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Expect Olympic ‘street cred’ to rise

Skateboarding, climbing among new sports for 2020 It’s hard to imagine legendary American decathletes Jim Thorpe and Bob Mathias busting a move as part of an official competition at the Olympics, where they both ascended the victory podium as gold medalists. Unofficially, the winner ...

Millen return a Blue-White highlight

Most spring football games are boring as offensive plays are “vanilla.” But some 61,000 Penn State fans were treated to something very special in last Saturday’s Blue-White Game. There was former All-American lineman Matt Millen doing color analysis for the Big Ten Network. What was ...

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Name: Zach Waltz Age: 24 Residence: Duncansville High school: Hollidaysburg College: Saint Bonaventure/IUP My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My friends and family Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Saint ...

Student-athletes need your support

Urgency needed for PIAA changes When analyzing the PIAA winter sports season, the popular French expression comes to mind, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Loosely translated, it means that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last summer, ...

Networks gear up for NFL draft

Some people thought it was a bit much when both ESPN and the NFL Network covered the NFL Draft, but later this month coverage of the event that has morphed into almost perfect sports television will expand even farther. A broadcast network, ABC, plans to cover the NFL’s player selection ...

Trout signing sends bad message

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to a 12-year, $426.5 million contract extension that averages to an annual salary of $35.5 million. The contract establishes a new record for professional sports in North America. The annual salary is another record. The announcement of ...

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Name: Ray Burley Jr. Age: 51 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife, Annie Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: North Carolina Tar Heels Favorite pro team: Steelers My favorite sports ...

It’s the season for Nantz to shine

It’s one of the most visible times of the year for veteran sports broadcaster Jim Nantz — and it might be the best time of the year for fans who consume his work. On Monday night, Nantz serves as the play-by-play voice for the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. ...

B-A title fuels community pride

The shrill of the volunteer fire whistle cut through the cold and rainy night air like a knife. Normally, a call to duty for the local firefighters is a concern, but on this night the blast was a call of celebration. Twice in as many years, the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball ...

Step into batter’s box for some trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Chambers lucky he’s at Penn State

I never want to see anyone fired who is doing what they believe is their very best. All or most coaches feel that way, and that is part of a coach’s makeup. However, these Division I coaches in the major sports such as football and basketball are paid a very attractive salary. If they can ...

Fond memories of Flash at Jaffa

The Saint Francis Red Flash returned to the NIT for the first time in over 60 years this March, playing a solid game against one of the most storied programs in college basketball. It may prompt old time Flash fans to recall the near misses a decade after their last appearance in ...

Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Chambers leading strong finish

I know there was a lot of heat for Penn State to get rid of men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. But consider recent events with six victories in the last nine games, including four of the last five going into today’s regular-season finale against Illinois. After starting out 0-10 in ...

Rubbing elbows

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

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Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...

Reasons to end Sunday hunting ban

After reading Wayne Campbell’s commentary in the Mirror (Feb. 22, “Compromise: Let’s share outdoors”), I thought your readers deserved to hear some Pennsylvania specific facts about Sunday hunting. I found it curious as to why Campbell would attempt to confuse readers by using a ...

Hockey deserves brighter spotlight

With the football season just ending, and baseball yet to start, a lot of Pennsylvanians feel this time of the year marks a lull in the sporting world. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The NHL season is in full swing, and the game is growing in popularity, with the 2018 Stanley ...