Sports Columns

Sports Columns
  • Tom Lindley: Spurrier gives us something to talk about

    Some would never admit this, but thanks must go to University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier for returning everyone’s attention to the 2014 college football season. It’s official — class is back in session.

    June 29, 2014

  • Brazil US WCup Soccer_Chan.jpg A Look Ahead: ‘Sick’ days are supposed to be used

    The first week of March Madness for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is often accompanied with a few “sick” days for the nation’s basketball fans.
    With games beginning in the middle of the day, your more dedicated bracket maniacs will skip both Thursday and Friday for the start of the tournament with 32 games being played on Thursday and Friday.
    I wonder how many “sick” days area employers are getting during the 2014 World Cup?

    June 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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