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New MNF crew to size up Steelers

Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

Pitt should just focus on itself

I loved the letter from Byron Ferg in last week’s PSU Mailbag (Sept. 14 Gameday), lamenting the Pitt-PSU rivalry demise. After almost 25 years and Joe Paterno’s death, Ferg is still balling and sniffling about PSU not playing Pitt. Penn State is in the Big Ten, not the ACC. Isn’t ...

Tennis needs stronger leadership

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final last weekend. Here’s what the ...

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Name: Robert Spahn Age: 38 Residence: Altoona High school: Hollidaysburg College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Football and boxing I usually attend games with: My fiance, Amber, and my mother. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team(S): Texas and ...

Hillgrove keeps going strong

There’s so much to like about Bill Hillgrove it’s hard to know where to start. The longtime Pittsburgh sports broadcaster, a native of the city he knows so well, serves as the play-by-play voice for the Steelers and for Pitt football and basketball. He’s been working Steelers games ...

Altoona should sell advance tickets

Can the Altoona Area School District get anything right? Kudos to Phil Riccio for getting the Altoona-Hollidaysburg football rivalry back on the schedule. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. I drove to the Mansion Park ticket office last Thursday because it was open today from 10 ...

Tiger, Mickelson in money grab

Golf’s pay per view will fall well short of boxing draws It’s probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history. You might ...

Ohio State throws victim under the bus

The shot was heard around the Big Ten and further. Should I be surprised when it concerns Ohio State University and Urban Meyer? No. Domestic abuse of women took a major hit. Victim Courtney Smith was thrown under the bus as the Ohio State investigators did nothing for her. The lead ...

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Name: Eric Reinke Age: 54 Residence: Clearfield High school: Clearfield Area College: Villanova University, Class of 1985 My favorite sport: Soccer I usually attend games with: My wife, Bonnie Favorite high school team: Clearfield Bison Favorite college team: A tie, Villanova ...

Comcast, BTN bring good news

Penn State football fans were spared a potential inconvenience when the Big Ten Network announced an agreement Friday with Comcast, ensuring access to BTN and Fox Sports 1. That means the Nittany Lions’ season opener Saturday against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium will be available to ...

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Name: Ethan Hullihen Age: 28 Residence: Fallentimber High school: Glendale College: Saint Francis University My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My wife Favorite high school team: Don’t follow high school sports Favorite college team: Saint Francis ...

Measure Woods on his comeback

Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest final round in ...

‘Howling noises’ disrupt Pirates games

I have been a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates all my life, but I’ve lived away for 50 years. I moved back to the area in 2016 and was excited about watching Pirates games. Usually at the end of the games, some people in the stands start what sounds like howling noises. It is quite ...

Some college football games to circle

There are just three Saturdays, or 21 days overall, however you prefer to count, until the college football season begins. For Penn State, the season opener comes on Sept. 1 when the Nittany Lions play host to Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium. For some fans looking forward to the season, ...

Portland grew women’s game locally

Sometimes the passing of time enhances our appreciation of people and the good they have done. Such is the case of Penn State longtime women’s basketball coach Rene Portland. I’ll not let the controversy that plagued her last few seasons diminish the contributions she made to female ...

Keystone baseball doing itself proud

The Keystone kids are making another run to play on Little League’s biggest stage. Keystone Little League, based in Beech Creek, Clinton County, claimed the Pennsylvania championship by sweeping four games at the state tournament held last week in Berwick. Keystone’s next stop is the ...

Ohio State case ‘tip of the iceberg’

Well the Ohio State slogan of “Just win baby, win” has come back to haunt coach Urban Meyer and the entire Columbus and Ohio State communities. My questions, among many, are: 1. In 2015, police investigated an incident of domestic abuse of the victim. Who stopped the police report of ...

There’s no room for politics in sports

In May, the team owners of the National Football League (NFL) instituted some new rules for football players and teams. This new rule was a reaction to protests some players have made during the playing of the national anthem. There are many strong opinions on this issue expressed by ...

Curve, MLB know how to show class

On Wednesday, July 18 at the Altoona Curve game at noon, patriotism and the respect for our nation’s flag and veterans were at an emotional high, and my friends and I were proud to be a part of it. The Curve, as always, honor our veterans each game and this particular Wednesday’s salute ...

Fandom: Ben Eberhart

Name: Ben Eberhart Age: 27 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Claysburg-Kimmel College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family and my girlfriend. Favorite high school team: Claysburg-Kimmel Bulldogs Favorite college team: Penn ...