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Column: My run-in with a mountain lion

'Switchback'

The great thing about mountain biking is the adventure. You never know what you might find around the next curve or bend and the fitter you get… the more twists and turns you can cover on each ride.

Column: Did the All-Star Game lose its appeal?

'Beyond the Lines'

The MLB All-Star Game is now the equal of its counterparts in the NFL, NBA and NHL — an exhibition, not a game.

Column: Breaking serve by Fishing and kayaking on Willow Lake

'My Point'

Last week my two boys and wife decided to go out kayaking on Willow Lake for a couple hours in the evening. It’s become a fun recreational time with the family, checking out coves, the wild life, fishing, finding spots to jump out and hike around — and how can you beat the price of $3 for the day to go there?

Column: Summertime brings great hikes for kids

'Hiking Arizona'

My grandnephew asked if he could get a few days of relief from the heat in Phoenix by spending a few days with me, experiencing some wilderness adventure.

Column: MLB umpire sues league for racial discrimination

'Beyond the Lines'

On the eve of baseball’s celebration of our nation’s birth, MLB umpire Angel Hernandez filed a lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Rob Manfred alleging racial discrimination against minority umpires.

Column: Learning to deal with life through tennis

'My Point'

Life has it’s up’s and down’s — you wake up in the morning at times feeling like you have it by the tail, other day’s you feel just the opposite.

Column: Best places to catch the setting sun in Prescott

'Switchback'

Catching the sunset is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have from the saddle of a mountain bike.

Column: Time to enter Mile High Adult & Senior Open

'My Point'

The time is drawing near for all competitive and slightly advanced tennis players to look hard at their calendars and reserve the time to enter the “Prescott Mile High Adult & Senior Open,” which goes from July 14 to 16.

Column: Collect more federal revenue, without raising taxes

'Beyond the Lines'

Sound the trumpets, Congress has introduced yet another bill to eliminate the federal tax benefit of using municipal bonds to finance the construction of sports stadiums.

Column: Staying healthy while playing pickleball

'Paddle Up'

Confession time! I use to play pickleball up to eight games a day, six days a week and then taught the sport. I am 77 going on 78.

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Column: Time to take stock in our ability to survive

'Hiking Arizona'

Every year, it's the same. Someone finds themselves in a wilderness survival situation somewhere across the Southwest, especially in Arizona. Now that summer has arrived in all its furry, it's time to take stock of our ability to survive, if lost or injured on our next hike.

Column: Washington Redskins win legal case in trademark battle

'Beyond the Lines'

On an 8-0 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively overturned a U.S. District Court case that decided the Washington Redskins name violated the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act. The irony is that the Redskins weren’t even a party to the case.

Column: Tennis and pickleball ... interestingly different

'My Point'

Two Sundays ago I had the distinct pleasure of getting to try my hand at the game of pickleball.

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Column: Why LeBron James will never match Michael Jordan's greatness

'On The Ball'

In sports, we love to compare greats. Best jump shot. Best swing. Best touchdown dance. Best game-winning play. Best last-second shot. Best era. Best team. Best player. The list goes on.

Column: Where’s the motivation to ride in this heat?

'Switchback'

With temperatures creeping into the triple digits it can be hard to find the motivation to ride.

COLUMN: Passed dreams and what if’s

'My Point'

Do you ever sit back and look at your life retrospectively and have thoughts of things you might have done differently if you had the chance to go back and have a do-over?

Column: For a really long hike, go in a Circle

'Hiking Arizona'

I spoke last time to the issue of hiking beyond 50, as in 50 years. Now I want to speak about hiking beyond 50, as in 50 miles.

Column: Sports betting in this country is inevitable

'Beyond the Lines'

Sports betting is coming to a place near you, perhaps sooner than you think. And that place may be as close as your hand.

Column: Catching up with Taylor Johnson at the French Open

'My Point'

Former Prescott resident and 16 year-old Taylor Johnson just completed her fourth major with playing this year’s girl’s 18-and-under singles and doubles events on the red clay of Roland Garros, better known as the French Open.

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Column: Sacrifice, team atmosphere in clubhouse a big reason for D-backs resurgence

'On The Ball'

PHOENIX – Whether it’s Robbie Ray shooting hoops with a Nerf ball in the clubhouse or Jeremy Hazelbaker screaming at the top of his lungs for no apparent reason other than to announce his presence with authority, this summer’s Arizona Diamondbacks club is as loose as they come.

Column: Pack up the gear for a bikepacking trip

'Switchback'

One of the great things about the bicycle is the built-in spirit of adventure. I can recall the first time I rode beyond the end of the driveway and began to explore around the surrounding neighborhood.

Column: Is the Cuban influx in MLB over?

'Beyond the Lines'

When Luis Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox last week he was touted in some circles as the last of a dying breed: A Cuban ballplayer signing for mega-bucks.

Column: Switch to grass courts very different situation

'My Point'

This past week I had the opportunity to play a grass court tournament in the Scottsdale area at Desert Highlands. They have four neatly manicured grass courts and six very nice clay.

Column: Movement strategies while playing with partners

'Paddle Up'

The vast majority of pickleball is played as a team effort. That effort is made up of two basic components, communication and strategy.

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Column: Tiger Woods deserves the benefit of the doubt, for now

'On The Ball'

We’ve all seen the police video by now, and if not, you’ve at least read about Tiger Woods’ arrest in the early morning hours of Memorial Day and the steady stream of national media reports since. All I have to say is this: Don’t rush to judgement.

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