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Nadal captures record 12th French Open

National Sports

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year. A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a ...

McIlroy pulls away, flirts with history, in victory

National Sports

ANCASTER, Ontario — Rory McIlroy ran away with the Canadian Open, closing with a 9-under 61 on Sunday for a seven-shot victory. Starting the day in a three-way tie for the lead, McIlroy ended any suspense about who would emerge as the champion with five birdies in his first seven holes, ...

Ex-Pirate relating MLB experience to Curve pitchers

Altoona Curve

Professional baseball, particularly at its highest levels, is a myriad of highs and lows, and peaks and valleys, that can offer experiences of numbing disappointment as well as intense fulfillment. Joel Hanrahan, in his first year as a pitching coach with the Altoona Curve, sampled the full ...

Curve shut down RubberDucks in DH

Altoona Curve

The Curve enjoyed a terrific twinbill that finished in thrilling fashion Saturday night to sweep Akron. Domingo Robles dominated on the mound in the first game with a seven-inning shutout as Altoona rolled, 6-0. The Curve were getting no-hit into the bottom of the sixth in game two, only to ...

Online sports betting now live in PA

Sports Columns

Legal online sports betting has finally arrived in Pennsylvania after longer-than-expected delays. There’s only one available online casino option for people to wager at so far. There also are still technology and legal issues that have to be addressed within the industry to make the ...

Bucs fall 6 back of Brewers

Professional Sports

MILWAUKEE — It wasn’t pretty, but Zach Davies did something Saturday that no other starting pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history had done before. Despite a shaky outing, Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to open a season with seven straight wins, hanging on for five innings before ...

Sir Winston wins Belmont

National Sports

NEW YORK — Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying to capture the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in a 10-1 upset. The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. He won the Preakness with War of Will, who was ...

Szynal honored as CPL top coach

Local Sports

Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Jon Szynal was named the Central Penn Baseball League coach of the year for 2019. Szynal led Hollidaysburg to the league title. Altoona infielder Matt Hartman made the CPL all-star team for the second straight season. He was joined on the all-star team ...

Muhammad Ali’s Pa. training camp restored, open to public

National Sports

DEER LAKE — The rustic Pennsylvania training camp where Muhammad Ali prepared for some of his most famous fights has undergone an elaborate restoration, opening to the public Saturday as a shrine to the heavyweight icon’s life and career. The famed Deer Lake camp was in disrepair when ...

Women’s soccer has earned its keep

Sports Columns

Women’s soccer season — specifically, the once-every-four-years “season” that coincides with the Women’s World Cup — has started and games will air on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 through the conclusion of the tournament on July 7. Team USA, the perennial tournament favorite ...

A break from hunting to honor WWII vets

Outdoors

I watched in awe the ceremonies commemorating the landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy. There was President Trump’s speech. I cried as I looked on at the few remaining veterans of that day that are now so feeble that most could not even stand on their own. Also, I read the astonishing ...

Stewart pitches Martin Oil over Park Home

Local Sports

Mark Stewart recorded 11 strikeouts to help carry Martin Oil to a 6-4 win over Park Home on Saturday at Vets Field in a George B. Kelley Federation game. Cooper Guyer drove in two runs for Martin Oil (4-0), and John Kost was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Martin Oil (6): Kost cf 533, ...

McIlroy surges into share of lead

National Sports

ANCASTER, Ontario — Rory McIlroy shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead after three rounds at the Canadian Open. Seeking his second victory of the season, McIlroy surged into a tie with Webb Simpson (67) and Matt Kuchar (69) at 13-under 197. Adam Hadwin, ...

It’s time to restructure both PGC, PFBC

Outdoors

After last week’s revelations from the auditor general’s office that appeared on the front page of the Mirror on May 31, does anyone still think the Pennsylvania Game Commission is capable of managing its own financial resources, let alone the wildlife resources of ...

Warriors need Durant

Sports Columns

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Game 4 was over, while Toronto fans were waving Canadian flags in celebration inside an otherwise-stunned Oracle Arena, a glum-faced Kevin Durant was outside the Golden State locker room to greet equally glum teammates as they sauntered off the floor. That’s been ...

Heavyweights are suddenly fun again

Voice of the Fan

Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn’t just upend heavyweight boxing. He threw it a ...

Barty wins first Grand Slam title

National Sports

PARIS — Ash Barty knew she needed a break from tennis, from the pressure and expectations, from the week-in, week-out grind. So she stepped away in 2014 and wound up trying her hand at cricket, joining a professional team at home in Australia. After almost two years away, Barty was pulled ...

Nadal, Thiem will square off

National Sports

PARIS — Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak ended in the French Open semifinals because he made some odd strategic choices, because the wild weather bothered him, because the chair umpire got under his skin. Mostly, though, because Dominic Thiem managed to outperform ...

Bad officiating a theme of Stanley Cup playoffs

National Sports

ST. LOUIS — Patrick Maroon doesn’t want to go there. Not even about how the St. Louis Blues handle the roller coaster of inconsistent officiating. “I’m not talking about it,” the usually talkative Maroon said. “If you want to talk about Game 6, I’ll talk about Game ...

Kawhi looking better than ever

National Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a moment, not long before the postseason started, when Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard and what makes the man of few words tick. The conversation was about the 82-game regular season. Leonard shrugged and ...