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Farace left his heart at Saint Francis

By Pat Farabaugh For the Mirror Pat Farace, Saint Francis class of 1954, died in Florida at age 88 on April 7. Farace was a team captain on Saint Francis’ 1953-54 men’s basketball team that posted a 20-5 record and made the school’s first appearance in the National Invitation ...

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Osaka deserves credit, not shame The ill treatment of 23-year-old Naomi Osaka, professional tennis player was shameful. Once again, as usual, an individual with mental health issues is chastised and shunned rather than shown compassion. Because I have battled mental illnesses for over 35 ...

‘The Kings’ relive their magical era of boxing

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press The Superdome in New Orleans was packed, and the buzz carried across the nation. The 1980s were dawning and Sugar Ray Leonard had some unfinished business to resolve with Roberto Duran, who had beaten him in a brutal fight months earlier. As the ...

Pittsburgh losing its reputation

By Bill Contz For the Mirror If you’re a Pittsburgh sports fan, please turn the channel now. You won’t like what you’re about to read. Division champions usually earn the right to host playoff games. Those teams who fail to take advantage and advance through to the later rounds are ...

Nicklaus still has plenty to say

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus is rarely at a loss for words no matter the subject, except for those occasions when he knows as much as anyone. And then he waits. One of the topics Tuesday at his Memorial Tournament was how often players from his era ...

Player’s visit stands test of time

By Ken Love For the Mirror Fifty years ago this week, one of golf’s legendary figures made a big impression on the residents of central Pennsylvania. In late May of 1971, South Africa’s Gary Player visited the Altoona area and capped off his time here with a record-setting performance ...