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Column: Secret’s out, hiking off the beaten path in autumn

'Hiking Arizona'

Talking to a newcomer to Arizona about ideas for hiking destinations, she expressed a preference for hiking “off the beaten path.” I understand her dilemma, “Where can I hike without running into hordes of people, yet hike somewhere that’s notable?”

Column: The intersection of sports and politics is muddled

'Beyond the Lines'

The synergy between sports and entertainment has existed since time immemorial.

Column: Dealing with pressure and trying to avoid the choke

'My Point'

This weekend the Southwest Sectionals were held in El Paso, Texas, represented by each area (Phoenix, Tucson, New Mexico & Western Texas) with the 55 and over division regional winners.

Column: Riding in the wild means coexisting with wildlife

'Switchback'

Long days on the bike mean early starts. Very long days mean even earlier. The other morning I was up well before the sun; a final check of my gear before turning my light on to illuminate the trail ahead. Almost right away I came across a couple deer grazing just off T396. 

Column: Sign stealing in baseball a kerfuffle

'Beyond the Lines'

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is alive and well, on and off the field.

Column: Life is kind of cruel in the sports world

'My Point'

Don’t you think life can be kind of cruel in some ways? About the time you start to learn something really well (like the game of tennis) your body starts to tell you it won’t perform for you the way it needs to, or used to.

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Column: Urban or rural trail, take this one to the summit

'Hiking Arizona'

Confession is good for the soul. As a hiker, I try to start off on the right foot.

Column: Baseball to enact fan code of conduct in 2018

'Beyond the Lines'

In the aftermath of a racially charged incident at Fenway Park earlier this season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league would adopt a Fan Code of Conduct beginning with the 2018 season.

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Column: Bob Hampton, a tennis lifer

'My Point'

We sat down with Bob Hampton for a question and answer session about his life in tennis. Here is an edited transcript from the interview.

Column: How to succeed against the banger ball

'Paddle Up'

I first heard the term “Banger Ball” from coach Prem Carnot, the pickleball Guru.

Column: Admitting you’re lost can save your life

'The Safe Approach'

Compounding failures are the building blocks of all human disasters: if one thing is going bad, so will everything else, thus a search-and-rescue (SAR) event can be lengthy and unpleasant.

Column: On the trail, energy is a powerful thing

'Switchback'

Energy. You use it to climb, descend and conquer the trail. Be it through your heart pumping, lungs billowing or legs mimicking pistons. It takes additional effort to turn the bars and balance. Even requires a bit of fuel to power your smile.

Column: Computerized umps in baseball on the horizon

'Beyond the Lines'

Controversies in baseball are virtually endless. The designated hitter, instant replay, inter-league play, wild cards, pace of play — and on and on it goes. Here’s another topic that is starting to heat up: Robot umpires.

Column: Making the ‘Big Show’ for the 1st time

'My Point'

Once again we have a short interview with our very own Taylor Johnson, who this year at the U.S. Open will be playing her first major (grand slam) WTA event in the women’s doubles main draw.

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy, part 2?

'Hiking Arizona'

Feedback from my last column included the question I always get from women about hiking solo: “How can I feel safe hiking solo?” My usual answer is, “Hike with a gun or a big dog.”

Column: Disney joins the cord-cutting revolution

'Beyond the Lines'

In a nod to the “if you can’t beat them, join them” idiom, the Walt Disney Company has decided to join the cord cutting revolution.

Column: What is it about sports that make them fun?

'My Point'

Did you ever take the time to think about what makes the sport you play fun? Certainly each sport has a certain segment of people who find different things about the athletic endeavor they want to try right up their alley and other sports not worth their time and effort.

Column: Easy access to trails makes Prescott a great place to ride

'Switchback'

One of the best things about riding in Prescott is the location and variety of easily accessible trails from downtown. Within four miles in almost any direction you will find a trail head.

Column: Can chewing gum boost sports performance on the field?

'Beyond the Lines'

Jordan Spieth won this year’s British Open, golf’s oldest tournament, in dramatic fashion but that may not be the most enduring memory of his performance.

Column: Staying busy with a passion for life

'My Point'

Everyone is so different, yet so alike in what they do in a day-month or years’ time.

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Column: Will 8 games in August decide the D-backs’ fate?

'On The Ball'

Defining moments become a microcosm of a baseball season. When pieced together, each of those moments can either make, or break, a club’s hopes for a postseason appearance.

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy?

'Hiking Arizona'

The radio announcer said, “Wherever you are hanging out today, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., we’d love to connect with you.” Hiking is not like that. It’s a “boots on the ground” shared experience, not a virtual connection.

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Column: CTE research forces parents to think twice about football

'Raising Prescott'

Humanity evolves every second of every day of every year we’re on this planet, constantly breaking barriers of old truths and advancing toward newly discovered paths using the knowledge gained by those who came before.

Column: Big money salaries in sports can be sustained

'Beyond the Lines'

NBA free agency opened on July 1 and teams wasted no time in signing their own or other teams’ free agents to what may appear to be exorbitant contracts.

Column: Sometimes, I just miss those ‘good old days’

'My Point'

Guess you’re getting older when you make a statement that you miss the “good old days.”

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