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Lilly Conrad again holds favorite’s role in league

Local Sports

How long will the Lilly baseball dynasty last? That’s the question many in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League have been asking for years, but they have yet to receive a definitive answer. Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion begins defense of its title today by hosting Locker ...

Murray has always been Sullivan’s guy

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called his goaltender choice for Game 4 an incredibly difficult decision. Was it really? Sullivan believes in Matt Murray. He stuck with him in the playoffs last season long after Marc-Andre Fleury was available. He installed him as the No. 1 ...

Kyle Busch scores $1M All-Star win

Professional Sports

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch used a bold three-wide pass for the lead Saturday night to win NASCAR’s annual All-Star race for the first time. Although the race does not count in the standings, it was Busch’s first Cup victory of the season and first at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch also ...

Nova makes Bucs happy

Professional Sports

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have a little more bounce in their step when Ivan Nova takes the mound. “We love when he pitches,” third baseman David Freese said. “He pumps strikes. He’s a quiet guy, for the most part, but ...

Aberg’s first goal propels Predators

Professional Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pontus Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night. Aberg scored on a ...

Lineup card a challenge for Hurdle

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Of the many problems the Pirates have had through the first quarter of the season, the most consistent has been their inconsistent offense. It rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours ...

Cloud Computing charges late to upset Preakness favorites

National Sports

BALTIMORE — Some­times it pays to have a fresh horse. Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later, Cloud Computing pounced on those two horses in the Preakness, pulling off ...

Warriors up 3-0 on Spurs

National Sports

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State has a chance to complete its third straight series sweep in Game ...

Pitching gets Bulldogs in round 2 of playoffs

Scholastic Sports

By Sean Wechtenhiser For the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — A heavy dose of pitching was on the menu in Saturday’s District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal baseball game between Claysburg-Kimmel and Ferndale. The teams had four pitchers combine to allow only 12 hits and four runs, while striking out 21 ...

B-A survives, moving on

Scholastic Sports

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com BELLWOOD — In almost any sport, playoff competition is not much about style points. Winning and advancing are the big items, and the Bellwood-Antis Area High School baseball team checked off both boxes in its District 6 Class 2A ...

Mustangs do just enough to advance

Scholastic Sports

Special to the Mirror PORTAGE — Right-handers Noah Kerch of Portage and Moshannon Valley’s Nick Kitko were locked in a pitchers’ duel in Saturday’s District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal. Behind Kitko, the Black Knights were tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh on the road ...

Corporal wins Kelley opener

Local Sports

TYRONE — Scott Meintel and Jeremy Ehrhart each drove in two runs as Corporal Miller beat Ketrow Insurance, 5-2, Saturday in George B. Kelley Federation ball at Ferner Field. Gabian Bryan and Cody Becker combined on the four-hitter for Corporal, which led 4-2 after three innings. Bryan got ...

Different factors could determine a trophy

Outdoors

Most avid hunters and fishermen I know have a special appreciation for the species of fish and game they pursue. Some of us even become obsessed with hunting or catching the biggest or best specimens of a given species, characterizing them as “trophies.” Over the past couple of weeks, I ...

We CARE seeks teams for softball marathon

Local Sports

Event set for Aug. 11-13 at Blair County ballfields The We CARE Foundation, through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, has announced the 2017 We CARE Softball Marathon will be held on Aug. 11, 12 and 13. The We CARE Foundation is recruiting teams to play softball in support of ...

Same hill produces another big turkey

Outdoors

Empowered by the still fresh memories of a six-bearded gobbler I had bagged on this hill two years before, I coaxed my senior citizen legs upward. I did point a small flashlight downward because I remembered the huge groundhog holes that peppered this hillside. My friend, Joanie Haidle, in ...

Crosby, Murray help Pens even series

Local Sports

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby ...

Canseco not shy about telling story

Altoona Curve

Of all the fascinating things in Jose Canseco’s past — and there are many — even he laughed when asked about what question he hears the most from people. “The most asked question, believe it or not, is, ‘How’s Madonna? How was she? Were you really dating her?’” Canseco said. ...

Phils’ slump ends vs. Bucs

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — His club mired in a miserable funk that’s drained all the momentum from a promising April, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting before a weekend series in Pittsburgh. While Mackanin declined to go into the “recipe” of what was said, for one ...

Bearcats overtake Penn Cambria

Local Sports

LILLY — Admirably living up to their nickname, the Huntingdon Bearcats fought, scratched and clawed their way to a victory in the quarterfinal round of the District 6 Class 3A playoffs Friday afternoon. Huntingdon overcame an early 3-0 deficit and a 14-strikeout performance by Penn Cambria ...

Earnest throws complete-game shutout for P-O

Local Sports

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola’s Josh Earnest turned out a near perfect performance on the mound and at the plate against West Shamokin on Friday at the Don Womer Baseball Complex. Earnest allowed just four hits in seven innings, needing just 93 pitches to get through the game. He also ...