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Jets trade Hackenberg to Raiders

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have traded former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Hackenberg was a second-round pick out of Penn State in 2016, but never played a regular-season snap for the Jets. The ...

Big Ben will help new QB

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph. That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft — when Roethlisberger openly wondered ...

Altoona wins first set, 25-0, on way to beating Brashear

Shutouts in volleyball games are few and far between. The Altoona Mountain Lions scored one Tuesday, blanking Brashear, 25-0, in the first game en route to sweeping the Bulls in a District 6-8-10 subregional semifinal at the AAHS Fieldhouse. From Dalton Keller’s first serve in Game 1 to ...

Mehno: Meadows a big hit so far for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows has become an instantly popular Pirates player, and that makes sense. What’s not to like? He went 5-for-11 (.455) in his first three major league games. He hit a home run, stole a base, and it wasn’t his fault that the Pirates lost three of four at home to ...

Rockets storm back to even up series

OAKLAND, Calif. — James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night. Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 ...

Robertson event slated for June 2

The John Robertson Scholarship Fund Committee is planning a benefit dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2 to raise funds for The John Robertson Scholarship Fund in honor of Robertson’s 50th anniversary of helping young people in the region. The event is being held at the UVA, site of ...

NFL still searching for anthem answers

ATLANTA — The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff. Still to be resolved: a much more contentious issue. What to do, if anything, about players who kneel during the national ...

Cassie Mock: Juniata basketball

Name: Cassie Mock High school: Central Hometown: Martinsburg Sport: Basketball Position: Guard College choice: Juniata Other colleges considered: Washington & Jefferson Why I picked Juniata College: “I picked Juniata because as soon as I walked on campus I felt at home. ...

2018 Athletes of the Year: Martinazzi, Dillow receive honors at annual banquet

Even though it was the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet, nothing was unlucky about how the night’s festivities played out in front of a packed room at The Casino in Lakemont. It was there that Bishop Carroll’s Alyssa Martinazzi and Chestnut Ridge’s Noah Dillow were ...

Altoona walks off with victory

Leading up to his bottom of the seventh at-bat in a tie game against Mifflin County, Altoona’s Ian Yon had little to show for his three previous at-bats with two pop-ups and a ground out. Yon crushed the first pitch from Tyreen Smalley just foul down the left field line. The second pitch ...

Luensmann pitches B-A past BG

Chad Luensmann earned an NCAA Division I college baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska as a right-handed pitcher out of tiny Bellwood-Antis High School. Luensmann’s younger brother, Travis, is now only a sophomore at Bellwood, but is already showing a similar type of ability ...

Giger: Curve’s Tucker learns from recent slump

Cole Tucker knew it was up there, that ugly thing on the scoreboard when he went to the plate for his first at-bat Sunday afternoon. “Yeah, I knew,” the Curve shortstop said with a sly laugh. “It sucks when you’re not hitting your weight. But I did know.”?Tucker weighs 200 pounds. ...

Bisons ousted by Forest Hills

SIDMAN — Bryan Bernard had two hits, including a second-inning RBI single while going 6 2/3 innings for Forest Hills in a 3-1 win over Bedford in the District 6 Class 4A baseball semifinals. Adam Cecere had a run scoring double in the first to give the Rangers the early edge. Bedford ...

Goodman Shaffer: Baseball looks to the future

Your favorite professional baseball player steps to the plate. The first pitch whizzes by, but the home plate umpire says nothing. From a speaker comes a voice or a sound indicating whether the pitch was a ball or strike, determined not by the ump, but by a computer. MLB has been floating ...

Lady Colts best Heritage rival

MARION CENTER — It’s been back and forth between Northern Cambria and Marion Center all season long, and Monday afternoon’s game was no different. It was the Lady Colts that made all the right moves this time around, and Northern Cambria beat the Lady Stingers, 5-3, in the District 6 ...

Dixon wins at Bedford

BEDFORD — After over a week of rain and a Friday night rainout of the regularly scheduled show, Bedford Speedway used a Sunday raindate to beat Mother Nature and take advantage of a beautiful evening for racing. Jeff Rine won his first late-model feature of the season, while George Dixon ...

Veteran Altoona coach ready to call it a career

By Jim Lane For the Mirror Add Steve Rhodes to the list of area high school coaches who are retiring at the close of their respective 2018 seasons. First, it was Bellwood-Antis football coach John Hayes. Then came Bishop Guilfoyle girls basketball coach Mark Moschella. Rhodes, Altoona ...

Tyrone duo part of all-star list

TYRONE — Tyrone’s Ethan Vipond was named the most valuable player in boys tennis at the Mountain League Spring Sports Banquet Sunday night at Tyrone Area High School. Vipond was joined on the first team by teammate Paul Lemaire. Other area first-teamers were Huntingdon’s Bruce Perow, ...

Area youth baseball

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Altoona grad honored at Juniata

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College women’s tennis standout Lauren Lucas, an Altoona Area High School graduate, was recently named to the Landmark All-Conference singles first team. A junior, Lucas was selected for the singles first team for three consecutive years in addition to being ...