Sports Columns

Indoor popularity continues to rise around the region

Indoor soccer has hit a fevered pitch with the number of sites, tournaments and leagues now available. The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club ran its two league sessions with the second session set to wrap up on March 8-10. It also held its standard indoor tournaments, except they are all played ...

Mehno: Steelers keep making news in bad ways

PITTSBURGH — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert tries to avoid public comment, and now we know why. He isn’t very good at it. His assessment of the team as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 kids” didn’t go over well with anyone, especially the players who aren’t Roethlisberger and ...

Crispin fitting in nicely with BTN

Hundreds of men and women handle color commentary duties on major college basketball games for dozens of radio and TV networks across the country, and the comparisons about who’s good and who’s not or who works at some major network as opposed to a regional outlet can consume some of ...

New additions won’t make big difference

PITTSBURGH — The NHL locked the doors Monday afternoon, freezing rosters with the trade deadline. The Penguins did some minor tinkering, which speaks to their big picture. They don’t need an overhaul. They mostly need previously reliable veterans to play to the level they’ve achieved ...

Pens’ Rutherford faces tough call

PITTSBURGH — The NHL trade deadline arrives tomorrow afternoon. General manager Jim Rutherford has a troubled and inconsistent team, and no clear idea of what to do with it. The salary cap makes it difficult to deal, and Rutherford has to wonder if there’s the kind of trade that can ...

Mehno: Steelers must hope to get value for AB

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Antonio Brown reached an important agreement on Tuesday. They apparently agreed that Brown shouldn’t play for the Steelers anymore. At least that was the version Brown released via social media after he and his representatives met with Steelers chairman Art ...

Boys of summer start in the spring

They are four of the most anticipated words in sports: pitchers and catchers report. Four months after the World Series, baseball’s best are back at it, reporting for spring training at warm weather venues, and pre-season play in leagues that even sound sunny: cactus and grapefruit. These ...

Like it or not, Brown tells the truth

PITTSBURGH — At last, a Tweet from Antonio Brown that makes sense. Asked for the root of his conflict with Ben Roethlisberger, Brown responded via Twitter: “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. ...

Star receiver leaving town all ablaze

PITTSBURGH — There are a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh, and Antonio Brown seems to be intent on burning all of them. On Tuesday, he failed to show for a hearing on the charge of excessive speeding. Wherever he was, he Tweeted a farewell to Steelers Nation. The funny thing about that is he ...

Flying above Altoona, football openings

Longtime followers of this column realize I’ve been fortunate to have access to the Mirror helicopter to assist in the most important of stories. Like when Altoona Area High School is searching — OK, again searching — for a new head football coach. Oh, there have been some other ...

DH in NL will be reality

PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t matter if you protest or sign an online petition or wear a T-shirt that expresses your sentiments. The designated hitter is coming to the National League. It supposedly won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest but make no mistake: It’s going to happen. The ...

Blass entertains boosters

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training baseball is just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City on Feb. 12 and 13 and the full squad will be in camp Feb. 17 and 18 to begin workouts for the opening of Grapefruit League play Feb. 23. The Bucs open Saturday, Feb. 23 ...

NBA filled with plenty of drama

The latest episode of “Survivor: NBA” was quite a cliffhanger. All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists. Now that’s a reality show worth watching. “They always catch me by surprise,” said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team ...

Mehno: Pick your 6: Steelers or Pats better?

PITTSBURGH — The score is tied 6-6, and we’re supposed to declare a winner? The New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, matching the Steelers’ total and spurring plenty of debate. Who’s better? The Steelers won their first four in six years. Six great years of drafting ...

Super and not-so-super observations

Some general observations from the biggest football game of the year, which was far less interesting than many of the commercials: n Overnight television ratings for Super Bowl LIII came in as the lowest in a decade (when the Steelers defeated Arizona in 2009.) Some pundits attribute the ...

Ugliness overshadows Patriots’ sixth title

ATLANTA — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly ...

District 6 Class 2A girls playoff field filled with talent

Tonight marks the start of the final week in which teams can accumulate points toward the playoffs. There are some interesting scenarios and plenty of the brackets should provide some dramatic finishes, but the tournament a lot of people will be focusing on across the state will be the ...

Ex-Pirates leading MLB fantasy camp

BRADENTON, Fla. — Greetings from Florida where the weather obviously is much better than Altoona. We made our annual 17-hour trek south on the Amtrak Auto Train from Lorton, VA. last Sunday afternoon, arriving in Sanford, FL. on Monday morning. The temperature was in the 50’s for most ...

Romo showing uncommon foresight

The Super Bowl provides the biggest stage to date for NFL analyst turned media darling Tony Romo, and the CBS Sports color commentator seems poised to maintain the success he has enjoyed during his first two seasons on the job and, especially, during the AFC Championship Game. Romo, the ...

Mehno: Brown saga baffling on all accounts

PITTSBURGH — Bill Cowher suggested the whole Antonio Brown mess could be settled with a meeting. Put Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and Brown in a room and let them talk things out, Cowher said. That presumes Brown is still based on planet Earth, which is not a safe bet based on his ...