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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.”

Column: Pickleball Warriors and places open to the public to play

'Paddle Up'

Pickleball warriors are not the average recreational players in the game. They know a lot about advanced strategies and skills and have a special mentality about winning.

Column: Rubber to Trail - Keeping yourself on the path

'Switchback'

The trail offers every user a slightly different experience.

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Column: Soccer dad, here I come

'Raising Prescott'

In conjunction with my 5-year-old son’s first day of kindergarten Thursday, registration deadline for the upcoming American Youth Soccer Organization season is also this week, a subtle reminder that it’s time to let go.

Column: Relegation in US sports leagues a tough sell

'Beyond the Lines'

Four billion dollars. That’s a significant sum in virtually any context, unless we’re talking about the federal budget. And yet Major League Soccer (MLS) said “no thanks” to an offer that would have netted the league that amount over a 10-year period.

Column: A little more on Newport and the International Hall of Fame

'My Point'

I thought the adventure to cover the Newport, Rhode Island, International Tennis Hall of Fame was about to be over when on my way flying back to Phoenix from Providence via Charlotte North Carolina the weather got the better of the airline industry and had flights cancelled so late into the night that hundreds of people had no choice but to sleep in the airport - prisoners of travel.

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Column: J.D. Martinez may be a rental bat, but who cares!

'On the Ball'

If the first 10 days of J.D. Martinez’s baseball career in the desert is any indication of how the rest of his tenure in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform will go, the home club’s chances of making the postseason just skyrocketed.

Column: LGPA fashion police out of control

'Beyond the Lines'

Beware! The fashion police are coming to a golf course near you.

Column: Something to ponder as you wander

'Hiking Arizona'

Do you ponder as you wander? Or, is hiking for you nothing more than pounding ground to get from point A to point B?

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Column: During monsoon season, plan ahead to stay safe

'The Safe Approach'

Monsoon is from the Arabic Mawsim, meaning: “season.”

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Column: Past, present and future at International Tennis Hall of Fame

'My Point'

It’s a bit of a trek from Prescott to Newport, Rhode Island, but every couple years it’s worth the time, effort and money to help honor the best of the best in the world of tennis.

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.