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Monday nights remain special

October 19, 2014 “Monday Night Football” celebrated its 700th game last week, but No. 701 might prompt a bit more interest in our region this week. more »»

Great game of baseball needs fix

October 12, 2014 Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. more »»

Sampsell: Separating fans from media

October 5, 2014 There’s a big difference between sports fans and members of the sports media, and that huge divide can be lost on many people — even a college football coach who considers himself a branding and... more »»

Rozelle could have taught Goodell

September 28, 2014 What a difference a commissioner makes. Pete Rozelle hadn’t been on the job long enough to find the executive washroom when he faced a gambling scandal a half-century ago that could have sunk the NFL. more »»

Women's sports talk show to debut

September 21, 2014 It’s a sports-talk show with unrivaled timing and arguably an A-list group of potential panelists, but “We Need to Talk,” set to debut on CBS Sports Network later this month, faces an uphill battle... more »»

Rec League star combined skill, grace

September 14, 2014 “First and foremost, Hank was always a gentleman.” Henry “Hank” Lee’s obituary appeared in the Mirror on Sunday, Aug. 31. I read it three times. more »»

Optimism returns for 2014 Steelers

September 7, 2014 Just four short seasons ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in their eighth Super Bowl. What has transpired since has been an erosion of talent due to age. more »»

Approach varies to Skins’ nickname

September 7, 2014 In the weeks leading up to the start of the NFL season, the media has spent an over abundance of its time conducting an informal poll — nickname or no nickname. more »»

Racing learns some tough lessons

August 24, 2014 Two weeks ago, on Aug. 9, Kevin Ward Jr. lost his life in an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that also involved former IndyCar and NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. more »»

Weston triggers Forever's juggle

August 24, 2014 Football season means many things to many peopl. more »»

Dahlberg: O’Bannon case shakes NCAA

August 17, 2014 LAS VEGAS — Ed O’Bannon knows it’s not over, far from it. He’s ready for the appeals and welcomes a challenge to the ruling that could change big-time college sports forever. more »»

Sampsell: PSU tweaking video info flow

August 10, 2014 Some diehard Penn State fans probably anticipate seeing two huge scoreboards in use for the team’s first home game Sept. 6 at Beaver Stadium. They’ll get more than two scoreboards, though. more »»

Baseball, family go together

August 3, 2014 This is a story about baseball, a mother’s never-ending love, a soldier’s search for healing after being wounded in Afghanistan, a VA Hospital social worker’s calling and a little boy by the name of... more »»

Slow time for sports talk radio

July 27, 2014 This week kicks off college football season in Big Ten country as administrators, coaches and players from across the conference converge on Chicago for the conference’s media days and related... more »»

World Cup left plenty of memories

July 20, 2014 By Brian Showalter The 2014 World Cup was the 11th that I’ve watched since 1974, and it was the best by far. more »»

Introducing the new Cleveland

July 20, 2014 Greetings from Cleveland, the birthplace of Superman. You knew that, right? Please say yes. Like so many here in this fine city, Superman was a complicated soul. more »»

Baseball fans num to steroid use

July 13, 2014 Barry Bonds is getting a second chance, hardly surprising because baseball is a game of second chances. more »»

Media go easy on USA soccer team

July 5, 2014 With the United States out of the World Cup after drawing record-setting TV viewership and generating all kinds of social media attention, maybe we can get back to some semblance of normalcy. more »»

Team chemistry can be engineered

June 29, 2014 These days the term “engineer” has changed meaning from “grimy guy driving the train” to a verb synonymous with create. more »»

A day to celebrate with your dad

June 15, 2014 Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit Lane, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. more »»

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