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Kobritz: Major League Baseball needs to lighten up

Beyond the Lines

Major League Baseball has an identity problem. It’s a $10 billion a year business with 30 divisions, all of which are profitable, but management and labor can’t agree on what they want the sport to be.

Johnson: Aravaipa Canyon a must-see destination

Column: Hiking Arizona

Aravaipa Canyon is a linear oasis on the edge of the Sonoran Desert.

Kobritz: Track’s new gender rules simple, yet complex

Column: Beyond the Lines

If you prefer to consume your sports without sex, this week’s column may not be for you. In an effort to maintain “fair and meaningful competition within the female classification,” and ensure a level playing field, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s world governing body, recently published regulations limiting testosterone levels in female athletes who compete on the world stage.

Howard: Nothing like a visit with old friends to bring back memories and catch up

Column: My Point

Spending five days back in the area (Newark, Ohio) you grew up and seeing old friends jogs the mind, memory and fun days of past.

Gunby: ‘Snot over shot’ or ‘Boogers over ball’

Column: Tee It Up

Most of us learned the traditional method of chipping. I was successful with the traditional method when I practiced and played a lot.

Kobritz: NFL cheerleader problem returns

Column: Beyond the Lines

The NFL cheerleader problem is back, and this time the league may not be able to resolve the issue as easily as it did the last time.

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Column: Tiger and Phil improve relationship with age

PGA Tour

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Their relationship has been softened by age.

Howard: The next chapter for junior tennis star Taylor Johnson

Column: My Point

The following is an interview with Taylor Johnson, who learned to play the game of tennis here in Prescott as a child at the Prescott Racquet Club.

Atherton: Youth pickleball tournament in July

Column: Paddle Up

The first-ever Free Prescott Youth Pickleball clinic and tournament for ages 10-17 will be held Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, and Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25 — weather permitting. This will include a free Round Robin Tournament from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. 

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Kobritz: Surprise ... root of NCAA is money

Column: Beyond the Lines

In the wake of last fall’s federal indictments involving men’s basketball scandals, the NCAA formed a commission to address reforms. After months of deliberations, the commission issued a 60-page report containing a number of recommendations. ...

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Johnson: Canyon hiking at Lynx Creek

Column: Hiking Arizona

Riparian environments are distinct from adjacent uplands.

Howard: Spring, summer and fall in Prescott — tennis season has arrived!

Column: My Point

Today is May 1 and the temperatures are now at a level that tennis players are thinking about playing earlier in the morning to beat the heat or a bit later in the afternoons to early evening and with those thoughts who they’ll be playing against, where and in what organized events or just calling a friendly foe for a match.

Gunby: The myth of keeping your head down

Column: Tee It Up

There is not one golfer who has topped a shot and heard his playing partner explain this error by saying “You looked up. Keep your head down.” You follow their advice and top or even whiff the next shot. Sound familiar?

Kobritz: Lance Armstrong concedes defeat

Column: Beyond the Lines

Lance Armstrong has conceded defeat, perhaps for the first time in his life, by throwing in the towel on a $100 million lawsuit brought by former cycling teammate Floyd Landis and the U. S. government.

Howard: Degrees and careers in tennis

Column: My Point

Each of our high schools (Prescott and Prescott Valley) have tennis teams for both boys and girls and its quite often, just like all sports, that some of these young adults will become quite proficient and wonder if they just might be able to get a job in this unique field.

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Johnson: Hiking the urban, wildland interface on the Iron King Trail

Column: Hiking Arizona

Two hikers expressed concern, maybe alarm, over the apparent demise of their beloved Iron King Trail. When a new housing development gets plopped down in the middle of a trail you frequently utilize, such concern is understandable. So, one damp day I decided to check it out.

Kobritz: Baseball brawls will continue until the end of time

Column: Beyond the Lines

Two weeks into the 2018 baseball season and two trends have dominated the headlines. The first one concerns hit batsmen. Batters are being hit (HBP) at a historically high rate, a total of 149 batters or 0.42 per game.

Howard: What’s it take to play the clay court season?

Column: My Point

It’s begun — clay court season, at least for the men’s ATP and WTA tennis tours. From April 9 to the end of the French Open, June 4th, the top men and women players in the world of tennis will be making their debut on the red sliding clay events throughout Southern USA, Morocco, Monaco, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, many other countries and ending with the French Open.

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Gunby: Learning from the Masters

Column: Tee It Up

I trust all of you enjoyed the 2018 Masters Invitational this past week. I had the privilege to attend this year’s Masters with my two sons ...

Kobritz: Are baseball’s unwritten rules outdated?

Column: Beyond the Lines

The importance – or folly, depending on your view – of the unwritten rules of baseball was on display during the opening week of the 2018 season.

Howard: Reliving old times with a childhood friend

Column: My Point

Most people during childhood have a best friend, one who for whatever reason you become close to, playing together, going to school together, getting involved in sports, hanging out, and eventually becoming best friends.

Johnson: Taking a stroll through Death Valley

Column: Hiking Arizona

The Southwest has its share of strangely amazing hikes like the Wonderland of Rocks and the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert.

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Bergner: Roughriders remain inconsistent, but still in playoff hunt

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT — Like any baseball season, the 2018 campaign for the Yavapai College baseball team has seen its fair share of ups and downs.

Kobritz: Whether you like it or not, the Yankees are back

Column: Beyond the Lines

The Yankees are back and whether you’re a Yankees fan or not, their resurgence is good for baseball. As recently as two years ago the team was arguably irrelevant, finishing the season with a middling record (for them) of 84-78 and bereft of star power. Home attendance was the lowest it had been in almost two decades.

Howard: Confidence important when making the grade in tennis

Column: My Point

Confidence can be described as a belief in one’s ability to succeed. Striking a healthy balance can be challenging. Too much of it and you can come off as cocky and stumble into unforeseen obstacles, but having too little can prevent you from taking risks and seizing opportunities—in school, at work, in your social life, athletic endeavors and beyond.