Sports Columns

PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

What you need to know for pheasant season

Much distress and disagreement was voiced with the new plan for pheasant licenses and rules last season. Here below is exactly what the Game Commission has changed for this year. The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters ...

Proper field care makes great game dinners

Last week, I treated myself to two evenings of fine dining. Those wonderful dinners, however, weren’t in some fancy, expensive restaurant. Each meal was prepared in my kitchen, and I served as my own personal chef. The first entree was fried striped bass fillets dusted with Old Bay ...

Lions need veteran WRs to respond

Some nitpicking as the Nittany Lions attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak: Much of this week’s discussion centered around Penn State’s veteran receivers, and while there’s no doubt that the combination of Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk and DeAndre Thompkins have been a collective ...

Big game, and a big decision for Kershaw

Even before he took the mound to twirl a playoff masterpiece, the talk was it could be the last time Clayton Kershaw — who has an opt-out clause in the contract that will pay him $65 million the next two years — wears the Dodgers home whites. That would be bad for the Dodgers on two ...

Two losses not terrible, but blowing leads is

It’s easy to lose perspective in sports. But it’s also important to always keep things in context. I do believe this season already is a disappointment for Penn State. Even if the Lions finish 10-2, it will be a disappointment, and in fact, that might even make things even worse. If ...

Cincy LB very far from Burfict

PTTSBURGH — Vontaze Burfict was sneaky dirty this time. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker dropped an elbow on Antonio Brown’s head that TV cameras saw but game officials didn’t. After that, players reported that Burfict yelled across the line of scrimmage, “You’re next” at ...

Connecting through soccer, art

At first glance her jobs may seem vastly different: Pam Snyder Etters is head coach of the Penn State Altoona women’s soccer team and the executive director of the Altoona Symphony. She’s also the team leader and lead artist for “Murals Talk,” an initiative designed to foster ...

Has Penn State football program already peaked under Franklin?

It’s time to face some hard truths about the Penn State football program following a second straight gut-wrenching loss in which the team gave away the game in the final minutes. First and foremost, I can’t help but wonder if what we’ve already seen is really as good as it’s going to ...

Setback, performance leave McSorley ‘­empty’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trace McSorley became Penn State’s all-time leading passer in the first quarter Saturday, breaking Christian Hackenberg’s record of 8,457 yards, and when the feat was announced to the Beaver Stadium crowd, McSorley drew an immediate standing ovation. Three hours later, ...

AFC North feud starts back today

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Bengals will start mixing it up just past 1 o’clock this afternoon. The relevant question is whether football will be the No. 1 topic of conversation when this one wraps up somewhere around 4 o’clock. The teams have a heated rivalry, and one of the key ...

Taylor receives PA West Classic honor

Penn State Altoona men’s soccer coach Patrick Maurice Taylor was recently chosen by the PA West to receive one of its most coveted awards, Boys Classic Coach of the Year for 2018. Taylor coached the U-16 boys PA West state champion Blazers of the Hollidaysburg Soccer Association. It is ...

Plenty to be decided in high school football

Coaches preach constantly to take each game one at a time and to never look ahead. But that doesn’t mean we can’t. The final three weeks of the high school football regular season begin tonight, and there’s still plenty to play for and to be decided. Altoona holds a very slim point ...

Team strength, QB among reasons PSU can win out

There are four reasons why I believe Penn State will run the table the rest of the regular season and finish 11-1. 1. The Nittany Lions are better than every opponent left on their schedule, and at the end of the day, I’ll take the better team to win any individual game. The only real ...

Oh look … more drama from Brown

PITTSBURGH — Asking the day’s relevant question: Who among us hasn’t tossed an ottoman off a 14th floor balcony in a fit of rage? That bizarre story broke on Tuesday as a man in Florida sued Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, alleging that Brown put his safety in peril by pitching ...

Pittsburgh plays its way in victory

PITTSBURGH — If someone hadn’t seen the Steelers play before Sunday, they may have wondered what all the stress was about. The Steelers rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a summer-like Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. They ran the ball well. They got after the ...

UFC looking more like WWE with every fight

LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov apologized, though it was clear he wasn’t sorry about much. Not after putting a beating on Conor McGregor in their highly anticipated fight. Not after leaping out of the octagon to settle another score while a couple of his thugs jumped in to deliver a few ...

Experts not talking about the Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins opened the season last week, and there was no need to stage a banner-raising ceremony. The Stanley Cup currently belongs to the Washington Capitals, and it doesn’t seem like many people outside of Pittsburgh expect the Penguins to repossess it this spring. The ...

What’s wrong with Pittsburgh?

PITTSBURGH — If this is Wednesday, it’s time to sort through some of the things that happened in the Steelers’ Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens. n Ben Roethlisberger called it a bad day at the office, and it certainly was. His passer rating was a mediocre 72.5, but you ...

Cleaning up Beaver Stadium more than just a job

They call it the greatest show in college football for a reason: it’s awesome. A record crowd of more than 110,000 white-wearing fans singing, cheering and chanting in unison for the Penn State-Ohio State showdown Saturday night: fireworks blasting, band playing and stadium rocking for the ...