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XFL2 won’t have spring in its step

National Sports

Vince McMahon is resuscitating the XFL. OK, let’s get the bad jokes out of the way: Are some teams going to be wearing masks and representing parts unknown? Will the hook-and-ladder play involve smashing someone with a real ladder? The XFL was a “colossal failure” the first time ...

Rudel: Piece of Altoona history remembered

Local Sports

It’s safe to say there are few in Altoona Area High School’s rich football history remembered more for one single play than Brooks Kaufman. Kaufman, who passed away last month in New Jersey at the age of 94, was the central figure in the infamous Altoona-Johnstown 1940 season finale that ...

Inspirational story sparks Altoona

Scholastic Sports

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com The Altoona girls basketball team has been looking for a way to work freshman Elizah Wilson into its rotation. Friday night against the Lady Lions’ rival Hollidaysburg, it all came together like a storybook when starting forward Bridgid Fox was ...

McCoy triumphs at Thomas

Local Sports

BEDFORD — It was a little harder than last year, but Chestnut Ridge returning state champion Justin McCoy was still able to enjoy his third Thomas Chevrolet Tournament title. McCoy pinned his way to the finals, but he had to go the full six minutes in a 4-1 win over Burrell’s Corey ...

Michigan State fallout continues to mushroom

National Sports

The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis’ retirement and the resignation of USA Gymnastics board members Friday are among the latest developments arising from the scandal surrounding former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar was ...

Mehno: XFL sounds like terrible idea … again

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Vince McMahon is talking about bringing back the XFL. McMahon has millions from his World Wrestling Entertainment business, which gives him plenty of money to blow on a bad idea like an NFL alterative that would run in the spring and early summer. There may be an appetite for ...

Rematch goes to Panthers

Scholastic Sports

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com CRESSON — Entering Friday night’s Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section 1 matchup against Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic with a .500 season record that included a loss to the Lady Marauders earlier in the season, the Penn Cambria High ...

Lions follow up big win with second in a row

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s season has been plagued by an inability to get back-to-back Big Ten wins. For the first time in conference play, the Nittany Lions broke from that theme in a 60-43 victory over Rutgers on Saturday evening at the Bryce Jordan Center. “We were worried ...

Cats too much for Eagles

Scholastic Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com HUNTINGDON — When Jake Meredith’s 3-pointer 31 seconds into the fourth quarter evened the game at 43, Tyrone boys basketball coach George Gripp was feeling pretty good about the visiting Golden Eagles’ chances to take over first place in the ...

SFU suffers historic home loss

Local Sports

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — Saint Francis has long enjoyed a significant home-court advantage at DeGol Arena on its tiny and remote mountain campus, so rarely has the team suffered brutal home losses, even during some of the program’s leanest years. Friday night, ...

Lee’s effort at 141 sparks No. 2 Lions to victory

PSU

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State freshman Nick Lee took a 4-2 lead into the third period against Minnesota’s returning All-American Tommy Thorn. But the best was yet to come. Seventh-ranked Lee outscored the 10th-ranked Thorn, 9-1, in a furious ...

Hoops du Jour

Local Sports

Rutgers at PSU men Tipoff: 4 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center Records: Penn State (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten); Rutgers (12-10, 2-7 Big Ten) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 101-117 in his seventh season at Penn State and 143-145 in nine seasons overall. Steve Pikiell is 27-27 in his second season at Rutgers ...

Lady Huskies surge from behind, cool off CC

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EBENSBURG — In a matchup of two teams playing their best basketball, Bishop Carroll leaned on its stifling defense to pull away from Central Cambria. The Lady Huskies erased an 11-point deficit with a 14-0 surge to possess a miniscule lead at halftime. Methodically adding to its lead in the ...

Woods surviving at Farmers event

National Sports

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Ryan Palmer is the 36-hole leader in the Farmers Insurance Open. Jon Rahm is right behind, poised to reach No. 1 in the world. And for the first time in 29 months, a PGA Tour event will feature Tiger Woods on the weekend. Palmer finished eagle-birdie on ...

Red Flash women rout CCSU

Local Sports

LORETTO — Following the game, Central Connecticut State coach Beryl Piper could be heard screaming at her players by anyone passing near their locker room. The gist of what she was yelling about was how they gave up on each other and started playing selfish basketball — that they needed ...

‘Cuse tops Panthers

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PITTSBURGH — Freshman forward Bourama Sidibe scored a career-high 18 points off the bench and grabbed 16 rebounds and Syracuse pulled away late for a 60-55 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Sidibe came in averaging just 2.8 points per game on the season and had scored 16 points total ...

Federer returning to the finals again

National Sports

The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — It took just over an hour for Roger Federer to fix one anomalous statistic in his extraordinary career. Defending champion Federer, who was leading Hyeon Chung 6-1, 5-2 when the Korean retired in the second set of their Australian Open semifinal ...

Lady Eagles earn win over Bearcats

Local Sports

TYRONE — Tyrone held Huntingdon to single digits in three of the four quarters, and Sydney Shaw led the Lady Eagles with 13 points in a 48-32 win over the Lady Bearcats in high school girls basketball on Friday. Maddie Gearhart’s 11 points led Huntingdon. HUNTINGDON (32): K. Miller 3 ...

Ridge takes command at Thomas tourney

Local Sports

Chestnut Ridge advanced six wrestlers to the semifinals and leads the team competition after the first day of the 28-team Thomas Tournament at Bedford Area High School on Friday. Kai Burkett (106 pounds), Scotty Miller (138), Justin McCoy (152), Jared McGill (170), Austin Crouse (182) and ...

You can figure on Canadian skaters

National Sports

The Associated Press The Maple Leaf could be on frequent display above the medals podium at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Canada heads to South Korea with the strongest overall figure skating team and with medal contenders in all four individual events. That’s well ahead of expectations for ...