Sports Columns

Capitals’ Wilson earned his suspension

PITTSBURGH — Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals still has one game remaining on his well-deserved suspension from the NHL. He earned it with a vicious hit that broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw. The video doesn’t lie. When Wilson aimed his shoulder at Aston-Reese’s head and collided ...

Pirates pay attention to pitch counts

PITTSBURGH — That hit down the third base line on Sunday probably saved Clint Hurdle from hundreds of hateful e-mails. The single by Paul DeJong came with two outs in the seventh inning and provided the St. Louis Cardinals with their first base runner of the game against the Pirates’ Nick ...

It’s time to ride bicycles

May is National Bike Month! It’s finally starting to feel like spring, and that means shedding some layers, breaking out the sunglasses and dusting off the bicycle. As cyclists trade their indoor trainers for outdoor trails and roads, we’re already seeing packs of cyclists enjoying the ...

Wait and see if you like Steelers’ draft

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers got rid of a problem, and the Pirates may have reacquired one. Here’s some commentary to go with the headlines: n The NFL holds its draft, and the Steelers make a trade. You want a letter grade on the Steelers’ draft? It’s W, which stands for wait and ...

Are Capitals due for one this time?

PITTSBURGH — They meet again. The Penguins open the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Washington on Thursday evening, starting what has become an almost annual series between the rivals. The only thing more predictable than Penguins-Capitals is the outcome. There ...

A Masters trip to remember

There are certain bucket-list sporting events that transcend mere athletics. They are spectacles, cultural sensations, feasts for the senses: events like the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby and the Masters. Carl Michael Jr., golf course superintendent at Down River Golf Club in Everett, made ...

Annual game helps Penn State market itself

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Blue-White Game is Penn State football’s best commercial. The game itself isn’t usually much to watch, let alone evaluate, and Saturday was no exception as the Blue continued its recent domination and cruised to a 21-10 victory. Unless you want to go back to the ...

Mehno: Flyer fans love to hate Crosby

PITTSBURGH — If you root, root, root for the home team, does that mean you have to hate the guys on the other team? That question is relevant as the Penguins’ Stanley Cup playoff series against the Flyers returns to Philadelphia this afternoon for a sixth game. They don’t think much ...

Vegas breaks expansion template

Dan Bouchard can appreciate, better than most, the Miracle in the Desert. He was a goalie for the expansion Atlanta Flames back in the 1970s, so he knows how difficult it is to build a competitive team from scratch. “It’s astonishing what they’ve done in Vegas,” said Bouchard, who ...

Wrestling fans adored one of the Steel City’s biggest stars

PITTSBURGH — He was one of those one-name performers. Bruno. One name suffices. Roberto. Franco. Mario. Bruno. Back in the day, there was a wrestling show every month at the Civic Arena. On those Friday nights, the phones in the Post-Gazette sports department would ring constantly from ...

Being up 3-1 will be huge for Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins can’t clinch their playoff series tonight, but they can essentially put away the Philadelphia Flyers. Winning tonight would give the Penguins a 3-1 edge in games, and the Flyers won’t be able to come back from that. So while winning tonight’s game won’t ...

Pirates open doors to community

Some observations while wondering why the April showers are still coming in the form of snowflakes … n The Pittsburgh Pirates have put together some unique experiences giving young players the chance to play ball at PNC Park. Youth teams and high school squads sell tickets to Pirate games ...

Bucs’ Hurdle walking a fine line

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle has gray hair, two artificial hips and a fondness for 1970s rock anthems like Grand Funk’s “We’re An American Band.” But he never seemed older than he did the other day when he invoked the unwritten “respect for the game” statute against the Chicago ...

Mehno: Path to Cup not easy for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — The 82-game, 185-day play-in round is finally over. The Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight with the Pittsburgh Penguins facing the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena. Some thoughts on the match-up: n The Penguins swept the four games in the season series, but that ...

Spring sports getting raw deal

The first day of spring was exactly three weeks ago, but it still feels like winter on the athletic fields of central Pennsylvania. With cancelations of everything from junior high sports to Major League Baseball, it has seemed at times like spring will never truly arrive. This is just one ...

Tomlin knows what battles to fight

PITTSBURGH — You know how angry you get when the Pittsburgh Steelers have those silly pre-planned touchdown celebrations? Turns out Mike Tomlin shares your feelings. That must have come as a shock to those who figured that Tomlin was on board with the high-stepping, preening and booty ...

McIlroy hopes to solve course

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The early returns are in for Rory McIlroy at the Masters, and so far all is good. The swing is fine, and so are the ribs. Perhaps more importantly, all seems well in the space between his ears. Now comes the real test, with a rare career Grand Slam there for the ...

Plenty of factors have led to sustained success

By any measure, the Curve have been a huge success story for two decades, but what can get lost in the big picture are the important details that were handled perfectly back in the late 1990s that helped ensure the franchise’s long-term stability. It was a long shot that Altoona, a small ...

Shades of old Tiger resurfacing during Augusta practice

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The new, more social, Tiger Woods was only occasionally seen Wednesday as he made his way around the front nine of Augusta National in the final tune up for a Masters green jacket that suddenly seems very much in reach. There weren’t many trips down memory lane with playing ...

Trust Hurdle on no-hitter debates

PITTSBURGH — “But he had a no-hitter.” There was a lot of social media consternation Sunday afternoon when Pirates starter Trevor Williams was removed from his start in Detroit after six innings. Williams hadn’t allowed a hit. Clint Hurdle thought the pitch count (85) was more ...