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Winning the pole won’t be enough for Byron

National Sports

By Mark Long The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. His bigger goal is to make the starting spot pay dividends for the NASCAR powerhouse. The 21-year-old Byron and 25-year-old teammate ...

PSU’s record falls to 10-13

PSU

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team dropped a close 66-62 battle to Michigan Sunday afternoon in Big Ten action at the Bryce Jordan Center. Senior Teniya Page moved into sole possession of fifth place on Penn State’s career scoring charts, ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Bryant at SFU women Tipoff: 6 p.m. at DeGol Arena Records: Bryant (6-15 overall, 4-6 Northeast Conference); Saint Francis (10-12, 7-3). Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 83-93 in her sixth year at Saint Francis and is 109-187 in her 10th year overall; Mary ...

Night skies keep Lefty from winning

National Sports

The Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson had everything go his way Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He just couldn’t beat the darkness. On a wild day of weather even by Pebble Beach standards, sunshine gave way to a hail storm that covered the greens in a ...

Reaching new Heights

Local Sports

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com PATTON — The Cambria Heights boys basketball team is headed back to the District 6 playoffs and will finish the regular season with at least a .500 record for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. That’s quite the accomplishment ...

Chernisky Classic offering benefits

Local Sports

Discounted online registration is $16 for the 5th annual Chernisky Classic and is effective until Friday, May 31. Registration for the 5K run/walk and 10K run beginning June 1, increases to $26 per person and will be $31 the day of the event. One day only, anyone who registers online this ...

Pirates hope to build on 2018 success

Local Sports

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The franchise’s fourth-best season in a quarter century wasn’t good enough for Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly. While Coonelly pointed to Pittsburgh’s 82-79 finish in 2018 as a “move in the right direction,” he ...

Johnson triggers crash, then goes on to victory

National Sports

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson’s youngest daughter prays every night for Daddy to win a race. When Johnson scuffled through the worst season of his career, he felt the strain of not reaching victory lane. “It was putting some pressure on me,” Johnson ...

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 ...