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WiFi program still available

Outdoors

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced it is extending its “Wildlife on WiFi” virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school ...

Steelers’ Hall of Fame game canceled

National Sports

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and ...

Young, future Pirates to train at PNG Field

Altoona Curve

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

PSU’s Franklin paying big price this season

PSU

As the cloud of the coronavirus darkens the entire sports world with uncertainty, James Franklin is planning a major sacrifice. He confirmed earlier his week that he will coach the football season without his family in State College. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO Sports, ...

Antsy big leaguers embrace impending end of down time

National Sports

The Associated Press Randy Dobnak had finished making his morning omelette one day last week when his wife, Aerial, asked the Minnesota Twins pitcher to keep the eggs out so she could make a sandwich. For the base she used a hot dog bun, an ingredient so bewildering to her husband that he ...

Sports at a glance

National Sports

Mascots can return to MLB NEW YORK — Phillie Phanatic, phenomenal. Mr. Met and Mariner Moose, marvelous. Wally the Green Monster, welcome back. Mascots are getting a reprieve from Major League Baseball. A month after being tossed out of stadiums because of health concerns over the ...

B&M undefeated in City

Local Sports

B&M Contracting improved to 6-0 in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League Thursday night, thanks to a 6-0 win over Cumming Motors at Juniata. Winning pitcher Will Lozinak and Rich Ball combined on a three-hitter. Lozinak struck out five and walked one while giving up two hits in five ...

U.S. Elite in town this weekend

Local Sports

U.S. Elite Baseball will be staging a tournament for 13 of the program’s teams this weekend in the Altoona-State College area. Altoona’s Mark Helsel, the national director of the program, organized the tournament that will have high school-age players coming from states such as Georgia, ...

Career day helps Hughes on Tour

National Sports

The Associated Press CROMWELL, Conn. — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 Thursday to take the first-round at the Travelers Championship as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. Hughes, a 29-year-old Canadian, had a chance to ...

College signings

Local Sports

Name: Emily Kasun High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Altoona Sport: Volleyball Position: Setter College choice: La Roche Other colleges considered: None Why I picked LaRoche University: “La Roche was the perfect fit for me. I found that La Roche has one of the best ...

Sporting News honors two Panthers

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Two members of the Pitt football team this fall — Paris Ford and Jaylen Twyman — received national preseason recognition when the Sporting News named them to its 2020 Preseason All-American team Thursday. The Sporting News selected Twyman as a first-team All-American at ...

NHL lottery set to go

National Sports

The Associated Press The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in ...

Owners still plan to open up camps

National Sports

The Associated Press The NFL still plans to hold training camps on time beginning in late July, though contingency plans are in place. Hours after the league canceled the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason, the 32 team owners on Thursday were updated on a variety of issues, many ...

Top pick signs with Pirates

Local Sports

From Mirror reports The Pittsburgh Pirates signed shortstop Nick Gonzales on Thursday, the club’s first-round selection and seventh overall from the 2020 Major League Baseeball draft held earlier this month. The 21-year-old Gonzales was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s ...

Pirates’ taxi squad to train in Altoona

Altoona Curve

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

Miller’s time with Bellwood valuable

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Just 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Martin Oil’s George B. Kelley Federation game against Barton’s Plumbing & Heating Sunday afternoon, Bob Miller arrived at Hollidaysburg Area High School’s baseball field. Miller, Martin Oil’s scorekeeper and ...

Guilfoyle’s Cacciotti takes on private school role with PIAA

Local Sports

Mike Cacciotti, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s assistant principal, was recently selected as the PIAA’s private school chairman, a role he will serve in for the next two years. “I am confident Mike will represent the importance and integrity of all PA athletic programs,” Bishop Guilfoyle ...

Adjusted rules on tap for return

National Sports

By Ben Walker The Associated Press NEW YORK — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

Nerves frayed over virus as five golfers drop out

National Sports

The Associated Press Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson were among five players who withdrew from the Travelers Championship, four of them out of a chain-reaction abundance of caution over the coronavirus that put the PGA Tour on notice. “The snowball is getting a little bit bigger,” Graeme ...

Iginla headlines hockey hall of fame inductions

National Sports

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James ...