Sports Columns

Sports Columns
  • 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

  • Tom Lindley: Goodell has headaches to match salary

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been taking a little heat since it was reported that he’s pulling down a cool $44 million a year. That seems like a lot of money for attending football games.

    June 3, 2014

  • A Look Ahead: Karate’s best to appear at Varnell dojo

    To hear Mickey Brock, owner and chief instructor at Tenchi Family Karate and Fitness Center in Varnell, tell it, the events this week at the facility off of Highway 2 are tantamount to a visit from royalty.

    June 2, 2014

  • Larry Case: ‘River rat’ had life of simplicity

    He lived in a two-room cabin between the railroad track and the riverbank. Even at the tender age of 14, I was always careful not to call his home a shack. In truth, though, if you called it anything else, you were just being kind.

    May 29, 2014

  • Jamie Jones: ‘Opportunity’ key

    Here are the notes and news items from the week in pro wrestling: Who’s next to return to the ring? Will it be Bill Goldberg?
    In a recent interview with Donald Wood for Ring Rust Radio, Goldberg said he is open to returning to wrestling.

    May 29, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Mack Brown enjoys different kind of success now

    These are different times for Mack Brown, who won a national championship, two Rose Bowl games, two conference titles and took the University of Texas football program to 15 bowl games in 16 years as the Longhorns’ head coach.

    May 28, 2014

  • Devin Golden: This week’s podcast to sum up year in sports

    With the 2013-2014 high school sports season reaching its conclusion last week, so does the every-week occurrence of The Daily Citizen’s “After Deadline” podcast.
    At least for a few months.

    May 25, 2014

  • Larry Case: Hellgrammites display nasty attitudes but are exceptional bait

    Unless you live under a rock like a hellgrammite, if you are a fisherman, you have heard of this insect and know of its importance in the fishing world. If you fish a river in North America, especially for smallmouth bass or trout, you know what an important bait this denizen of the underwater world is.

    May 22, 2014

  • Jamie Jones: Takedowns continue for McMahon

    Here are the notes and news items from the week in pro wrestling: The news keeps getting worse for Vincent K. McMahon. If falling from the ranks of the billionaire club wasn’t enough, the latest episode of “Raw” notched its lowest rating of the year.

    May 22, 2014

  • Tom Lindley: NCAA forcing progress in the academic field

    Is it better to recruit a top-notch basketball player knowing that he probably won’t graduate or pass on him and deprive the young man from at least going to college and being exposed to once-in-a-lifetime experiences?
    It was a tough question. The player in mind had athletic skills; there wasn’t much doubt about that. His academic performance in high school painted a bleaker assessment.

    May 22, 2014