Sports Columns

Diehl still making bats at age 101

ROARING SPRING — As you approach the apartment door of Karl Diehl on the first floor of the Graystone Court, the first thing that comes into focus is the “Diehl Slugging” sign that seems out of place in a retirement community. Once inside, you’ll find something even more ...

Mehno: Huntington makes bold moves this time

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington did more than just acquire two pitchers on Tuesday. He jolted the team’s fan base, and he destroyed the myth that he is unwilling to trade prospects to get help for the major league club. The Pirates added starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela at the ...

Rene Portland raised bar for Penn State

Rene Portland was laid to rest on Monday. The former Penn State women’s basketball coach passed away July 22 after a three-year battle with cancer. She is survived by a large, loving family and a legion of Lady Lions who played for her. The basketball career of the Philadelphia-area ...

Bucs won’t be making any big deals

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the most overused and useless phrase since “Face of the Franchise.” The MLB non-waiver trade deadline arrives Tuesday at 4 p.m., not a moment too soon. But let’s not forget — there’s a whole other month to make trades, even though ...

Woods’ comeback stokes exciting British Open

The golfing world was whipped into a frenzy last Sunday when Tiger Woods surged into the lead halfway through the final round of this year’s British Open. As Woods finished his front-nine, he found himself at 7-under par and alone atop the leader board. The wild excitement of the day ...

You shouldn’t be missing McCutchen

PITTSBURGH — Oh, the anguish and hand wringing that were going on in January, and not just because the Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs. The Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. “He was the Face of the Franchise. He was their best player. He was their only ...

Speed museum plans to hit high gear

Walking into Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse in Bedford gives you an instant glimpse at the history of auto racing in central Pennsylvania. Lining the walls of the lobby are black and white photographs snapped by John Pittman during the hay days of dirt track racing at the Bedford Speedway and ...

Tiger letdowns now norm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — All around him on a windy summer day on the links of Carnoustie, the leaders were imploding as Tiger Woods moved into the lead at the turn. It felt like old times at the British Open, as familiar as his Sunday red shirt and the swarm of fans that cheered his every ...

A simpler time: McGinnis performed most memorable Curve anthem ever

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series looking back at various aspects of the Curve as the franchise celebrates its 20th season. There have been hundreds of wonderful national anthem performances at Curve games over the years, but still to this day, none of them have topped the ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...

Strong field lined up for Park Hills tourney

The area’s largest and most historic tournament begins play today in Altoona. The 2018 Reliance Bank Classic at Park Hills will host 224 golfers competing in a match-format through the end of competition on Sunday afternoon. The Park Hills Classic has a storied history, which dates back ...

Tiger’s comeback yet to hit overdrive

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Some clouds came in and the wind started blowing — if just a bit — as Tiger Woods played the early holes Thursday, making what had been a warm, sunny day seem a little more like a British Open. As if on cue, Woods’ game started looking a little more familiar, ...

No reason to be angry at Bell

PITTSBURGH — Don’t be mad at Le’Veon Bell. Yes, he’s turned down more money than most of us will ever see. He’s doing that in the hope of breaking the bank as a free agent next summer, which is a risky strategy. But he’s willing to assume that risk, and how can you fault him for ...

Sadly, no help on its way for Curve ’pen

It had disaster written all over it once again, for the third straight day. But this time, the Curve found a way to avoid yet another costly ninth-inning collapse Wednesday afternoon. The good news is that Tate Scioneaux got out of trouble against Bowie and recorded a much-needed save from ...

Observations about some celebrations

Some general observations and celebrations while wondering why summer seems to fly by after the fourth of July. Back-to-school items are already appearing on store shelves, while beach towels and barbecue items are moving to clearance aisles. Football will be here before you know it. n ...

Sid not really a kid anymore

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby turns 31 in a few weeks. In a lot of ways, he’s still Sid the Kid, the 18-year-old phenom who came to town in 2005 — he’s driven to succeed, consumed by hockey and one of the NHL’s elite players. But he’s different, too. He owns a mansion instead of ...

Harrison, other Pirates vets soon may be gone

Notes and observations from a recent trip to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — The writing is on the wall for the Pittsburgh Pirates. More specifically, for some of the Pirates’ veteran players. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, Pirates general manager ...

Mehno: Baseball has some big-time problems

PITTSBURGH — Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe woke up from a baseball-induced nap the other day and came to a conclusion: Baseball is in trouble. It’s become, he wrote, “a sanctuary of senior citizens.” As someone who looks forward to claiming every old guy discount available, ...

Remembering the smile of Waltman

Tom Waltman made a memorable first impression with his huge smile; a smile that he shared generously; a smile that made you feel like you were instantly his friend. But there are few smiles in Everett or Bedford County this week among those who knew the vibrant coach and physical education ...

Ott’s run filled with sports drama

Altoona native Dan Ott’s second consecutive long run in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event came to an end late Saturday night. While Ott didn’t earn any money this time around (in fact, he lost the $10,000 entry fee despite outlasting more than 6,500 competitors), his performance ...