Sports Columns

Test your knowledge of the year past

PITTSBURGH — It’s that time again: the last week in the last month. Time to vacuum the pine needles, hunt for 75 percent discounts on picked-over Christmas merchandise and — oh yes, thank you, Lord — send the kids back to school. But before any of that happens, it’s time to tackle ...

Pennsylvania set to have its first game wardens

Starting Monday, the law-enforcement officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be officially called “state game wardens.” I suppose many folks are thinking to themselves, “Weren’t they always called game wardens?” Actually, no. The wildlife law-enforcement personnel in many ...

Deer struggling to survive in wintry conditions

The trimmings are in the trash by now, and the venison has been transformed into steaks, hamburger and bologna. We all secretly figured that we would pay for the spring-like weather we had the first week of rifle deer season and were we ever right! A few hardy hunters will venture out in ...

Petersen’s deeds outweigh his words

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Friday morning’s final pre-Fiesta Bowl press conference with the head coaches provided at least a slight glimpse into their personalities. While both offered mutual respect of the other’s program, it was easy to see that Washington’s Chris Petersen was content to ...

Intrigue now added to AFC playoffs

PITTSBURGH — As if there weren’t already enough intrigue between the Steelers and New England Patriots. The one-sided rivalry took another interesting turn Monday afternoon with the news that James Harrison had signed with the Patriots. Although he spent an inconsequential 2013 season ...

Truex family celebrates through adversity

Some general holiday/sports observations after spending much of Christmas Day helping my husband assemble our nephew’s Lego superhero car comprised of more than 150 pieces: I think we’ll probably consider a football or basketball next year. Grateful for those who work on the holiday ...

Holiday sports songs rock!

PITTSBURGH — Andy Williams was right. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family and feasting and fun and this year there’s even a full menu of football. It’s been a tradition for several years now to mark the occasion in this corner with a fresh batch of ...

Don’t hate me, but call was right

PITTSBURGH — Sorry, conspiracy theorists. The NFL got it right. The issue on the call that helped send the Steelers to defeat against the New England Patriots was the NFL’s illogical and impossibly-nitpicking rule. That should probably be changed, and maybe it will be addressed the next ...

Holiday ode to the Steelers

With inspiration from Clement C. Moore, here is the ode. ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through Heinz Field, Not a creature was stirring, after a Patriots’ steal. The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care, In hopes that a championship still would be theirs. The ...

Mehno: Rotten ending to tremendous game

PITTSBURGH—It was Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger, a match-up of Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Yet the takeaway from their showdown game is an endless discussion of NFL replay policy. That’s a shame, because the New England Patriots’ 27-24 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Pats look human for one night

PITTSBURGH — If you watched the Monday night NFL game, you saw that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are capable of a bad game. Are they capable of two bad ones in a row? That’s the question as the Patriots head to Heinz Field late Sunday afternoon for their heavyweight battle ...

’Tis the season for winter sports …

With temperatures dropping and snow starting to swirl, high school sports head indoors for the winter season; that means holiday tip-off tournaments, wrestle-offs for starting positions and tons of excitement packed into small spaces in gyms throughout Central Pennsylvania. I love all of the ...

How dumb can some fans be?

PITTSBURGH — Within 24 hours after the brutal Bengals-Steelers Monday night game, someone was producing t-shirts inspired by one of the jarring hits. The shirts — unlicensed and unauthorized — had a drawing that showed Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster standing over Bengals linebacker ...

Russian punishment weak

There’s a toast Russians offer when something looks too good to be true. Roughly translated, it goes: “I’d like to drink honey with your lips.” It’s easy to imagine glasses being clinked at the Kremlin two nights ago, when the International Olympic Committee announced its decision ...

Hits tough to watch

PITTSBURGH — It’s never a good idea to watch something scary on TV right before bedtime. But this was Steelers-Bengals from Cincinnati, an AFC North game of some significance in the Monday night spotlight. It was scary, and not just because the Steelers needed another last-second field ...

Sharing the wealth

Saint Francis’ players will get a lifetime of memories tonight when they play at No. 1 Duke. The school itself will get $85,000. That’s what you call a win-win, even though a blowout loss on the court is pretty much inevitable for the Red Flash. College basketball is a wonderful game. ...

Some soundtracks fit perfectly with sports

As holiday music streams through the car radio, the stores, and even the computer, putting us into the spirit of the season, I can’t help but wonder — what would life, and in particular — athletics — be without it? Music infiltrates every aspect of our lives. How often do we find ...

Slimy tactics all over college football

PITTSBURGH — There are probably more corrupt businesses in America than college sports. Human trafficking comes to mind. But most of the other slimy pursuits aren’t wrapped up in bouncy school spirit, a marching band and officially licensed team apparel. It’s that time of year when ...

Franklin will have terrific external options to choose

The Penn State offensive coordinator position has become a sensational, high-demand job. A million-dollar-a-year job. A job that can springboard the right candidate to a major head coaching position in a few years. All thanks to Joe Moorhead. Replacing Moorhead will be very, very difficult, ...

Bedford girls, Altoona boys highlight season

As the curtain closes on an incredibly exciting scholastic soccer year, fans were treated to some tremendous high school games, and several teams exceeded all expectations. n The most memorable may be the season put together by the Bedford girls. Not only did they grab their second ...