Sports

Semi-automatic rifle debate kicks into gear

Outdoors

By Maddie Crocenzi The Associated Press YORK — In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to legalize semi-automatic rifles — including AR-15s — for hunting. It looked like the guns might be allowed for furbearers, small game and big game, until something surprising happened: A ...

Jeep in hot water over Super Bowl ad

Outdoors

By Scott Sonner The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers. It’s the second ...

BG finally breaks through

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — All season long, Bishop Guilfoyle has relied on the one-two punch of Luke Ruggery and A.J. Labriola. The pair normally rotate between being the leading scorer on a game-by-game basis. Friday’s Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title game against Johnstown was no different, ...

Bishop Carroll survives McCort

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — A young and pesky Bishop McCort team drew within 21-20 of Bishop Carroll midway through the second quarter in Friday’s Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference girls title game. Instead of wilting under the pressure, a more battle-tested Bishop Carroll squad hunkered down on ...

After upset, Eagles’ Hicks one of 17 area semifinalists

Local Sports

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com Tyrone’s Jamal Hicks missed 14 matches during the regular season with a broken hand he sustained during a morning workout. Hicks came back for the final dual meet against Bellwood-Antis, but he really announced his return on the first day of the ...

Bohonnon trusting ‘Hurricane’

National Sports

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — If the conditions are right, American freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon will pay tribute to one of his sport’s most fascinating and beloved characters. And if that goes well, he might find himself with an Olympic medal hanging around his neck, too. Bohonnon has been ...

Freese not happy with Pirates’ situation

Professional Sports

By John Perrotto The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates are not trying hard enough to win. “The last two years, we didn’t do as well as we could have because of our environment. That’s what I think,” the third baseman said Friday after ...

Young look will be on display

National Sports

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR’s rapidly changing look more than this year’s Daytona 500. Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR’s ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Bryant at SFU men Tipoff: 1 p.m., DeGol Arena Records: Saint Francis (15-11, 9-6 NEC); Bryant (3-25, 2-13) Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 76-106 in his sixth season at Saint Francis and overall. Tim O’Shea is 96-207 in his 10th season at Bryant and 216-302 in 17 seasons overall. Video: ...

Hollidaysburg heads to playoffs with victory

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A late addition to the Hollidaysburg boys basketball schedule gave the eight seniors on the squad one final home game, and they took full advantage. The Golden Tigers raced out to an 18-7 after one quarter thanks to the hot-shooting of Casey Ottaway and Ethan Haupt and went ...

City of Angels turning into weekend of stars

National Sports

The Associated Press The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it. The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday. Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry ...

Stars of today changing the sponsorship game

National Sports

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio in 2016 and Sochi in ...

Tough day for US’ top competitors

National Sports

The Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the giant slalom on ...

US men vs. Russia for hockey fans

National Sports

The Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — We’ve made it to the second week of the Olympics. We’d say things are heating up — and yes, the weather is a bit warmer — but remember these are still the Winter Games. There’s lots of action on the ice and snow scheduled for today ...

Altoona boys fall to Williamsport

Local Sports

WILLIAMSPORT — The Altoona Area High School boys basketball team finished the regular season Friday night with a 68-63 loss at Williamsport in a non-league matchup. The Mountain Lions, who will enter the District 6 Class 6A playoffs, fell to 7-14. Altoona will face State College in the 6A ...

Bilchak hoping to continue C-K’s recent success

Scholastic Sports

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com CLAYSBURG — Last fall, Claysburg-Kimmel captured the school’s first playoff victory since 1990 in its first-ever home playoff game, thanks to a 27-8 win over Penns Manor. Following the season, head coach Dan Foor left to pursue a career ...

College signings

Local Sports

Josh Long: Lancaster Bible College soccer Name: Josh Long High school: Great Commission Hometown: Altoona Sport: Soccer Position: Midfield College choice: Lancaster Bible College Other colleges considered: Clark Summit and Cedarville Why I picked Lancaster Bible College: “I ...

College signings

Local Sports

Meghan Flaugh: PSU Altoona soccer Name: Meghan Flaugh High school: Central Hometown: Roaring Spring Sport: Soccer Position: Defense College choice: Penn State Altoona Other colleges considered: Penn State Harrisburg, UPJ Why I picked Penn State Altoona: “I wanted to focus on ...

College signings

Local Sports

Noah Dillow: California, Pa. football Name: Noah Dillow High school: Chestnut Ridge Hometown: Alum Bank Sport: Football Position: Linebacker College choice: California, Pa. Other colleges considered: Shippensburg, Saint Francis, and Delaware Why I picked California, Pa.: “My ...