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Diaz shoots 62 to take John Deere Classic lead

Professional Sports

SILVIS, Ill. — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five ...

Teuns wins; Ciccone has lead

National Sports

CHAMPAGNEY, France — Two Tour de France rookies stole the show on the first mountain stage, with Dylan Teuns of Belgium winning Stage 6 and Giulio Ciccone of Italy taking the overall race lead on Thursday. Geraint Thomas, the defending champion, also rode strongly, going some way to answer ...

Pirates, and everybody else, in contention in NL Central

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Notes and observations about Major League Baseball at the all-star break: A hat can be thrown over all five teams in the National League Central Division, and that’s great news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates entered the all-star break one game under .500 at 44-45, but they’re ...

ERA Sports uses pitching, defense to win Lowey crown

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Riding its pitching and defense, the ERA Sports team closed its Altoona Teener Minor League season with a nine-game winning streak. Those two items were the linchpins again Wednesday evening as ERA Sports captured the championship in the Lowey Division playoff tournament at Seitz ...

Curve All-Stars help West win

Altoona Curve

RICHMOND, Va. — Two Curve pitchers did their part to help the Western Division shut out the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night. The Western squad won, 5-0, before 9,560 fans at The Diamond, in a game hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Curve ...

Trade deadline, big moves loom in MLB

National Sports

CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, chasing Ronald Acuna Jr. and the ...

Robot umps make debut

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YORK — “Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket ...

Haigh hired as Siena assistant

Local Sports

Former Saint Francis women’s basketball coach Joe Haigh has found a new home, getting named Wednesday as an assistant coach with the Siena women’s program. “I’m excited about the opportunity, obviously,” Haigh texted to the Mirror. “There are a lot of similarities to Saint Francis, ...

US team enjoys big party with fans

National Sports

NEW YORK — Adoring fans packed New York City’s Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team as leaders on the field and advocates for pay equity off it. Crowds chanted “USA! USA!” and workers sounded air ...

Tyrone Legion rallies past Patton in Federation

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PATTON — Tyrone Legion scored eight runs over the final three innings while holding Patton Legion to just one to complete a come-from-behind 13-10 victory at Patton Stadium Wednesday. Colson Lewis drove in three runs for Tyrone, while Kevin Lehner had two RBIs and scored twice. Nic Light ...

Cardinals must go without Molina

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The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves Thursday. Molina’s move to the IL was retroactive to Monday. The nine-time ...

Leonard, George join LA Clippers

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LAS VEGAS — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents now in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade ...

Giger: Curve resembling 2017 title team

Altoona Curve

There’s something about this year’s Curve team that’s starting to look more and more similar to the gritty, clutch 2017 Eastern League championship squad. That was my first thought following Altoona’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Erie on Sunday to wrap up the first half of the ...

Pagana, new partner win 25th IM Ladies Classic

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ORE HILL — Selinsgrove’s Barb Pagana has dominated the championship flight of the Iron Masters Country Club Ladies Classic for the last half decade, but it hasn’t always been with the same partner. Pagana won the last two years with Patty Lang, but prior to that, Pagana won with another ...

AL stars hold off NL rally

National Sports

CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound. A day after an awesome Home Run Derby got baseball buzzing even more about monster shots, only a couple balls flew out of Progressive Field at the All-Star Game on Tuesday ...

Manfred: Baseballs are not being juiced

National Sports

CLEVELAND — Faced with a record onslaught of home runs that has convinced many pitchers that baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. A May 2018 report to Major League Baseball by professors specializing ...

Governors discuss free agency

National Sports

LAS VEGAS — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed. So expect changes on that front for 2020. The NBA’s board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially ...

Gauff’seyes on future

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WIMBLEDON, England — A day after her memorable Wimbledon ended, Coco Gauff already was thinking about coming back. “Obviously, there’s always room for improvement,” Gauff said in an interview with The Associated Press at the All England Club on Tuesday. “I’m going to go and ...

Serena rallies past Pittsburgh native Riske

National Sports

WIMBLEDON, England — Slowed by a balky ankle, trailing by a service break in the third set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal, Serena Williams appeared to be in trouble Tuesday against an opponent playing the tournament of her life. Williams was down, yes. But out? No way. And now she is two ...

Blair Oil downs Johnston Realty

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Sean Steffy was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored as Blair County Oil knocked off Johnston Realty, 8-3, in a City League-AAABA crossover game at Vets Field. Josh Wyandt and Matt Massaro each scored twice for Blair County Oil with two hits each. Aaron Lidgett fanned six to get the ...