Sports Columns

Time to pull the plug on Brown

PITTSBURGH — It has now been one week since our lives were irretrievably changed by the Antonio Brown saga. The Steelers have done nothing about it since then, and that’s exactly what they should have done. Take some time, weigh the options, let things settle a bit. Let logic replace ...

Near-comeback caps McSorley’s career

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trace McSorley’s career ended like it began — in a Florida bowl game, against an SEC opponent, attempting to rally the Nittany Lions from a three-score deficit. In the end, as Penn State lost to Georgia 24-17 three years ago in the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Lions could not ...

Brown issue is Steelers’ top priority

PITTSBURGH — Is this any way to run a football team? That’s the question Steelers owner Art Rooney II must confront as he holds meetings to determine why the Steelers aren’t in the playoffs and what they must do to correct that situation. Since the season ended on Sunday, it has come ...

Barbour extension a good thing

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been a relatively quiet lead-up to today’s Citrus Bowl, so it was a perfect time for Penn State to spring some off-the-field news. Sandy Barbour, PSU’s athletic director for the past five years, confirmed Monday morning that she will soon sign a new contract, ...

Bedford changes perception

This area of Central Pa. has never been considered a hot bed for soccer, but this past year, several teams did a great deal to change the perception of soccer in our area. First and foremost has to be the accomplishments of the Bedford Area High School girls team, led by Amber Thomas, who ...

LeBron sets important example

A video made its way around YouTube and various media outlets in recent weeks of a young basketball player getting a pep talk from his Dad after a game. The 11-year-old (named Bryce) looked dejected, presumably disappointed for not scoring more points or making more shots in his youth ...

Time for the year-ending sports quiz

PITTSBURGH — The garland is sagging, the cookies have crumbled and the caramels are all gone from the giant box of chocolates. It’s almost time to put up the new calendar, to go back to work and school and to confront the bleak gloom of winter with no significant vacation time looming. ...

PSU’s future at quarterback up in air after McSorley

ORLANDO — I’m giving this away a day ahead of time, but we have a terrific cartoon from the uber-talented Bill Bettwy in our Penn State Gameday magazine tomorrow, featuring the Nittany Lion on the ground grabbing Trace McSorley’s leg trying to hold onto him as the senior quarterback waves ...

Still chances to make Christmas wishes true

A box of bullets? I chuckled to myself as I unwrapped the present my adult son had sent me for Christmas. Immediately I wondered if if anywhere in Pennsylvania there would be another woman who would be as delighted with this Christmas present as I was. They are for my new handgun which my son ...

Resolving to fish more often in 2019

Now that the Christmas buying season is over, all the businesses that had relentlessly filled my email inbox with an unending array of bargains and specials for my shopping pleasure have now shifted to sending heaps of new offers to help me start the new year. One of those, sent by a company ...

Responder Bowl lacked response

Most college football bowl games are a combination of all-around junket, charitable/community event, television programming and sponsor activation. At their heart, though, they’re a TV show, what happens on the field matters little. That was made crystal clear four days ago when ESPN ...

Scott’s leadership stands out

Nick Scott came to Penn State with designs on being a running back and kickoff returner. In fact, after redshirting in 2014, he showed some impressive versatility in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, averaging 4.4 yards on 30 carries, catching four passes and even completing a couple, including a ...

More than bad JuJu to blame

PITTSBURGH—JuJu Smith-Schuster said he was the reason the Steelers lost last Sunday’s game in New Orleans. His sentiments were noble, but incorrect. Make no mistake, Smith-Schuster’s late-game fumble played a key role. But it wasn’t the only reason the Steelers are in a scramble to ...

Pittsburgh, caroling just go together

PITTSBURGH — It’s the most wonderful time of the year, filled with great traditions — overeating, overspending and cursing those made-in-China lights that don’t work. The other custom is to gather the family ‘round the fake fireplace for a group sing of the annual holiday song ...

Mehno: Big Ben upset about injury report

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ three-game losing streak is history, but that didn’t put Ben Roethlisberger in a sunny mood on Tuesday. The quarterback took a few minutes on his day off and used his weekly radio show to complain about a media report that claimed he has cracked ...

An ode to the elves of local sports

This year’s poem is a shout-out to those who make high school sports happen ‘Twas some time before tip-off, and all through the land, Many creatures were stirring, and lending a hand. With uniforms hung in the lockers with care, They knew student-athletes soon would be there. The ...

Win more important than style points

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took a lot of mystery out of the bumpy playoff chase on Sunday. They beat the New England Patriots 17-10 in front of a rocking crowd at Heinz Field and demonstrated how simple all the math can actually be. Win and they’re in. If they take care of their own ...

Mehno: Sports betting comes with many perils

PITTSBURGH — If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket for today’s marquee match between the New England Patriots and Steelers, you may want to make a stop on the way to Heinz Field. The Rivers Casino, which is right in the neighborhood, is offering sports betting now. You can drop in and ...

No incentive left for hitters to play the entire field

LAS VEGAS — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It’s not a problem if the hitters don’t make it one. “There’s an easy way to combat that,” Oakland’s Bob Melvin said. “Just hit the ball the other ...

Mehno: Steelers must prevail today at Raiders

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are supposed to win in Oakland this afternoon. Yes, James Conner is out, but the Raiders are 2-10 and haven’t done very much right this season. This game and the season finale at home against Cincinnati are set up on a tee for the Steelers. In between two ...