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Corgis, shepherds and pugs ready to put on show

National Sports

By Ben Walker The Associated Press NEW YORK — The 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins judging this morning, with Pyrenean shepherds, Pembroke Welsh corgis and pugs among the early arrivals. More than 2,800 dogs are coming in 203 breeds and varieties. Judge Peter J. Green is ...

Flying above Altoona, football openings

Local Sports

Longtime followers of this column realize I’ve been fortunate to have access to the Mirror helicopter to assist in the most important of stories. Like when Altoona Area High School is searching — OK, again searching — for a new head football coach. Oh, there have been some other ...

Ridge places third

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor wasn’t exactly sure how his young team would respond before making the trip to the Giant Center for the PIAA Class 2A Duals. The Lions, though, responded very well, finishing in third place for the second year in a row. After losing to Southern ...

DH in NL will be reality

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t matter if you protest or sign an online petition or wear a T-shirt that expresses your sentiments. The designated hitter is coming to the National League. It supposedly won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest but make no mistake: It’s going to happen. The ...

Saint Francis will miss Haigh

Voice of the Fan

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program. I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem. There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing ...

Brady takes place alongside Jordan

Voice of the Fan

In 1998, I was sitting center court in Salt Lake City, Utah when Michael Jordan hit “The Shot.” “The Shot” won Game 6 of the NBA championship for Jordan’s sixth title, cementing his “Greatest of All Time (GOAT)” status. Sunday, I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance in ...

Blue Devils in the driver’s seat

National Sports

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Second-ranked Duke got rolling from 3-point range, then took a big step toward winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race. The Blue Devils beat third-ranked Virginia 81-71 on Saturday night in a matchup of league heavyweights ahead of ...

Glendale star hits milestone in victory

Local Sports

FLINTON — Josh Potutschnig scored 25 points, including his 1,000th point, as Glendale topped Curwensville, 60-39, Saturday afternoon in high school basketball action. Ryan Sinclair added 22 points for the Vikings, who led, 38-24, at halftime. CURWENSVILLE (39): Fransisco 0 1-2 1, Bakaysa ...

Claar, Hartman key for C-K

Local Sports

HOUTZDALE — Emily Claar scored 24 points and Megan Hartman added 18 as Claysburg-Kimmel made eight 3-pointers in a 66-59 victory over Moshannon Valley in high school girls basketball Saturday. Chloe Blake scored 17 points, and Emma Kitko added 14 points for the Damsels. MOSHANNON VALLEY ...

Altoona picks up three victories at Clearfield event

Local Sports

CLEARFIELD — The Altoona and Glendale wrestling teams both competed at the Clearfield Bison Duals on Saturday where the Mountain Lions went 3-2 while the Vikings finished up at 2-2 in high school action. Altoona beat Benton (47-28), Bradford (60-16) and James M. Coughlin (46-31) while ...

College signings

Local Sports

Shannon Detwiler: Penn Tech softball Name: Shannon Detwiler High school: Central Hometown: Martinsburg Sport: Softball Position: Outfield College choice: Penn Tech Other colleges considered: Mount Aloysius Why I picked Penn Tech: “It’s a nice school. I ...

Lady Lions capture another title

Local Sports

ST MARYS — For the sixth year in a row, the Altoona Area High School gymnastics team captured a league championship. On Saturday at St. Marys High School, the Lady Lions won the Central Pennsylvania Gymnastics League title, finishing with 138.43 points to St. Marys, which placed second at ...

Lightning fight their way to win

Professional Sports

TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Johnson had a key goal and a tussle with Sidney Crosby, too. Johnson and J.T. Miller scored third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a rare two-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. After Johnson got his first goal in ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Michigan at PSU women Tipoff: 2 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center Records: Penn State (10-12, 3-8 Big Ten); Michigan (15-9, 6-6 Big Ten) Coaches: Coquese Washington holds a record of 207-163 in her 12th season at Penn State. Kim Barnes Arico is in her seventh season at Michigan. She has been ...

Blass entertains boosters

Sports Columns

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training baseball is just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City on Feb. 12 and 13 and the full squad will be in camp Feb. 17 and 18 to begin workouts for the opening of Grapefruit League play Feb. 23. The Bucs open Saturday, Feb. 23 ...

Duke freshmen trio come up big

National Sports

The Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — RJ Barrett got it started, Zion Williamson filled in some gaps and Cam Reddish added a late flurry. In No. 2 Duke’s latest installment of Freshmen Gone Wild, all three — and point guard Tre Jones — had starring roles Saturday night as ...

Second-half surge not enough for Pitt

Local Sports

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — North Carolina State opted for modified shootaround late Friday night after arriving in Pittsburgh. No plays. Just shots. Lots and lots of shots, not the worst idea in the world less than a week removed from a record-setting loss to ...

Pelicans set to move on after Davis ordeal

National Sports

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans. He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. ...

Five-game win streak puts Saint Francis in first

Local Sports

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — Saint Francis is exactly where it wants to be in the Northeast Conference standings — in first place and in control of its own destiny riding a five-game winning streak. The Red Flash jumped out to a big lead, hit the snooze button for ...