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Pebble Beach offers perfect backdrop

The natural landscape of Pebble Beach, with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning cliffs and the majestic houses and Cyprus trees lining the rolling lush green, makes it easy to forget that you are walking one of the most iconic golf courses in the USA. The fact that the ...

Fox puts best foot forward in Cup

Millions of viewers, record numbers of viewers, have tuned into coverage the women’s World Cup so far, and Fox and its family of networks will attract even more viewers in the next week or so — despite their production folks working a bit blind during games. Because of the way production ...

Father’s Day memories never fade

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s ...

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Name: Zach Dionis Age: 27 Residence: Altoona High school: Bellwood-Antis, class of 2010 College: Penn State, class of 2018 My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My friends and family Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn ...

For grandma, this Cup runneth over

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press BOSTON — Ryan O’Reilly should expect another email from his 99-year-old grandmother pretty soon. Congratulations from Deirdre O’Reilly are certainly in order after her grandson won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable ...

Women’s soccer has earned its keep

Women’s soccer season — specifically, the once-every-four-years “season” that coincides with the Women’s World Cup — has started and games will air on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 through the conclusion of the tournament on July 7. Team USA, the perennial tournament favorite ...

Heavyweights are suddenly fun again

Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn’t just upend heavyweight boxing. He threw it a ...

Scenes can outweigh MLB gimmicks

Over the years, the fast food industry, Las Vegas casinos and all things Disney have successfully adapted to technological innovations, fluctuating economic forces and trending consumer interests. So, too, has Major League Baseball. At an increasingly sophisticated level, MLB organizations ...

Browns haven’t bypassed Steelers

As a Steeler fan living outside Pennsylvania, I often get a much different take on things from the national sports media. In 2019, no theme in that conversation is bigger than the idea of the Cleveland Browns winning the AFC North. I understand even the Las Vegas oddsmakers have been ...

French Open will be full of drama

With so many different story lines headlining this tournament, the biggest may be made by a player who has not played at the French Open since 2015. Much has changed for Roger Federer since his last match in Paris. He had surgery, changed the paint job on his racquet and even switched ...

Fond memories of Curve never fade

Hyzdu still focal point of team’s early days May 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Adam Hyzdu and assigning him to the Altoona Curve. That simple transaction left an indelible impact on the Curve, the city of Altoona, and from a personal standpoint, my own ...

YMCA program inspires young runner

I’m in seventh grade at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School, and Saturday, I competed in my first District 6 Track & Field competition. Throughout grade school, I tried to find my sport. I played flag football, wrestling, baseball, soccer, you name it. They were not the right fit for ...

PSU lacrosse earns some air time

For those who have not seen Penn State’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse team in action, there’s no better time than the present — and the team’s march toward a potential national championship will play out on TV beginning this afternoon. First-round play for the 14-1 Nittany Lions begins ...

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Name: Christian Strawmier Age: 15 Residence: Altoona High schooL: Altoona Area My favorite sport: Track and field I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Area Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Pirates My favorite ...

America’s urgent need for baseball

After two centuries, the game is still a thing of beauty In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the ...

Free agency should reign across sports

It’s time to give up. It’s time for a lawless society. The rules aren’t working and there are a zillion ways to bend them without getting caught. And if you get caught, you get canned and land somewhere else. I’m talking about paying our young athletes — and I’m not just ...

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Name: Paul Good Age: 49 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg, class of 1988 College: Penn State My favorite sport: Penn State men’s basketball I usually attend games with: Friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite ...

Huge contracts show skewed priorities

This letter is in response to the articles covering Mike Trout’s $430 million contract with Los Angeles Angels. One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers. Everyone should agree that the value an ...

Fandom: Colby Gojmerac

Name: Colby Gojmerac Age: 8 Residence: Roaring Spring Elementary school: Spring Cove Elementary My favorite sport: Baseball or football, depends on the season, but I like them all. I usually attend games with: My dad, Brooks Decker, Lucas Horton, Kaymen Oakes and Landyn ...

For racing fans, it’s almost post time

With the NFL Draft over, the Kentucky Derby steps up as the next major sporting event on the calendar — so horse racing will become relevant for the next few weeks. Derby post time is 6:50 p.m. Saturday, with coverage on NBC. Horse racing does not hold the mainstream lure it did a half ...