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Big Ten has overmatched Penn State basketball I have enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s recent articles on the hiring of Micah Shrewsberry as new PSU men’s basketball coach. For sure, Shreweberry has been influenced by some great college basketball minds, e.g. Brad Stevens and Matt ...

Elder can never be repaid in full for years of racism

By Paul Newberry The Assoociated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Elder was 40 years old when he made history as the first Black player to tee it up at the Masters, after so many prime years had already been stolen from him by the scourge of racism. When Augusta National finally extended him ...

Information flow has no limit

By Bill Contz For the Mirror Once considered a safe haven for shielding players from hecklers or nuisance autograph seekers, the Major League Baseball dugout is no longer completely off limits to anyone not wearing stirrups and spikes. This sanctity of this semi-secluded enclave once ...

Masters field filled with drama

The Masters is on my bucket list of sporting events I want to attend. In normal years, next to the Super Bowl, it is typically the most expensive sports resale ticket in the United States. The actual ticket costs $115 and is sold by lottery and to lifetime patrol holders. The 2021 ...

Woods deserves privacy, but public has right to know

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press I’m not all that familiar with law enforcement in Los Angeles, especially at the top levels. For all I know, Sheriff Alex Villanueva might be great in reducing crime, though he does appear to be a little star struck when it comes to Tiger Woods. After ...

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Allow yourself a chance to smell the roses And just like that, a year is gone. It seems like yesterday Penn State was on its way to March Madness with a good team that had a chance to win a game or two. Today, a new coach, who may have the equipment guy as his starting point ...

Greatness deserves its own stage

Tiger Woods has experienced his share of bad breaks, including those that have been self-inflicted. Despite his well-documented achievements on the golf course, Woods is once again an underdog. To regain his stature as one of the world’s premier golfers, he will need to overcome ...

Trans athletes a non-issue in a discrimination-real world

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press All around the country, states are rushing to approve laws to address a supposed problem that, in reality, doesn’t actually exist. Has there even been a case where a transgender athlete actually stole a college scholarship or gained an unfair ...

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Barbour sold PSU search short Sandy Barbour is a politically pressured puppet. When would Penn State ever stand for hiring a head football coach with no head coaching experience? They wouldn’t. Men’s basketball at Penn State isn’t important to them. If it were, an experienced, ...

When he got his big break, Hagler definitely cashed in

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press The 1970s were coming to a close when Bob Arum, fresh off promoting a pair of fights between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks, checked his mail one morning to find a letter from two Massachusetts politicians with the kind of power he knew would be unwise to ...

College coaching is place to get rich

By Glenn Mollette For the Mirror Have you ever thought changing jobs? Have you ever aspired to be a college basketball coach? Now is a great time to get your resume together. John Calipari is the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach. His pay this year is over $8 million.He has ...

Be careful what you airbrush

L ast week our benevolent governor, Tom Wolf, relaxed the existing guidelines to permit fan attendance at indoor venues around the commonwealth, and it didn’t take long for controversy to rear its ugly head. Some 2,800 fans assembled inside PPG Paints arena to witness Pittsburgh’s ...

Only time will tell if Larson can move past tainted 2020 remarks

LAS VEGAS — He’d had a nice first month at his new job, had quickly settled in and was falling into a familiar rhythm. A win was coming, Kyle Larson could feel it, and he was right. And yet a past mistake remained the dominant narrative of Larson’s return to NASCAR. He wondered via ...

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Don’t let Penn State spending go too far I enjoyed Neil Rudel’s article on the multi-million dollar improvement project for the Penn State Lasch football complex. Rudel is pretty good about including all the details when he writes a story, so it was odd that he missed the part on how ...

Sports is all about the timing

Despite the optimism that enveloped the greater Tampa area before this past NFL season, conventional wisdom said that it would be improbable for Tom Brady to switch teams, adjust to the competition in a new conference and division, and appear on stage after Super Bowl LV clutching the Vince ...

With no DH, another year of hapless NL pitchers swinging

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Get ready for another season — hopefully, the last — of the most hapless act in sports. Pitchers trying to pass themselves off as hitters. Pity those like Atlanta phenom Ian Anderson, who’s not exactly looking forward to stepping ...

Virus should add initials to MLB

The 2021 baseball season fast approaches with pitchers and catchers reporting. The ongoing pandemic has forced league officials to adopt new safety criteria and reinstate changes adopted during the previous campaign and a few warrant further review. The popular day/night seven-inning ...

Names of Black athletes need to adorn stadiums across country

As Black History Month comes to a close, there have been myriad tributes to the accomplishments of African Americans in sports arenas across the land. That’s not nearly enough. Not after the racial awakening this country went through last summer. Not when major college athletic facilities ...

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Ferry deserves chance to stay at Penn State I’ve always enjoyed Neil Rudel’s commentaries, and I agree with his opinion that Jim Ferry should get strong consideration for the Penn State men’s basketball coaching position. Players seem to relate, look like they’re having fun, and ...

Marking passage of time: Local team’s 1957 championship provided inspiration

Like many other subscribers my age, I open my morning Mirror and immediately turn to the obituaries, yes, even prior to the sports page. In recent months, I was saddened to read two very recognizable names, which brought back a rush of special memories. First, our most sincere condolences ...