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Column: Is it time to rid baseball of instant replay?

'Beyond the Lines'

If the names Don Denkinger and Jim Joyce ring a bell, you know why we have instant replay in sports. The two former MLB umps are part of MLB history – for the wrong reason.

Column: New technology great, but tennis world misses old-school routines

'My Point'

When you’ve been “Old School” for most of your life, the younger crowd wonders why you seem to be behind the times for what’s taking place in today’s world of tennis and everything else going on around us.

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Column: Hiking Dripping Springs Trail in the Grand Canyon

'Hiking Arizona'

As we reached the Rim, on our hike up Bright Angel Trail, we overheard numerous people expressing their impressions of the Grand Canyon.

Column: Looking ahead to sports in 2018

'Beyond the Lines'

The age-old question – where does the time go – can never be adequately answered.

Column: Tennis doesn’t prosper without the help of many

'My Point'

Build it and they will come. A profane statement to say the least, because anyone in any business knows that isn’t the way it works - not even close. Locally the sport of tennis has taken decades to grow into a viable entity and it’s been one small step after another.

Column: Shortest day of year a turning point for riding

'Switchback'

Winter solstice. Shortest day of the year with the sun shedding light barely past nine and a half hours. For me this day is a turning point.

Column: Tennessee will pay Greg Schiano for not coaching

'Beyond the Lines'

On Nov. 26, the University of Tennessee hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be its next football coach. Within a matter of hours, the school experienced a case of buyer’s remorse, a decision that will cost the university millions of dollars.

Column: The first slam of 2018, the Australian Open

'My Point'

The game of tennis is pretty much a year-round sport here in Arizona and professionally.

Column: Hiking on trails versus cross-country

'Hiking Arizona'

I still prefer to drive with a standard transmission. Hiking on a trail is more like driving an automatic while cross-country hiking is reminiscent of driving with a stick shift, requiring greater concentration.

Column: NCAA ruling makes absolutely no sense

'Beyond the Lines'

Perhaps the only certainty in college sports is that the NCAA, the governing body for Division I, II and III sports, has made a cottage industry out of denying basic human rights while simultaneously embarrassing itself.

Column: What’s in and what’s out on the dreaded line call

'My Point'

A little over a week ago I played in a national tournament in the Phoenix area and for the most part really enjoyed each match in singles and doubles. The competition was tough and people converge for this last national from all over the country. I played people from Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, California, Canada and Arizona.

Column: ‘Fatbike’ is the ultimate terrain pedal vehicle for your adventure

'Switchback'

As capable as a traditional mountain bike may be for exploring dirt paths, there is a class of bicycle that pushes the envelope even further. With tires up to five inches across, a “fatbike” is the ultimate all terrain pedal vehicle.

Column: Preparing for battle in tournament play

'My Point'

When you decide to play in a tournament, USTA League play, or any tennis competition where you most likely will be playing others you’ve never met, there comes a rush of emotions - for various reasons.

Column: Getting your legs out of first gear

'Paddle Up'

When I was a kid I had a 1936 Ford with a manual transmission. It had a really low first gear.

Column: Hiking the Grand Canyon versus Mt. Baldy

Most people hike in the Grand Canyon during the summer. That’s how I started back in May 1973.

Column: The hidden finances of military sports programs

'Beyond the Lines'

If you want to know how much U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis earns, you can look it up ($207,800 annually). However, try to find out how much coaches at U.S. Military Academies make and you run into a steel curtain.

Column: 2018 Grand Slam rule changes, and others that are being considered

'My Point'

The Grand Slam board concluded their two-day meeting Nov. 21 and decided on several changes in what will take place in the four major tennis tournaments, including the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open of 2018.

Column: After giving thanks, take a ride and find those turkeys!

'Switchback'

Turkey. Most who will be reading this today have likely had more than their fill by now.

Column: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban a prophet

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows a thing or two about trends and investing, knowledge that made him successful in business. Now you might be able to add NFL prophet to his list of qualifications.

Column: The most revolutionary device invented for tennis since the rubber ball

'My Point'

This past year and now just getting the press it deserves, Gregoire Gentil a Frenchman and inventor who now resides in Palo Alto, California, came up with a solution to the common man’s problem of calling their own lines.

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Column: Likeable hikes, starting with Cedar Breaks and Buckskin Gulch

'Hiking Arizona'

What’s your favorite hike,” asked the young man as we walked down the trail. This is a common approach to identifying potentially likeable hikes, yet how can my favorite hike become your favorite hike?

Column: Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones at war with NFL

'Beyond the Lines'

Forget the Russian probe. Jerry Jones versus the NFL – and Commissioner Roger Goodell – is the most interesting legal matter in the country.

Column: How does your brain work best … when playing tennis?

'My Point'

It seems about 70 percent of the tennis player you become is a result of your learning of playing skills, the basic stroke-fundamentals added to sound strategy for singles and doubles.

Column: The best time of year for a bike ride is now

'Switchback'

This is the time of year I really feel our local trails become just about flawless. So much of the foliage is changing color… bringing shades of orange, yellow and red almost everywhere your appreciation might choose to find it.

Column: Republican tax bill targets national sports scene

'Beyond the Lines'

The long-awaited Republican tax plan unveiled last week contained proposals which would benefit some taxpayers and negatively impact others. The sports world is no exception.