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Busch in a sweeping mood again

National Sports

The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert. Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with 16 laps to go, ...

The long wait is worth it for Molinari

National Sports

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Francesco Molinari had seen so many clutch birdie putts on the 18th green at Bay Hill, most of them by Tiger Woods in the final group, usually with Arnold Palmer standing next to the green expecting like everyone else for them go in. It was ...

How about a little roundball talk in Grapefruit League?

Local Sports

BRADENTON, Fla. — This is supposed to be a weekly update on the Pirates and spring training baseball, but first ... how about a little basketball? Basketball legend Rick Barry attended the Pirates-Orioles game Thursday at LECOM Park and I had a few minutes to chat with him. And, thanks to ...

Chisenhall ready to help Bucs anywhere

Professional Sports

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime ...

Archer feeling good in Pirates’ camp

Professional Sports

By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed just two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on ...

PSU hockey on to semifinals thanks to Big Ten series win

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State ice hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday night, winning game 3 in its best-of-3 series with Wisconsin, 4-3, at the Pegula Ice Arena. Penn State (21-14-2) will play at Ohio State this Saturday in the ...

Lions’ Reaves has memorable game on senior day

PSU

By Travis Johnson The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PARK— Penn State guard Josh Reaves has never gotten as many hugs or pats on the back as he did on Sunday. His teammates made sure to show their wily veteran their love after Reaves scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds ...

SFU duo prepping for final tournament

Local Sports

With the Northeast Conference women’s tournament set to begin play tonight, one thing is certain at Saint Francis University, the careers of two record-breaking players are soon coming to end. At this point, no one knows for sure what day that will come, but Jess Kovatch and Courtney Zezza ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Bryant at SFU women Northeast Conference Tournament, Quarterfinals Tipoff: 7 p.m. at DeGol Arena Records: Bryant (11-18); Saint Francis (14-16). Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 87-97 in her sixth year at Saint Francis and is 113-191 in her 10th year ...

B-A graduate has successful weekend for IUP

Local Sports

From Mirror reports KUTZTOWN —- IUP senior Ana Hollen was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Champion Scholar, the league announced Saturday afternoon prior to IUP’s semifinal contest in Kutztown. Hollen is a repeat winner and is the second women’s ...

AAHS grad has banner day

Local Sports

SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg University redshirt-senior Abby Wagner, an Altoona graduate, re-wrote her own school record in the triple jump recently, finishing in sixth place at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. With that, she earned All-American first-team ...

McMillen, McGill earn PIAA gold

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Glendale has had a number of pretty good wrestlers over the years, including Tom Ross and Brock McMillen, both of whom finished second at the PIAA Class 2A Championships in 1986 and 2018, respectively. The Vikings had never produced a state champion. But McMillen changed that on ...

Flash move to NCAA doorstep

Local Sports

LORETTO — One more step. The biggest step. The hardest step. The step that would fulfill a lifelong dream and create a lifetime of memories. Saint Francis needs to take just one more step to earn a trip to the Big Dance. The Red Flash will get that opportunity Tuesday night when they host ...

BG rolls in opener

Local Sports

LORETTO — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders have a high-powered offense that is predicated on a fast-paced, up-tempo transition game, excellent outside shooting and balanced scoring contributions from several different players. It’s an explosive attack indeed, and the ...

Chambers leading strong finish

Voice of the Fan

I know there was a lot of heat for Penn State to get rid of men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. But consider recent events with six victories in the last nine games, including four of the last five going into today’s regular-season finale against Illinois. After starting out 0-10 in ...

Rubbing elbows

Voice of the Fan

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

Penn Hills has too much for Lady Tigers

Local Sports

Playing against a bigger, deeper and more athletic team that runs end-to-end pressure defense presents a formidable challenge. That’s what Hollidaysburg faced in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon. When Hannah Snyder stepped in the passing lane, stole a pass and took it the length of the court ...

Fandom

Voice of the Fan

Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Atkinson scores twice in win over Penguins

Local Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus’ Boone Jenner was sent to the penalty box for slashing just 20 seconds into Saturday night’s game, giving Pittsburgh an early power-play chance and sucking some of the energy out of a sold-out Nationwide Arena. But the Blue Jackets killed the penalty, and ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

Voice of the Fan

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...