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Rested Lytle helps Locker Room take 1-0 lead

Local Sports

Pushed back nearly a week by the rainy weather, the Altoona Greater City League finals finally got underway Sunday evening with both Locker Room and Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion getting dominant pitching performances. Locker Room’s Andy Lytle was just a little better. The ...

Taillon, Vazquez weren’t on the table

National Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates never considered trading Jameson Taillon or Felipe Vazquez this season. Speaking on his weekly Sunday radio show, Huntington said dealing his top starter and closer “wasn’t even a ...

Johnston at Mount

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — Johnston Realty, Altoona’s entry in the National All-American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament, will open play against Brooklyn’s SAYO Grays at Mount Aloysius today at noon. Johnston will play at least three games in the tournament, which starts with pool play today ...

Penn State’s Davis win MET championship

PSU

PARAMUS, N.J. — Rising Nittany Lion junior Ryan Davis claimed the 116th annual MET Amateur championship 2&1 at Arcola Country Club Sunday. Davis never relinquished the lead in the 36-hole final, moving to 1-up on the fifth hole and going 3-up with seven birdies in morning’s 18. “It ...

Hurts, Tagovailoa still battling at Alabama

National Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jalen Hurts finally got to give his own take on Alabama’s much talked about quarterback situation. Since getting benched for the second half of the national title game, the two-year starter with the sparkling record has had to remain silent publicly about the situation. ...

Hall wins first major in home country

National Sports

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Named in honor of a famous Masters victory, Georgia Hall has her hands on one of the big trophies in women’s golf at the age of 22. The Englishwoman reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a gripping final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women’s ...

Alvarez cashes in on title shot

National Sports

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear. He never let up in his first shot at the title. After three years of waiting for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled on the canvas, enveloped by a ...

Manchester United opens season with victory over Chelsea

National Sports

LONDON — Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City’s attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave. Winning the Community Shield demonstrated that beyond any doubt on Sunday. Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier ...

Elliott wins first Cup race on special course

National Sports

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Like father, like son. Mired in a confounding losing streak since the start of his NASCAR Cup career in 2016, Chase Elliott finally broke into the win column Sunday, holding off road course ace Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen. The son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, ...

Politics play role during HOF speeches

National Sports

CANTON, Ohio — Just as the demonstrations of players during the national anthem have become a means of expression for NFL players, the stage at the Hall of Fame inductions often turns into a political platform. It certainly did Saturday night. Ray Lewis did so with his words, and Randy Moss ...

Johnson upset by Cejudo

National Sports

By Greg Beachum The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Henry Cejudo pulled off one of the most impressive upsets in mixed martial arts history at UFC 227. T.J. Dillashaw simply repeated himself, only quicker. Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson’s nearly six-year reign as the UFC flyweight ...

Sanders ready for spotlight

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK— Miles Sanders has waited his turn. He’s been patient. Worked hard behind the scenes. Learned what he could. Said all the right things. He was the nation’s top running back recruit coming out of high school, but it just so happened that Saquon Barkley, the best running ...

With clouds in Columbus, PSU in ‘good place’

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Throughout his five-year tenure, James Franklin has regularly used examples of bad behavior to help educate his football team. That includes what’s currently going on in Columbus. In case you’ve been in a cave, Ohio State — the Big Ten’s flagship program – has ...

Pirates can’t keep up with Cards in loss

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Jedd Gyorko drove in three runs while Kolten Wong, just off the disabled list, and Yadier Molina both had three hits to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Gyorko hit a pair of doubles, including a tiebreaking one in the ...

Franklin’s bruises steal show

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Linebacker Manny Bowen is back on the Penn State team, which was the biggest football news of media day, but coach James Franklin actually stole the show by doing something rather, um, cheeky. Franklin made national news when he showed off some bruises he got during the ...

Kela, Archer need to back up enthusiasm

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — MLB players have 72 hours to report to their new team after being traded. It’s right there in the labor agreement. Reliever Keone Kela almost stretched that clock to the max when he reported to PNC Park on Friday afternoon. The deal to acquire him from the Texas Rangers was ...

PSU 2018 season predictions

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State will be without running back and kick returner Saquon Barkley, who was selected by the New York Giants with the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Coach James Franklin will have to fill the entire secondary after the departure of Marcus Allen, Troy ...

Matakevich, Bostic trying to fill void at LB

Professional Sports

LATROBE — Tyler Matakevich wants to prove he can handle the job. Jon Bostic just wants to be on the field. Matakevich and Bostic are competing for Pittsburgh’s opening at inside linebacker after the Steelers did not use a draft pick on the position. The winner gets to start alongside ...

Cervelli helps out at first base

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates got a new first baseman for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Francisco Cervelli started at first base for the first time since April 16, 2016. The assignment allowed manager Clint Hurdle to stack right-handed ...

Akron tops Altoona in possible playoff preview

Altoona Curve

The Eastern League playoffs start in one month, and like so many times in years past, it appears the Curve and Akron will be squaring off once again. This weekend’s series marks the last time the two clubs will meet in the regular season, and the first two games have provided a good glimpse ...