave bases loaded in the ninth

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By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy doubled twice and had four hits, and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Tuesday night. Rendon hit his 13th homer off starter Joe Musgrove (3-4) in the fifth ...

Dickerson offers up lineup tips

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By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle often jokes that he can count on picking up some lineup suggestions when he visits his neighborhood grocery store. It seems like everyone from the produce guy to the lady ordering at the deli counter to the bagger has an idea about ...

Penn State Altoona has new swim coach

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Penn State Altoona Athletics recently announced the hiring of Bradley Brooks as its new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming program. Brooks becomes the fifth head coach in the NCAA Division III era of Penn State Altoona’s men’s and women’s swimming program. In addition to ...

Coaching staffs announced

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Retired Houston Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer will be among the coaches for the American League at next week’s All-Star game. Dauer was a part of Houston’s World Series championship last season, but was rushed to a hospital immediately after the team’s victory parade — surviving ...

Bucs open Nats’ series with victory

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By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first ...

Hurdle still tinkering with Pirates’ lineup

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By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Considering the Pirates have only carried 12 position players for much of this season, it’s notable that they used their 10th different leadoff hitter Monday night. Corey Dickerson became the latest to occupy the top spot in the batting order ...

Craig embraces challenge

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By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Curve manager Michael Ryan will get to manage an All-Star Game for the first time in his career in the Eastern League showcase Wednesday in Trenton, while tonight, slugger Will Craig will take his hacks in the home run derby. Craig, playing for Wake ...

Remembering the smile of Waltman

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Tom Waltman made a memorable first impression with his huge smile; a smile that he shared generously; a smile that made you feel like you were instantly his friend. But there are few smiles in Everett or Bedford County this week among those who knew the vibrant coach and physical education ...

Young racers still have plenty to prove

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward. His first career Cup victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was a needed breath of fresh air in a sport that has failed to see a supposed bumper crop of young ...

Claysburg outslugs Lilly for win No. 20

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LILLY — Corey Chamberlain got the win and drove in two runs for Claysburg in a 14-11 win over Lilly Monday in a Cambria County American Legion baseball game. Lary Corle drove in two runs for Claysburg (20-4) — which led 9-3 after two innings — and Braedon O’Donnell and Luke Mardula ...

Rays’ Snell frustrated by snub

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell is frustrated by not being selected Sunday for the AL All-Star team, a squad that Rays manager Kevin Cash feels the left-hander still could end up joining. “I’m optimistic that things are going to turn out OK for Blake,” Cash, a member ...

Froome still facing more challenges

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The Associated Press CHOLET, France — Besides still having to make up most of the 51 seconds he lost in a Stage 1 crash, Chris Froome faces another challenge as he seeks a record-tying fifth Tour de France title — Richie Porte’s BMC team. BMC beat Froome’s Team Sky by four seconds ...

Wolfe takes Speedweek title away from Dietrich

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By Dottie Bird For the Mirror SELINSGROVE — It was a war on wheels this past Sunday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway to decide the 29th annual PA Speedweek title for 410 sprint cars. Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg needed to win the 30-lap Opperman/Bogar Memorial in order to clinch the ...

Federer cheered, advances with ease

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LONDON — They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon’s main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission. They clapped and yelled when Federer’s drop volley capped a 16-minute tour de force of a first set in which ...

Goal-fest possible with France, Belgium

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there’s potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals. There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for ...

Hinchcliffe wins in Iowa again

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NEWTON, Iowa — Less than two months after failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe roared from behind to seize one of the more satisfying victories of his IndyCar career. Hinchcliffe passed Josef Newgarden with just over 40 laps left to win at the Iowa Speedway on ...

Curve cap off impressive weekend

Altoona Curve

The Curve just enjoyed their most impressive three days of the season and reinforced the notion that the current version of the club is indeed a legitimate contender to win an Eastern League title this year. Trenton pounded Altoona the first two contests of a five-game series, by a combined ...

Ott’s run filled with sports drama

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Altoona native Dan Ott’s second consecutive long run in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event came to an end late Saturday night. While Ott didn’t earn any money this time around (in fact, he lost the $10,000 entry fee despite outlasting more than 6,500 competitors), his performance ...

Staving off the sweep: Kingham’s arm, bat help Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia ...

Big week ahead for Pittsburgh’s chances

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PITTSBURGH — This week of games could determine which direction the Pirates take for the rest of the season. Their homestand includes three games against Washington, then five against Milwaukee, including a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. “This is a really big week for us,” general ...