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Sports Columns

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 ...

A few puffs, bad rule hurt Richardson

She could have — make that should have — been a breakout star in an Olympics desperate for any kind of positive jolt. Sha’Carri Richardson has the look and she has the goods, and it wasn’t out of the question to picture her walking around Tokyo with a pair of gold medals draped around ...

Mickelson uses power play on media

Phil Mickelson’s diet these days appears to consist of coffee and low-hanging fruit. And it’s turning into quite a feast. The early summer months on the PGA Tour should be on the sleepy side as players recharge from the U.S. Open during a three-week window before the British Open, and ...

Local girls team reaches national finals

Marc Frye’s U-13 Classic Division 1 Energy girls soccer squad, out of the local FC 814 Soccer Club, made a huge mark as one of the best teams to come from our area when it recently won the Regional Presidents Cup Tournament in Barboursville, W.Va. The Energy are only the third team in the ...

Ranking the area’s top golfers by decade, part two

The following is a list of the area’s best golfers over the most recent five decades. The list includes amateur golfers only, which affects the likes of Jimmy Gillam, who has spent the bulk of his golfing career as a professional. The list is also limited to members of Altoona-area ...

Korda moves to top of women’s rankings after victory

Golf fans were treated to an impressive performance at last week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. At just 22 years old, American Nelly Korda showed the poise of a veteran while posting a four-day total of 19-under par, edging out tour veteran Lizette Salas by three shots. The victory ...