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School OKs probe of Nassar case

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University on Friday authorized what officials said would be an independent investigation into the handling of sexual assault complaints against now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar, the school’s latest attempt to rebuild trust with his ...

Pirates erupt in 8th inning to top Padres

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PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer and Adam Frazier ended their struggles to keep the Pirates winning. Frazier hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday. Frazier had one hit in his previous 10 at-bats entering play Saturday, but ...

Top teams enter knockouts on a roll

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While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women’s World Cup by keeping its focus on the present. The Americans will face Spain in the round of 16 on Monday in Reims as the tournament enters ...

Baseball’s days in Tampa Bay are numbered

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Baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sure, they’ll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn’t pan out, there are ...

Curve bullpen falters

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Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Hartford, 6:15 pm. Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (6-1, 2.45) vs.Yard Goats TBD Record: 1-1 (second half); 36-33 (overall) From Mirror reports HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve’s best player and the Eastern League’s best player in the first half, Hunter ...

A’s star pitcher hit with suspension

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The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — A season full of All-Star potential for Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas was drastically cut short Friday when Major League Baseball suspended him 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Montas pitched well ...

Former AAHS star named assistant coach at FGCU

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From Mirror reports FORT MYERS, Fla. — Altoona native Mandi Pierce has been promoted to assistant coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball program. Pierce, an Altoona Area High School graduate, spent the past three seasons as the program’s director of basketball ...

Roberts, Kyle combine to spark Locker Room

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Gary Roberts was 3-for-4, driving in three runs and scoring two to lead Locker Room in a five-inning 10-0 shutout of Blair County Oil in Greater City League action Friday night at Vets Field. Cam Kyle allowed only three hits in helping his team stay perfect at 8-0, and Brendan Hileman scored ...

PSU’s student section buys up lots of tickets

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Student Section was filled with more than 21,000 tickets sold this week, highlighted by the sold-out allotments of the junior (17 minutes), sophomore (15) and freshmen (14) classes. The Penn State Student Section has consistently sold out for four decades, ...

Wolverines right at home in CWS

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OMAHA, Neb. — The Michigan baseball team is feeling right at home in Omaha and the state of Nebraska as its chases the program’s first national title since 1962. Some key moments on the Wolverines’ improbable journey occurred here even before the College World Series — like the losses ...

Pens pick offense from Quebec juniors

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia —- The Pittsburgh Penguins added some offensive firepower when the team drafted left winger Sam Poulin with the 21st overall pick of the 2019 NHL draft Friday night. Poulin was selected from the Sherbrook Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in ...

Devils put their future, faith in American top pick

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By John Wawrow The Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia — American center Jack Hughes and Finland’s Kaapo Kakko being selected with the first two picks in the NHL draft was hardly a surprise. The New Jersey Devils opened the draft Friday by making Hughes the eighth American ...

Twists, turns set for NASCAR world

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By Greg Beacham The Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. — This twisty road course in Northern California wine country already provided one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ biggest challenges and best rides of the year. And now the drivers are also going for a ride on “The Carousel” this ...

Healthy Sucher in the lead

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The Associated Press CROMWELL, Conn. — Zack Sucher found wrestling with chronic leg problems on the PGA Tour harder than wrestling alligators. The 32-year-old from Alabama says he’s finally feeling healthy again after knee surgery sidelined him for 13 months following the 2017 Travelers ...

US hoping for payback in rematch

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By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Nearly two years ago, the U.S. men’s soccer team was dealt its most devastating loss in three decades, absorbing an impossible-to-imagine setback that shattered an entire program. The Americans can soon get some payback, though with much ...

Taking the reins

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Thursday night started a new era for both the Altoona boys and girls basketball programs, and new girls coach Chris Fleegle got caught up in the moment. As Mountain Lions athletic director Phil Riccio introduced Fleegle as the girls coach in front of the Altoona Area School Board, Fleegle ...

Slugger moving on up to Triple-A

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Jared Oliva wasn’t about to sugarcoat how important Hunter Owen has been to the Curve this season. The 25-year-old Indiana native hasn’t felt this confident at the plate since his college days at Indiana State, and his stats this season speak for themselves. He’s currently in the top ...

No surprises on Zion-oriented night

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The Associated Press NEW YORK — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he’d never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball ...

US women pass one tough test

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The Associated Press LE HAVRE, France — The United States faced its toughest test of the Women’s World Cup and the defending champions were again dominant Thursday night, beating Sweden 2-0 to serve up revenge against the fierce rivals that stunned the Americans in the last ...

Rays to explore Montreal options

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NEW YORK — The Ex-Rays? Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to ...