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Memorable brush with 'The Greatest'

June 12, 2016 It was the spring of 1969. I was 18 years old and finishing up my freshman year at Penn State. A lot had changed in the 12 months since my graduation from Bellwood-Antis High Schoo. more »»

Sampsell: Ali, media made perfect match

June 5, 2016 As the tributes appropriately continue to flow in the next couple of days for Muhammad Ali, it’s important to provide context. more »»

Dahlberg: NBA leader’s vision is a safe bet

June 5, 2016 LAS VEGAS — Adam Silver gets it, and he’s going to keep repeating it until people finally listen. Forget the conspiracy theories about No. more »»

Baylor should pull plug on athletics

May 29, 2016 More than a decade ago, Baylor was at the center of a sordid scandal involving murder and drugs, leading to some of the harshest penalties the NCAA has ever doled out. more »»

Big Ten Network trying ‘to be fair’

May 29, 2016 If it’s almost June, it’s almost the toughest time of the year for the Big Ten Network. more »»

Winners of Emmys logical choices

May 15, 2016 Sports Emmy Awards were handed out this week, and the slight surprise came with the final math while the big award winners were fairly logical. First, Fox (that’s Fox, Fox Sports 1 and FoxSport. more »»

Boxing’s next fight could be real KO

May 15, 2016 LAS VEGAS — The good news for boxing fans is the fight they really want to see may actually happen before they grow too old to enjoy it. more »»

Braves from penthouse to outhouse

May 8, 2016 ATLANTA — A slew of pennants line the left-field facade at Turner Field, a sobering reminder of the team that used to play here. They won’t be putting up another one, not in this ballpark. more »»

Trump: No room for cheating in golf

May 8, 2016 Donald Trump wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he doesn’t cheat at gol. more »»

Vegas getting NFL team is good bet

May 1, 2016 LAS VEGAS — This is a town built on taking money from people, not giving it to them. But when the NFL comes calling, all bets may be off. more »»

Tirico begins play-by-play shuffle

May 1, 2016 Some big personnel moves in the past week have started a significant series of changes that fans who follow TV sports regularly will notice both sooner and later across a variety of networks. more »»

Bryant swan song one for the ages

April 24, 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to attend Kobe Bryant’s final game last week in Los Angeles. more »»

Need help with game? See Nicklaus

April 24, 2016 Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere. more »»

Hasson left mark of class on Altoona

April 10, 2016 One afternoon in August of 2009, an opportunity was presented to me that changed the way I teach and coach. more »»

Pirates sniffing more ‘national’ airtime

April 3, 2016 What a difference a few years make. more »»

Sports, politics are often intertwined

March 27, 2016 This past Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays became the first Major League Baseball team to play in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles in 1999. more »»

Sharapova doesn’t deserve defense

March 13, 2016 It’s always a bit surprising when fellow athletes defend cheaters in their midst, something Serena Williams seemed more than eager to do for Maria Sharapova. more »»

Preparation carries Jones to 1,000

March 6, 2016 Belated congratulations to veteran Penn State radio play-by-play man Steve Jones, who hit a milestone earlier this month — calling his 1,000th career Nittany Lions men’s basketball game Feb. more »»

NCAA needs heads-up approach

February 28, 2016 By Hallie Zwibel and Alice Heron-Burke Molly Poletto, a University of Utah goalkeeper destined for stardom, was forced to cut her soccer career short after suffering eight concussions. more »»

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