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Australia is USA’s top threat

National Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia — Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a title threat at the upcoming World Cup in China. He’ll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet Thursday in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. A record Australian basketball crowd of 50,000 ...

Franklin has not picked QB

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin still isn’t ready to name Penn State’s starting quarterback with the season opener just 10 days away. “We haven’t even talked about it, honestly,” Franklin said Tuesday night, in a video posted at gopsusports.com. “Swear to God, we haven’t even ...

Givens catches eye of NFL analysts

PSU

Kevin Givens had an impressive game Monday night for the San Francisco 49ers and drew rave reviews from some analysts Tuesday on social media. Givens, an undrafted free agent from Penn State and Altoona Area High School, started at defensive tackle and played 37 snaps in the 49ers’ 24-15 ...

Walks doom Curve

Altoona Curve

It looked like Logan Hill would be the hero of a really good comeback win for the Curve. It turned out, instead, to be a really bad loss. Hill destroyed a 420-foot home run to dead center to cap a three-run eighth inning that put Altoona on top by a run Tuesday night. The Curve suddenly ...

Marte’s three-run homer, great catch lift Pirates

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — After having little success in his first three times up, Starling Marte came up in the eighth inning with two men on base and the score tied. This time, Stephen Strasburg wasn’t on the mound and Marte took advantage. Marte hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off reliever ...

Lawrence leads preseason All-Americans

National Sports

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was ...

Illinois names former Wolverine starting QB

National Sports

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has been named the starter for Illinois’ season opener Aug. 31 at home against Akron. Peters, a graduate transfer, is a former Mr. Football in Indiana who played 10 games with four starts at Michigan, passing for 680 yards and ...

Iowa DT Nixon impresses

National Sports

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It appears as though defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon will finally be able to help No. 20 Iowa this fall. Nixon, a 310-pound sophomore who transferred from Iowa Western Community College before spending last year as a redshirt, will be one of the players who will be ...

Brown practices with helmet

National Sports

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Star receiver Antonio Brown practiced in a certified helmet with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, two days after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be “all in or all out.” “He’s all in, ready to go,” coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s my ...

FedEx Cup about cash, not majors

National Sports

ATLANTA — The FedEx Cup is still about the money. Whoever wins this week at the Tour Championship gets $15 million, more than Greg Norman’s career earnings on the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup might one day be as much about prestige. Tiger Woods (twice), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk won the ...

The senior circuit: Reid hoping to provide leadership for Lions

PSU

AP top 25 The Associated Press poll released on Monday has Penn State starting the season ranked 15th. There are seven Big Ten teams in the top 25 this year. By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK – Expect cornerback John Reid to be one of Penn State’s defensive ...

Rookie dedicates season to Drake

Local Sports

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is dedicating his rookie season to Darryl Drake. Drake died a week ago and Johnson honored the Steelers’ former wide receivers coach with his first NFL touchdown reception in ...

Bucs’ record now at 7-28 since All-Star break

Local Sports

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of Washington’s four home runs and drove in five runs, and three relievers combined for 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball as the Nationals thumped the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-0 on Monday night. Adam Eaton, Matt ...

Taillon’s elbow injury should force Pittsburgh’s hand

Local Sports

Notes and observations about Major League Baseball with football season on the horizon: n In what has turned into a lost season on the field since the all-star break, the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a potential death knell for the near future with the recent news that right-handed ace ...

Locals experience France

Local Sports

The United States women’s national soccer team captured the FIFA World Cup July 7 with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyons, France. In June, a girls soccer club comprised of players ages 14-16 from Blair County and surrounding areas won all three games that it played in France in an ...

Sides must make tough decision

Professional Sports

The same message is repeated at least once a year — after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver — that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous. Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last ...

Early end doesn’t diminish Tiger’s year

Professional Sports

MEDINAH, Ill. — For the fifth time in the last six years, August on the PGA Tour means no more Tiger Woods for the rest of the season. Only now he’s healthy. He also is the Masters champion. And that makes it a season he wouldn’t trade. “Very special to win my 15th major and get my ...

Clemson earns first No. 1 in preseason poll

National Sports

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football’s newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers won the program’s second national title in three seasons ...

There are some good players on some not-so-strong teams

National Sports

The Associated Press Not every college football team makes it to a bowl, though 39 postseason games in the Bowl Subdivision can make it seem that way. That leaves more than 50 teams whose seasons will end before December. Among those unfortunate squads there are still some terrific players ...

Rodgers says he’s ready to play

National Sports

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is participating in practice and is expected to play in the Packers’ third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Canada. Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday the plan is for the two-time MVP to make his ...