Sports Columns

Younger breed exudes sportsmanship

I really enjoyed watching last week’s PGA Championship and seeing many of the best PGA pros struggling to finish on a surprisingly difficult Quail Hollow golf course that was re-designed just last year. It was also enjoyable to see young star Justin Thomas play well under pressure and win ...

Mega-fight gets another selling point

LAS VEGAS — It’s only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands. Still, it was enough to make Conor McGregor quite happy. Floyd Mayweather Jr., too, because it likely means more sales for what could be the richest fight ever. Nevada boxing regulators went out of their way to give a ...

Conveniently, ‘Cobra’ leaves out important details

PITTSBURGH — AT&T SportsNet has a relatively new one-hour special (“Cobra”) on former Pirates outfielder Dave Parker. Parker is 66 now, and his life has taken a sad turn. He has Parkinson’s Disease, and the program shows what a fight it is. The player who was once the most ...

Larson gives glimpse of NASCAR future

Just last week, former NASCAR Cup champion Kevin Harvick speculated that stock car racing’s failure to draw more fans in recent years was due in part to the fact that the “sport’s most popular driver is not their most successful driver.” While Dale Earnhardt Jr. reportedly called ...

Dodgers enjoying amazing run

LOS ANGELES — The hottest team in the land had yet to get a runner to first base as the third inning came to a close at Dodger Stadium, where 46,128 had come to watch a slice of history on a sunbaked Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers trailed the Padres 2-0, but not many seemed terribly ...

Rooney Sr. needs to go in first

Commentary PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are an organization with an abundance of history they’ve largely ignored. That is changing with the creation of a team Hall of Honor. The first inductees will be revealed on Aug. 29. These kinds of things are great for debate and can kill hours on ...

No matter what, Pirates finding building blocks

PITTSBURGH — The odds are against the Pirates winning the National League Central, but who knows? No matter what happens, some good will come out of this season. The progressive improvement of starters Chad Kuhl and Trevor Williams has been a very positive development for the Pirates this ...

Eldred reaches 400 home runs while in Japan

Brad Eldred is the best pure power hitter I’ve ever seen covering the minor leagues, and it may surprise some people to know that he’s still launching home runs in impressive numbers. Two days ago, Eldred blasted the 400th home run of his career while playing for Hiroshima in the Japanese ...

Outdoors recreation for the birds

Famous aviator, Charles Lindberg said, “I’d rather have birds than airplanes.” Their sound greets us every morning and lulls us to sleep every night: the chirping, cooing and whip-poor-willing of the winged population that lives around our wooded home. If we step out onto our deck ...

Moorhead doesn’t miss deep shot at critics

UNIVERSITY PARK — Of all the great recruiting James Franklin has done since arriving here, a case can be made that no one has made a bigger one-year splash than Joe Moorhead. Never mind that he’s not a player but the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator. Moorhead took a dormant ...

Kaepernick will find home eventually

PITTSBURGH — According the most recent numbers available from the census bureau, there are 101,612,000 males between the ages of 15 and 64 living in the United States. Yet there aren’t 32 who can competently quarterback an NFL team. Maybe it’s time to borrow from the other sports and ...

Routch building strong resume

Hollidaysburg’s Sydney Routch has been playing soccer since the age of 4, and her perseverance in playing the game has led to a lifetime opportunity very few players will ever have the chance to realize. Routch, a senior on the Hollidaysburg Area High School girls soccer squad, has played ...

Bucs’ GM can only do so much

Commentary PITTSBURGH — MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline passed on Monday, and the Pirates mostly passed on it, too. They sent Tony Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a couple of prospects, one of whom might wind up with the Curve next season. Watson’s departure was not unexpected. ...

August brings anticipation in the air

Some summertime sports observations, while wondering how August came upon us so fast… While we don’t want to wish away these beautiful summertime days, fall and football is fast approaching. As soon as July 4 is over, stores are brimming with back-to-school displays and the new styles of ...

No big changes for Bucs at deadline

Notes and observations following Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline: n It wasn’t particularly surprising that the Pirates weren’t particularly busy prior to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates probably went off the buyer’s market after ...

Mayweather, McGregor a stale act

LAS VEGAS — There’s a reason tons of good seats remain for what was supposed to be the year’s hottest ticket. Actually, there are two reasons the hype bubble surrounding the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor has been punctured, at least a bit. In their quest to ...

Hockenos’ recent distinction a well-earned accolade

Commentary Rick Hockenos has enjoyed his life in basketball, and it came full circle with his enshrinement in his high school’s athletic hall of fame. Hockenos, a former Saint Francis standout, was inducted into Niagara (N.Y.) Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame on July 14 for his ...

Time to take Big Ben seriously

PITTSBURGH — When last season ended and Ben Roethlisberger said he might not be back, people rolled their eyes. Conventional wisdom said this just more false drama from Ben. Roethlisberger has revisited that theme as the Steelers opened training camp, saying that he won’t commit beyond ...

Spieth’s clutch play separates from field

I must say, I was thoroughly entertained watching Jordan Spieth come back from the brink of disaster to win last week’s British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Watching the 13th hole, by itself, was both dramatic and intense. It looked like Spieth was about to implode after hitting one ...

Media, players can struggle to get along

PITTSBURGH — The uncomfortable dance between athletes and media has been going on since some guy sat down and etched criticism in a stone tablet about a gladiator. It’s an even more unusual dynamic when the media people cover a team as a traveling beat, spending even more time with the ...