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Fandom: Nick Hogan

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Name: Nick Hogan Age: 13 Residence: Altoona Junior high school: Altoona Area College (would like to attend): Tennessee My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad, Al Hogan Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Tennessee Favorite pro ...

49ers primed for Super Bowl charge

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It may seem like a stretch to place the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl nearly three months before the season even starts, but it appears as if things are falling into place for this team to appear on football’s biggest stage. As of now, the 49ers hold 25-1 odds to win Super Bowl ...

Raystown DMAP coupons available

Outdoors

HUNTINGDON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake recently announced the enrollment of project lands in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, with two DMAP units established for the 2018-2019 deer hunting season. DMAP Unit 2831 includes all ...

Mickelson acts like 10-year-old on birthday

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday, an occasion marked by fans singing “Happy Birthday” at every turn. Unfortunately he ruined it by acting like a 10-year-old at the U.S. Open. And, much like a 10-year-old, he refused to admit he was wrong. “If somebody’s ...

Memories of dad will never fade away

Voice of the Fan

Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet. In many cases, few words are expressed. And that’s a shame. I wrote this ...

’Nova hero set for NBA

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Donte DiVincenzo’s plan was to come out and test the NBA draft waters this spring, with the expectation that he would be returning to Villanova for another season. And then the national championship game happened. The hero of Villanova’s win over Michigan picked the perfect moment to ...

Messi’s missed penalty kick leads to draw

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MOSCOW — If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi’s genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games. Add Messi’s saved attempt against Iceland on Saturday at the World Cup to misses for Argentina in shootouts for the Copa America title, and for Barcelona in a Champions ...

Denmark, Croatia, France win

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SARANSK, Russia — Whether Kasper Schmeichel was making an acrobatic save or just getting lucky, it was his night. In a World Cup debut reminiscent of the way his father, Peter, played for Denmark and Manchester United, Schmeichel made Yussuf Poulsen’s opportunistic second-half goal stand ...

Johnson struggles, falls back to the field

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The only thing that spared Dustin Johnson from another U.S. Open implosion is that everyone around him suffered on a Shinnecock Hills course that even the USGA conceded got out of hand Saturday afternoon. Daniel Berger and Tony Finau were the exceptions, each posting a ...

Tar Heels triumph

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OMAHA, Neb. — It took nearly 4 1/2 hours in 95-degree heat to play the opening game of the College World Series. Time flew for North Carolina coach Mike Fox. He was having fun. The Tar Heels knocked out Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich during a five-run third inning and went on to beat the ...

How it all began: Hyzdu joining Curve in 1999 just meant to be

Altoona Curve

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series looking back at various aspects of the Curve as the franchise celebrates its 20th season. It’s hard to imagine Curve history without Adam Hyzdu, but we don’t have to because, as he pointed out repeatedly, Altoona was “Where I was ...

Hilling living out his Big 33 dream

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By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate and Penn State preferred walk-on Vlad Hilling is tickled pink to be a part of the Pennsylvania team for tonight’s Big 33 Football Classic against Maryland at Landis Field near Harrisburg. In fact, being ...

Hurdle happy Kuhl can finally get a ‘W’

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By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl was just happy his team got the win. His manager was thrilled that his right-hander got the credit for it. Kuhl pitched six solid innings to win for the first time since May 6, a span of seven starts, and the Pittsburgh ...

Top pick excited about his chance

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Outfielder Travis Swaggerty, the Pirates’ No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, will report to Class A West Virginia tonight to begin his professional career. “I have goose bumps,” Swaggerty said. “I’m shaking because it finally kind of ...

Big crowd sees Curve extend win streak to 4

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By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Call it a championship hangover or just a young team failing to meet expectations, but the Curve’s start to their Eastern League title defense was starting to resemble the old broken down roller coaster just beyond the right field wall of Peoples Natural ...

Fourth-quarter rally lifts North in Lantzy game

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JOHNSTOWN — The South squad led by a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 48th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, but in a contest usually highlighted by big-play offense, special teams and defense turned the tide in the final period for the North in a 17-14 comeback ...

OSU star prepared for boos

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The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich is the probable starter in the opening game of the College World Series today, and he said he is ready for any kind of reception he receives from the fans on the sport’s biggest stage. Heimlich, 22, is in Omaha a year ...

Lilly holds off Locker Room in City League

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Lucas McCoy had three hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs, and Pat Gully had two hits and two RBIs, to lead unbeaten Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion to a victory over Locker Room at Vets Field in Greater City League play Friday. Gordon Barr also drove in two runs for ...

Johnston takes 4-shot lead into weekend action

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The Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills with plenty of reminders of how it can all go wrong. Some of them from ...

Ronaldo putting Portugal on his back

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The Associated Press SOCHI, Russia — Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup. Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized ...