Sports Columns

Sports Columns
  • Fairways and Greens: Storm alters local course’s appearance

    Golf course superintendents and course designers make changes to their layouts all of the time.

    June 20, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Kaymer now part of U.S. Open lore

    This past weekend’s U.S. Open at North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort and Country Club was not the thriller the tournament has often been, but it was a reminder that the best shotmakers are likely to win the national championship of golf.

    June 19, 2014

  • All-star events start today in Chattanooga

    The Riverbend music festival is once a year. You miss the popular Chattanooga event, and you can buy a new calendar and mark the days to prepare for the next.
    All-star professional baseball, however, does not come to Chattanooga nearly as often.

    June 16, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Compton has the heart to win U.S. Open

    PINEHURST, N.C. — Could there be a more heartwarming story than for Erik Compton — a man living with his third heart — to become the United States Open champion? This is a man who knows what’s important in life, and one who got an encouraging word about his game being suited for Pinehurst No. 2 over lunch with Jack Nicklaus last week.

    June 15, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Todd's hopes depend on Kaymer coming back to Earth

    PINEHURST, N.C. — No knowledgeable and seasoned Pinehurst aficionado would believe what is happening at this year’s U.S. Open. Donald Ross didn’t build his famed No. 2 course to be abused the way Germany’s Martin Kaymer is treating the layout after back-to-back rounds of 5-under-par 65.

    June 14, 2014

  • Larry Case: Don’t forget to bring the Band-Aids

    Those of you who are experienced in the outdoors know that getting injured in the field is a common occurrence.

    June 12, 2014

  • Jamie Jones: WWE makes changes to roster

    Here are the notes and news items from the week in pro wrestling: WWE had a huge roster purge on Thursday.

    June 12, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Can Watson stay between the lines at U.S. Open?

    The U.S. Open, America’s national championship of golf, starts Thurs-day at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 2 course, where as much pre-tournament attention has been paid to those missing from the field as those who will be competing for the title.

    June 10, 2014

  • Devin Golden: Roller derby team to host bout Saturday

    If you’re looking for something different this weekend in Dalton, there’s a growing-in-popularity sport rooting at The Zone Skate Center.

    June 8, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Lester seems destined for greatness

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and their prized left-hander, Jon Lester, are in contract negotiations, which causes considerable nervousness among the countless Sox fans from Connecticut to Maine and beyond the Canadian border.

    June 7, 2014