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Baseball losing (too) many heroes

By Bob Trumpbour For the Mirror When I was 11 years old, my mom took me to a New Jersey mall to meet Tom Seaver, then a star pitcher for the New York Mets. I still have the autographed ball that he signed on that day, and I still vividly remember the very brief conversation I had with ...

NFL’s top statistic: COVID-19 vaccination percentages

By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press The NFL’s most discussed stat has been COVID-19 vaccination percentages. As the first week of training camp kicked off, numbers continue to increase while debate persists. So far, 87.9 percent of players have had at least one shot of the vaccine and ...

Lilly built foundation for success

Former Lilly Raider football teams are set to celebrate three consecutive undefeated seasons from the 1960s this weekend. These men eventually became successful in life outside of the realm of football and athletics, with three earning doctorates and a number earning engineering and advanced ...

Pitching becoming sticky business

By Bill Contz For the Mirror Spider Tack is a sticky, wax-like substance invented by a powerlifter to enhance his grip on barbells loaded down with obscene amounts of iron prior to tossing them around. Primitive versions of this goo can be traced back to classes taught by emeritus ...

Olympics still learning to navigate strict rules in Japan

By Pat Graham The Associated Press Sydney McLaughlin turns 22 three days after the final of the 400-meter hurdles, in which she might win Olympic gold and may even lower her current world record. Her big birthday plans? “Try and find a cupcake and then blow out the candles by ...

Thank you, Ryan Malone: Celebrating the Lightning’s title

Thank you Ryan Malone. You changed my life. There was no hockey culture in Altoona in the late 90s. The sports gods played at Three Rivers Stadium and Beaver Stadium. When I learned how to skate, you had two options in the area and only one of them had ice — Sir Skate behind the VA ...