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Can Chambers finally get Lions to dance?

After watching the recent Penn State-Mississippi basketball game, I ended up with mixed emotions. After the first half, I said to myself this is the year State gets over the hump. Then ccomes the second half. While leading by 21 points with 16 minutes remaining, I felt the Lions had the ...

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Name: Joe Merilli Age: 56 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My daughter, Miranda, and my brother, Greg. Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: ...

Swimming faces troubled waters

ATLANTA — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it’s happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern ...

Penn State fans have been too critical

I’ve never seen so much whining from we Penn State fans as I have this season. And trust me, I’ve been following it all for years now. Do I sit in front of the TV on Saturdays out here in LA and scream at the TV on any number of occasions? Just ask my wife, who finds something to ...

In broadcast world, some thanks

We’re just a three days removed from Thanksgiving, and there are many reasons to be thankful in regard to sports media and television. Here are a few atop my list: David Feherty: The golf analyst and TV personality conducts the best sports interview program on television. We’re getting to ...

Best atmosphere? Here’s nod to Tide

I have been to sporting events all over the USA, from sea to shining sea, and none is more awesome than an on-campus rivalry football game. Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups, bowl games and NCAA Final Fours are full of excitement, but they can’t top the energy of ...

Paterno’s call vs. Kansas still memorable

I watched Saturday’s Penn State-Minnesota game and came away with one firm conclusion: To wit, some coaches are destined to prevail at big moments on grand stages, and some are not. I was stationed in Vietnam in 1968-69 and listened to the Jan. 1, 1969 Orange Bowl game between Penn State and ...

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Name: Joseph Dumm Age: 66 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: Penn State My favorite sport: A tie, football and baseball I usually attend games with: Chris Seymore, Condrin family and Maryanne Burger Favorite high school team: A tie, BG, Hollidaysburg ...

Game day is not Franklin’s strength

P.J. Fleck had his team ready to play, and Minnesota outcoached James Franklin and outplayed Penn State. A six-man offensive line leaves one less eligible receiver. Franklin and defensive Brent Pry were clueless, and Minnesota’s receivers were running wide open by 10-15-20 yards with no ...

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Name: Ray Riggleman Age: 43 Residence: Bedford County High school: Penn Cambria College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife and two boys Favorite high school team: Chestnut Ridge Favorite college team: Michigan Favorite pro team: ...

(More) ESPN Radio changes on way

For a decade and a half, ESPN Radio’s national morning drive sports-talk show was a testament to consistency and familiarity. Now it could be facing more change. Led by longtime hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Mike and Mike in the Morning earned cultural relevance and respect from ...

Gloves don’t cut it in rainy weather

About Penn State’s dropped passes in the rain at Michigan State ... I was watching an earlier football game on Saturday, and that one was in the rain. There were dropped passes on both sides of the ball. The announcers kept saying one thing over and over: “It’s those new gloves ...

SFU softball coach has passport ready

LORETTO — Saint Francis assistant softball coach Hailey Breakwell has been a nomad in her softball career. Growing up in the fertile Napa Valley of California, a garden of grapes and softball players, Breakwell played shortstop at Idaho State, where she won Big Sky player of the year. ...

Nebraska fans take pride in program

I am responding to Neil Rudel’s column (Oct. 10) on Nebraska being his favorite Big Ten road trip. My wife and I live in Vienna, Virginia, and we have lived there for decades. However, I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and she is from Nanty Glo. We are both Penn State and Nebraska ...

Geist did his share of heavy lifting

Rick Geist was best known to all in central Pennsylvania for his 34 years of honorable work as a politician. But his love for weight training extended long before and after that time. He was the oldest active member of Jake’s Gym from the 1960s to when it closed in 2001. He first joined ...

PSU gets Lions’ share of exposure

It’s been a good few weeks for Penn State football — arguably the best midseason publicity run in program history. It might not rival bowl performances and national championships, but in terms of consistently good news and high visibility opportunities, it’s hard to top three ...

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Name: Doug Simmons Age: 35 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona, Class of 2003 College: Duquesne My favorite sport: College basketball I usually attend games with: My wife, Whitney Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Duquesne Favorite pro team: All ...

An open door gains lesson, friend

September, 1981 — I had just settled into Lyons Hall during my second day at Penn State’s main campus (my dream school, and the only college to which I applied), fresh from a relatively non-descript, safe and clean-cut upbringing in Hollidaysburg. I was laying on my bed that afternoon ...

NBA-China a lose-lose situation

Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press If the NBA really wanted to make a statement it should have never issued a statement, much less two. No need to complicate things when two team owners had already genuflected to the irate citizens of China. Or when James Harden took it upon himself to ...

Dish leaves PSU fans out in the dark

For those of you TV viewers who are with Dish, Fox removed FS1 and the Big Ten Network off our TVs until Dish and Fox get their egos together and negotiate a new contract. I guess Fox wants a double-digit increase affecting FSl and BTN. So from a Penn State football standpoint, we Dish ...