After securing his advancement to the final qualifying stage for next month’s 117th U.S. Open golf championship at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee, Brad Gehl walked over to South Bend Country Club head professional Chad Crane and extended his hand in appreciation. “I really enjoyed playing your course,” said the 26-year-old former Oklahoma State golfer … Continue reading A century after it opened, South Bend C.C. still drowning golfers

May 18, 2017
John Fineran

Psst! Hey, you – the guy saddling up to the betting window … Yeah you, pal – the guy with the bankroll in your wallet that is making your pants pocket look like a pimple on your butt … Have I got a horse for you to bet the house and the farm on for … Continue reading A Kentucky Derby Offer You Can’t Refuse From Smarty Jones

May 06, 2017
John Fineran

Back in the day, all this reporter needed to cover the annual NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting – i.e. “The Draft” – was a big, comfortable bed on which to lay research material, notebooks and pens, a television set connected to cable network ESPN, a good telephone and a Hibachi grill. In 1982, a good … Continue reading I’ll Take Old Days Any Day When Covering NFL Draft

May 02, 2017
John Fineran

There is perhaps no more famous sports venue address in the world. 1060 West Addison Street. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Check that – Wrigley Field, home of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Yes, after 108 years, those loveable losers have finally become loveable winners. Depending where you were for Game … Continue reading Wrigley Field now ‘Friendlier Confines’ after World Series Win

Apr 18, 2017
John Fineran

Thursday’s first-round pairings and Friday’s second-round pairings (tee times in parentheses) for the 81st Masters golf championship at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. All times are EDT. Retired champions Gary Player of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus of the United States will drive ceremonial golf balls off the first tee Thursday at … Continue reading MASTERS TEE TIMES / First and second round

Apr 05, 2017
John Fineran

Villanova, which won the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I basketball championship last season on a buzzer-beating shot over North Carolina, is the overall No. 1 seed for this year’s tournament that begins Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga earned the other top seeds. Here’s the tournament schedule complete with tipoff times and … Continue reading March Madness: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Mar 13, 2017
John Fineran