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Fortunately .500: Steelers at 4-4 after missed kick

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin sighed and let out a sentence that, after 13 years on the job, surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers coach for the sincerity with which he meant it. Considering what his team has endured during the first half of a wildly uneven season, it was hard to blame ...

Despite finish, game ‘special’ for Rhodes

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Sunday probably wasn’t the homecoming Indianapolis Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes had in mind. With the game on the line against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rhodes — a Hollidaysburg product — lined up to snap the ball to placeholder Rigoberto Sanchez for a 43-yard field goal ...

Volleyball, soccer, football playoff sites announced

Local Sports

The four remaining high school girls volleyball teams and six area soccer teams learned where they will be playing when the first round of the PIAA playoffs begin on Tuesday. District 6 Class 1A girls volleyball champion Northern Cambria will begin its quest to repeat as PIAA champion when it ...

Steelers-Colts highlights, lowlights

Professional Sports

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 26-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: Play of the game: Colts veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri badly missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:14 remaining in the game that would have ...

PSU men vs. Md. Eastern Shore

National Sports

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center, University Park Records: Penn State (0-0); UMES (0-0) Coaches: Pat Chambers is 127-140 in his eighth season at Penn State and 169-168 in 10 seasons overall. Jason Crafton is entering his first season at Maryland Eastern Shore and was 47-108 at Division ...

At 5-4, Eagles still in it

National Sports

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Despite injuries and inconsistency, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their bye week right in the thick of the playoff race. The Eagles (5-4) are soaring off to their mini-vacations following consecutive wins after back-to-back lopsided losses. They ...

Blue Devils knock off pesky Highlanders

Local Sports

BELLWOOD — An interception early in the fourth quarter appeared as though it would derail the Bellwood-Antis football team. But with a gritty effort on defense followed by a persistent rushing attack, the Blue Devils got the job done against No. 6 Cambria Heights Saturday in the District 6 ...

Bedford savors another title

Local Sports

Winning a district title once is an accomplishment by itself, but to do it four years in a row is extraordinary. That’s exactly what the No. 2 seed Bedford girls soccer team has done after shutting out top seed Bald Eagle Area, 3-0, in the District 5-6 Class 2A championship on Saturday at ...

Altoona boys move to PIAAs

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Area High School boys soccer team is moving on to the PIAA Class 4A state tournament. The Mountain Lions parlayed goals from Alex Berardinelli and Austin Kravetz and a suffocating defense, led by keeper Brady Freiwald, into a 2-0 victory over McDowell in a ...

Zimmerman perseveres to place 5th

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Four area runners conquered the Parkview Course to earn medals at the PIAA Cross County Championships on Saturday. Northern Bedford’s Ian Zimmerman, Bedford’s Van May, along with Stella Kuntz and Toby Cree of Central Cambria, placed in the top 25 of their respective races for ...

Defending state champion Lady Colts conquer D6

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Northern Cambria’s run to the state championship a year ago hit a bump in the district finals when Bishop Carroll Catholic swept the Lady Colts. Northern Cambria went on to win four straight matches to take the state title, including a sweep of the Lady Huskies in the semifinals. The Lady ...

Gloves don’t cut it in rainy weather

Voice of the Fan

About Penn State’s dropped passes in the rain at Michigan State ... I was watching an earlier football game on Saturday, and that one was in the rain. There were dropped passes on both sides of the ball. The announcers kept saying one thing over and over: “It’s those new gloves ...

Lady Lions fall short in bid to keep season alive

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — When the Altoona and McDowell girls soccer teams met on the pitch Saturday morning at Hollidaysburg’s Tiger Stadium, the match had the makings of one that would be won on whichever team was able to execute at just the right time. Unfortunately, for the Lady Lions, that ...

Panthers’ ‘D’ leads the way

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The Associated Press ATLANTA — The ACC’s best run defense created the play of the game for Pittsburgh. That defense also has the Panthers in position to contend for another shot at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Kylan Johnson’s goal-line hit late in the third quarter ...

Notre Dame avoids upset loss at home

PSU

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book ran 7 yards for a touchdown with 29 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 87-yard drive and give No. 16 Notre Dame a 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Fighting Irish (6-2) committed three turnovers deep in Virginia Tech territory, ...

Panthers’ defense gets big turnovers

Local Sports

LOYSBURG — Second-seeded Northern Bedford spent most of Saturday night’s game fighting off a young, yet gritty and good third-seeded Windber squad. Despite giving the ball back over to the Ramblers with a chance to tie or take the lead late in the contest, the Black Panthers’ defense ...

Key QB injury hampers Vikes

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — Glendale quarterback Garret Misiura injured his leg on the second offensive series of the game, severely limiting the Vikings offense in a 28-0 loss to Bishop McCort in the first round of the District 6 Class 1A playoffs Saturday at Sargent’s Stadium. Glendale’s defense held ...

Nationals’ Strasburg a free agent

National Sports

According to mlb.com on Saturday, World Series MVP and Washington starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg opted out of the rest of his contract with the Nationals to become a free agent. Strasburg, who won two games in the World Series over the Houston Astros, had four years and $100 million ...

’Cats lose in heartbreaking fashion

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — A season which saw Huntingdon rebound from a 1-4 start to eventually earn aDistrict 6 Class 3A playoff berth came to an end Saturday, as the Bearcats saw a 10-point second-half lead slip away and a last-minute rally fall just short in a 14-10 semifinal loss to Westmont ...

CC unable to hold early lead

Local Sports

Never count out the champs. The Central Cambria girls volleyball team learned that lesson the hard way Saturday at the Altoona Fieldhouse. The Lady Devils were flying high after taking the first two games in the best-of-five District 6 2A finals against defending state champion Bald Eagle ...