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NCAA must start sharing the wealth

February 16, 2014 For those that still deem college athletics as a pure bastion of amateur sports, I would suggest that you put your Gremlin in park, put your 8-track down and adjust the rabbit ears on your television. more »»

WJAC juggles Olympics coverage

February 16, 2014 With as many as 25 million viewers watching every night, the Winter Olympics mean a lot for NBC — and for its affiliates such as WJAC-TV (Channel 6). more »»

Kiner was a hero to many Pirate fans

February 9, 2014 Ralph Kiner, who died Thursday at the age of 91, was my boyhood hero. At the age of 12, I became aware of him as a Pittsburgh Pirate when I began reading the sports pages of the Altoona Mirro. more »»

Weather or not, nation is ready

February 2, 2014 With weather as a primary concern for the first Super Bowl contested at a traditionally cold-weather site outdoors, percentages have been a big part of the pre-game discussion about the matchup... more »»

Championship Sunday is NFL dream

January 19, 2014 It’s two weeks before the Super Bowl, but NFL officials and the league’s broadcast partners have something else on their mind this afternoon — a pair of conference championship games with sure-fire... more »»

NBA fan meets NBA (Jam) legend

January 5, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE — My morning began inauspiciously, when I drove to the Denver airport, printed my boarding pass and went through security for my 10:09 flight … only then realizing the flight was 10:09 p. more »»

Sampsell: Sports ushering in the new year

December 29, 2013 When it comes to TV and sports, most fans just want to know what time to watch and which channel to select to watch their favorite team play from game to game or week to week. more »»

Wrestling adds to PSU exposure

December 15, 2013 Penn State wrestling matches against Ohio State this afternoon (noon, BTN) and at Iowa on Saturday (9 p.m. more »»

Pens on TV a good thing

November 3, 2013 Baseball season has ended, and the NBA might not rank as a first-option for many fans who watch sports on TV in the region. more »»

Pirates fans fuel storyline

October 6, 2013 With the Pirates ready for their first home game in the National League Division Series today, fans planning to watch from home probably still need some help finding the right channel on their TV... more »»

Michaels appreciates Steelers

September 22, 2013 When “Sunday Night Football” kicks off tonight with the Bears visiting the Steelers at Heinz Field, it will mark the 25th prime-time game play-by-play man Al Michaels has worked in Pittsburgh. more »»

Sanchez becomes fan favorite

September 15, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft. more »»

‘Mini-Remembering Titans experience’

August 25, 2013 I’ve always believed that some of the most important lessons taught in schools were through extra-curricular activities — particularly athletics. more »»

ESPN brings out best in PSU

August 25, 2013 Last week’s “ESPN All-Access Training Days: Penn State” — which aired on ESPN and on ESPNU — left everyone associated with the project happy. more »»

ESPN converges on Penn State

August 11, 2013 Mark this down as a preseason victory for Penn State football — abundant attention from ESPN and its family of networks and show. more »»

Sampsell: TV will focus on ‘targeting’ rule

July 28, 2013 As an early spoiler alert for college football fans who watch games on TV this season, you’ll have an as-it-happens, front-row seat for what will surely be some of the most controversial plays of th... more »»

Baseball fights more bark than bite

July 14, 2013 Baseball fistfights are a sight to behold. The Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have almost come to blows over some tight pitches that came close to causing physical damage. more »»

Phillies fortunate to have Wheeler

July 14, 2013 Many Philadelphia Phillies fans appreciate the expanded presence of their teams’ games in the region thanks to WHVL-TV, and fans of any team can appreciate the approach of the Phillies’... more »»

Sports offer chance to show patriotism

June 30, 2013 When the Fourth of July approaches, I tend to reflect on things that make our nation unique. One of them is sports. We are as passionate about sports as anyone. more »»

Lane: A special day to share with your dad

June 16, 2013 Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Da. more »»

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