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Sports Columns

NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line at Darlington Raceway a year ago and was struck by the stillness and silence of the empty grandstands. NASCAR was one of the first major sports to resume competition early in the pandemic, setting its own path in a strange new world ...

Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I’ve got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven’t been able to ...

Can’t wait to see where Oweh lands

One of the most intriguing NFL prospects that Penn State has ever had is on the clock. We’re not talking about Micah Parsons, who is projected as a high pick as a game-changing linebacker. Also predicted to go in the first round is defensive end Jayson Oweh. If you can’t recall what ...

Roberson shows he has backup plan

UNIVERSITY PARK — Beyond the obvious overall improvement necessary to separate itself from what led to last season’s unthinkable 0-5 start, Penn State’s top priority this spring has been to find a backup quarterback. The Nittany Lions appeared to accomplish that with Ta’Quan ...

D6 3A has some really good baseball

Commentary The high school baseball playoffs are still a month away, but after the entire spring scholastic sports season was called off last year, it’s never too early to look ahead. One baseball classification to keep your eyes on in District 6 is Class 3A. The PIAA Class 3A champion ...

A reluctant star earns Green Jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. — His were the only pair of hands on the club. Millions of his countrymen will want a piece of Hideki Matsuyama now. Considering how much he values his privacy, it could be quite the interesting tug of war. Precious few people even knew Matsuyama was married until he and his ...

Shrewsberry aware of challenge

Power-5 conferences seeking new leadership in football or basketball generally have two choices: A head coach at a mid-major program who has had success or a rising assistant from a bigger-name school. In Micah Shrewsberry, Penn State chose the latter. Shrewsberry has spent the last 13 ...

Current Lady Marauders add to program’s rich history

HERSHEY — When legendary Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Mark Moschella was considering stepping down after a long career of winning state championships and more than 600 wins with the Lady Marauders, he saw something special happening in his program. Moschella said it started with the ...

Shrewsberry good hire for one tough job

Micah Shrewsberry looks like a great hire for Penn State. Can he succeed in turning the Nittany Lions into a consistent winner in the Big Ten? We’ll see. This is a tough, tough job. Penn State doesn’t have the tradition or resources to think that it will ever become a consistent threat in ...

PSU vote to improve Lasch produces ‘crack’

Penn State football went 1-0 last week with the Board of Trustees’ decision to approve a $48.3 million upgrade to the Lasch Football Building. But while the 27-6 vote may appear to have been a three-touchdown victory, there was notable sideline disagreement that could linger and affect the ...

Two weeks to go for District 6 1A-4A seedings

Tonight would have originally marked the start of the District 6 playoffs, but thanks to a decision by the PIAA to shorten the PIAA tournament and allow only champions into the field, teams have two more weeks before the final rankings are set for Class 1A through 4A. With only champions ...

PSU shouldn’t dismiss a Ferry ride

Other than an occasional Twitter comment, I don’t cover Penn State basketball anymore, but I still watch it, and I think Sandy Barbour has an interesting situation on her hands. The Nittany Lions are 7-9 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten entering Sunday’s game with Nebraska at the Bryce ...

Locals have watched Nits’ new OC grow

Two local high school football coaches have first-hand experience with new Penn State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. R.J. Albarano roomed with him in the late 1990s while the two were on the football team at California (Pa.) University. “He played QB for us at Cal,” Albarano, a ...

Plenty to choose from when talking about Flash all-time wins

When Saint Francis opened its 2020-21 basketball season with a shocking 80-70 upset at Pitt, my immediate reaction was to call the victory the best of Rob Krimmel’s nine-year tenure. But where did it rank in annals of the Red Flash program? Though its place on the national landscape has ...

From 2020’s best play to its weirdest incident

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Tampa. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. BEST GAME: In Week 9, the first professional matchup of Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray lived up to the hype. The two ...

Making time for the feeding of winter birds

Photography has long been one of my favorite hobbies and a perfect complement to all my other outdoor pursuits. Needless to say, I was delighted to count a new camera as a Christmas present this year. Okay, in full disclosure, it was really a gift to myself. I just couldn’t resist the ...

Tiny Bible school is fast becoming Washington Generals

ATLANTA — Carver College has become college basketball’s equivalent of the Washington Generals, barnstorming from city to city, playing games almost every night, enduring one enormous beating after another. Appalachian State 105, Carver 23. Wofford 111, Carver 37. Georgia Southern 92, ...

Pitt basketball’s COVID-19 issue offers perspective

Prior to his team’s trip to play Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener earlier this month, Pittsburgh men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel joked about traveling to a place with nicer weather but not being allowed to enjoy it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Capel coached the Panthers to ...

2020 perfect for socially distanced Newby Awards

In these scary times, it’s hard to pull off an awards show. Thankfully, the Newbys have always been a state of mind, so it shouldn’t be a problem to carry on safely in the midst of a pandemic. We never got around to ordering trophies, or reserving a space, or rolling out an actual red ...

Nature knows what to do in the woods

It is not just hunters who express concern for the state’s wildlife during a prolonged and wicked winter. We seem to be on the path to a tough winter this year. Many non-hunters also wonder how wildlife survives during rough winters. It is not easy to explain nor to contemplate. But ...