Sports

Three coaches not coming back

National Sports

The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision Thursday, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. General manager Vlade ...

Sports at a glance

Altoona Curve

Pitt Blue-Gold this Saturday PITTSBURGH — Former Pitt greats Aaron Donald and LeSean McCoy, named to a combined 11 Pro Bowls during their accomplished NFL careers, will serve as honorary coaches for Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game at Heinz Field. Donald, who plays for the Los Angeles Rams, ...

Penguins beaten in overtime in playoff opener

Professional Sports

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick ...

QB Clifford getting his reps

PSU

Sean Clifford knows who he is as a quarterback, and also who he’s not. While Tommy Stevens is considered an excellent running quarterback who has to answer questions about his throwing ability, Clifford is viewed, for now at least, as the opposite. He’s considered more of the prototypical ...

Lyles gives Bucs a lift

Professional Sports

CHICAGO — Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in crisp six innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Wednesday night. Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, ...

5-2 Curve open home slate

Altoona Curve

ERIE — The Curve are set for their home opener tonight, but after starting the season with five straight wins, the club comes into its home debut with a two-game losing streak. Altoona was held to just two hits Wednesday afternoon in a 5-1 loss to Erie at UPMC Park. The SeaWolves scored ...

Report: Bower set to join Phoenix Suns

Local Sports

According to UPI, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a deal with veteran executive Jeff Bower, a Hollidaysburg, native, to join the team as their new senior vice president of basketball operations. Bower will join a Suns team that has the second-worst record in the NBA at 19-63. Bower last ...

Possible license cost increase not bothering area anglers

Outdoors

Officials at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission spent months seriously considering a price increase in the cost of a fishing license for the 2019 trout season. That did not come to pass, but had it gone through, it would have been the first trout license fee increase since ...

Garzarelli named IUP AD

Local Sports

INDIANA, Pa. — Cresson native Todd Garzarelli, a veteran leader with more than 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, was named Indiana University of Pennsylvania director of athletics, IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll announced Wednesday morning. Garzarelli comes to IUP ...

Yon helps Altoona blank Tigers

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ian Yon struck out nine batters in five shutout innings, and Adam Sinisi drove in three runs with a double and a sacrifice fly as Altoona held Hollidaysburg scoreless for the second time in a week, winning 10-0 in high school baseball on Wednesday. Marcus Day and Owen ...

Tyrone’s Baran throws perfect game

Local Sports

TYRONE — Cate Baran pitched a perfect game, striking out 13 batters, in Tyrone’s 10-0 five-inning win over Williamsburg in high school softball on Wednesday. Ella Pearson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Callie Maceno drove in two runs for the Lady Eagles. SCORE BY ...

Lady Lions get 1st win

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Altoona went ahead 5-1 after two innings en route to a 7-5 victory over Hollidaysburg in high school softball action on Wednesday. Hannah Strawmire was credited with Altoona’s first win this season. Abby Smearman had a double and two singles for the Lady Lions (1-4). ...

Hayward dominates for Lady Red Devils

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — McKenna Hayward was a quadruple winner, taking first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as the high and triple jumps for the Central Cambria girls, which rolled to dominant wins against Somerset, 124-26, Bishop McCort, 134.5-15.5, and Chestnut Ridge, 135-15, in high school ...

Tigers’ Alkhafaji leads the way

Local Sports

HUNTINGDON — Rami Alkhafaji defeated Huntingdon’s Bruce Perow, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 1 singles action as part of Hollidaysburg’s 6-1 win in high school boys tennis action on Wednesday. Other singles winners for Hollidaysburg were Brian Johnson, Anthony Martinelli, Jake Irwin and Jacob ...

Bavarian Hall to host bowling championships

Local Sports

The Altoona District USBC will be holding its Championship Bowling Tournaments at the The Bavarian Hall’s F.A. Gearhart Lanes for all sanctioned bowlers on April 12-14 and April 26-28. Four tournaments are available during this time. There is a mixed tournament (two men and two women), an ...

College signing — Quinn McElhenny

Local Sports

Name: Quinn McElhenny High school: Cambria Heights Hometown: Hastings Sport: Cross country College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Robert Morris, IUP, UPJ, Saint Vincent Why I picked Saint Francis: “Both athletic and academic programs are known to be successful, ...

Big plans from Parsons: LB sees playoffs on horizon

PSU

Micah Parsons didn’t start a single game last season and still led Penn State in tackles, quite a remarkable feat at the school known as Linebacker U. Predicting success was easy for Parsons, the No. 1 linebacker recruit in the nation coming out of high school in Harrisburg. But even though ...

Penguin stars set to challenge Isles’ system

Professional Sports

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Pittsburgh Penguins have the big-name players. The New York Islanders rely on their system for success. Perennial All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lead the high-scoring Penguins against Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and the defensive-minded Islanders in the ...

Altoona edged by Erie

Altoona Curve

ERIE — The Curve’s record-tying winning streak to start a season came to an end Tuesday night. Altoona, which came in 5-0, belted three solo homers, but Erie rallied for a 4-3 victory at UPMC Park. The 5-0 start matched the franchise record previously set in 2006. Hunter Owen homered in ...

Trout season serves as cure for ‘cabin fever’

Local Sports

The opening of trout season is one of the rites of passage of spring in Pennsylvania, and the first day for fishermen to pursue trout in Blair County and surrounding areas is this Saturday, with lines permitted in the water at 8 a.m. For Corey Wagner, 33, part of the appeal of the trout ...