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Kobritz: Olympic games not about gold medals, but life lessons

Column: Beyond the Lines

The 2018 Winter Games are over, leaving behind memories and medal counts. While U.S. athletes undoubtedly left Pyeongchang, South Korea with a lifetime of memories, Team USA’s medal count has been called “disappointing” – or worse.

Howard: Amateur status? Who really cares

Column: My Point

At one time, being an amateur in sports was the difference between getting to play in most sporting events in your chosen field or being left out - playing for personal satisfaction, not monetary gain.

Johnson: Sonoran Desert hiking, the best of Maricopa County

Column: Hiking Arizona

The most glorious display of wildflowers I have ever seen was in McDowell Mountain Park on the Scenic Trail.

Kobritz: Miami-Dade County suing Jeffrey Loria

Column: Beyond the Lines

Paul Beeston, a former executive of the Toronto Blue Jays and a chartered accountant in Canada, once tried to explain how businesses — including baseball teams — could engage in creative accounting.

Column: Women in tennis still pushing forward, part 2

'My Point'

Wikipedia states from Suzanne Lenglen’s book, “Lenglen was criticised widely for her decision to turn professional, and the All England Club at Wimbledon even revoked her honorary membership.”

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Column: Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals

Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics.

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Column: Yavapai trying to get past early-season pitching struggles

'On The Ball'

Two years ago when Yavapai College claimed the program’s fourth national title, its pitching staff hung in there with the best arms in the country. This season, however, the Roughriders have struggled in the early going.

Column: Teaching the game of golf to your friends

'Tee It Up'

I have seen many boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses, friends and parents doing their best to teach those they care about how to play golf.

Column: Once a thriving sport, NASCAR running low on fuel

'Beyond the Lines'

NASCAR will open its 70th season on Feb. 18 with the running of the Daytona 500, the sport’s premier race. Unfortunately, the excitement generated by the race is in sharp contrast to the business prospects for the once-thriving sport.

Column: Women in the world of tennis are still pushing forward

'My Point'

Since the beginning of time, it seems like men have been “King of the Hill” while women in general were forced to take a back seat.

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Column: ’Tis the season for desert hiking

'Hiking Arizona'

Claudia asked, “Why hike in the desert?” Like any nature lover, she associates a more positive outdoor experience with green landscapes because they foster a feeling of refreshment. Where there is greenery, there is also water: creeks, fountains, lakes, or waterfalls.

Column: Baseball’s economic system favors the owners

'Beyond the Lines'

If you think this winter has been a cold one, it’s been even colder for MLB free agents. With pitchers and catchers reporting next week, 110 players remain unsigned, wondering if they’ll have a job this season.

Column: Coaching in the world of tennis, past, present and future

'My Point'

The game of tennis has roots that go back much further than the year Major Wingfield patented it in February of 1874 and the development of the player skill sets as the years have advanced have taken enormous leaps and bounds as well.

Column: Rules of pickleball can often confuse new players

'Paddle Up'

A pickleball in the air after it is hit is always good until it hits something or somebody. What matters is  how it is stuck and where it goes and what it strikes.

Column: Clemons, Bonds still on the outside looking in

'Beyond the Lines'

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year but in their sixth year of eligibility, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will not be among the inductees on July 29.

Column: An introduction to our new golf columnist, John Gunby

'Tee It Up'

As an Arizona native who was born in Tucson and grew up in the Phoenix area, Papago was my home course and I worked there as a teenager.

Column: Is Indian Wells the ‘Garden of Eden’ for tennis lovers?

'My Point'

"California, I’ve been blue - since I’ve been away from you,” my eyes turn westward knowing it’s time to plan the trek back to the place made famous by the likes of so many great tennis players, a place simply known as the Masters Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells!

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Column: Taking a trip to the Galiuro Wilderness

'Hiking Arizona'

What does drought sound like? “Crunch, crunch” over the pine needles hiking in Grapevine Canyon, site of the Goodwin Fire. I wanted to return “to the black” and see if any water flowed there. It’s my New Year’s tradition: hiking.

Column: Super Bowl ads now focus on women viewers

'Beyond the Lines'

While the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles and their fans are preparing for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, not everyone will be focused on the game. Viewing, analyzing and comparing the Super Bowl ads — dubbed the “Ad Bowl” — is a ritual almost as old as the game itself.

Column: Wave of future in tennis, ambidextrous players?

'My Point'

Just imagine if Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray could play the game of tennis with two forehands hitting groundstrokes, volleys and serves, yes using both their right and left hands equally well.

Column: The escalation of college football coaches salaries

'Beyond the Lines'

College football is a revenue machine on par with most professional sports leagues in the country. And football coaches have the salaries to prove it.

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Column: Why it’s harder to win an NBA title today than ever before

'On The Ball'

Like most Phoenix Suns fans, I ponder, when is it our turn? When is it our turn to be a quote-unquote “Super Team” and compete for an NBA title?

Column: Spending time at Dripping Springs, Part II

'Hiking Arizona'

Sheila asked, “Do you have any hikes for old people?” Since I am no spring chicken, I thought all the hikes in my Southwest directory on CD were for “old people.”

Column: How big-time college sports dodge taxes every year

'Beyond the Lines'

When Alabama beat Georgia for the national championship it put an end to the 2017 college football season, what will continue is the tax dodge engaged in by college sports programs around the country.

Column: How to deal with aches, pains from tennis matches

'My Point'

Does your body have its own way of talking to you like mine does after playing a tough tennis match?