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Voice of the Fan

‘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 ...

Cardboard cutout fans are looking better than the real thing

The good thing about cardboard cutouts: At least you don’t have to worry about them spitting on a player, or dumping a box of popcorn on his head, or breaking into a brawl that leaves a toddler in tears. As fans begin filling the stands again, we find ourselves longing for all those ...

Unwritten rules leave plenty of blame

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Yermin Mercedes is hitting .346 with six home runs in his breakout rookie season, numbers that should win him praise from manager and everyone else rooting for the Chicago White Sox to make a run deep into October. And, no, he’s never read the ...