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Trout signing sends bad message

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to a 12-year, $426.5 million contract extension that averages to an annual salary of $35.5 million. The contract establishes a new record for professional sports in North America. The annual salary is another record. The announcement of ...

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Name: Ray Burley Jr. Age: 51 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife, Annie Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: North Carolina Tar Heels Favorite pro team: Steelers My favorite sports ...

It’s the season for Nantz to shine

It’s one of the most visible times of the year for veteran sports broadcaster Jim Nantz — and it might be the best time of the year for fans who consume his work. On Monday night, Nantz serves as the play-by-play voice for the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. ...

B-A title fuels community pride

The shrill of the volunteer fire whistle cut through the cold and rainy night air like a knife. Normally, a call to duty for the local firefighters is a concern, but on this night the blast was a call of celebration. Twice in as many years, the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball ...

Step into batter’s box for some trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Chambers lucky he’s at Penn State

I never want to see anyone fired who is doing what they believe is their very best. All or most coaches feel that way, and that is part of a coach’s makeup. However, these Division I coaches in the major sports such as football and basketball are paid a very attractive salary. If they can ...

Fond memories of Flash at Jaffa

The Saint Francis Red Flash returned to the NIT for the first time in over 60 years this March, playing a solid game against one of the most storied programs in college basketball. It may prompt old time Flash fans to recall the near misses a decade after their last appearance in ...

Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Chambers leading strong finish

I know there was a lot of heat for Penn State to get rid of men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. But consider recent events with six victories in the last nine games, including four of the last five going into today’s regular-season finale against Illinois. After starting out 0-10 in ...

Rubbing elbows

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

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Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...

Reasons to end Sunday hunting ban

After reading Wayne Campbell’s commentary in the Mirror (Feb. 22, “Compromise: Let’s share outdoors”), I thought your readers deserved to hear some Pennsylvania specific facts about Sunday hunting. I found it curious as to why Campbell would attempt to confuse readers by using a ...

Hockey deserves brighter spotlight

With the football season just ending, and baseball yet to start, a lot of Pennsylvanians feel this time of the year marks a lull in the sporting world. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The NHL season is in full swing, and the game is growing in popularity, with the 2018 Stanley ...

Access helps promote new league

Whether a startup league can consistently attract viewers will be decided as the inaugural spring season of the Alliance of American Football plays out, but it has already made a big impact in how pro football games are televised. We’re in the middle of the second week of play for “the ...

Mailbag

AAF gets passing mark on its inaugural weekend I attended the inaugural Alliance of American Football game between San Antonio and San Diego at San Antonio. A few other takeaways: The pace of the game was great. Not a lot of down time, and it seemed like continuous play at times. ...

Saint Francis will miss Haigh

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program. I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem. There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing ...

Brady takes place alongside Jordan

In 1998, I was sitting center court in Salt Lake City, Utah when Michael Jordan hit “The Shot.” “The Shot” won Game 6 of the NBA championship for Jordan’s sixth title, cementing his “Greatest of All Time (GOAT)” status. Sunday, I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance in ...

Romo showing uncommon foresight

The Super Bowl provides the biggest stage to date for NFL analyst turned media darling Tony Romo, and the CBS Sports color commentator seems poised to maintain the success he has enjoyed during his first two seasons on the job and, especially, during the AFC Championship Game. Romo, the ...