Sports Columns

NASCAR needs some excitement at Bristol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was chasing the trophy — the playoffs didn’t exist, no stages, no bonus points — and The Intimidator simply wanted the victory. Labonte ...

Parking alert: PSU getting word out

We’re 20 days away from the first Penn State football game of the season, and the athletic department has created a couple of media-related challenges for itself. Specifically, the challenges relate to parking and ticketing — and Penn State needs the media to help deliver the messages ...

National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on tap

This Saturday night is the exciting fund-raising banquet of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. This chapter has won many awards for its habitat improvement, planting activities that benefit the wild turkey and many other wild creatures. Doors open at ...

Spinnerbait for summertime bass

Last week, I discussed buzzbaits, a popular surface lure for bass. This week I’ll turn the attention to spinnerbaits, a similar wire-frame lure with its hook molded into a lead head and features a spinner blade or two to attract fish with flash and vibration. Spinnerbaits are versatile ...

‘Field of Dreams’ just one possible bad location

Major League Baseball is heading to the “Field of Dreams” next season to pay homage to a terrible flick. Yep, the Chicago White Sox will face the New York Yankees in a temporary stadium, to be constructed among the Iowa cornfields where that corn pile of a movie was filmed. Given my ...

Coach Franklin knows the value of work-life balance

UNIVERSITY PARK — There are a ton of workaholics in the world, and some jobs require that you be available to work pretty much all the time. When you’re young and single, you just deal with it. You embrace it, even. For many people, that constant drive to work becomes part of their ...

Success lessons from American Ninja Warrior

My summertime fascination is once again American Ninja Warrior. I thoroughly enjoy tuning in each week to watch people of all ages and backgrounds attempt to conquer the crazy obstacle course that demands balance, grip, strength and stamina. This competition has attracted elite athletes from ...

PSU’s ‘D’ will accept challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK – Two words are being embraced and emphasized in Penn State’s defensive meeting room: Finishers and closers. “Just having a finisher’s mentality — a mentality to close out teams when we’re up on them,” defensive coordinator Brent Pry said Saturday during PSU’s ...

PGA should slap Garcia with suspension

Unfortunately, recent Masters champ Sergio Garcia is up to his old tricks again, and it’s about time that golf’s top officials do something about it. Earlier this year, at the European Tour’s Saudi International event, Garcia displayed his terrible form while intentionally gouging holes ...

Trading Vazquez could bring Bucs big return

This is a big day for the Pirates, or at least it could be. The Bucs have one of the most sought-after players in the majors at the trade deadline in lefty closer Felipe Vazquez, and what they decide to do with him today will have major implications for the franchise in the coming ...

Phelan turns back the clock at Saint Francis

LORETTO — You could not be in the Maurice Stokes Center on Friday night for the 2019 Saint Francis Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony without feeling the deep sense of pride that permeates the Red Flash community. While all of the inductees were certainly worthy, one was particularly ...

Golf’s major season provides plenty of lasting memories

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Winning the British Open didn’t sink in right away for Shane Lowry. It apparently didn’t take long. A celebration that began on the 18th fairway of Royal Portrush extended well into the night in Dublin. The European Tour posted a video on Twitter of Lowry, ...

Roberts’ time has finally come: Earned football glory the hard way at SFU

Jay Roberts compiled some outstanding statistics at Saint Francis College during his four years as a running back for the Red Flash football team. Roberts, who played for Saint Francis (now Saint Francis University) from 1971-74, rushed for 3,824 yards in his career. During his senior ...

Another missed cut for Tiger, who’s showing age

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — So now we know. Tiger Woods isn’t done, no matter what it looked like on his slog through the only two rounds he’ll play in this British Open. He’s also not in danger of being put in traction anytime soon, no matter how many times he is asked about his ...

Timing of British Open perfect cap for major season

It’s hard to believe that this weekend will decide the last major championship of 2019. Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush golf links is the site of this year’s British Open championship, which marks only the second time the tournament has been held outside of Britain in the event’s ...

Ryan critical of club’s focus

Following a particularly brutal loss to Trenton on Tuesday night, perturbed Curve manager Michael Ryan pointed across the field to the opposing club and said, “Playoff team.” Then the manager pointed into his own clubhouse and said, “Non-playoff team, right now.” Ryan made numerous ...

Cycling community strong in Central Pennsylvania

Whether your preferred bike ride features 20 miles, 40 or more, summertime in Central Pennsylvania offers lots of opportunities to compete, recreate or relax. This weekend marks the 24th annual Bicycle Ride for Multiple Sclerosis. The Glimcher Keystone Country Ride has become a Central Pa. ...

Giger: Robot umps should be welcomed

It’s time for robot umpires calling balls and strikes in baseball. No matter how much you may be against that change, you can bank on it coming to the major leagues in the not-too-distant future (say 3-5 years). In case you missed it, the independent Atlantic League debuted the robot umpire ...

Giger: Curve resembling 2017 title team

There’s something about this year’s Curve team that’s starting to look more and more similar to the gritty, clutch 2017 Eastern League championship squad. That was my first thought following Altoona’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Erie on Sunday to wrap up the first half of the ...

‘Sports Central’ will be missed

And just like that, it was off the air. Fellow Mirror sportswriter Cory Giger was told on Monday that his long-running talk show — “Sports Central” — was no longer a part of the programming on Toona 1430 WVAM. Add that to the fact that ESPN Radio was removed from WVAM several months ...