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Sports Columns

Indians’ games on TV in short season

All Cleveland Indians games of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season will be on television. SportsTime Ohio will air 57 of the 60 games, including the home opener Friday night at Progressive Field against the Kansas City Royals. The Indians will play 10 games each against their four AL Central ...

Golfing can keep families close

If the Covid-19 pandemic has kept you from connecting with family and friends, it’s time to play nine. I’m talking about playing nine holes of golf. In fact, you should call a loved one and hit the links right away. Heck, even if you’ve never picked up a club, now is the perfect ...

Finding the elusive bass at local lakes

Like the proverbial needle in a haystack, the bass in a weed bed can be difficult to find. Bass love aquatic vegetation. Lakes like Mosquito, West Branch and Pymatuning are loaded with a variety of leafy green plants that harbor largemouth bass and the food on which they prey. But ...

Jaws drop at move Howland makes

Jaw-dropping moments are pretty common in sports, and they come in all types. The last-second shot to win the game. The big hit or amazing catch in football. A walk-off hit or a diving catch in the outfield. Heck, they’re a big reason sports are so much fun. There are other shocking ...

MLB needs reform before it’s too late

It's nice to finally be able to catch a baseball game at one of the local parks in the area as baseball is starting to begin play around the Mahoning Valley. Groups of men and women came together, along with Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, to find a way to work around the ...

’20 senior class can learn from experience

Oh man, to go back to senior year in high school. Wouldn’t that be something? You could get away with just about anything as a senior. Plus, you were the top dog — in sports, at school, at parties and pretty much wherever you went. Good times. No, great times. The same can’t be said ...

Eerie quietness comes over Cortland

CORTLAND — The drive up state Route 11 provided no sense of anticipation, not even when my vehicle headed west on state Route 305 toward my destination. The road leading to Lakeview High School was barren, not a soul in sight as I made my way to the back toward Don Richards Stadium. ...

Bowden proving haters are wrong

Sometimes it can be frustrating when you’re really good at something. I’m talking REALLY good, like there might be one or two people better than you, but you’d have to fly across the world and ride a camel 250 miles into the desert to find them. When someone is Egyptian-desert good, ...

Why, not where, are the fish biting?

Opportunities abound for all of us to become better fishers every time we go to the water, but whether we understand what nature is telling us depends on how much we are paying attention and how keenly we analyze our experiences. Many anglers miss the clues they encounter simply because they ...

YSU coach has right mix to succeed

Skepticism is pretty normal for Youngstown State football fans, and for good reason. It’s annoying to belabor the reasons, but they’re hard to ignore. Forget that the Penguins have reached the playoffs just twice since Jim Tressel left for Ohio State in 2000. While it’s the most glaring ...