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Party of 5: Pirates part of crowded contenders

Local Sports

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chris Archer (3-6) vs. Cubs RHP Yu Darvish (2-4) TV: AT&T SN By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon didn’t let the free time created by a rare ejection go to ...

Early deficit too much for Curve

Altoona Curve

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Erie, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Brandon Waddell (1-1, 1.89) vs. SeaWolves LHP Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00) Record: 12-7 (second half); 47-39 (overall) From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve fell in a big hole early and didn’t get their offense going ...

Serena chasing history

National Sports

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England — Hours before her Wimbledon semifinal, Serena Williams spent some time deep in thought and arrived at a couple of conclusions. For one thing, she shouldn’t focus too much on trying to raise her Grand Slam title total to 24, ...

For first time since 1951, Open in Northern Ireland

National Sports

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press Graeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score was a source of hope. And then a month later, Darren ...

FIFA gets tougher on racism

National Sports

GENEVA — FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings. Stricter handling of discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next ...

‘No pass, no play’ part of legacy

National Sports

AUSTIN, Texas — Part of late billionaire H. Ross Perot’s legacy is a clear-cut rule about Texas high school sports: If a student can’t pass class, they can’t play. The law, with its catchy “No Pass, No Play” nickname, has been in place since 1984. When first signed by Gov. Mark ...

Westbrook traded to Rockets for Paul

Professional Sports

LAS VEGAS — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. ...

MLB commish defending the makeup of a baseball

National Sports

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don’t know the reason why. Then again, it might be that they’re just not looking hard enough. Unlike the players, the ball still ...

Altoona team earns victory

Local Sports

WILLIAMSPORT —Alex Yost drove in two runs, and Joe Bukowsky struck out two in a 5-4 win for Altoona over Boyertown on Thursday in the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth 14U state baseball tournament. Evan Alwine and Brady Hibbs each drove in a run for Altoona, which returns to action today at 5 p.m. ...

Astros appealing suspension of Marisnick

National Sports

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for his violent home plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy before the All-Star break. Marisnick said he still felt ...

Daly denied use of cart at British Open

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Last week, British Open officials turned down 1995 Open champion John Daly’s request to use a golf cart during the upcoming event at Royal Portrush in northern Ireland. As a former British Open and PGA Championship winner, the 53-year-old Daly is eligible to compete in each event through ...

Ladies Classic continues to see growth

Local Sports

The annual Iron Masters Ladies Classic was held earlier this week and saw Selinsgrove’s Barb Pagano and Philadelphia’s Liz Haines team up to take home the title. This year’s tournament marked year No. 25 for the popular event, a tournament that attracts many of the best women golfers ...

Big Orange League has two-way tie at the top

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HUNTINGDON — There’s a two-way tie for first place in the Big Orange Golf League at the Huntingdon Country Club. After week 8 action in the first cycle, the teams of Ed Gargula and Jim Lakso, along with Rick Bayer and Larry Newton, are tied at 5-3. Phil Thompson and Gerry Huggler, along ...

Diaz shoots 62 to take John Deere Classic lead

Professional Sports

SILVIS, Ill. — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five ...

Teuns wins; Ciccone has lead

National Sports

CHAMPAGNEY, France — Two Tour de France rookies stole the show on the first mountain stage, with Dylan Teuns of Belgium winning Stage 6 and Giulio Ciccone of Italy taking the overall race lead on Thursday. Geraint Thomas, the defending champion, also rode strongly, going some way to answer ...

Pirates, and everybody else, in contention in NL Central

Local Sports

Notes and observations about Major League Baseball at the all-star break: A hat can be thrown over all five teams in the National League Central Division, and that’s great news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates entered the all-star break one game under .500 at 44-45, but they’re ...

ERA Sports uses pitching, defense to win Lowey crown

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Riding its pitching and defense, the ERA Sports team closed its Altoona Teener Minor League season with a nine-game winning streak. Those two items were the linchpins again Wednesday evening as ERA Sports captured the championship in the Lowey Division playoff tournament at Seitz ...

Curve All-Stars help West win

Altoona Curve

RICHMOND, Va. — Two Curve pitchers did their part to help the Western Division shut out the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night. The Western squad won, 5-0, before 9,560 fans at The Diamond, in a game hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Curve ...

Trade deadline, big moves loom in MLB

National Sports

CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, chasing Ronald Acuna Jr. and the ...

Robot umps make debut

National Sports

YORK — “Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket ...