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PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Franklin will continue to improve In our professional careers, and in life, we generally improve over time with the benefit of experience and learning from our mistakes. James Franklin is a better coach now than he was in 2011, or in 2014. Similarly, he’ll be a better coach in 2023 ...

Some alerts for hunting season

Individuals planning to hunt in the state of Pennsylvania should double-check the regulations that pertain to their hunting spot. Since this time last year, Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded and the new DMA 4 was established due to the detection of new chronic wasting ...

Fandom

Name: Hunter Ollinger Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family, my girlfriend and many friends. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn ...

In Vegas, glimpse of NBA’s future

LAS VEGAS — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Playing each other Wednesday night in a game ...

Penn State coaches let Lions down

Forgive me for questioning James Franklin while he continues to soothe his overgrown ego. Sorry, but I think great teams win games like the one he lost last week against Ohio State. Great coaches win those big, meaningful games. Urban Meyer wins those games. So does Nick Saban. Great ...

Wishing Millen speedy recovery

College football was missing something Saturday and will be for the rest of the season: Matt Millen. Millen, 60, the lead color commentator for Big Ten Network games, announced he would be stepping down from his position to focus on his health. The former Penn State All-American, NFL ...

PSU should keep uniforms the same

In response to Rick Weber’s mailbag letter last week about PSU uniforms, I can’t possibly express how wrong he is. The Penn State uniform is both classic and classy, projecting an admirable image every time the Nittany Lions take the field. PSU has a distinctive look that is ...

Flagging roughing passer penalty

By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls — and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the ...

Chance meeting with Dungy finds ‘gracious, likeable’ guy

By Tim Temofonte Seeing Tony Dungy honored at halftime of the Steelers-Tampa Bay game on Monday night reminded me of a chance encounter I had with him many years ago. My wife and I were shopping at JC Penney’s in the basement at the Monroeville Mall after he had become an assistant coach ...

New MNF crew to size up Steelers

Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

Pitt should just focus on itself

I loved the letter from Byron Ferg in last week’s PSU Mailbag (Sept. 14 Gameday), lamenting the Pitt-PSU rivalry demise. After almost 25 years and Joe Paterno’s death, Ferg is still balling and sniffling about PSU not playing Pitt. Penn State is in the Big Ten, not the ACC. Isn’t ...

Tennis needs stronger leadership

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final last weekend. Here’s what the ...

Fandom

Name: Robert Spahn Age: 38 Residence: Altoona High school: Hollidaysburg College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Football and boxing I usually attend games with: My fiance, Amber, and my mother. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team(S): Texas and ...

Hillgrove keeps going strong

There’s so much to like about Bill Hillgrove it’s hard to know where to start. The longtime Pittsburgh sports broadcaster, a native of the city he knows so well, serves as the play-by-play voice for the Steelers and for Pitt football and basketball. He’s been working Steelers games ...

Altoona should sell advance tickets

Can the Altoona Area School District get anything right? Kudos to Phil Riccio for getting the Altoona-Hollidaysburg football rivalry back on the schedule. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. I drove to the Mansion Park ticket office last Thursday because it was open today from 10 ...

Tiger, Mickelson in money grab

Golf’s pay per view will fall well short of boxing draws It’s probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history. You might ...

Ohio State throws victim under the bus

The shot was heard around the Big Ten and further. Should I be surprised when it concerns Ohio State University and Urban Meyer? No. Domestic abuse of women took a major hit. Victim Courtney Smith was thrown under the bus as the Ohio State investigators did nothing for her. The lead ...

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Name: Eric Reinke Age: 54 Residence: Clearfield High school: Clearfield Area College: Villanova University, Class of 1985 My favorite sport: Soccer I usually attend games with: My wife, Bonnie Favorite high school team: Clearfield Bison Favorite college team: A tie, Villanova ...

Comcast, BTN bring good news

Penn State football fans were spared a potential inconvenience when the Big Ten Network announced an agreement Friday with Comcast, ensuring access to BTN and Fox Sports 1. That means the Nittany Lions’ season opener Saturday against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium will be available to ...