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Sports Columns

A real sense of normalcy on display at PNG Field

Welcome back … to normal. It’s been a long, long time coming. From a local perspective, if you want to see the best example of life back to normal, head out to a Curve game. Walk around Peoples Natural Gas Field for a spell. Talk to folks (there were a season-high 4,201 on hand Friday ...

D6 wraps up challenging season

This past week, District 6 finished up the final championship games in baseball and softball of its scholastic year. Anyone reading this before 2020 would probably wonder why that would be the lead of a column, much less even mentioned, as playing out the schedule and awarding championships ...

Mistake by Bucs’ Craig magnified

Notes and observations from the area sports world as June begins: n With suspect starting pitching and a lack of offensive firepower, the Pittsburgh Pirates are where everybody thought they’d be — at the bottom of the National League Central Division standings. After a surprising 12-11 ...

Shot clock may benefit HS hoops

Earlier this week, the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee voted to allow a 35-second shot clock in high school basketball beginning in the 2022-2023 season. It’s now up to each individual state to decide whether to go forward with it. The next ...

NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line at Darlington Raceway a year ago and was struck by the stillness and silence of the empty grandstands. NASCAR was one of the first major sports to resume competition early in the pandemic, setting its own path in a strange new world ...

Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I’ve got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven’t been able to ...