Sports Columns

Mehno: Steelers not planning on big changes

PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II held his annual season-ending chat with reporters on Tuesday, and it wasn’t exactly bubbling over with news. n He doesn’t think Ben Roethlisberger will retire now. n He would like to keep Antonio Brown for a long time. n He doesn’t know if the Steelers ...

Indoor track important at PSU

While snow flurries are flying, Penn State’s spring sports teams are practicing indoors: batting cages, turf fields and weight rooms standing in for infield dirt and golf courses. While the outstanding facilities make it possible for the varsity teams to work out year-round, it’s ...

Steelers need to keep eyes on the enemy

PITTSBURGH — Back when the Steelers won four Super Bowls in six years, they had a significant rivalry with the Houston Oilers. The Oilers were fond of saying that the path to the Super Bowl ran through Pittsburgh, knowing they’d have a likely showdown with the Steelers in the ...

Risk, reward coming to NASCAR

Commentary The countdown to the Daytona 500 continues, with drivers adjusting and reacting to some major announcements and significant changes coming to NASCAR’s top series in 2017, designed to bring new excitement, heightened interest and an expanding fan base to stock car racing’s ...

Pittsburgh can win today if …

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Can the Steelers win in New England today? Of course they can. Will they? Probably not likely. This evening’s game is something of a Super Bowl unto itself, a clash of powers worthy of its own spotlight without those NFC infidels serving as the opening ...

Planting native trees and shrubs helps wildlife

Last week, I discussed here some warnings about not putting out food for wildlife in the wintertime. Having grown up in the country myself, I know how satisfying it can be to see wild birds and mammals literally in your backyard, so the temptation to attract them with offerings of food is easy ...

Deer Management group offers up tidbits for hunters

Recently I sat in on a presentation by Jack Sorber — or the Quality Deer Management Association — and he unloaded a few tidbits on us. This organization has always been about management of land and habitat. He emphasized a fact that we all know —  if you don’t have good habitat, ...

Mehno: Locker room video stunt just plain silly

PITTSBURGH — Keep an eye on Facebook this week. Maybe Antonio Brown will post the Steelers’ game plan for the AFC championship game at New England. It’s hard to know what was going through Brown’s mind when he decided to go live via Facebook from the locker room after the Steelers ...

Success must be visualized

“Act like you’ve been there before.” That famous quote from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi reminded his players to show class when they made it to the end zone. That advice remains sound today, when we’ve seen everything from taunting dances to the signing of autographs ...

Tyrone’s Tate facing roster challenges in first year

Tyrone’s Terry Tate was one of the best wrestlers in the Golden Eagles’ storied history, winning a Class 2A state title as a senior at 275 pounds in 2005, posting a 47-0 record that year, and amassing a 149-24 record. Now he’s the head coach of the Golden Eagles, who have been ...

Winning at Patriots will be much tougher

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are headed to Foxborough this Sunday, but that trip to Kansas City was awfully bumpy. The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game. That’s Tom Brady against Big Ben, and another confrontation with the ...

Mehno: Big Ben has improved off the field

PITTSBURGH — Your opinion of Ben Roethlisberger probably hinges on how he plays tonight in Kansas City. If he plays well and leads the Steelers to the AFC Championship game, he’s the greatest. If the Steelers lose, his approval rating will fall accordingly. That’s how it goes with ...

Grenoble: Baity knows her stuff when it comes to coyotes

I tried to sneak quietly into the back of the room because I was a few minutes late arriving. I noticed at once that the audience was enthralled with the speaker, who was speaking confidently, obviously knew the subject well and how to communicate it. I also was thrown back in my mind about ...

Decisions by Steelers coaches spoil big day

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers were having a fine day Sunday. That was right up until the time their franchise quarterback started clomping around in a walking boot, just hours before one of their assistant coaches wound up in police custody. Talk about quickly changing the narrative after an ...

State parks ring in New Year with winter recreation

Commentary Author John Burroughs wrote: “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” With the holidays behind us, winter has truly set in, and our state parks are hoping we do anything but take a long nap. Across ...

Pittsburgh expected to beat Miami

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The temperature won’t even approach the freezing mark today at Heinz Field, yet the heat is on the Steelers. They’ve won exactly one playoff game in the last five seasons, and that only happened because the Cincinnati Bengals saved their most knuckleheaded ...

Handing out yearly NFL All-Pro picks with a twist

The Associated Press All Pro team has long been what NFL careers are measured by. That won’t change on Friday when this year’s squad is announced. What has changed is some of the positions. The AP doesn’t let me vote, but here are my picks. FULLBACK: Don’t even bother; the position ...

Rose Bowl memorable, disappointing

LOS ANGELES — If you’re a sports fan, it would be nearly impossible not to have been enormously entertained by the thrilling Rose Bowl game between Penn State and USC. However, if you’re a Nittany Lion fan, you probably fall into one of the following two categories: 1. The game was so ...

Stability hard to find in NFL

PITTSBURGH — This is the time of year that a lot of football coaches start packing up their offices and seeking a new opportunity. A bunch of coaches are getting bad news. In the case of Denver’s Gary Kubiak, he left the job on his own. Kubiak walked away because the high-stress existence ...

Saban taking chance by cutting ties with Kiffin prior to title game

You can only poke the bear so much. Lane Kiffin kept running his mouth, and it may have cost him a chance to stay at Alabama for one more week. But Nick Saban is taking a real gamble here, even more than the onside kick that helped turn the tide in last year’s national championship ...