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One shining moment: ’Nova fan Shurilla has enjoyed terrific run

Local Sports

Editor’s note: This is part of the Mirror’s ongoing series “Picking favorites,” allowing sports fans to explain how they picked their favorite teams. We could have seen another NC State miracle on Monday night. Or Villanova. Maybe a Danny Manning or Glen Rice or Kemba Walker type of ...

NEC recognizes Swogger for her work

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From Mirror reports LORETTO — Saint Francis junior guard Karson Swogger was named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball on Monday. The nursing major holds a 3.79 GPA while also serving as a team captain for the Red Flash. Swogger was named third-team ...

League working on playoff possibilities

National Sports

The Associated Press Shorts and skates don’t usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too. With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Masters moves to November

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The Associated Press The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America. And the ...

Legendary Kaline dead at age 85

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The Associated Press DETROIT — Fresh off the train and only 18 years old, Al Kaline ran into an immediate roadblock trying to join the Detroit Tigers. Called up to the majors, he couldn’t get past the security guards at Briggs Stadium. “I finally convinced them I was the guy who just ...

Sports at a glance

National Sports

NFL draft going virtual The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The ...

Despite wrist injury, shutdown, Swartz thriving at D-I level

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Phil Swartz is just one of thousands of collegiate athletes that saw his season cut short due to the coronavirus. But what makes Swartz’s situation even tougher to deal with is that he had just worked his way back to the Lindenwood Division I volleyball team after a wrist injury cost him ...

Donaldson made big impacts at Tussey, officiating

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Don Donaldson was a standout football player at Tussey Mountain High School who earned a full athletic scholarship to North Carolina State University in the 1960s and caught seven passes for the Wolfpack in their 1967 Liberty Bowl victory over Georgia. Donaldson also later fashioned an ...

Virus will make the timeline for sports, too

Sports Columns

The unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened. The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters. There was no opening day in baseball. The odds ...

Famous kicker dies at 73

National Sports

NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73. The Times-Picayune/The ...

Trump more optimistic than some on restarts

Altoona Curve

The Associated Press President Donald Trump met by phone with many U.S. pro sports leaders Saturday to discuss how that industry has been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back ...

Pandemic forces ceremony to be pushed to January 2021

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From Mirror reports The Blair County Sports Hall of Fame’s 19th banquet and induction ceremony, scheduled for May 2, has been postponed until Jan. 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus. The Hall’s board of directors made the decision. “We felt we had no choice,” Hall of Fame president ...

Famous trio tops HOF list

National Sports

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on ...

Sports’ overindulgence an ‘icy hot’ topic

Voice of the Fan

This past Valentine’s Day, the NFL felt obligated to ruin the mood for one of their own, announcing that Baltimore Ravens’ tackle James Hurst will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ...

Mailbag

Voice of the Fan

Penn State’s 2020 team deserves an NCAA banner This is in response to the March 29 question of the week of whether Penn State should hang an NCAA banner for this year’s men’s basketball team. Can anybody think why the banner should not be hung? My answer is a thundering yes that ...

Area H.S. boys track and field capsules

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Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region: Altoona Coach: Mike Adams, 16th ...

Area H.S. girls track and field capsules

Local Sports

Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region: Altoona Coach: Paula Foreman, second ...

Ex-players waiting for benefits feeling frustrated

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By John Wawrow The Associated Press The attorney representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement with the league was narrowly ...