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Hot-hitting prospect Bell joins Pirates

July 9, 2016 PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell joined the Pirates on Friday, but it appears this weekend will just be a sneak preview of his major league career. more »»

Curve rally to reclaim first place

July 9, 2016 ERIE — Despite a tough series at Akron earlier this week that dropped the Curve into second place, they moved back atop the Western Division standings thanks to a ninth-inning rally Friday night. more »»

Raonic tops Federer to reach final

July 9, 2016 LONDON — There was Roger Federer, so famous for his flawless footwork, flat on his stomach, face down and motionless on the Centre Court grass after jamming the toe of his left shoe and stumbling... more »»

Marte edged out in final All-Star vote

July 9, 2016 NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon and Max Scherzer are headed to the All-Star Game, picked as replacements for other pitchers originally selected to the National League team. more »»

Serena faces Kerber in final

July 9, 2016 LONDON — Before looking ahead to the Wimbledon final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber today, take a moment to look back at the American’s second-round match last week. more »»

Lilly, Claysburg advance to Cambria Legion finals

July 9, 2016 ST. MICHAEL — Nate George pitched a complete game and allowed just three hits as Lilly clinched its semifinal series over St. Michael, 11-1, in the Cambria County American Legion on Friday. more »»

Harvick on pole at Kentucky

July 9, 2016 SPARTA, Ky. — Storms washed out qualifying at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, putting Kevin Harvick on the pole for tonight’s Sprint Cup Series race based on owner points. more »»

Biles surges; Douglas takes fall

July 9, 2016 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Simone Biles is just four rotations away from her long-awaited trip to Rio de Janeiro. The three-time world champion led the way during the first night of U.S. more »»

Simmons already off to impressive NBA start

July 9, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Ben Simmons showed why he was the No. 1 overall pick by the downtrodden Philadelphia 76ers during his first two games in the Utah Jazz Summer Leagu. more »»

Juniata adds hoops recruits

July 9, 2016 HUNTINGDON — Six players, including Hollidaysburg’s Jacob Holsopple, will join the Juniata men’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season. more »»

France’s top hope Pinot cracks

July 9, 2016 LAC DE PAYOLLE, France — Dribbling in pain on the punishing climb of the Col d’Aspin, Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the Tour de France disappea. more »»

Lions hire McGreal as new mens’ basketball coach

July 8, 2016 Penn State Altoona athletics has announced the hiring of David McGreal as the next head coach of its men’s basketball program. more »»

Coonelly to appear locally

July 8, 2016 The second annual “Pirate/Curve/Thrivent” event to benefit the Blair County Miracle League will take place Monday, July 25. more »»

Park Furniture goes up 1-0 in series

July 8, 2016 John Gority had three hits and drove in three runs for Park Furniture as it took the first game of a best-of-three first-round playoff series over ReMax Realty, 11-3, in the George B. more »»

PSU courses have grown steadily

July 8, 2016 STATE COLLEGE — Like most things sports-related, Penn State’s golf facilities are among the best in the nation, featuring two 18-hole golf courses and extensive practice facilities. more »»

Track team starting to come into focus

July 8, 2016 The Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — LaShawn Merritt considers his 200-meter races more of a lark than anything else. Think of the possibilities if they ever become a serious pursuit. more »»

Young women on center stage

July 8, 2016 With the men’s tour off this week, the ladies definitely have the spotlight as they compete for their biggest prize of the year — the Women’s U.S. more »»

James, Eckard, Ebersole, Dodson enjoy Independence Day

July 8, 2016 ORE HILL — The team of Bryan James, Rich Eckard, Bob Ebersole and Patti Dodson won the July 4 Red/White and Blue Tournament at the Iron Masters Country Club. They finished with a 109. more »»

Iuzzolino takes position at NEC’s Robert Morris

July 7, 2016 Mike Iuzzolino became a Northeast Conference basketball legend playing at Saint Francis 25 years ago, and now he’s returning to the league — only at the Red Flash’s biggest riva. more »»

PIAA brackets now weighted in wrestling

July 7, 2016 Many years ago, this column advocated finding a way to use a district’s past record in the state tournament to give out some wild card spots in the bracket. more »»

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