The Altoona Mirrorhttp://www.altoonamirror.comTop Blogsen-usThu, 31 Jul 2014 19:38:40 EDTThu, 31 Jul 2014 19:38:40 EDT 7 tough months, Franklin thrilled to be reunited with family,-Franklin-thrilled-to-be-reunited-with-family.htmlCHICAGO -- I have 2-year-old twins, and it's been emotionally difficult being away from them for a mere three days covering Big Ten football in the Windy City.Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:32:26 EDTGood news for hoops fans: PSU's new AD has solid basketball background's-new-AD-has-solid-basketball-background.htmlCHICAGO -- One of the best things about new Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour -- if you're a basketball fan -- is that she has a lot of experience working at schools where basketball actually matters.Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:05:16 EDTBarbour a bizarre choice as PSU AD PARK -- It's just a bizarre hire. A major head-scratcher in so many ways. <P> Whether it will turn out to be good or bad, nobody knows at this point. That will take years to find out.Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:09:52 EDTCurve SS Hanson benched again, manager says 'enough is enough',-manager-says-'enough-is-enough'.htmlCurve shortstop Alen Hanson, who has missed significant time this season because of several lack of hustle incidents, sat out a second straight game Sunday night after getting pulled in the middle of Friday's game.Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:59:31 EDTCurve's Sampson gets raw deal from Pirates having to sit out EL All-Star Game's-Sampson-gets-raw-deal-from-Pirates-having-to-sit-out-EL-All-Star-Game.htmlThe Pirates are robbing Curve pitcher Adrian Sampson of a chance to enjoy perhaps the biggest highlight of his career as they are not allowing him to pitch in this week's Eastern League All-Star Game.Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:55:09 EDT