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NHL moves ahead with 24-team format

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The Associated Press The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuedsay by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the ...

Reminiscing while exercising

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While I was out on my daily walk recently pondering how competitive the Blair Regional YMCA 2-mile walks will be after so many people have picked up the hobby during the corona-virus pandemic, I saw a kid at a baseball field. He had just one ball and a bat. During my circle around the outside ...

MLB players not thrilled with proposal

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By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a six-tier, sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely ...

Sports at a glance

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Elliott ends Busch streak CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott snapped Kyle Busch’s seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty for beating NASCAR’s most successful truck driver Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick announced before the race he ...

Big names are still available on market

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The Associated Press NEW YORK — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever or if ...

Keselowski ready for more wins

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The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — The caution that sent the Coca-Cola 600 to overtime both continued Chase Elliott’s bad week and gave Brad Keselowski a much-needed break. Keselowski is in a contract year during a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Business was closed for ...

Transgender lawsuit on track in spotlight

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The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, ...

Strong work ethic propels Lady Devil to many successes

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Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bellwood-Antis High School senior hurdler Jamyson Focht has a heart of gold that extends to the track and field arena. Focht, ...

Iconic lines, other info on sports movies

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A look at iconic lines and other key information about the sports movies that made the AP Top 25: 1. “Hoosiers” Year: 1986 Screenwriter: Angelo Pizzo Director: David Anspaugh Starring: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey Plot: A coach with a shaky past (Hackman) and his ...

Americans finding ways to stay active

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Vicki L. Friedman always wanted to play golf with her adult sons but until this spring couldn’t find time to learn the game and practice. Shaun Warkentin was looking for a diversion when his young sons tired of jumping on the backyard trampoline and being indoors. He discovered the joy of ...

Hendrick suffers 2 losses

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CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski has won the Southern 500, the Bristol night race, the Brickyard 400 and has now crossed the Coca-Cola 600 off his checklist of crown jewel victories. Chase Elliott lost two races in four days, both in heartbreaking fashion. Jimmie Johnson had a shot at ...

Running on empty? Charity events wary in time of COVID-19

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It wasn’t exactly the finish line Ali Riecke had in mind. The 27-year-old had envisioned something more tropical when she signed up to participate in her second “Run Across Haiti,” an ambitious eight-day, 200-mile tour of the impoverished Caribbean nation sponsored by the nonprofit ...

College signing: Braden Kitt: Lock Haven basketball

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Name: Braden Kitt High school: Central Hometown: Roaring Spring Sport: Basketball Position: Multiple positions College choice: Lock Haven Other colleges considered: Penn State Altoona, Franciscan Why I picked Lock Haven: “LHU has a lot of great things going for them ...

College signing: Mitchell Miko: Saint Francis track and field

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Name: Mitchell Miko High school: Portage Area Hometown: Portage Sport: Track and field Events: Throws College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Washington and Jefferson Why I picked Saint Francis: Physician Assistant program and for the track and field coaches ...

AAHS announces signings

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Altoona Area High School recently honored several student-athletes who will heading to college in the fall and will play a sport at a Division II or Division III school. The ceremony was held outside last week. Among the seniors honored were Alese Rinker, who is headed to Bloomsburg ...

Third baseman Soltis makes mark for Mounties

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Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Philipsburg-Osceola’s high school baseball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appeared as though ...

Keselowski races to victory in Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnsonás losing streak to 102 races, holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early Monday in the Coca-Cola 600. Keselowski started in the back of the field, worked his way to the front at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gambled ...

Mirror awards to cap year in special way

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For as long as I have been at this newspaper, the day of the Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year Banquet has always been a memorable one. Whether it has involved donning a suit to help give out awards, rushing back from covering a playoff game to make the banquet or being the only one left in ...

Woods, Manning win charity match

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Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match that made it easy to forget the rest of his swings. Tiger Woods didn’t miss a fairway and earned a small measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson. The PGA Tour is set to return in just over two weeks, and it has a tough act to follow. In the second ...

CBRC will offer limited options

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The Central Blair County Recreation and Park Commission is planning a limited slate of summer activities because of the corona­virus, with the possibility of additions, depending on how things play out. “We have an opportunity, if this board is in agreement, to start getting some normalcy ...