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Pirates still have chance to turn corner

June 29, 2014 The image of a kneeling Russell Martin holding up a ball-clenched fist will forever be part of the portrait of Pittsburgh Pirates history. It was Sept. more »»

Holtz prophetic on concussion issue

June 25, 2014 Earlier this month, Pittsburgh native and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino became the latest Hall of Fame football player to sue the National Football League over concussion-related... more »»

Mr. Padre: A better man than a hitter

June 17, 2014 I had every intention on writing a Father's Day Column, albeit it two days late. Then I found out that one of the few professional athletes whom I have looked up to, Tony Gwynn, Mr. more »»

Minor league baseball, major league motivation

June 15, 2014 With one deep breath, one grip of the threads, one wind up and one follow through, Sean Brady officially started his journey to the major leagues. His fastball on Friday in Jamestown, N.Y. more »»

Track at its best

June 9, 2014 Track at its best There is nothing like watching a state track meet — the best of the best. The two days in Columbus show why sports are so important in our society. more »»

Polanco is coming, Polanco is coming...

June 5, 2014 Oscar Tavares and Jon Singleton burst on to the Major League Baseball scene in the past week. Tavares of the Cardinals and Singleton of the Astros each hit home runs in their first big league games. more »»

Weirton tennis is a city effort

May 23, 2014 The spring season proved that the road to the West Virginia state tennis tournament ran through Weirton. more »»

Free to think it. Free to say it. Don’t hit send

May 19, 2014 I am no fan of politics. At all. Not a fan of political movies. But, one, “The American President” has been one of my favorites since it came out almost 20 years ago. more »»

No place like home

May 13, 2014 Zach Mettenberger was born in Watkinsville, Ga., a mere 665 miles and 10-and-a-half hours from Steubenville. more »»

City softball on the rise

May 10, 2014 Hayley Stamps won’t get the keys to a new Camaro for a while, but she does share her time in the driver’s seat of the Big Red softball team. more »»

10 items in preparing for life

April 29, 2014 A local high school coach retweeted a story on with the headline, “What college coaches say raise red flags about potential prospects.” Intrigued, I retweeted it and read i. more »»

Legion baseball prologue: For love of the game

April 26, 2014 Bill Grubb is a self-proclaimed “baseball nut.” The Brilliant resident is a fanatic of the national pastime and a supporter of Buckeye Local athletics. more »»

OVAC playoffs ready to heat up; relax Bucs fans

April 21, 2014 The cutoff for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference baseball semifinals is Wednesday. It appears most teams are locked into the playoffs, with a few possibly changing position. more »»

Please, clean up after yourself

April 20, 2014 Now that the Masters is over and it appears Old Man Winter has finally left the premises (talk about a family member overstaying the welcome), many have begun to hit the golf courses. more »»

Time for Pirates to deliver

April 17, 2014 There I stood, sweating, as the seconds seemed like hours. My anticipation was building, my heart was pounding and my breath was deeper and deeper and deeper... more »»

Opposite ends of spectrum — Aldon and Bubba

April 14, 2014 I wasn’t really sure what to write on this week and then, bam, Aldon Smith happene. more »»

Words of widsom from Wooden; tweet gone bad

April 7, 2014 My son played his first three games of AAU basketball Saturday and enjoyed the competition. He enjoyed the physicality and everything about playing that brand of basketball. more »»

Requiem for the region’s college sports

March 20, 2014 To call Tuesday’s first-round National Invitation Tournament game between West Virginia and Georgetown a “family reunion” wouldn’t be completely accurate. I mean, Mountaineers and ... Hoya. more »»

Take a long look at state law

March 18, 2014 Joe Pepe spent two decades looking over his shoulder. Someone recently tapped on his shoulder. In reality, it wasn’t someone, but something and that something is the West Virginia state law. more »»

Pirates produce prodigious plan for prospects

March 15, 2014 Arguably the most talented player in Pittsburgh Pirates spring training camp is no longer in Pittsburgh Pirates spring training camp. more »»

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