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Villanova’s win one of greatest upsets

National Sports

Guess what? This afternoon, CBS will run three straight NCAA men’s basketball championships starting at 1 p.m. with the 1985 Villanova-Georgetown title tilt. It will be followed by Arizona-Kentucky (1997) and Duke-Butler (2010). The Associated Press A panel of Associated Press sports ...

Brady, Buccaneers could be on TV a lot

National Sports

The Associated Press Besides the draft, the other big event on April’s NFL calendar is the release of the regular-season schedule. Teams have known their opponents since late December, but Howard Katz and his scheduling department continue to parse through over 50,000 scenarios pumped out ...

Council to vote on eligibility Monday

PSU

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to allow another year of eligibility for spring sport athletes such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players, who had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar ...

COVID-19 continues to affect outdoors world

Outdoors

Although I was hoping not to have to mention the COVID-19 virus again this week, the statewide response to that health crisis ramped up dramatically statewide last week with unprecedented cancellations and business closures, many of them directly affecting us in the outdoors community. And ...

Sports at a glance

Local Sports

Pitt forward will transfer PITTSBURGH — Forward Samson George will enter the NCAA Division I transfer portal following three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. He is expected to graduate this spring and will be immediately eligible upon transfer. George appeared in 27 career ...

Pandemic delivers body blow to ski industry

Outdoors

The Associated Press DENVER — Ski resorts across the West that were shut down amid coronavirus fears are grappling with an economic “body blow” at a time when they normally would be welcoming hordes of spring break revelers. March is usually one of the busiest months for Colorado ...

A ‘Classic’ case of ‘what if?’

Local Sports

Readers of our newspaper should be pulling out their sports pages to read about last night’s Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. It could have been one of the most memorable yet, with at least seven future NCAA Division I girls players set to lace up their shoes and one of the strongest ...

Final pitch could be closer to Christmas than Halloween

National Sports

NEW YORK — If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that’s fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the ...

Opener part of the great unknown

PSU

Penn State’s football season is scheduled to kick off in 162 days, which seems like a long time away, but the reality is there’s simply no way to know right now how the sports world — or the world in general — will look at that point because of the coronavirus. If things returned to ...

Reunited and it feels so good for Watt

Local Sports

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Turns out, Derek Watt’s reunion with younger brother T.J. has its limits. Like say, sharing a roof for the first time since college. “I know (T.J.) doesn’t want that,” Derek Watt said with a laugh on Thursday, about a week after ...

Legendary Globetrotter dead at 77

Local Sports

The Associated Press Fred “Curly” Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home outside of Houston on Thursday morning. “We have lost one of the most ...

Victory for Altoona marks field opening

Local Sports

By Zip Milburn Altoona High opened a new athletic field and conquered an ancient and highly respected rival on Saturday afternoon, the Maroons of coach Snaps Emanuel handing out a 20-6 licking to the Centre County Reds while a crowd of 7,000 was entertained on an inspection party to the new ...

No plans to change NFL draft

National Sports

NEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL teams on Thursday that the draft will go on as originally scheduled for next month. The draft will still take place April 23-25. It was originally scheduled for a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the ...

Unkel Joe’s still working online

Local Sports

Despite a limited staff due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandated shutdown, the remaining employees at Unkel Joe’s Woodshed are working on adjustments to their store to continue their presence within the community. As of Wednesday afternoon, the store had puzzles and plastic model kits available ...

Close to home: Virus has Franklin family on lockdown

PSU

James Franklin’s daughter, Addison, celebrated her 12th birthday Wednesday, and the Penn State coach discussed how the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the nation and world hits home with his family. “My youngest daughter has sickle cell (anemia), which is an autoimmune disease,” Franklin ...

New free agents sign on dotted line

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Stefen Wisniewski is finally home. And the Pittsburgh Steelers now have the most Watts per capita of any team in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers officially signed the well-traveled Wisniewski to a two-year deal on Wednesday, bringing the veteran offensive lineman to his ...

Injured Penguin on schedule for possible return to ice

Local Sports

When it all stopped When the NHL shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Pittsburgh Penguins were 40-23-6 in the Metropolitan Division, good for third place behind the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7) and the Washington Capitals (41-20-8). The Associated Press PITTSBURGH ...

Stokes first unanimous choice for MVP

Local Sports

Maurice Stokes, St. Francis College’s 6-foot-6 center who amazed Madison Square Garden fans with his all-around brilliance on both offense and defense in four National Invitation Tournament games, is the first player to win the most valuable player award by a unanimous vote. In addition, it ...