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Bell apparently gone after 2018

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From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play ...

Not enough arms hurting Curve in loss to Bowie

Altoona Curve

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Under just about any other circumstance, Sean Keselica would not have been on the mound for the Curve in the ninth inning Monday night, would not have given up four runs and would not have been responsible — at least from a stats perspective — for ...

Shifting culture will be on display in big game

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By Ben Walker The Associated Press WASHINGTON — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game. Tune in ...

Observations about some celebrations

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Some general observations and celebrations while wondering why summer seems to fly by after the fourth of July. Back-to-school items are already appearing on store shelves, while beach towels and barbecue items are moving to clearance aisles. Football will be here before you know it. n ...

French celebrate unifying Cup victory

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PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 ...

Tiger vs. Phil in prime-time: A good idea back in 1999

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — As golf exhibitions go, this probably once seemed like a good idea. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in a prime-time television special playing 18 holes for — and let’s pause for a moment here — a cool $10 million. Put it under the lights in Las Vegas with some ...

Harper treats Nats’ fans to a title

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698. It could have been a scene ...

Martin, Tyrone both win openers

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Martin Oil went up 1-0 in its best-of-3 series with Park Home Monday night, thanks to a 12-4 win in the semifinals of the George B. Kelley Federation playoffs at Vets Field. Game 2 is tonight at 8 p.m. back at Vets Field. Martin Oil, which trailed, 3-0, after one inning, broke open a close ...

Spieth must battle to regain claret

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth figured someone from the R&A would be waiting for him when he pulled into the parking lot at Carnoustie to take back the silver claret jug. Instead, he was part of a ceremony with enough pomp to drive home the point. His reign as British Open ...

Machado downplays trade deadline rumors

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he’s played for in the big leagues. It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline ...

Fisher wants tougher Aggies team

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ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher introduced himself to his new Texas A&M team with some insults and frank challenges. Right off the bat, the new coach told the Aggies they were soft in 2017, according to one of his players. Fisher also told his new players they better do things his way, or ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones

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ROUBAIX, France — Richie Porte sat on the pavement grasping his right shoulder and grimacing in pain. A fan helped Chris Froome get going after he tumbled onto grass lining the road. Romain Bardet recovered from three punctured tires. And they were only the highest-profile riders to face ...

Bucs head to break after taking 5 from Brewers

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By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — One late-inning rally wasn’t enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors ...

Ratledge silver lining in setback for Curve

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve really had no shot to win Sunday’s game against Erie after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning, so utility man Logan Ratledge got yet another opportunity to showcase his pitching skills. Ratledge had quite a memorable day, first hitting a home ...

Macionsky, Perry get Valley win

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Special for the Mirror TYRONE — The team of Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky came to the last hole of this year’s Sinking Valley Classic not quite sure how they stood against the field. As they approached the 18th green, the duo learned they had a one-shot lead over the team of Artie Fink ...

Winning cures it all for France

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The Associated Press PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked ...

Four early runs help Shirley’s advance in playoffs

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Corey Chamberlain had a pair of hits, and Parker Dibert drove in two runs as Shirley’s Cookies scored all the runs it needed in the first inning in a 4-3 triumph over Barton’s Plumbing & Heating to win its first round series, two games to one at Vets Field Sunday night. Garrett ...

Curve duo contribute to ‘W’

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports WASHINGTON — Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes had an impressive showing in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park, belting a two-run homer and also drawing a 10-pitch walk. Hayes started at third base and batted ninth for the U.S. team, which beat the ...

Washington ready to celebrate in the spotlight

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By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mark Lerner’s first letter to then-commissioner Bud Selig after his family bought the Nationals asked to host the All-Star Game. “It’s something I’ve wanted from the moment we got the team,” Lerner said. Thirteen years ...

New league putting time limit on baseball

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By Noah Trister The Associated Press Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it. One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step. The United Shore Professional Baseball League ...