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WWE, UFC gaining national traction

Whether it’s “sports entertainment” (WWE) or mixed martial arts (UFC), it’s apparently a good time to be making deals with broadcast partners. In the past week or so, Fox agreed to pay WWE about $1 billion for five years beginning in October 2019 to carry “Smackdown Live.” In ...

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Penn State recruiting continues to open doors Several weeks ago, I wrote a letter in which I felt Saquon Barkley’s success and personality would be a magnet that would lure more four-and five-star football recruits to Penn State in the present and future. It is already paying off ...

James belongs in class by himself

Amidst LeBron James’ recent dominance in year 15 of his career, the Michael Jordan vs. James argument has ramped up to an all-time high. Jordan was obviously a great player, but, regardless of how the current Eastern Conference finals against Boston turns out, James has surpassed or will ...

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Name: Rachel Dibert Age: 21 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: Family and friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh ...

Payne’s legacy goes beyond golf

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. — Billy Payne is pondering the next chapter in his life. No, it won’t be anything close to organizing an Olympics. Or guiding one of the world’s most famous golf tournaments. “It could be as simple as going fishing every day,” ...

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Name: Clark McCready Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg Area College: Delaware State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My girlfriend, Hannah Civils Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Area Favorite college team: Penn ...

Barkley will fit perfectly with Giants

As a follower of New York Giants football, I was hoping they would not stay down for long during several lean years. I prayed that Penn State’s Saquon Barkley would be the answer to restoring the Giants back to contention if they would select him, and he would be there when the Giants ...

NFL draft covers all of its bases

The NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday, and despite complaints by some purists, it remains fairly interesting TV programming. And, no matter your level of interest, it was hard to escape draft coverage this year. Along with ESPN and the NFL Network, ABC and Fox aired the event as well. They took ...

USA sports continue to go global

An NFL team in London? Count on it. An NBA franchise in Mexico City? Yep, that’s coming too. What was once a pipe dream — major-league teams based in cities outside the United States and Canada — is now just a matter of time. The aforementioned cities are the ones most likely to break ...

Browns need to draft Barkley

There is no question that the Cleveland Browns need help at all positions. They have been at the bottom of the NFL for the past few years and this past season became just the second team to go winless. Over the past two seasons, the Browns have an abysmal record of 1-31. Many people ...

New ESPN shows are underwhelming

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and for some sports-talk fans in our region the absence of any compelling national programming on weekday mornings remains a problem — even though more options than ever exist. At one time, for nearly two decades actually, ESPN Radio ...

Writer eats crow served by Chambers

It has been since 2009 that the Penn State basketball program has won the NIT. But this one has to be the best one. I have been a big critic of coach Pat Chambers for the last three years and felt his time to go was overdue. Boy, how wrong I was. Evidently his time as an assistant ...

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Name: Luke Eberhart Age: 19 Residence: Claysburg High school: Claysburg-Kimmel High School, class of 2016 College: University of Pittsburgh My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Claysburg-Kimmel Favorite college team: ...

Tiger has sports world by the tail, again

The Masters, which begins on Thursday, is the most anticipated event on the calendar for most golf fans. However, this year it really is a can’t miss event for any sports fan. For the first time in five years, Tiger Woods is competing with a legitimate chance to win his fifth green ...

Greenberg starts his new venture

He’s back, and we’ll find out if he’s better than ever. “We’re back and better than ever” was a longtime catchphrase for ESPN’s Mike Greenberg during his nearly two-decade run as co-host of “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio. The show, which was simulcast on ESPN2 ...

Calling a foul on Tyrone-Central reporting

I am writing to express my disappointment in the article in the March 2 Mirror concerning the Tyrone-Central girls basketball game. While everyone is entitled to an opinion about the officiating at a sporting event, I feel that it is highly inappropriate for a writer to lead off an article ...

Big Ten jumps gun for marketing

After a dozen games over the past four days, the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament concludes at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with its championship game on CBS Sports. The Sunday afternoon game time continues a tradition for the conference, but this season the game is being contested a week ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Pay college athletes like they’re employees So the FBI found out elite college hoopsters, families and second cousins were being paid. No way. Geez, Louise: This has been going on since I was in college — and I’m old. This again opens the discussion that scholarship athletes ...

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If David Freese hasn’t talked his way out of Pittsburgh by the time you read this, I’ll tell you the real reason he wants out. Freese lost his starting job when Gerrit Cole went to the Astros, and the Pirates got third baseman Colin Moran. Moran could have started on any other team ...

Facts on champion Eagles get in Hart’s way

This letter is in response to Les Hart about the Philadelphia Eagles being lucky. Let’s stick to facts, Les, instead of your opinion. Fact No. 1: The Eagles defense (Brandon Graham) stripped Tom Brady of the ball on a timely play and Derrick Barrett recovered it. No luck involved. It ...