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McMahon bringing back XFL, promises better football

Local Sports

STAMFORD, Conn. — The XFL is no longer an ex-football league. The sexed-up, second-rate football league formed as the early 2000s brainchild of WWE ringleader Vince McMahon is set for a surprising second life in 2020. The league that spawned “He Hate Me” and placed TV cameras in the ...

Eagles know what it’s like to beat Pats

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PHILADELPHIA— The Eagles needed touchdowns on a blocked punt, interception return and punt return to beat the New England Patriots the last time the teams met in 2015. They don’t think it’ll take another set of unusual scores to win the Super Bowl. Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, ...

Harrison enjoying role with NE

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — James Harrison is headed back to the Super Bowl. And he says the only thing he’s focused on is winning a third championship. Everything else is secondary for the 39-year-old Patriots linebacker, who is thriving in his new role with the team that was once his ...

Michigan State officials don’t know what’s next

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Mark Hollis has built a reputation as an innovative athletic director at Michigan State over the past decade. He is now facing open calls for his ouster in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. His legacy may crumble as part of the fallout . A day after ...

CC holds on, avoids collapse

Scholastic Sports

Special to the Mirror EBENSBURG — Just like their previous meeting on Jan. 3, Central Cambria seemed to have a comfortable lead and was well on its way to securing victory. But in typical rivalry fashion, Bishop Carroll stormed back to force a tie and put pressure on the visitors. The ...

Mustangs fall short at home

Scholastic Sports

By Rob Longo For the Mirror PORTAGE — Inside Len Chappell Gymnasium at Portage High School, there is a list of 1,000-point scorers that have left their mark on the girls basketball program. Of those eight names, the two most recent are Emily Chobany and Lexi Wozniak, each of who have ...

Halep responds at the right time

National Sports

By John Pye The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — For the second time in the tournament, Simona Halep faced match points and knew one mistake would mean an exit from the Australian Open and the likely loss of her No. 1 ranking. For the second time in just over a week, she ...

Hoops du Jour

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Wagner at SFU men Tipoff: 5 p.m., DeGol Arena Records: Saint Francis (11-8, 5-3 NEC); Wagner (13-6, 6-2) Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 72-103 in his sixth season at Saint Francis and overall. Bashir Mason is 100-75 in his sixth season at Wagner and overall. TV: ESPNU Video: ...

Claar reaches milestone in Claysburg-Kimmel win

Scholastic Sports

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel junior Emily Claar scored her 1,000th point while putting up 15 points as the Lady Bulldogs scored a 52-32 win over Williamsburg Thursday night in high school girls basketball action. Megan Hartman, returning from injury, led all scorers with 19 points for ...

Highlanders score upset over Rangers

Scholastic Sports

PATTON — Trailing by three heading into the final quarter, Cambria Heights outscored Forest Hills, 16-9, to grab a 58-53 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section I victory Thursday night in high school boys basketball action. Liam Wholaver erupted for a game-high 29 points, while Damon ...

Bearcats crush Rams

Scholastic Sports

SPRING MILLS — Caden Reamer Brynen Kisiel, Andrew Finkle, Ryder Kocik, Isiah Reed and Cody Bilger won by fall as Huntingdon topped Penns Valley, 60-12, Thursday night in high school wrestling action. 120—Reamer, H, pinned Dolheimer, 4:29; 126—Kisiel, H, pinned Stamm, 3:50; 132—Benson, ...

Altoona hockey team wins again

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EBENSBURG — Altoona defeated Somerset, 11-3, in high school ice hockey behind two goals each from Cole Yeckley and Jordan Wolf at the Northern Cambria Recreation Center. Cameron Yeckley had a goal three assists, and Owen Kravetz scored a goal and had two assists for the Mountain Lions who ...

Michigan State athletic director steps down in Nassar fallout

National Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis tearfully announced his retirement Friday, the second university official to step down in as many days amid sharp criticism over the school's handling of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced sports doctor Larry ...

Bell feels optimistic

Professional Sports

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell says he and the team are making progress on a contract extension. The team has presented an initial offer, and Bell says “we are a lot closer than we were last year.” Bell spoke Wednesday at the Pro Bowl. ...

Jones headlines list

National Sports

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Over 600 home runs. More than 600 saves. A .300 career average. In the age of baseball analytics, there’s still room in the Hall of Fame for big, round numbers you can count on. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were ...

Change a good thing for Tyrone

Scholastic Sports

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com TYRONE — Eight first-half 3-pointers and the constant presence of Central’s Joey Smith driving to the basket was enough to make Tyrone coach George Gripp throw his game plan in the trash Wednesday night. The switch in philosophy paid off and ...

Pirates seal victory at foul line

Scholastic Sports

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror WILLIAMSBURG — Just 1:52 into Wednesday’s Williamsburg-Moshannon Valley girls game, the gym went dark. The lights went out completely for a couple of seconds before emergency lighting kicked in. After a short delay, full lighting was restored and the game ...

Schwartz’s work pays off big for Philly

National Sports

Mirror welcomes Eagles’ fans Local fans of the Philadelphia Eagles who would like to show their team spirit in anticipation of Super Bowl 52 are invited to the Mirror next Tuesday, Jan. 30 for a 4 p.m. photo shoot. In order to appear in the group photo, fans must wear an Eagles’ ...

Michigan State’s NCAA inquiry reminds some of Penn State

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The Associated Press Lack of institutional control. A failure to protect its athletes from harm. The so-called NCAA death penalty. That punishment and more are being suggested by critics as apt sanctions for Michigan State, where disgraced doctor Larry Nassar was employed as he sexually ...

Bearcats rally at the end to beat Philipsburg

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By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com PHILIPSBURG — The first eight bouts in Wednesday’s grueling wrestling battle between once-beaten Huntingdon and Philipsburg-Osceola were all decisions, which the teams split. The Mounties rallied to win two of those, including Brandon ...