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Gonzaga holds off WVU to earn spot in Elite 8

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn’t allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead ...

Lebanon Catholic (3-1) vs. Juniata Valley (6-2)

Scholastic Sports

Girls PIAA Class 1A championship Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (24-5); Lebanon Catholic Lady Beavers (24-7). Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon TV: PCN The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (96-49, six years); Lebanon Catholic — Patti Hower (711-359, 39 years). ...

Marte back with Pirates after WBC

Professional Sports

From Mirror reports FORT MYERS, Fla. — Starling Marte smacked a grand slam and knocked in five runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 10-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was Marte’s first home run of the Grapefruit League for the Pirates. He had been playing in The World ...

Owners mull over several rule changes

National Sports

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press NEW YORK — NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches’ challenges and what can be reviewed by officials. In what ...

Players are feeling proud

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By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue ...

Virginia Tech knocks out PSU

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UNIVERSITY PARK — A quick first basket from Amari Carter opened the scoring for the Penn State women's basketball team, but Virginia Tech hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and used a 20-0 run between the first and second quarters to grab the momentum for a 64-55 win in the third ...

Oregon tops Michigan in thriller

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Dorsey’s teammates call him “Mr. March.” Yeah, that fits. Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon held on to end No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional ...

Comeback complete for Mustangs

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CASTLE SHANNON — The Mid-State Mustangs 18U team rebounded from an 0-2 start to capture the 2017 Mid-American Hockey Association Western Penn state championship for the 12th time last weekend at Ice Castle Ice Rink. The Mustangs defeated the South Hills Panthers in Sunday’s Tier II Midget ...

Murin, Oliver set for Dapper Dan

Scholastic Sports

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror The Mirror coverage area is rarely represented in the prestigious Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, but there will be two area wrestlers competing against United States All-Stars this year. Central Cambria two-time state champion Max Murin and Huntingdon two-time ...

Bearcats open with win

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HUNTINGDON — The Huntingdon boys tennis team opened its season with a 6-1 win over Clearfield in high school action Thursday. The Bearcats got singles wins from Bruce Perow, Soren Borgardt, Peter Kruse and Brandt Sliver. Huntingdon also swept the doubles matches, thanks to Perow and Kruse, ...

McCort girls lose in 2A title game

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HERSHEY — Putting three players into double figures, Minersville capped its undefeated run to the PIAA’s Class 2A girls’ basketball championship with a 63-49 victory over Bishop McCort Thursday afternoon at Hershey’s Giant Center. Maggie Wigoda scored 22 points, Emily Mealey hammered ...

JV similar to its opponent

Scholastic Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With 96 wins in her first six years coaching the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team, Rachelle Hopsicker has done pretty well. That’s still 615 victories behind Patti Hower’s 711, though. “I think it’s amazing,” Hopsicker ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

Altoona Curve

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

Head coaches announced for upcoming Classic

Scholastic Sports

The head coaches are set for the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. Reggie Nevins of Central High School and Miriam Colledge of Altoona Area High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Adam Stephan of Central Cambria High School and John ...

Sweet 16 begins tonight

National Sports

The Associated Press The NCAA Tournament’s first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and ...

Former Phils manager Green dies

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PHILADELPHIA — As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. “I was a 20-game winner,” he would joke, “it just took me five years to do it.” Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise. “When you think of big, with that ...

Badgers’ Hayes makes statement in tourney

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MADISON, Wis. — Nigel Hayes didn’t have to say a word to make his loudest statement in the NCAA Tournament. The verbose forward’s reverse layup with 12 seconds left to help beat top overall seed Villanova sent a resounding message to any doubters. The Badgers are back in the Sweet 16 ...

NFL wants to speed up games

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NEW YORK — For all those NFL fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, Commissioner Roger Goodell is with you. The NFL is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. ...

SEC shows hoops progress

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tennessee’s Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He’s made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four. He’s been around. He’s seen it done a number of different ways. So Barnes has ...

New playoff format could be trouble

Professional Sports

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...