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Bryant returns humble, but happy

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first ...

49ers star rookies include Jerome

National Sports

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco’s rookie class made a positive first impression. Led by first-round defensive standouts Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, the 49ers had to be pleased with what they saw from a strong draft class and a few undrafted free agents in a 27-17 exhibition ...

Jones defends use of slogans

National Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones has heard the criticism over his use of slogans and catchphrases, from calling last year’s seniors “champions of life” to describing his pursuit of recruits possessing “five-star hearts.” But he doesn’t plan to change his approach ...

Queen pledges to Colgate

Local Sports

Altoona Area High School multi-sport senior standout Jayvion Queen committed to play football at Colgate University on Sunday night. Queen, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle and defensive end, made a verbal commitment on Twitter. “Excited to announce that I am committed to Colgate ...

Bosox beat Yanks in 10

National Sports

NEW YORK — Rafael Devers hit a stunning homer off Aroldis Chapman to tie the game in the ninth inning, and fellow Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as Boston beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Sunday night. Chris Sale struck out 12 in his latest ...

Larson wins on restart

National Sports

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson’s ambitious weekend ended in triumph. Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The victory capped a busy stretch for Larson after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go ...

Rookie Jones reaches podium

National Sports

BROOKLYN, Mich. — When a red flag halted the Michigan 400 on Sunday with just two laps to go, Erik Jones was left with plenty of time to think. Sitting in second place behind teammate Martin Truex, he pondered what he could do on the restart to get to the lead. He considered how his No. 77 ...

PGA victory a family affair for Thomas

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A flood of emotions and memories came crashing to mind as Mike Thomas watched his son Justin hoist the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning his first PGA Championship on Sunday. “I just started thinking of my dad — three generations of PGA members,” Mike ...

Maloofs make big bet for charity

National Sports

Gavin and Joe Maloof are so confident Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Conor McGregor that they bet $880,000 on it. And if the Maloof brothers are big winners along with Mayweather on Aug. 26, they are giving the proceeds of their whopping wager to charity. The wealthy entrepreneurs and ...

Rookie hurler stops Pirates

Professional Sports

By Ian Harrison The Associated Press TORONTO — With a stadium full of people on their feet as he walked off the mound, Chris Rowley started to become aware of the magnitude of his achievement. Rowley pitched 51/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and ...

Some very big guys to block for Barkley & Co

PSU

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — The top priority for Penn State opponents this year, of course, will be to stop or at least contain Saquon Barkley. First, though, they’ll have to find him. The Nittany Lions could well field the tallest offensive line in ...

Rooney Sr. needs to go in first

Sports Columns

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are an organization with an abundance of history they’ve largely ignored. That is changing with the creation of a team Hall of Honor. The first inductees will be revealed on Aug. 29. These kinds of things are great for debate and can kill hours on ...

Curve prospect shines in the spotlight

Altoona Curve

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Pirates prized pitching prospect Mitch Keller obviously has the “electric stuff” that baseball folks love to talk about, but it was something else he showed during his Curve home debut that stood out even more. “His presence out there, it’s ...

Game Commission shows bias

Voice of the Fan

Commentary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer herds has spread within a few miles of the Pennsylvania elk restoration grounds. As a result, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) appears to be developing a blame narrative as depicted in the PGC press release issued on July 26, 2017 ...

Fandom

Voice of the Fan

Name: Jimmy Ferguson Age: 24 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone Area College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Golf I usually attend games with: The Wharton family Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: PSU Favorite pro team: A tie between Red Sox and ...

LL World series makes good TV

Voice of the Fan

Commentary It’s Little League World Series time on TV, and that’s a good thing. It’s not all Little League, all the time, but it feels darn close as ESPN and its family of networks committed to air 140 baseball and softball games in July and August. This past week, it was regional ...

Iowa undecided on starting QB

National Sports

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The competition for Iowa’s vacant quarterback job will extend into at least next week. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Saturday following a public workout at Kinnick Stadium that junior Tyler Wiegers and sophomore Nathan Stanley will continue to split repetitions with ...

Watt Bros. share the love on defense

Professional Sports

By Kristie Rieken The Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — J.J. Watt learned of his brother T.J. Watt’s big game on Friday night from an unlikely source. The Houston Texans star checked his phone after a team meeting to see a text from Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick ...

Kisner survives chaos-filled third round

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Even after his shot bounced high off a concrete bridge over a creek, Kevin Kisner wasn’t in the clear at the PGA Championship. His golf ball was buried in thick grass on a hill above the water. As he looked across to the 18th green at Quail Hollow, wondering how he could ...

Coach feels Tannehill will be fine in ’18

National Sports

The Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he’s confident quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the 2018 season, but 2017 is out. The Dolphins placed Tannehill on injured reserve Saturday because of his left knee injury, sidelining him for the entire ...