Sports Commentary


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Column: Are the D-Backs for real? It’s too early to tell

'On The Ball'

For all the changes made by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason, it seems the club has things moving in the right direction.

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Column: 5 steps to beginning a healthier lifestyle

'Raising Prescott'

The well-known “12 Steps to Recovery” program is primarily applied to members of the Alcoholics Anonymous community, but what process exists to help those in need of a life change from another addicting substance?

Column: NFL concussion case shows lawyers at their worst

Even on their good days attorneys have been known to act, well, not so well. Luckasevic had to be upset to utter such a strong indictment of the legal profession.

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Column: Grading the Northern Arizona Suns

'On The Ball'

Just over a year ago, the Phoenix Suns announced the purchase of the NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam, moving the team to Prescott Valley and rebranding it the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Column: An introduction to a new column by Reynolds, mountain bike expert


Welcome to “Switchback”, a column dedicated to mountain biking in and around the Prescott National Forest. In the following weeks, topics ranging from trail and route suggestions to bicycle setup, repairs and everything in between will be covered.

Column: Shohei Ohtani, Japan’s Babe Ruth

The Major League Baseball season got underway last week and stars such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw will spend the next six months burnishing their reputations as the best in the game. But perhaps the best player on the planet will not be wearing an MLB uniform this year.

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Column: Being overweight – The fight of my life

'Raising Prescott'

Let’s be honest, being overweight is no one’s fault but my own.

Column: How About a Working Tennis Vacation at one of the Slams or Masters?

'My Point'

Have you ever thought you'd like to attend one of the four majors, or the next tier down the Masters tennis events that are held all over the world, but felt it was just a pipe dream because the funds and tickets just weren't there to be realized?

Column: Women’s hockey team wins on and off ice

Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship.

Column: Playing at levels better than you’re used too, and how to survive

Have you ever been in the situation where you’re asked to play tennis with a new group of players and as you warm up it becomes evident to you that this level just might be in a bit over your head?

Column: Is Theo Epstein the world’s greatest leader?

When we think of a great leader, our search may instinctively turn to business or government. Fortune magazine, which publishes an annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, includes individuals from two additional categories: philanthropy and “beyond.” This year, Fortune turned to the beyond category and selected Theo Epstein as the World’s Greatest Leader.

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Column: Grandfather, father and son day at the ballpark

'Raising Prescott'

At the beginning of every baseball season, my father and brother typically call me up to schedule our annual Cactus League spring training visit at some random ballpark in Phoenix.

Column: The up and down sides of playing tennis as we age

'My Point'

It’s known as the sport of and for a life-time, you can play from the age of 5 and if healthy enough into your 90’s, yes - the game of tennis.

Column: Cuban smuggling case a stain on Major League Baseball

While most baseball fans have been focusing on the excitement of spring training in Florida and Arizona, or the emotion of the World Baseball Classic being played around the globe, a seamy side of the sport was being detailed in a Miami courtroom.

Column: Six Aussie greats of the 60’s and 70’s to remember

There have been many great tennis players since the advent of modern tennis in 1874, but probably no greater group of males from the same country than the following 6 men who represented Australia from the 50’s to the mid 80’s.

Column: Nike shoe much ado about nothing

Sports are about human participation but there’s no denying that technology has an impact on performance. Is there a point where technology gives some performers an unfair advantage and creates artificial outcomes? That’s an endless debate, one that is currently underway in running circles.

Column: Road Trip to Indian Well’s and more

'My Point'

In the past 17 years I’ve had the pleasure of taking 3 days or so and covering the BNP Paribas men’s and women’s tennis open singularly or with my wife - roaming, watching, writing, eating and drinking my way from court to court, match to match - oblivious to time.

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Column: The role peer pressure will play in a new world of year-round practicing

'On The Ball'

Peer pressure. It drives us to do things we never thought possible of ourselves, good or bad, and in the high school athletic arena, it takes on its own form.

Column: MLB pace of play idea has universal appeal

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has finally proposed an idea that every baseball fan can embrace: reducing commercial time during games.

Column: Don’t let life get in the way of finding a new sport to love

'My Point'

Maybe you’ve been procrastinating about doing all kinds of things, getting in better shape, becoming more active, getting back at something you used to do well or taking up an activity that you always thought you might enjoy.

Column: Scoop shot key to this sport

How the scoop shot for the drop and dink shot makes the sport of paddleball so different than any other sport.

Column: NASCAR’s big changes start at Daytona 500

NASCAR began its 2017 season on Sunday in the traditional way, with the Daytona 500. But if you ask the sport’s most loyal fans, that’s about all the tradition that remains.

Column: The greatest player ever that might have been passed over

'My Point'

Twenty-one years after the “Lone Wolf” died there are still many who think that just maybe the one-and-only Pancho Gonzales was the greatest American tennis player and maybe throughout it’s history so far.

Column: Knicks most valuable, most dysfunctional team in NBA

The New York Knicks are the most valuable team in the NBA, worth $3.3 billion according to Forbes’ latest estimate. They’re also the most dysfunctional team in the league, if not all of professional sports.

Column: A coach and example for the times

My father has been on my mind a lot lately, he’s 93 years-old, has bad knees and spent the last 6 weeks in the hospital, some surgery and then a rehab unit. It was touch and go, but he’s home now and doing better.