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Transfers big part of changing times in college FB

PSU

One of my favorite shows growing up was the spectacular “Quantum Leap.” In fact, give me pretty much any TV show or movie that centers on alternate reality, and I’m instantly hooked. We get used to the world we live in and the way things are, so it’s cool to see how the world could be ...

Steelers’ issues much deeper than they say

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II spent a good part of last week evading questions about the suddenly tumultuous Steelers. He’s his father’s son, so he comes by that skill naturally. It was further sharpened when he studied law and learned that expansive candor is rarely a conduit to anything ...

Favored Chiefs get mighty Pats

National Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by Kansas City’s record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful the amiable coach can finally win the big one. Then again, maybe they’re just fans of anybody ...

Similar coaches clash in title tilt

National Sports

NEW ORLEANS — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the ...

Dissecting NFL final four voices

Sports Columns

Four teams take the field for two NFL conference championship games this afternoon, but the best team working might be in the broadcast booth — specifically the Fox Sports booth. Play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman have put together their busiest and best season. This ...

NFC championship matchups

National Sports

The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams. Will that be the proper ...

When it comes to feeding winter wildlife, don’t do it?

Outdoors

As we enter the latter part of January, most of south-central Pennsylvania has enjoyed a relatively mild winter so far with more rain than snow and few brutally cold days. I’m well aware, of course, those conditions could, and probably will, change to more harsh winter weather over the coming ...

Winter atmosphere makes it worthwhile

Outdoors

I truly have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with snow. I love the atmosphere it occasionally brings to my life but I hate shoveling it and driving in it. When the land lies covered with snow, it gives birth to a special sort of silence. It’s a heavy quiet, a noticeable absence of ...

AFC championship matchups

National Sports

It will be dark and cold, perhaps absurdly cold, tonight in Kansas City. Arrowhead Stadium will be lit up, though, and the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs game will head to Atlanta for the Super Bowl. Here’s how they match up: WHEN NEW ENGLAND HAS THE BALL: As they have much of the season, ...

Altoona decision lacks clarity

Voice of the Fan

“It’s not about wins and losses.” That’s what Altoona Area School Board member Rick Hoover said in the Jan. 8 Mirror article about the decision to reopen the Altoona football coaching position. That might be one of the strangest statements I’ve read or heard without telling the ...

Pink salmon listed as threats to orcas

Outdoors

SEATTLE — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data ...

Family mat-ters: Niebauer brothers go head to head

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — Matt Niebauer assisted his brother, Todd Niebauer, for many years at Penn Cambria, coaching many wrestlers, including some of the current Panthers. Matt, though, became the head coach at Central Cambria in the offseason after the departure of Bob Nikolishen. So, it was kind of ...

PSU recruit: Smith Vilbert

PSU

Smith Vilbert Position: Defensive end Recruiting class (size): 2019 (19 players) Hometown/School: Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph Regional Height/Weight: 6-6/250 Stars: 3 (247); 3 (Rivals) Other top offers: Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, ...

Hanrahan, Nunnally to join Ryan’s Curve staff

Altoona Curve

Michael Ryan will return for a third season as manager of the Curve, and he will have perhaps the most impressive coaching staff in franchise history. “It’s exciting,” Ryan said of returning to Altoona. “In my opinion, it’s the best-run franchise in minor league baseball.” Ryan, ...

Altoona gets some revenge

Local Sports

Almost exactly one month ago, the Altoona girls basketball team lost by 11 at Central Dauphin. The second meeting between the two teams went much for the Lady Lions. Altoona got 22 points and 14 rebounds from Bridgid Fox in a 54-35 win over the Lady Rams Friday at the AAHS ...

Healthy Ruggery comes up big in BG rout

Local Sports

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s standout senior guard, Luke Ruggery, missed playing time for most of the month of December with a back injury. Three weeks into January, Ruggery is completely healthy, and he’s making opposing teams feel ill at ease. Ruggery — who is headed to ...

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Local Sports

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Lions win at Central Dauphin

Local Sports

HARRISBURG — P.J. Charles had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds as Altoona knocked off Central Dauphin, 62-59, Friday night in high school boys basketball action. Altoona (5-8) trailed 18-14 after one quarter, but cut that lead to two at halftime, 33-31. Tyler Robinson had 12 ...

Tigers’ offensive woes continue

Local Sports

By Jim Lane For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — In most sports, you don’t win unless you can score. The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers had trouble putting the ball in the basket Friday night and suffered a 39-32 loss to visiting Richland at the HAHS gym. “We couldn’t throw one in the ...

Orange squeeze Pitt in 2nd half

Local Sports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim breathed a sigh of relief. Five days after his Orange’s biggest win of the season, there was no letdown. Tyus Battle scored 22 points, Boeheim’s son Buddy had a season-high 13 points, and Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 74-63 on Saturday, the ...