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Conveniently, ‘Cobra’ leaves out important details

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — AT&T SportsNet has a relatively new one-hour special (“Cobra”) on former Pirates outfielder Dave Parker. Parker is 66 now, and his life has taken a sad turn. He has Parkinson’s Disease, and the program shows what a fight it is. The player who was once the most ...

Cullen leaves Pens, heads home to Minnesota

Local Sports

Matt Cullen could have easily called it a career at age 40 after winning consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s what he and everyone around him expected him to do, but his body bounced back strongly enough this summer from the postseason grind that he believed he ...

Mansion finals set for TV

Local Sports

The Central Blair Recreation Commission’s Mansion Park Summer Basketball League championship games will be televised on Altoona Public Access Channel 14 beginning this week. Finals in Division 1, in which Superior Detailing and Accessories defeated T-Cals, and Division 2, where City ...

Coach calls Hackenberg a ‘rookie’

National Sports

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The re-education of Christian Hackenberg is well underway. The New York Jets’ second-year quarterback took the field in a game for the first time in nearly a year last Saturday night, getting extensive action in the win over Tennessee. And as far as offensive ...

Tiger linked to marijuana

National Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tiger Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this year, a report released Tuesday by police said. Police in Jupiter, Florida, released the report less than a week ...

Elliott’s suspension appealed

National Sports

NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday it will represent ...

Fowler inching closer to first major victory

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rickie Fowler, golf’s version of an action hero, keeps showing up too late to save himself at the majors. His final six holes at the PGA Championship were nothing short of remarkable, the very reason why Fowler should remain in the category of “when” and not “if” ...

Curve’s Escobar dealing with fears back home in Venezuela

Altoona Curve

Twelve days ago, a lifelong friend of Elvis Escobar’s was killed in their home country of Venezuela. “He was in the street just asking for a better life, and he got shot,” Escobar, an outfielder who plays for the Curve, said. “That’s bad. That’s really, really bad.” Escobar ...

Larson gives glimpse of NASCAR future

Sports Columns

Just last week, former NASCAR Cup champion Kevin Harvick speculated that stock car racing’s failure to draw more fans in recent years was due in part to the fact that the “sport’s most popular driver is not their most successful driver.” While Dale Earnhardt Jr. reportedly called ...

Dodgers enjoying amazing run

Sports Columns

LOS ANGELES — The hottest team in the land had yet to get a runner to first base as the third inning came to a close at Dodger Stadium, where 46,128 had come to watch a slice of history on a sunbaked Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers trailed the Padres 2-0, but not many seemed terribly ...

Seahawks DE Bennett plans to sit for anthem

National Sports

CARSON, Calif. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a backlash over an issue that is “bigger than a sport.” He sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ...

Cosner captures Tribute victory

Local Sports

BEDFORD — After losing three consecutive Friday’s to Mother Nature, Bedford Speedway took advantage of a rare Sunday raindate for the annual Muss Weyant Tribute Show. Matt Cosner was the beneficiary, claiming his third Bedford late model win of the year. Bill Replogle won the special 30 ...

Beckham putting on show, having fun at camp

National Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After a miserable end to the 2016 season and the brouhaha about his desire to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, Odell Beckham Jr. is having a great time at training camp with the New York Giants. The 24-year-old wide receiver, social rock star and fan favorite is ...

Falcons running back Freeman ruled out

National Sports

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons’ Devonta Freeman has concussion symptoms, and the team is taking no chances with the league’s highest-paid running back. He has been ruled out this week’s preseason game at Pittsburgh in what coach Dan Quinn described as a precaution. Freeman left ...

Lions hire rugby coach

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has selected Justin Hundley as coach of the men’s rugby program. A Penn State graduate, he will begin his duties in late August. Hundley brings 10 years of high school and collegiate coaching and administrative experience to the Nittany Lions’ men’s rugby ...

Thomas rallies to win 1st major

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot. He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most ...

Thomas rallies to win 1st major

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot. He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most ...

Escobar sparks Curve

Altoona Curve

With a sellout crowd that was hanging on every pitch to create a playoff atmosphere, the Curve earned a sensational and vital victory Sunday night to move back into a tie for first place. It would be easy to try and come up with a clever line about Elvis leaving the building. But what ...

Happ stifles Pirates

Professional Sports

TORONTO — After a forgettable July, J.A. Happ has been unbeatable so far in August. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday. Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers ...

Bigger, stronger Smith ready for senior campaign

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Brandon Smith said he can’t run for miles and miles at a time like he could do back in the day before practice as an all-state wrestler at Lewisburg High School. But as a Big Ten linebacker Smith, now 23 and married, has traded that for added strength as he enters his ...