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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

Local Sports

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

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: 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

National Sports

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 ...

Youth trout day still possible this Saturday

Outdoors

Because I’ve been writing this weekly outdoors column for nearly 20 years, folks often ask me how I manage to come up with something to write about every week. Choosing a topic is usually not a problem, as have involved in hunting, fishing and a variety of other outdoor activities all my ...

Outdoors world offering sanctuary for many folks

Outdoors

The Associated Press Jim Klug’s office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It’s a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due ...

Bait shop owners reeling from virus

Outdoors

By Sean Sauro The Associated Press KIRKWOOD — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched one recent morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing ...

Financial questions fill college sports

PSU

There are so many questions about the future of college football right now because of the coronavirus, and many of them boil down to one big thing — money. There not only are financial uncertainties for universities, conferences and TV networks, but also fans, many of whom already have ...

Coach Carter: Juniata confident in new head man

Local Sports

Becoming a first-time head football coach is a tough transition for many former assistants. Imagine doing it without being able to meet your players in person. New Juniata football coach Josh Carter has been dealing with that challenge. The Juniata College campus, like most schools across ...

Remembering Final Four that never was

National Sports

ATLANTA — It would’ve been a magnificent weekend. Hoops. Music. A confetti shower at the end. A real celebration of basketball. Heck, the persnickety spring weather in Atlanta even turned gorgeous Friday, as if it didn’t get the memo that there won’t be tens of thousands of ...

Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class

National Sports

A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced today in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections at ...

Sports at a glance

National Sports

McLaughlin gets virtual race Scott McLaughlin won IndyCar’s virtual race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on Saturday, the second race in the series’ attempt to create content during the worldwide shutdown of sports. McLaughlin drives for Roger Penske in Australia and ...

Food booth canceled on first day of trout fishing due to coronavirus

Outdoors

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, the annual Canoe Creek Brethren In Christ Church Food Booth Fundraiser, normally set up in the church parking lot on the opening day of trout season, has been canceled. Donations for the Youth Group’s summer mission trip would ...

Doing the right thing: CC grad knows canceling was correct call

Local Sports

Max Murin and the University of Iowa wrestling team had so much to look forward to in mid-March. But the COVID-19 pandemic, like it has for the entire world, changed plans for Murin and the rest of the Hawkeyes. Iowa was set to enter this year’s NCAA Championships, which were to be held ...

Steelers’ new TE excited

Local Sports

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Eric Ebron isn’t worried about Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron’s balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end said had “a whole lot of mess” in it before getting cleaned up in ...

Spring brings memories of baseball

Local Sports

Living without spring sports gives everyone a chance to reflect on some of their memories of years past. Staring out the window into the sun and an empty baseball field while visiting my father in Tyrone a couple weeks ago, I started to think about one of the most memorable high school ...