Sports Columns

Nicklaus enjoying renewed attention to record

DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had their first conversation about rivalries while in South Africa for the Presidents Cup in 2003, right around the time Woods was about to get his fourth rival in Vijay Singh. The message Nicklaus preached from experience that day: Make sure ...

Koepka finally might be starting to warm up

With four major championships in his last eight major starts, you have to tip your cap to Brooks Koepka for winning last week’s PGA Championship held at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Up to this point, there’s been a running narrative that Koepka, known for his powerful swing and ...

Daly, cart have no place at Bethpage

Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black. We’ll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days. John Daly will rip it up in the PGA Championship — while gripping the wheel of a golf cart. Yep, the guardians of the game are ...

Reflections on PSU’s graduation

I had the honor of attending a Penn State University graduation over the weekend. The Bryce Jordan Center floor, where we’ve watched so many basketball games was transformed into a pseudo-ceremonial auditorium. Hundreds of blue and white seats faced the dais, decorated with what looked ...

New SFU coach finally gets opportunity she’s deserved for so long

LORETTO — As she stood at the podium on a day devoted specifically to her — not someone else who was being named head coach — Keila Whittington explained why she had such confidence and belief that her big day would indeed finally arrive. “Yes, I absolutely knew that this day would ...

Steelers can’t afford duds in draft

Rarely, if ever, does an NFL team lose two players the caliber of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in one offseason. Although the Steelers have already made preparations in free agency to help soften the blow of losing two elite superstars, finding top-notch talent in this year’s draft has ...

Giger: Beauty of ‘Field of Dreams’ is in father-son connection

It is, without question, the movie that is most deeply personal to me. In fact, “Field of Dreams” isn’t really a movie in my mind, but instead a concept, a feeling, a collection of memories and emotions. It’s easy to summarize: My dad died in 2006. My dad and I shared many baseball ...

Strange audible: Stevens’ stunning transfer leaves no winners

Those of you from the 1970s — much of the Mirror’s readership — may recall a Penn State tradition called “Gentle Thursday.” Students would gather on the HUB lawn, bringing blankets and refreshments, to enjoy the dawning of spring and all that came with it. There were good feelings ...

Penn State packs a perfect punch with its B-W weekend

Some general observations while enjoying the springtime weather and the springtime sports. n Could Penn State pack any more into the Blue-White weekend? The spring football scrimmage highlights what has become over the last two decades a showcase for all things sports and all things Nittany ...

Magical victory will be a part of history

AUGUSTA, Ga. — They crowded hundreds deep around the 18th green, roaring when those lucky enough to be in front signaled the first sight of Tiger Woods in his familiar red coming up the fairway. Up by the clubhouse, the kitchen help stood in white jackets and hats, much like a previous ...

O-line challenge heads into fall

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s not wise to emerge from the Blue-White Game armed with sweeping conclusions. The game is less than a glorified scrimmage because the playbook is “vanilla,” according to James Franklin, who also stacks the roster heavily in favor of the Blue team. The first ...

Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at age 43?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods had the putting green pretty much to himself as storms approached Augusta National on Monday. As a handful of fans lingered to watch, he stroked the 5-footers that always seemed to go in during his prime. It’s been 14 years since enough went in to win on the ...

Giger: Kieger looks like great hire for Penn State

Penn State made what looks like a terrific hire in selecting Carolyn Kieger as the new women’s basketball coach. Kieger’s background is exactly what the Lady Lions should have been looking for. She was a very good college player herself at Marquette, put in several years as an assistant ...

McHugh, teammates celebrate title

With much of the country focused on basketball’s March Madness, and much of our region avidly following the Nittany Lion Wrestling team’s dynastic eighth national title in nine years, Penn State swimmer Ally McHugh quietly made program history, capturing the women’s swimming and diving ...

Star junior sets goal to three-peat

HERSHEY — Perhaps it was the bravado that comes with youth or the thrill of reaching the peak of your sport for the first time, but a year ago some of the first words out of the newest PIAA Class 2A girls champions’ mouths were talk of a repeat. When Bellwood-Antis captured its second ...

Rudel: Tournament dreams not so sweet for Macklin

In 1970, NCAA danced without Florida State With March Madness in high gear, Kenny Macklin finds himself bittersweet. When the former Penn State Altoona head basketball coach and current Mountain Lion assistant was a player at Florida State in 1969-70, the Seminoles thought they had Final ...

Thumbs up on brilliant career: Ruggery leaves impressive legacy at Guilfoyle

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle was huddling in its final timeout with 5.2 seconds left down by two points, every person wearing purple in the Giant Center thought Luke Ruggery was going to hit a miraculous game-winning 3-pointer to win the state title. His clutch fourth quarter against ...

Rudel: BG boys look to make history

One of the many great things about the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team’s charge to its first PIAA championship game is now the Marauder faithful not only have a storied past but a team to celebrate today. And sometimes it takes a team like this one to shine that light. For ...

Chambers not PSU hoops’ big problem

Welcome to the greatest two days of the sports year — the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy the madness, folks. I know I will. Once again, Penn State is nowhere to be found. What else is new? Did you know the Nittany Lions have been in the NCAA Tournament just five times in the ...