Sports Columns

Coaches and their influence

Candace Parker played women's college basketball at the University of Tennessee under former head coach Pat Summitt.The current member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks posted a Twitter picture of the letter she received from Summitt while being recruited, saying "You held true to your promises ...

Still time for a big Bucs’ run

No matter what you hear on sports talk radio or see on social media sites, the Pittsburgh Pirates season isn't over yet.Look at the crowd at PNC Park and there's more than 27,000 fans there on a nightly basis to show that there is still plenty of baseball to be played.Right now, even after ...

Chisenhall’s homer lifts Cleveland

ATLANTA - Trevor Bauer complained that he wasn't as sharp as in recent outings.The way Cleveland has been hitting, Bauer didn't have to be sharp to help extend the longest winning streak in the majors this season.Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run homer, Bauer gave up two runs in six innings and ...

USGA made a double bogey Sunday

The rules fiasco with eventual winner Dustin Johnson during Sunday's 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club was not good then, was not good yesterday and will not be good for some time.It will take the USGA a while to get over this one.The USGA was Ali leaning on the ropes taking shots from ...

I have failed as a father, and will do so again

Happy Father's Day, a day late.I have said for many years that my goal as a father was to be a million times a better father than my father, and I pray my son is 2 million times a better father than I.I rarely understood my father, which is why he and I didn't talk for more than a year before ...

Father’s Day can be shared every day

At the end of every present-opening session of a birthday party or Christmas celebration as a child, I can distinctly remember my grandfather letting me know I spoiled I was.All the Game Boys, action figures, model trains, comic books and Tamagotchis added up over the years and were slowly ...

Which is it?

Accident: A sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury; An event that is not planned or intended: An event that occurs by chance;Decision: A choice that you make about something after thinking about it: The result of deciding; The ability to ...

Football coach talks failure and recruiting

Being in this business, I tend to peruse and read a lot of things.That includes many things I know I won't necessarily agree with. But, that's how you learn and get varying opinions.You can't always ready only stuff you know you will agree with and use in your daily life.I do read a lot of ...

’Cutch must learn from blunders in field, clubhouse

It's one thing for a disgruntled baseball fan to call for the head of a hapless manager.It's another thing for a star baseball player to call for the head of a gameday employee he doesn't even know.Following Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew ...

Oakmont: Fast greens, great scenery

To take in Oakmont Country Club from the first tee is breathtaking.I cannot imagine looking at the 1994 Oakmont.Actually, really don't want to.All those trees are gone and the views are spectacular."I think Oakmont has a fascinating history and certainly culture," USGA Executive Director Mike ...

Life continues around the wide world of sports

"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, ...

It all clicks for Bucs early on

It's only been three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it feels like Buctober again.This time around, the Bucs have downed the Cards.The opening series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals has brought some confidence back to weary fans who may have felt the team was in for an uphill climb after ...

Here comes a pitch for perseverance

In the summer of 2011, I was fortunate enough to live out a lifelong dream.I stood on the pitchers mound at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH ready to throw out the first pitch of a professional baseball game.Now, at minor league games, and even most Major League games, there is not just one first ...

Heads up at the old ballgame

There are signs all over the lower level of PNC Park and in professional ballparks across the country.Heck, you are even warned at area high school and little league games about the dangers of foul balls and flying objects leaving the playing field.On April 20, 2015, Wendy Camlin bought a ...

Chemistry: A little bit of this, a little bit of that

A pinch of this.A dash of that.A drop of this.A sprinkle of that.A hint of this.A tinge of that.Take something from any one of the 118 atomic numbers - from hydrogen to ununoctium - from any of the periods, from any of the groups, and see what you come up with.It's, you know, chemistry.And, ...

Student support makes games great

The purpose of a student section at a basketball game is to provide vocal and visual support to the team on the court.Of course, parents and alumni can provide that same enthusiasm from the stands, but fans within the student body make games more special. Just seeing fellow classmates at games ...

Which one would you pick?

Giraffe. Gorilla. Cheetah.Dog. Turtle. Ant.Which creature has the best perspective of life?The giraffe sees a lot, but cannot see what the ant sees.The cheetah can see things quickly, but that is something the turtle cannot do.If you have been to any zoo and you witnessed that the gorilla can ...

UFC Pittsburgh packs a punch, gains a fan

After sitting through five hours of power-punching, kicking and hitting, I was confused as to why a UFC fighter would "tap out" after laying on the ground for about 30 seconds.Mind you, this was my first time watching a live Ultimate Fighting Championship match. In fact, it really was the only ...

Can OSU recruits be repeat of 2013 class?

COLUMBUS - Three years ago Urban Meyer signed one of the greatest recruiting classes in Ohio State football history.But one of the things that comes with signing a lost list of great athletes is that eventually they have to be replaced, sometimes sooner than expected.Six of the nine OSU ...

Life continues around the wide world of sports

The dab.It's pretty much everywhere.Cam Newton introduced the world to it.I've seen it on vines, memes and gifs in all sorts of circumstances.But, I saw it recently at a place I never thought I would.During the national anthem.A couple of high school students thought it was cool.Funny, ...