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Sports Columns

Genter-Hall triumph was one for ages

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness many local best-ball tournaments, both as a participant and a spectator. Each event has been interesting in its own way, but I must say that I have never witnessed a more thrilling ending to a tournament than the finish at this year’s ...

No one is an expert on all: Opinions on what is sporting can vary

Immediately following the conclusion of any hunting season it is the lot of the outdoor writer to hear all manner of gripes and opinions on outdoor subjects. We can get pretty firm about what we view as the “unsporting practices” of other hunters. As if enduring the harangues of ...

Glittering, empty pool epitomizes misfortune

TOKYO — The aquatics arena near Tokyo Bay is an impressive structure indeed, the shimmering blue water of its two pools surrounded on three sides by towering rows of seats that, in a normal Olympic year, would’ve been packed with some 15,000 boisterous fans. Of course, there is nothing ...

British Open always a treat

It’s hard to believe that this week’s British Open is the last major championship of the year. I enjoy following all the majors, but there are so many reasons I love watching this tournament in particular …from the tall fescue rough, to the deep pot bunkers, no other event has scenery ...

Thank you, Ryan Malone: Celebrating the Lightning’s title

Thank you Ryan Malone. You changed my life. There was no hockey culture in Altoona in the late 90s. The sports gods played at Three Rivers Stadium and Beaver Stadium. When I learned how to skate, you had two options in the area and only one of them had ice — Sir Skate behind the VA ...

Made-for-TV golf pretty enjoyable

They aren’t real competitions, but somehow I find myself enjoying the made-for-TV golf exhibitions that have been aired in recent years. The latest, dubbed the Match IV, took place earlier this week and featured the team of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady versus Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron ...