Guest Columns

French Open will be full of drama

With so many different story lines headlining this tournament, the biggest may be made by a player who has not played at the French Open since 2015. Much has changed for Roger Federer since his last match in Paris. He had surgery, changed the paint job on his racquet and even switched ...

Fond memories of Curve never fade

Hyzdu still focal point of team’s early days May 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Adam Hyzdu and assigning him to the Altoona Curve. That simple transaction left an indelible impact on the Curve, the city of Altoona, and from a personal standpoint, my own ...

PSU lacrosse earns some air time

For those who have not seen Penn State’s top-ranked men’s lacrosse team in action, there’s no better time than the present — and the team’s march toward a potential national championship will play out on TV beginning this afternoon. First-round play for the 14-1 Nittany Lions begins ...

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Name: Christian Strawmier Age: 15 Residence: Altoona High schooL: Altoona Area My favorite sport: Track and field I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Area Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Pirates My favorite ...

America’s urgent need for baseball

After two centuries, the game is still a thing of beauty In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the ...

Free agency should reign across sports

It’s time to give up. It’s time for a lawless society. The rules aren’t working and there are a zillion ways to bend them without getting caught. And if you get caught, you get canned and land somewhere else. I’m talking about paying our young athletes — and I’m not just ...

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Name: Paul Good Age: 49 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg, class of 1988 College: Penn State My favorite sport: Penn State men’s basketball I usually attend games with: Friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite ...

Expect Olympic ‘street cred’ to rise

Skateboarding, climbing among new sports for 2020 It’s hard to imagine legendary American decathletes Jim Thorpe and Bob Mathias busting a move as part of an official competition at the Olympics, where they both ascended the victory podium as gold medalists. Unofficially, the winner ...

Student-athletes need your support

Urgency needed for PIAA changes When analyzing the PIAA winter sports season, the popular French expression comes to mind, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Loosely translated, it means that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last summer, ...

Networks gear up for NFL draft

Some people thought it was a bit much when both ESPN and the NFL Network covered the NFL Draft, but later this month coverage of the event that has morphed into almost perfect sports television will expand even farther. A broadcast network, ABC, plans to cover the NFL’s player selection ...

Trout signing sends bad message

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to a 12-year, $426.5 million contract extension that averages to an annual salary of $35.5 million. The contract establishes a new record for professional sports in North America. The annual salary is another record. The announcement of ...

It’s the season for Nantz to shine

It’s one of the most visible times of the year for veteran sports broadcaster Jim Nantz — and it might be the best time of the year for fans who consume his work. On Monday night, Nantz serves as the play-by-play voice for the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. ...

Step into batter’s box for some trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Fond memories of Flash at Jaffa

The Saint Francis Red Flash returned to the NIT for the first time in over 60 years this March, playing a solid game against one of the most storied programs in college basketball. It may prompt old time Flash fans to recall the near misses a decade after their last appearance in ...

Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Rubbing elbows

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

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Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...

Hockey deserves brighter spotlight

With the football season just ending, and baseball yet to start, a lot of Pennsylvanians feel this time of the year marks a lull in the sporting world. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The NHL season is in full swing, and the game is growing in popularity, with the 2018 Stanley ...