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Unfortunately, notable absentees missing at Masters

It’s rare to have a player in the top 40 missing from the Masters, much less four of them. Rarer still is to show up at Augusta National and notice who’s missing. That element won’t change, especially with so much anticipation from waiting 18 months to hear: “Fore, please. Tiger ...

Missing the Penn State whiteout vs. OSU

When Penn State started playing in the Big Ten in 1993, it lost its traditional rivals like Pitt and West Virginia, so the league invented the Land Grant Trophy and declared a Penn State-Michigan State rivalry. While there have been some great PSU-MSU games, every PSU fan knows the path to ...

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Franklin can’t do it on day of the game Regularly attending Penn State games since 1969, and a season-ticket holder since 1976, it’s obvious to me that Penn State’s administration and athletic director Sandy Barbour have made a conscious decision for mediocrity. James Franklin has ...

Raking up too many football code words

The arrival of crisp autumnal weather means two things — college football is (or should be) in full swing and the annual aggravation I refer to as “leaf management” will most likely dominate the majority of the time I spend outdoors. Lush, green and beige foliage that provided both ...

Chambers’ comment was out of character

I was stunned to read in the Mirror that Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers had resigned his position for a comment he made in January 2019 to Rasir Bolton, who is currently a student at Iowa State University. I am sure it was a shock wave heard around the world of college ...

‘Greatest’ label can be slippery

Isiah Thomas, who competed on the hardwood against the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson – all Hall of Famers – caused a stir recently when he proclaimed LeBron James the greatest player in the history of the sport. “The best and most ...

Case of bad timing hits Franklin, PSU

Here’s my take on the Penn State football season. Could James Franklin be any unluckier? He can’t keep his staff together like, ever. His best team is during the pandemic. His best player can’t bother to come back to the team when play starts. His recruiting is worse than ...

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Contz’s column on ND shows his hypocrisy Former Penn State football player Bill Contz criticized Notre Dame in the Mirror last weekend for not canceling a game over a week away. I find this to be hypocritical. If I remember correctly, James Franklin was one of the biggest voices ...

Football is rotten in Big Apple

By Dennis Waszak Jr. The Associated Press NEW YORK — No wins, eight losses and lots of frustrated fans. The Big Apple is pretty rotten when it comes to its professional football teams, and it’s tough to imagine things getting better any time soon. Both the Jets and Giants are 0-4 ...

Baffert running Preakness with assistant in mind

Each time Bob Baffert won a big race over the past two decades with assistant Jimmy Barnes by his side, the two would share a moment and embrace. “We give each other a big hug like, ‘We did it,’” Baffert said. When Authentic won the Kentucky Derby, that wasn’t possible. ...

Irish eyes shouldn’t be smiling

Despite having 39 of their players in quarantine and a mere 48 hours after reporting 18 new positive COVID tests, the Notre Dame football team resumed practice on Wednesday to prepare for an all-important, hardly-the-game-of-the-century against Florida State. The 0-2 Seminoles sleepwalked ...

New MLB rule taints tradition

Not long after the Dodgers closed out a victory over Arizona in 10 innings in early September, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw offered a less-than-ringing endorsement of the new extra-inning rule, which places a runner on second base to begin each extra inning. “It’s not real baseball,” ...

Sponsky left mark on his players

(Editor’s note: Former Forest Hills and Bishop Carroll football coach Chuck Sponsky died on Sept. 6.) I cringe every time I bump into a former student or athlete. Invariably, he or she will remember something I did or said as a teacher or coach that I forgot about long ago. In their ...

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Father Jack O’Malley considers it the finest moment of his time at Saint Francis College. The Frankies had just scored a major triumph over Fordham in a tournament in Charlotte. It was 11:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve, 1958, and the team was departing by plane for Pittsburgh and then on by ...

Mailbag: Empty Beaver Stadium leaves sad, surreal feeling

The word surreal is one of those terms vastly overused by so many. Yet I can’t think of a better descriptor as I drove past Beaver Stadium drenched in sunshine with a whiff of early autumn in the air. I should have been among the 100,000-plus in the stands. I deserved it. Don’t I? ...

Jacksonville vying for dubious honor

You’ve got to hand it to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Just when you think they can’t go any lower, the Jags somehow manage to find a whole new level of teal-colored ineptitude. They really could be the worst franchise in all of pro sports. Since there is perpetual speculation that the ...

Players just can’t burst their bubble

The NFL career of running back Curvin Richards is not particularly memorable. He played in 12 games over three seasons for Dallas and Detroit and averaged 3.3 yards on 55 carries. However, diehard Dallas fans of the early 1990s will never forget Richards’s final performance as a Cowboy or ...

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Social distancing doesn’t exist in game of football I appreciated Neil Rudel’s commentary on the PIAA and high school sports last weekend (“PIAA needs to keep using common sense.”) I would like to share a couple of my thoughts on the subject. Fact 1: Gov. Wolf’s position is ...

Unfortunately, LLWS draws a walk

It’s the time of year when kids from around the world are in South Williamsport to play baseball. But not this summer. The Little League World Series was canceled for the first time in its 73-year history because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the innocence of 11 and 12-year-olds ...

Giolito’s no-hitter comes at perfect time

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Midway through a season most of us will eventually try to forget, Lucas Giolito reminded us why so many wanted baseball back to begin with. His no-hitter Tuesday night in Chicago was certainly the quietest of the 19 pitched in White Sox history. The ...