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Women’s qualifying changed

National Sports

NEW YORK — FIBA is changing the way women’s basketball teams qualify for the Olympics and world cup. The International Basketball Federation announced Sunday the new qualification system that will give more countries a chance to qualify for both major international events. First round ...

Oregon State rallies after delay

National Sports

OMAHA, Neb. — Kyle Nobach hit a three-run homer to put Oregon State in control in the seventh inning, Kevin Abel pitched four strong innings of relief and Oregon State sent Pac-12 rival Washington home from the College World Series with a 14-5 win on Monday night. The Beavers erased early ...

Pirates haunted by Hamilton in slugfest loss

Professional Sports

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Billy Hamilton is well aware of his struggles at the plate. The Cincinnati Reds centerfielder has tried to stay positive even as his average and his spot in the batting order dropped at an alarming rate, trying to focus on being a more ...

Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champ

National Sports

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — One was about power. The other was about patience. Brooks Koepka has a game for the U.S. Open no matter the course, no matter the test, no matter the circumstances. He never lost hope when he began his title defense with a 75 and was 7-over par midway through the second ...

Curve win streak snapped

Altoona Curve

Will Craig hit six home runs in 123 games all of last season. He belted five homers this past week alone. The Curve first baseman enjoyed a tremendous week all around offensively and is as close to a shoo-in as it gets for the Eastern League player of the week award, which will be handed out ...

Thompson comes up big during state playoff run

Scholastic Sports

Name: Hannah Thompson School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Thompson went 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs in Philipsburg-Osceola’s Class 3A state championship victory over Holy Redeemer. In the ...

Valley’s Leidy awarded Williams Spirit Award

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Recent Juniata Valley High School graduate Taylor Leidy was honored with the Lynnette Williams Spirit Award Sunday at the Blair Regional YMCA. Leidy is the first non-Blair County player to earn the award in its 18-year history. “It means a lot to me, especially because ...

Area youth baseball

Local Sports

East End EAST END YOUTH LEAGUE MAJOR LEAGUE W-L Dean Patterson 19-0 Burgmeiers Hauling 12-6 Greenwood Meadows 12-7 Kabello Contracting 11-7 Penn Med 10-8 Cumming Motors 5-12 Caporuscios Plumbing 4-15 Sheetz 0-18 RESULTS Cumming Motors 4, Penn Med 3: Multiple ...

Pirates deny rumors

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — A report that the Pirates are on the verge of staging a fire sale is a false alarm. That’s what general manager Neal Huntington said in a response to an mlb.com report that the Pirates could consider trading veteran players “very soon.” “The ‘very soon’ part of ...

Lehner, Light help lead Tyrone Legion

Local Sports

Kevin Lehner drove in three runs, and Nick Light had two hits and two RBIs to lead Tyrone Legion to a 7-4 victory over Dick’s Pharmacy in a George B. Kelley Federation game at Geesey Park on Sunday. Tyrone Legion improved its record to 8-1. n Josh Potutschnig’s two-run single in the ...

BMG Construction knocks off Sheetz

Local Sports

Brandon Durbin had three RBIs, and Nate Teno struck out 10 to lead BMG Construction to a 5-3 triumph over Sheetz in Greater City League action at Vets Field Sunday. n Shane Suter, Nolan Walters and Michael Wigfield combined to pitch a one-hit shutout for Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American ...

Doncic leads potential available wings

National Sports

An international prospect with tantalizing potential and several college freshmen headline the list of wings in the NBA draft. Luka Doncic, the 19-year-old Slovenian playing in Spain, is mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick. After Doncic is a group featuring Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV ...

Claiborne thankful for daughters

National Sports

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Morris Claiborne was in the middle of a walkthrough practice last summer when he got the call — finally — that he was eagerly anticipating. It was time for his twin daughters to enter the world. A New York Jets trainer had the cornerback’s cellphone and was tasked ...

Arkansas pounds Longhorns

National Sports

OMAHA, Neb. — Once Arkansas’ offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather. Five straight batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play resumed 2 hours, 49 minutes later, ...

Whiners go home early at Shinnecock

Sports Columns

SOUTHAMPTON — The whiners went home early, beaten down by Shinnecock Hills and the USGA’s clumsy efforts to turn the venerable golf course into something it was never meant to be. Brooks Koepka stood tall, holding a U.S. Open trophy high for the second straight year because he knew what ...

Excitement spills into streets over Mexico’s win

National Sports

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets Sunday to cheer their national team’s long-shot win against Germany in Mexico’s first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament. The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning goal, has given ...

Brazil frustrated by draw with Swiss

National Sports

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe ...

Area coaches prefer split playoffs

Local Sports

A legislative committee that oversees the PIAA will have a public hearing next week during which the idea of separate championships for public and private schools will be discussed. An anonymous poll conducted by the Mirror sent out to 136 of the region’s public school head football, boys ...

Pro athletes’ sons share words of wisdom from dad

Altoona Curve

Most dads love giving advice to their kids, whether they’re experts on a subject or not. It’s just sort of an unwritten “dad code” or something. Sometimes, though, dear old dad truly is an expert on something, and his advice carries a lot of weight. That’s often the case in sports, ...

Hilling breaks record

Local Sports

HARRISBURG — Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate Vlad Hilling notched his name in the Big 33 Football Classic record books on Saturday night. Hilling booted a game-record 56-yard field goal, but the Pennsylvania all-stars lost to the Maryland all-stars, 9-6, at Central Dauphin High ...