Sports Columns

Father’s Day memories made at PNC

It was the second inning of Saturday’s Pirates game at PNC Park. The Reds’ Eugenio Suarez fouled off an Ivan Nova pitch. On the game broadcast, you see Suarez look up into the stands as the crowd erupts in a cheer. “Somebody made a fabulous catch, first row of the club level,” the ...

Whiners go home early at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON — The whiners went home early, beaten down by Shinnecock Hills and the USGA’s clumsy efforts to turn the venerable golf course into something it was never meant to be. Brooks Koepka stood tall, holding a U.S. Open trophy high for the second straight year because he knew what ...

Pitcher’s act shouldn’t get high praise

PITTSBURGH — It’s a lonely feeling, being one of the few people in America not emotionally moved by the video of the high school pitcher rushing to embrace the batter he just struck out. It was all over TV last week. In a Minnesota high school game, the pitcher struck out the batter to ...

Mickelson acts like 10-year-old on birthday

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday, an occasion marked by fans singing “Happy Birthday” at every turn. Unfortunately he ruined it by acting like a 10-year-old at the U.S. Open. And, much like a 10-year-old, he refused to admit he was wrong. “If somebody’s ...

Burge family celebrates again

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayde Burge said she didn’t know why she spiked the softball to set off a raucous celebration after making the final out of Philipsburg-Osceola’s PIAA Class 3A championship Thursday at Penn State’s Beard Field. She just might have been reliving one of the biggest ...

Proving your point costly for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a point. They stuck up for themselves. They served notice. They also helped themselves lose another ball game. If you weren’t watching Monday night’s series opener in Phoenix, Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley didn’t have the best control. He threw a ...

Goodman Shaffer: Catching college softball fever in PA

The Women’s College World Series is in the books, with Florida State winning the NCAA Championship with a two-game sweep of Washington last week. It was an historic win for the Seminoles, not only the first national title for their program, but the first NCAA softball crown for the Atlantic ...

Penguins fans starting to feel the pain

PITTSBURGH — It’s a double whammy spring for Penguins fans. Not only did they deal with the disappointment of their team’s second-round playoff exit, they had to watch Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals skating with the Stanley Cup. Ouch, that hurts. The last hope for ...

Brown carrying Pirates’ banner well

With basketball season now ­over and the first regular season NFL game 88 days away, it’s now clearly baseball season for slow adopters like me, and it’s going to be fun to enjoy it for a few weeks until the Pirates slip out of contention. In fairness, they’re not really in contention, ...

Franklin feels ‘vibe of BG and the area

James Franklin apologized to Bishop Guilfoyle’s Marauder Club for taking four years to make an appearance at the club’s annual spring luncheon. While he may not have gotten to the Marauders’ event that in the past couple of years brought former Georgia football coaching legend Vince ...

We don’t need sports teams in the White House

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Eagles did not visit the White House on Tuesday. This great republic is still standing. A trite photo opportunity turned into a political football when the Super Bowl champion Eagles had their White House invitation rescinded. According to reports, they ...

Special Olympics thrives in Happy Valley

From October through March, Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena is home to the Nittany Lion varsity teams, the stands filled with blue-and-white-clad hockey fans. But last week, the bleachers looked like a rainbow, packed with more than 2,000 Special Olympics athletes from throughout the state ...

Bucs’ Kison was fierce competitor

PITTSBURGH — When you think of a fierce Pittsburgh sports competitor, the image that probably comes to mind is Jack Lambert. The snarl revealed missing teeth and a clue to his disposition. Woe to those who had to spend a Sunday afternoon trying to neutralize his hostility. On the other ...

Despite criticism, gobbler hunting strong after 50 years

It was predicted by experts to be a very good spring gobbler season this year. Time will tell if the harvest was a record but the weather was not our friend. Cold weather up until time to start hunting, then rain nearly every day. Hard to believe this season just past marked 50 years that ...

Spring Creek simply in a class by itself

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series. Centre County’s Spring Creek is often rated as the top trout stream in Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to the popularity of this fertile limestone stream. Foremost among them is its exceptional population of wild brown ...

Game 7 brings memorable experience(s)

“Game 7” has been called the most exciting two words in sports. The last time the NBA had two conference final series reach a Game 7 was 1979 (when Seattle won the title). This week both Boston and Houston hosted a Game 7 on Sunday and Monday, and I was fortunate enough to be one of ...

Mehno: MLB too hush-hush with replay

PITTSBURGH — Here’s the mystery of the Major League Baseball replay system: Why is there so much mystery about the process? Here’s how it works. Two umpiring crews are assigned to staff the replay headquarters somewhere in New York. We’re told the replay headquarters is downtown in ...

Patrick leaves her mark on racing world

The Indianapolis 500 went green over the holiday weekend with Danica Patrick among the field for what she says is her last time competing behind the wheel. Patrick qualified seventh and had high hopes of racing into retirement with a top-10 finish or better, maybe even a Cinderella trip to ...

Pardon of boxer Jack Johnson was long overdue

Jack Johnson’s biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living. High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being ...

Meadows should stay while he’s hot

PITTSBURGH — Look at it this way: Last year the Pirates had trouble coming up with three starting outfielders. This season they’re trying to wedge four outfielders into three spots. That has to be progress, right? They made the sensible decision Saturday when they kept Austin Meadows ...