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PIAA playing field needs to be level

Imagine if our beloved Steelers played in a league in which 95 percent of the teams were limited to a geographic region for finding players and the other 5 percent of teams had no such restrictions. Those teams could receive talent from anywhere — even the areas in which the 95 percent of ...

US Open golfers are fan-friendly

What if the Super Bowl was played on a 150-yard field with hills and valleys or the NBA Finals was held on an outside court with 30-mph winds? The U.S. Open, one of golf’s four majors, is considered the national championship of golf, but the course conditions are so unlike the course on ...

Fandom: Nick Hogan

Name: Nick Hogan Age: 13 Residence: Altoona Junior high school: Altoona Area College (would like to attend): Tennessee My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad, Al Hogan Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Tennessee Favorite pro ...

49ers primed for Super Bowl charge

It may seem like a stretch to place the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl nearly three months before the season even starts, but it appears as if things are falling into place for this team to appear on football’s biggest stage. As of now, the 49ers hold 25-1 odds to win Super Bowl ...

Memories of dad will never fade away

Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet. In many cases, few words are expressed. And that’s a shame. I wrote this ...

Moschella taught more than game

As a little girl, my greatest hope was to play for the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders. I wanted to wear purple and gold and be coached by the legendary Mark Moschella. With hard work and help from my family, one day I achieved my dream, and I could not be more grateful. Coach Moschella ...

Brown carrying Pirates’ banner well

With basketball season now ­over and the first regular season NFL game 88 days away, it’s now clearly baseball season for slow adopters like me, and it’s going to be fun to enjoy it for a few weeks until the Pirates slip out of contention. In fairness, they’re not really in contention, ...

Fandom: Fuzz Frazier

Name: Fuzz Frazier Age: 48 Residence: Duncansville High school: Hollidaysburg College: Elizabethtown My favorite sport: Wrestling I usually attend games with: My wife, Lori, and my daughters, Darcie, Abby and Elizabeth Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college ...

Game 7 brings memorable experience(s)

“Game 7” has been called the most exciting two words in sports. The last time the NBA had two conference final series reach a Game 7 was 1979 (when Seattle won the title). This week both Boston and Houston hosted a Game 7 on Sunday and Monday, and I was fortunate enough to be one of ...

Rhodes kept life, coaching on track

Congratulations to Coach Steve Rhodes on his outstanding three-plus decades of coaching and teaching in the Altoona Area School District. Coach Rhodes was also the athletic director at both Roosevelt and the Altoona Area Junior High School. The athletes and students who Rhodes came in ...

NFL fuels more fury on anthem

ATLANTA — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to muddle the divisive issue even more with a ...

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 ...

Mailbag

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 ...

Fandom

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,” ...

Fandom

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 ...