Sports Columns

PSU backers: Pitt fans are people, too

Some of the best people I know are Pitt fans. I say that somewhat reluctantly, because growing up in a Penn State household, those words would have been almost sacrilegious. You know the old line: “I’m for Penn State and whoever is playing Pitt this week.” We’d say that pretty ...

A win by Spieth that will live long in golf lore

SOUTHPORT, England — Someday, perhaps very soon, there will be a plaque at Royal Birkdale for Jordan Spieth, much like the one off the 16th hole that celebrates Arnold Palmer and the 6-iron he slashed out of the rough in 1961 to usher in a new era of golf. The only question will be where to ...

LL intentional walks don’t seem right

Think back to your Little League days. For some of us that was a long time ago, but I can still remember pulling on my stirrups and hauling my worn-out batting gloves, mitt and bat down to the field. Imagine what it would feel like to wonder if you were even going to need two thirds of ...

It takes little time for Bucs to return

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates went into the All-Star break on a good note and came back from vacation instantly going 95 miles per hour. They finally got hot and put together a sustained stretch that got them back in the division race. It was so abrupt that some people are wearing neck collars ...

LPGA Tour buttons up players’ dress code

There was a bit of a fire-storm caused by the LPGA Tour earlier this week when news spread of a new dress code distributed to tour members. In an email, LPGA golfers were informed that the new dress code would no longer allow: plunging necklines, short skirts or skorts, racerbacks without a ...

Condo helps young girl fight cancer

Outside of the town of Philipsburg, Emily Whitehead and Jon Condo are not household names. On the surface, Whitehead is a normal 12-year-old girl who enjoys playing Minecraft and gets a little restless during long meetings. Condo is a veteran of many seasons in the National Football League, ...

Marte buzz fills PNC Park

PITTSBURGH — There was a buzz at PNC Park on Tuesday, and it little to do with the Pirates playing the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. This was all about Starling Marte and his return from the 80-game suspension MLB gave him for failing a steroids test. The time for talking in any language ...

Exercise and charity: a win-win combination

Some general observations while enjoying a summer of recreation and charity, which seem to go hand in hand, now even more than ever. I remember as a kid in elementary school, collecting pledges for CROP walks: church-related walk-a-thons to benefit the hungry. We’d collect a few cents per ...

… But don’t overlook McSorley in the race

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for ...

Bucs not as likely to deal hot prospects

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a deal a lot of people wished the Pirates had made. The struggling Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects, including players considered the two best minor leaguers in the Cubs’ system. So ...

Playing Pebble Beach is long and pricy but worth it

Last Friday, I almost felt like I was dreaming. While on vacation in northern California, I had the opportunity to visit the Monterey Peninsula — and to play golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links! Pebble Beach has been named the No.1 golf course in America by Golf Digest Magazine, but unlike ...

HR Derby good for the game

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The All-Star home run hitting contest was full of hokum, and that’s good. It’s a made-for-TV show that lends itself to that sort of over-the-top presentation. The contestants came out like gladiators and climbed steps atop a platform that looked like a giant ...

Coaching a millennial mentality

Commentary Anyone in a managerial role in today’s business climate knows the challenges related to and benefits of hiring millennials. The Pew Research Center defines millennials as the first generation to come of age in the new millennium, those generally born after 1980, now in their ...

Bucs need partner for any trades

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the question facing the Pirates as the non-waiver trade deadline arrives at the end of the month. The truth is it’s not entirely up to them. As much as fans might want to “get rid of” Tony Watson, what’s the market for a reliever who ...

Tracing Steelers’ winning culture

In Steelers country, and around the world, the name “Rooney” stands for something: excellence, integrity, vision, winning. The family is one of the most respected in all of sports, known for big-picture thinking, strong values and a culture of excellence, all of which have contributed ...

Controversy surrounds Curry’s Web.com exemption

NBA superstar Stephen Curry created a bit of a stir in the golf world last week by accepting a sponsor’s exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, scheduled for early August in Hayward, California. Outside of the majors, every regular (and Web.com) Tour event offers a handful ...

Cole becoming must-see TV

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole is scheduled to pitch for the Pirates tonight in Philadelphia, and the TV broadcast will have all the usual stats. Another category should probably be included. Call it a temper scale. Despite his tenure with the Pirates — he made his major league ...

Nothing like baseball on the Fourth

Commentary Happy Fourth of July! This national holiday is a chance for America to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and gives many of us a day away from work to enjoy all that summer has to offer: picnics, family, fireworks, and of course ... sports. Baseball and the ...

Champs haven’t lost their marbles

In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it’s easy to become jaded. And then — in the parlance of another era — a brief story rolled across The Associated Press sports wire Friday morning. “2 Pennsylvania kids win ...

PSU Altoona’s Taylor making impact on youth soccer

Since Maurice “Mo” Taylor’s arrival in Altoona more than 25 years ago, his presence and impact in the soccer community has rippled through nearly every team and every player at some point. Taylor, the Penn State Altoona men’s coach and a native of Jamaica, has coached at every level ...