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Newton-Carolina: Mum’s the word

By Steve Reed The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Cam Newton remains optimistic about his chances of playing for the Carolina Panthers next season, the team is remaining mostly silent on the quarterback’s future. “He’s rehabbing, that’s all I can say,” Panthers general ...

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Name: Mike Allison Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: Family and friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: A tie between Penn State and North ...

At 89, writer ends ‘super’ streak

MIAMI — Jerry Izenberg can still write, as anyone who reads his columns in the Star-Ledger in New Jersey knows. Just the other day he wrote a good one about an aging sports writer who has been to every Super Bowl since the first one in 1967. That sports writer won’t be in Miami this week. ...

Rodgers, Manning QBs to admire

Aaron Rodgers had a dream to make another Super Bowl, but it wasn’t to be. Fans will remember his legacy of performing that magic touch of coming from behind to win so many times. He has been my favorite professional quarterback as he’s been a person of integrity and role model for so ...

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Name: Tara (Nader) Wood Age: 48 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Class of 1989 College: Shippensburg University Favorite sport: Basketball I Usually Attend Games with: My husband Scott and kids (Scotty, Alex, Lauren and Kara) when they aren’t ...

BTN continues to pay off for PSU

It’s a big night of back-to-back Penn State action Friday on the Big Ten Network. A home hockey game against Notre Dame (6 p.m.) starts the evening and a wrestling match at top-ranked Iowa (9 p.m.) completes the doubleheader. Sure, football drives BTN — the popularity of that sports ...

Helmet safety needs out-of-box ideas

As a retired engineer who continues to view the world of sports analytically, I am frustrated to see the evolving destruction of my favorite spectator sport, American football. I’m a father of two sons and the grandfather of three grandsons. I see with dismay, that my wife and my son’s ...

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Name: Terri Henshaw Kelley Age: 50 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle class of 1986 College: Slippery Rock My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My kids, Aidan and Mackenzie, if they aren’t participating in the sport Favorite high school team: ...

LSU takes its place in history

The walk down historic Bourbon Street towards the SuperDome for the National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson was unlike any other that I have made to a stadium. Tens of thousands of fans wearing purple and gold and orange and white paraded through the French Quarter hoping for the ...

Half-full stadiums won’t stall bowls

By Eric Olson The Associated Press Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams with ...

CFP responsible for its own delay

College football’s championship game between Clemson and LSU kicks off Monday night — 15 days since they won their respective semifinals — and that break was probably good for the teams’ health, just as the Monday night timeslot should be good for ratings. Still, a two-week plus break ...

Stern committed to ‘what was right’

By Tim Frank (Editor’s note: Altoona native Tim Frank worked closely with ex-NBA commissioner David Stern for more than two decades. He offers his perspective to the Mirror on Stern, who passed Wednesday at the age of 77.) When the phone rang, you knew you had to be ready. If ...

Progress but PSU shy of being elite

There are some really concerning Penn State’s weaknesses — particularly the soft-zone pass-coverage schemes and breakdowns, and the rapidly declining play of Sean Clifford — but I will take this season and be grateful. I predicted 8-4, with a likely bowl game loss. I thought this would ...

SEC about to join ABC-ESPN family­

All those college football fans who clamor about a Southeastern Conference bias on ESPN might have more reason to complain soon. While ESPN launched and owns the SEC Network, it is also apparently close to securing the rights to broadcast the conference’s best regular season games and its ...

Ex-PSU football player turns author

LEMONT — Former Penn State linebacker Gary Gray has taken a trip down memory lane over the past two years, researching the story of his hometown’s 1960 Little League World Series championship squad that he followed along the tournament trail with his father. Gray, a two-year starter for ...

Better helmets won’t settle safety issue

‘Safe tackling’ matter of interpretation Football helmets are almost as old as the game itself and, by now, about as safe as they’ll ever be. The polycarbonate outer shell flexes at impact to redistribute shock, yet remains strong enough to ram a car windshield at 40 mph without ...

Can Chambers finally get Lions to dance?

After watching the recent Penn State-Mississippi basketball game, I ended up with mixed emotions. After the first half, I said to myself this is the year State gets over the hump. Then ccomes the second half. While leading by 21 points with 16 minutes remaining, I felt the Lions had the ...

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Name: Joe Merilli Age: 56 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My daughter, Miranda, and my brother, Greg. Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: ...

Swimming faces troubled waters

ATLANTA — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it’s happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern ...

Penn State fans have been too critical

I’ve never seen so much whining from we Penn State fans as I have this season. And trust me, I’ve been following it all for years now. Do I sit in front of the TV on Saturdays out here in LA and scream at the TV on any number of occasions? Just ask my wife, who finds something to ...