Sports

NHRA’s Force gaining ground in the national spotlight

National Sports

The Associated Press Courtney Force has had a whirlwind few weeks, spending time in Nashville as a presenter at the CMT Music Awards, watching her husband Graham Rahal finish 10th at the Indianapolis 500 and squeezing in sponsor events in places like Chicago and Florida. And that’s on top ...

Rec Hall set to host country’s best freestyle wrestlers

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s Rec Hall has seen numerous championship seasons play out on it’s hardwood. It has been Cael Sanderson and the Nittany Lions wrestlers having the most recent success, capturing seven of the last eight NCAA crowns. Former Penn State wrestler David Taylor ...

Way to go, P-O: Lady Mounties capture third state championship

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Holy Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski came into Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A state championship softball game against Philipsburg-Osceola with some gaudy pitching statistics. - 282 strikeouts in 135 innings - 0.26 ERA - 13 shutouts But the Lady Mounties jumped on ...

Burge family celebrates again

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayde Burge said she didn’t know why she spiked the softball to set off a raucous celebration after making the final out of Philipsburg-Osceola’s PIAA Class 3A championship Thursday at Penn State’s Beard Field. She just might have been reliving one of the biggest ...

P-O shuffles lineup with 1B Potter in Europe

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — During its run to a PIAA Class 3A softball championship and a 25-1 record, Philipsburg-Osceola has enjoyed a lineup that hardly changed throughout the season. That wasn’t the case in Thursday’s championship game. Senior Lacey Potter, the team’s first baseman and ...

Curve come home on winning streak

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve are playing their best ball of the year and finished off a terrific offensive series to complete a three-game sweep of Binghamton on Thursday. Will Craig homered for the third straight day, and Taylor Hearn struck out 10 over six strong ...

Heights has Lantzy tradition

Local Sports

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com The Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, a football game which will unveil its 48th annual edition tonight at Greater Johnstown High School’s Trojan Stadium, is steeped in Cambria Heights High School football tradition. The game is named after former ...

Steffy sparks BCO to victory

Local Sports

Sean Steffy collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead Blair County Oil to a 10-0 win over Medicine Shoppe in six innings in a Greater City League matchup Thursday night at Vets Field. Rodney Patterson, Alex Marchi and Mason Watson combined on a four-hitter for the win. Matt Massaro ...

Celebrities join in Jersey’s sports gambling

National Sports

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on professional sports became legal in ...

Russia routs Saudi Arabia in opener

National Sports

By James Elling-Worth The Associated Press MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory in the tournament by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in Group A, with the Russian ...

Sports at a glance

National Sports

Kellen Winslow Jr. arrested for rape ENCINITAS, Calif. — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies ...

US Open playoff format will have new look

Local Sports

This year’s U.S. Open will feature a new playoff format if there happens to be a tie at the end of regulation play on Sunday. For decades, a U.S. Open playoff was decided by 18 holes of golf played the day after a deadlock occurred. This year however, the USGA has decided to use a two-hole ...

Ex-Bedford pro had history with course

Local Sports

By Ken Love For the Mirror As the golfing world focuses its attention on Shinnecock Hills, site of this year’s U.S. Open, it’s interesting to learn of a local club’s connection to the historic course located on Long Island, New York. In 1901, Scottish-native Charles Thom was named ...

Woods struggles on first day

National Sports

The Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — As Tiger Woods stood in the middle of the first fairway, the last thing on his mind was a 7. That number was the first thing on his scorecard Thursday in the U.S. Open. It didn’t get better on his way to another ugly number, a first-round ...

Two teams tie for Elks Club trophy

Local Sports

PHILIPSBURG — The team of Ryan DelBaggio and JP Stultz, along with Andrew Ferguson and Tom Koehle recently tied for first place in the Better Ball of Partners Tournament at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club. Both finished with 65s. The team of JP Duffy and Austin DelBaggio were ...

Gonder adds to highly successful coaching resume

Local Sports

When the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team steps on Penn State’s Beard Field to take on Holy Redeemer in the PIAA Class 3A state title game at 1:30 p.m. today, coach Jim Gonder will be in a familiar spot. Gonder’s teams have played in a lot of big games since he took over the program 36 ...

PIAA Class 3A softball final

Local Sports

Matchup: 6-1 Philipsburg-Osceola (24-1) vs. 2-1 Holy Redeemer (20-2) Site, time: Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, 1:30 p.m., today Coaches: Philipsburg-Osceola—Jim Gonder, 664-146 in 36 years. Holy Redeemer—Jerome Paulukonis, 100-10 in five years. Possible ...

Role to expand for JuJu

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster is an open book. Unless you ask the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver about the left knee issue that’s forced him to spend most of the offseason watching workouts instead of participating in them. “You can talk to Mike Tomlin about that,” ...

Pirates avoid sweep by holding off D-backs

Professional Sports

PHOENIX — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning. But they’re leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really matters. Everything else can ...

Reynolds’ slam keys victory over Ponies

Altoona Curve

BINGAHMTON, N.Y. — Bryan Reynolds got the Curve off to a grand start Wednesday night, and the club that’s next to last in the Eastern League in home runs had a second straight power surge. Reynolds, who came to the Pirates from the Giants in the Andrew McCutchen trade, belted his first ...