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As Roger Federer retires, an appreciation of his career

As Roger Federer retires, an appreciation of his career

Roger Federer never let 'em see him sweat.
He played tennis with a style that only rarely betrayed the effort behind the masterful serving, the rare-in-its-day attacking and the flawless footwork. He was not one to grunt loudly on shots or celebrate wildly after them.
The way he wielded a racket helped him to win, yes, and w ... (full story)


'Arms race': NIL compensation now a potent recruiting weapon

'Arms race': NIL compensation now a potent recruiting weapon

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson remembers the old days of college recruiting.
"You used to talk about graduation rates and majors," Clawson said. "Now the first question is, 'What are you guaranteeing me year one, two, three and four?'"
Clawson isn't necessarily talking about playing time, either. After mo ... (full story)


Big Ten punters just keep turning up from down under

Big Ten punters just keep turning up from down under

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Big Ten territory will soon stretch to the West Coast with UCLA and USC, after the seismic expansion finalized this summer.
On fourth downs, the footprint stretches much wider than that.
Half of the league's 14 programs this season have a primary punter produced by Prokick Australia, the development ... (full story)


Montour Trail

I have to say that every once in a while I just relish the opportunity to take a leisurely break from hammering my brains out on the bicycle in the never-ending maintenance of cardiorespiratory fitness.
And when I do decide to take those much needed breaks, it’s usually because I get the itch to check out a new rail trail ... (full story)


Who will win the national championship in 2022?

Who will win the national championship in 2022?

Sometimes a prediction can feel right even though it ends up wrong. And vice versa.
Last season, this column projected both Ohio State and Alabama to miss the College Football Playoff. Bold? Dumb? The line is fine.
One out of two isn't bad, but in some ways the one that ended up being wrong felt more right.
While the Buc ... (full story)