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For NBC, bar is raised super high

February 1, 2015 It’s the big game, but if NBC Sports wants to deliver on its coverage of the Super Bowl it needs to treat it as just another game — albeit one that ranks as the most-viewed television event of the... more »»

Gordon will leave huge NASCAR void

February 1, 2015 Few drivers are great in racing. Less are champions. A select few become legends. This year, a legend is stepping out of the driver’s sea. more »»

Deflategate should signline Belichick

January 25, 2015 Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots. Now, it’s time to bury them. more »»

Fox crew sets the highest standard

January 17, 2015 Conference championship games move the NFL season closer toward completion this afternoon and evening, with Packers-Seahawks at 3:05 p.m. on Fox and Colts-Patriots at 6:40 p.m. on CBS. more »»

A special neighborhood for sports

January 11, 2015 In the 1950s, when I played for 10th Ward in the Kelley Federation, my manager was former major league player Bob Ramazzotti. more »»

Big Ten levels playing field

January 4, 2015 NEW ORLEANS — Ezekiel Elliott sprinted down the field, nothing between him and the end zone. Cardale Jones was right on his heels, eager to join the celebration. They can keep right on runnin. more »»

Sampsell: Win-win for fans of Steelers, PSU

December 28, 2014 It’s a wonderful night for football fans in the region who have a handle on technology — whether they digitally record shows, utilize a picture-in-picture TV or just have a superfast finger on the... more »»

Mayweather can't duck Pacquiao

December 21, 2014 LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career — and made a fortune — by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents. Playing the same game outside the ring has also paid off for Money Ma. more »»

Fantasy season reaches crunch time

December 7, 2014 By Sam Sky The fantasy playoffs are the most important part of your fantasy season. The rest of the season was just working to make it, and if you did, this is what counts. more »»

Sampsell: Iron Bowl offers glimpse of future

November 30, 2014 If you missed the Iron Bowl on Saturday night, you missed the future. more »»

Fighting adds spark to NASCAR

November 16, 2014 The 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup may be the most exciting championship battle in NASCAR since Alan Kulwicki shocked everyone in 1992 when he beat out Davey Allison and Bill Elliott for the title. more »»

Shake a hand, make a friend

November 9, 2014 As both a Penn State (2006) and Maryland (1994) graduate, I had a keen interest in last Saturday’s football game (for the record, I rooted for PSU). more »»

Conspiracy theories don't hold

November 2, 2014 In case anyone’s still confused, it’s time to clear the air regarding two silly conspiracy theories that got too much attention this past week. more »»

Chicago heat melting Cutler

October 26, 2014 CHICAGO — There’s no truth to the rumor Jay Cutler is about to be charged with starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. more »»

Everyone must safeguard students

October 19, 2014 As reported in the media, the current allegations regarding Sayreville War Memorial High School are jarring, and based on what we know, the school district’s administration took swift, decisive... more »»

Monday nights remain special

October 19, 2014 “Monday Night Football” celebrated its 700th game last week, but No. 701 might prompt a bit more interest in our region this week. more »»

Great game of baseball needs fix

October 12, 2014 Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. more »»

Sampsell: Separating fans from media

October 5, 2014 There’s a big difference between sports fans and members of the sports media, and that huge divide can be lost on many people — even a college football coach who considers himself a branding and... more »»

Rozelle could have taught Goodell

September 28, 2014 What a difference a commissioner makes. Pete Rozelle hadn’t been on the job long enough to find the executive washroom when he faced a gambling scandal a half-century ago that could have sunk the NFL. more »»

Women's sports talk show to debut

September 21, 2014 It’s a sports-talk show with unrivaled timing and arguably an A-list group of potential panelists, but “We Need to Talk,” set to debut on CBS Sports Network later this month, faces an uphill battle... more »»

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