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Oklahoma aiming for fourth straight title

National Sports

FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without ...

Truex Jr. thrilled with team

National Sports

SPARTA, Ky. — Martin Truex Jr. is feeling confident after his most dominant performance this season. That’s understandable, considering the defending Cup Series champion and his Furniture Row Racing team are slightly ahead of last season’s pace, with signs of even better things to ...

Romo rallies for Lake Tahoe victory in Nevada

National Sports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday. Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time ...

Bucs feeling pretty good

Professional Sports

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Once wasn’t enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates leading 3-0 in the ...

Howsare wants, and gets, to play pro ball

Local Sports

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There’s a very high level and fun style of football played in the Canadian Football League, and the money’s pretty good, too, which is an added perk. When Julian Howsare realized he wasn’t getting the kind of opportunities he wanted to stick ...

Sid not really a kid anymore

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby turns 31 in a few weeks. In a lot of ways, he’s still Sid the Kid, the 18-year-old phenom who came to town in 2005 — he’s driven to succeed, consumed by hockey and one of the NHL’s elite players. But he’s different, too. He owns a mansion instead of ...

France has youth as its weapon

National Sports

By Graham Dunbar The Associated Press MOSCOW — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. The two sides will meet today in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title ...

Moschella emphasized life’s values

Voice of the Fan

I am writing to add perspective to Mark Moschella’s coaching career following his recent retirement as head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team. To the start the season off, Coach Moschella sat us down and listed our priorities on the board. With ...

CFL offers different football elements

Local Sports

What is it like to play in the Canadian Football League? There are a lot of similarities to American football, but also many key differences. The most visual difference is the field is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide in Canada, compared to 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide in the this ...

Dog scared neighbor, Joe Namath

Voice of the Fan

By Byron Lasser In 1970, my wife, Ronna, and I were living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the home of the University of Alabama. One night we let our little dachshund, “Peaches,” outside to relieve herself. Within a few minutes, she was barking up a storm so I went outside to see what the ...

‘Get up’ needs holiday to polish act

Voice of the Fan

It was early the morning of July 4, and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, live on the air, asked a probably bigger-than-she-intended question: “Why are we here?” It was not a philosophical or religious query, and it really did not sound like a complaint, but with Beadle and co-hosts Mike ...

No title for Serena this time out

National Sports

The Associated Press LONDON — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams. Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court ...

Djokovic makes it to mens’ final

National Sports

The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he’s past the roughest patch of his career. Djokovic sent ...

Belgium finishes in third place

National Sports

The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish on Saturday by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match. Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each for the Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday. Meunier scored ...

Martin Oil sweeps Dick’s in Federation playoffs

Local Sports

Martin Oil advanced to the second round of the George B. Kelley Federation playoffs on Saturday, thanks to a 6-5 win over Dick’s Pharmacy at Vets Field. Martin Oil took the best-of-3 series, 2-0. Caden Nagle got the win in relief. He struck out two. Mason Akers had two hits and three RBIs ...

Cervelli on the DL again

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli is back on the concussion disabled list, possibly raising questions about his future as a catcher. The Pirates announced before Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader against Milwaukee that Cervelli was again on the DL. Jacob ...

Macionsky, Perry lead SVCC event

Local Sports

A total of 108 teams completed their second rounds yesterday at the 46th annual Sinking Valley Classic. At the end of Saturday’s play, the team of Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky held an impressive six-shot lead over Scotch Valley’s Jay Pheasant and Windber’s Dan Thompson. The team of ...

Curve get relief when it’s needed

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — If the Altoona Curve had plans to provide as much comfort as possible for their pitcher making his first start in six weeks, they executed the plan to perfection on Saturday night. Three first-inning Altoona runs allowed for starter Austin Coley to settle in ...

Sports at a glance

National Sports

Parker goes home to Chicago CHICAGO — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their ...

Here’s the scoop on your everyday porcupine

Outdoors

Time to get our gear together for the upcoming “Quill Pig” season which opens Sept. 1 and lasts until March 30, 2019. Most people thought it was a joke when the Game Commission announced a season for a species that was considered nothing more than a nuisance. Nevertheless, we must not ...