Sports Columns

John Mehno always delivered the right touch

When the chapter on the best and longest tenured sportswriters in Pittsburgh sports history over the last 50 years is someday authored, the names of Bob Smizik, Ron Cook, Gene Collier and Ed Bouchette will surely be mentioned. One name who won’t be on that list but deserves an honorable ...

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 ...

Electric crowd not enough to produce magical win

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a player in 1996, and he’s always wanted to see the school enjoy the kind of basketball atmosphere that was on display Tuesday night. DeGol Arena was electric. It was magical. The phenomenal, high-energy, high-basketball-IQ crowd should ...

Penske still on top of racing world

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Somewhat overshadowed by the stifling scrutiny of NASCAR’s new rules package was another Team Penske victory. Joey Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski’s last-lap push to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the fourth victory for a Roger Penske car in seven ...

Dellinger takes successful journey through consys

Hollidaysburg’s Gus Dellinger traveled a stressful road through the consolation rounds of the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament. The road ended up taking him to Hershey. Dellinger won three straight consolation bouts on Saturday to reach the third-place bout. He pinned Bellefonte’s ...

Indoor popularity continues to rise around the region

Indoor soccer has hit a fevered pitch with the number of sites, tournaments and leagues now available. The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club ran its two league sessions with the second session set to wrap up on March 8-10. It also held its standard indoor tournaments, except they are all played ...

Mehno: Steelers keep making news in bad ways

PITTSBURGH — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert tries to avoid public comment, and now we know why. He isn’t very good at it. His assessment of the team as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 kids” didn’t go over well with anyone, especially the players who aren’t Roethlisberger and ...

Crispin fitting in nicely with BTN

Hundreds of men and women handle color commentary duties on major college basketball games for dozens of radio and TV networks across the country, and the comparisons about who’s good and who’s not or who works at some major network as opposed to a regional outlet can consume some of ...

New additions won’t make big difference

PITTSBURGH — The NHL locked the doors Monday afternoon, freezing rosters with the trade deadline. The Penguins did some minor tinkering, which speaks to their big picture. They don’t need an overhaul. They mostly need previously reliable veterans to play to the level they’ve achieved ...

Pens’ Rutherford faces tough call

PITTSBURGH — The NHL trade deadline arrives tomorrow afternoon. General manager Jim Rutherford has a troubled and inconsistent team, and no clear idea of what to do with it. The salary cap makes it difficult to deal, and Rutherford has to wonder if there’s the kind of trade that can ...

Mehno: Steelers must hope to get value for AB

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Antonio Brown reached an important agreement on Tuesday. They apparently agreed that Brown shouldn’t play for the Steelers anymore. At least that was the version Brown released via social media after he and his representatives met with Steelers chairman Art ...

Boys of summer start in the spring

They are four of the most anticipated words in sports: pitchers and catchers report. Four months after the World Series, baseball’s best are back at it, reporting for spring training at warm weather venues, and pre-season play in leagues that even sound sunny: cactus and grapefruit. These ...

Like it or not, Brown tells the truth

PITTSBURGH — At last, a Tweet from Antonio Brown that makes sense. Asked for the root of his conflict with Ben Roethlisberger, Brown responded via Twitter: “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. ...

Star receiver leaving town all ablaze

PITTSBURGH — There are a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh, and Antonio Brown seems to be intent on burning all of them. On Tuesday, he failed to show for a hearing on the charge of excessive speeding. Wherever he was, he Tweeted a farewell to Steelers Nation. The funny thing about that is he ...

Flying above Altoona, football openings

Longtime followers of this column realize I’ve been fortunate to have access to the Mirror helicopter to assist in the most important of stories. Like when Altoona Area High School is searching — OK, again searching — for a new head football coach. Oh, there have been some other ...

DH in NL will be reality

PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t matter if you protest or sign an online petition or wear a T-shirt that expresses your sentiments. The designated hitter is coming to the National League. It supposedly won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest but make no mistake: It’s going to happen. The ...

Blass entertains boosters

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training baseball is just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City on Feb. 12 and 13 and the full squad will be in camp Feb. 17 and 18 to begin workouts for the opening of Grapefruit League play Feb. 23. The Bucs open Saturday, Feb. 23 ...

NBA filled with plenty of drama

The latest episode of “Survivor: NBA” was quite a cliffhanger. All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists. Now that’s a reality show worth watching. “They always catch me by surprise,” said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team ...

Mehno: Pick your 6: Steelers or Pats better?

PITTSBURGH — The score is tied 6-6, and we’re supposed to declare a winner? The New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, matching the Steelers’ total and spurring plenty of debate. Who’s better? The Steelers won their first four in six years. Six great years of drafting ...