Sports Columns

Exercise and charity: a win-win combination

Some general observations while enjoying a summer of recreation and charity, which seem to go hand in hand, now even more than ever. I remember as a kid in elementary school, collecting pledges for CROP walks: church-related walk-a-thons to benefit the hungry. We’d collect a few cents per ...

… But don’t overlook McSorley in the race

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for ...

Bucs not as likely to deal hot prospects

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a deal a lot of people wished the Pirates had made. The struggling Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects, including players considered the two best minor leaguers in the Cubs’ system. So ...

Playing Pebble Beach is long and pricy but worth it

Last Friday, I almost felt like I was dreaming. While on vacation in northern California, I had the opportunity to visit the Monterey Peninsula — and to play golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links! Pebble Beach has been named the No.1 golf course in America by Golf Digest Magazine, but unlike ...

HR Derby good for the game

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The All-Star home run hitting contest was full of hokum, and that’s good. It’s a made-for-TV show that lends itself to that sort of over-the-top presentation. The contestants came out like gladiators and climbed steps atop a platform that looked like a giant ...

Coaching a millennial mentality

Commentary Anyone in a managerial role in today’s business climate knows the challenges related to and benefits of hiring millennials. The Pew Research Center defines millennials as the first generation to come of age in the new millennium, those generally born after 1980, now in their ...

Bucs need partner for any trades

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the question facing the Pirates as the non-waiver trade deadline arrives at the end of the month. The truth is it’s not entirely up to them. As much as fans might want to “get rid of” Tony Watson, what’s the market for a reliever who ...

Tracing Steelers’ winning culture

In Steelers country, and around the world, the name “Rooney” stands for something: excellence, integrity, vision, winning. The family is one of the most respected in all of sports, known for big-picture thinking, strong values and a culture of excellence, all of which have contributed ...

Controversy surrounds Curry’s Web.com exemption

NBA superstar Stephen Curry created a bit of a stir in the golf world last week by accepting a sponsor’s exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, scheduled for early August in Hayward, California. Outside of the majors, every regular (and Web.com) Tour event offers a handful ...

Cole becoming must-see TV

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole is scheduled to pitch for the Pirates tonight in Philadelphia, and the TV broadcast will have all the usual stats. Another category should probably be included. Call it a temper scale. Despite his tenure with the Pirates — he made his major league ...

Nothing like baseball on the Fourth

Commentary Happy Fourth of July! This national holiday is a chance for America to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and gives many of us a day away from work to enjoy all that summer has to offer: picnics, family, fireworks, and of course ... sports. Baseball and the ...

Champs haven’t lost their marbles

In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it’s easy to become jaded. And then — in the parlance of another era — a brief story rolled across The Associated Press sports wire Friday morning. “2 Pennsylvania kids win ...

PSU Altoona’s Taylor making impact on youth soccer

Since Maurice “Mo” Taylor’s arrival in Altoona more than 25 years ago, his presence and impact in the soccer community has rippled through nearly every team and every player at some point. Taylor, the Penn State Altoona men’s coach and a native of Jamaica, has coached at every level ...

Mehno: Bad division keeping Bucs’ hopes alive

PITTSBURGH — The second half of the Pirates season starts today and raises the question: Is this team a contender? The answer is maybe. The division has been very forgiving to this point, allowing a team with a sub-.500 record to think it has a chance to finish first. It wouldn’t be ...

McCutchen move sign of the times

PITTSBURGH — Somewhere this morning, some old-timer is ready to explode. That will happen shortly after he finds out that Andrew McCutchen returned to the No. 3 spot in the Pirates’ batting order because he told Clint Hurdle he was ready to make the move. A player dictating the lineup? ...

Erin Hills lacked ‘major feel’ due to large size

A sure sign that the USGA needs to take a closer look at how it sets up the U.S. Open is when it draws comparisons with the Travelers Championship a week later. Only this has nothing to do with the scoring. To suggest that TPC River Highlands at 1,000 yards shorter was a tougher test than ...

Jr., NASCAR prepare for next chapter

NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series barrels toward the playoffs with just 10 races to go until the Championship Chase. But as each week flies by, we draw closer to the end of the era with Dale Earnhardt Jr as a full-time competitor. Earnhardt announced the decision in April, saying he was ...

It was time for Fleury, Pens to part ways

PITTSBURGH — That’s it. Marc-Andre Fleury plays for another team now. He was a wonderful guy, a very good goalie and a universally-liked teammate. He served the Penguins well through 13 seasons and leaves town as the busiest and winningest goalie in franchise history. He departs as a ...

Mickelson, caddie parting ways is surprising

In a blockbuster statement issued earlier this week, it was revealed that tour-favorite Phil Mickelson and longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay were parting ways after a run that spanned more than 25 years. To many golf fans, the familiar, bag-toting Mackay had become more recognizable than ...

Home runs are back!

Aaron Judge revealed that he received an invitation to the All-Star Home Run Derby, then promptly went out and hit another home run. Cody Bellinger surely will get an invite, too, after becoming the first rookie to hit 10 home runs in 10 games. Two rookie sluggers on opposite coasts doing ...