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To be top dog, Ga. needs to roll Tide

Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. — If you’re looking for a terser-than-usual response from Kirby Smart, just bring up how the last two seasons ended. The Georgia coach will shoot you a steely eyed glare that falls somewhere between disgust and disdain, then respond with ...

Sports writer helped instill a calling

Bellwood native authored long career We all mourn when a family member or good friend dies. But I can’t help standing up, yelling the “We Are — Penn State” cheer and heartedly singing “Taking Me Out to the Ballgame” for Bill Summers, one of my first sports writing gurus. ...

You can smell football in the air

It’s four days until the NFL season kicks off, and that makes it the best time of the year. OK, it’s the preseason — as the Denver Broncos visit the Atlanta Falcons (8 p.m., NBC) in the Hall of Fame game — but it’s still the NFL. Some may claim that’s a lesser-value property ...

Smith-Schuster leads by example

With Pittsburgh Steelers training camp beginning on July 25, a lot of fans are reflecting upon last season with disgust. Failing to make the playoffs was unexpected, but some positive stories emerged. One of them was at wide receiver. When the Steelers drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster out of ...

Mailbag

Giger’s show provided local perspective With news this past week that Cory Giger’s radio show has come to an end due to policy changes on AM-1430, a few reflections are in order: There is no doubt that Giger tended to rub some people the wrong way. However, for 10¢ years, he provided ...

Cheerleading taints soccer coverage

According to ratings and viewership numbers, the Women’s World Cup completed last week with the U.S. women’s national team claiming its fourth championship (and second in a row) was a big success. Still, the broadcasters faltered at the most important time — as the championship match ...

Announcing’s Mount Rushmore

Everybody has got their list of favorites, and here is mine It’s holiday travel season, the time when people visit landmarks, national parks, water parks and whatever else. What better time for a Mount Rushmore of Sports Broadcasting? So here are my four all-time top TV sports ...

Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press The NHL isn’t a copycat league. It’s a response league. After the big and gritty St. Louis Blues muscled their way to the Stanley Cup, division rivals have responded in different ways. The Nashville Predators inked top free agent center Matt ...

Ley leaving a giant void at ESPN

With the retirement of Bob Ley last week, ESPN lost an 11-time Sports Emmy Award winner, but Ley’s impact and legacy really have little to do with awards. Ley was the all-sports network’s longest-tenured anchor. He made his “SportsCenter” debut on Sept. 9, 1979, the third day of the ...

Some sports seasons can be excessive

The sports seasons at the high school, collegiate and professional levels have become something of a marathon. When the Miami Dolphins advanced to three consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1970s, the players who were on the roster for those three seasons competed in 51 regular season and ...

Pebble Beach offers perfect backdrop

The natural landscape of Pebble Beach, with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning cliffs and the majestic houses and Cyprus trees lining the rolling lush green, makes it easy to forget that you are walking one of the most iconic golf courses in the USA. The fact that the ...

Fox puts best foot forward in Cup

Millions of viewers, record numbers of viewers, have tuned into coverage the women’s World Cup so far, and Fox and its family of networks will attract even more viewers in the next week or so — despite their production folks working a bit blind during games. Because of the way production ...

Father’s Day memories never fade

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s ...

Fandom

Name: Zach Dionis Age: 27 Residence: Altoona High school: Bellwood-Antis, class of 2010 College: Penn State, class of 2018 My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My friends and family Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn ...

For grandma, this Cup runneth over

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press BOSTON — Ryan O’Reilly should expect another email from his 99-year-old grandmother pretty soon. Congratulations from Deirdre O’Reilly are certainly in order after her grandson won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable ...

Women’s soccer has earned its keep

Women’s soccer season — specifically, the once-every-four-years “season” that coincides with the Women’s World Cup — has started and games will air on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 through the conclusion of the tournament on July 7. Team USA, the perennial tournament favorite ...

Heavyweights are suddenly fun again

Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn’t just upend heavyweight boxing. He threw it a ...

Scenes can outweigh MLB gimmicks

Over the years, the fast food industry, Las Vegas casinos and all things Disney have successfully adapted to technological innovations, fluctuating economic forces and trending consumer interests. So, too, has Major League Baseball. At an increasingly sophisticated level, MLB organizations ...

Browns haven’t bypassed Steelers

As a Steeler fan living outside Pennsylvania, I often get a much different take on things from the national sports media. In 2019, no theme in that conversation is bigger than the idea of the Cleveland Browns winning the AFC North. I understand even the Las Vegas oddsmakers have been ...

French Open will be full of drama

With so many different story lines headlining this tournament, the biggest may be made by a player who has not played at the French Open since 2015. Much has changed for Roger Federer since his last match in Paris. He had surgery, changed the paint job on his racquet and even switched ...