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Defensive gamble pays off for Penguins

Professional Sports

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Hunwick made a decision to gamble in overtime. Hunwick jumped up to join the play and created an odd-man situation for Pittsburgh that led to the winning goal. Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting ...

Sooners’ QB starts things off with first of many honors

National Sports

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, who came ...

Clemson coach defends his pick

National Sports

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Dabo Swinney has an explanation for putting Ohio State ahead of Alabama in his last ballot for the coaches’ poll. “A moment of insanity,” Swinney quipped Thursday. “Complete insanity.” Alabama (11-1) slipped into the final spot ...

Lineman changes his mind

PSU

A few weeks ago, it looked like Penn State would have trouble fitting a number of top prospects into its 2018 recruiting class because of a lack of scholarships. That numbers bind is easing up. The Nittany Lions are down to 20 recruits in this recruiting cycle today after Michigan offensive ...

Hight sparks BCC boys

Scholastic Sports

DuBOIS — Jonathan Hight scored 23 points to lead Blair County Christian to a 39-34 win over DuBois Christian Thursday night in boys high school basketball action. The Bobcats, who led 17-8 at halftime, also got six points from Brett Binduga. Blair County improved to 1-1 while DuBois fell ...

Tomahawk will attend PSU

PSU

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks announced Thursday that former defenseman Hunter Carrick has committed to play at Penn State University. Carrick, of Orland Park, Ill., started the season with the Tomahawks, scoring two goals and adding four assists in 16 games before being called up to ...

Moon accused of sexual harassment

National Sports

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in California by a woman who worked as his assistant at his sports marketing firm. In the lawsuit filed early this week in Orange County Superior Court, Wendy Haskell alleges that Moon made ...

NHL going all out to improve game

National Sports

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press The nets aren’t bigger, the goaltenders aren’t smaller and yet scoring is up significantly around the NHL. Through the first two months of the season, goals are up more than 12 percent from the same time a year ago, including a whopping 14 ...

Russian punishment weak

Sports Columns

There’s a toast Russians offer when something looks too good to be true. Roughly translated, it goes: “I’d like to drink honey with your lips.” It’s easy to imagine glasses being clinked at the Kremlin two nights ago, when the International Olympic Committee announced its decision ...

Nassar sentenced to 60 years in federal prison

National Sports

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. It’s the first ...

Olympic plans unchanged

National Sports

Members of the Trump administration surprised the U.S. Olympic Committee by suggesting the nation’s participation at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games in South Korea was “an open question,” and the USOC responded by saying it has no plans on pulling out. The confusion began when U.N. ...

Browns fire general manager

National Sports

CLEVELAND — One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now. Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown on Thursday, jettisoning their top football executive who was unable to improve ...

Vols pick Alabama’s Pruitt

National Sports

The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s mission is to get the Volunteers back to the status they enjoyed when his new boss was roaming the sidelines. Pruitt took over as Tennessee’s coach Thursday, capping a tumultuous search in which Phillip Fulmer ...

Pry part of the Louisiana-Lafayette pool

PSU

From Mirror reports Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry reportedly is among the potential candidates to become the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. Pry, an Altoona native and the Nittany Lions’ associate head coach, was one of five identified by SB Nation’s website “Underdog ...

Pirates star Taillon in town, reflects on 2017 season

Local Sports

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Jameson Taillon was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the second overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, and his awesome curve ball was one big reason why. The 6-foot-6 right-hander’s curve ball drops at a razor-sharp, ...

League ruling leaves players confused, upset

Professional Sports

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The NFL insists it isn’t sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line. The Pittsburgh Steelers heard one anyway. The AFC North leaders are confused and frustrated about the ...

Golden Eagles community mourns loss of Catich

Local Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com After teaming up with Dave Rizzo to win their division at the HoopsFest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in their hometown of Tyrone, Steve Catich savored the victory by paying his a boyhood idol with a heart-felt acknowledgement. “He told me, ‘You ...

Page saves day for State

PSU

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Trailing by 10 points with 7:48 left to play, junior Teniya Page took over the tempo of the game, netting 14 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding one assist in just over five minutes to propel the Penn State women’s basketball to a 65-60 victory ...

Poor third sinks Flash

Local Sports

NEW YORK — A big third-quarter run from the hot-shooting Columbia Lions was too much to overcome Wednesday night as the Saint Francis women’s basketball team dropped their third staight game, 94-81, at the Levian Gymnasium in collegiate action. A 12-2 run to start the second half for ...

Gochnour getting his chance with Colts program

Scholastic Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With three days to spare before tipping off the season, Northern Cambria High School has its boys basketball coach. Clinton Gochnour, a math teacher at Central Cambria, was hired at the district’s Tuesday board meeting to take the reins of the ...