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Jason Belmonte wins USBC Masters for eighth major title — next stop ‘Greatest ever’ discussion?
Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:00 pm
If you think the 2-handed haters have a fit when Jason Belmonte wins PBA Tour titles and Player of the Year honors, just wait: By winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday for...
Eagle winners says hidden lane patterns don’t mean much change in their Open Championships preparation
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 am
A primary reason cited by the United States Bowling Congress in its decision to hide the lane pattern information for the 2017 Open Championships is the perception that those who have been able to...
Nick Hoagland’s lane patterns help make Hoosier Classic collegiate tourney extra special
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:00 am
The Hoosier Classic that will be held this weekend at Western Bowl in Indianapolis is the biggest thing in regular season college bowling. “It’s not only the biggest, it’s the most...
Total transparency of visible oil only way for bowling to be widely seen as sport
Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00 am
Bowlers can argue forever what the best form of the sport is, from hard rubber balls on shellac-covered wood lanes to resin balls on synthetic lanes, and everything in between. This story is not...
Ahead of his time: Chuck Lande was the original 2-hander
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:00 am
Chuck Lande was a pioneer without being a trendsetter. By all accounts I know of, the 52-year-old Texan was the first 2-handed bowler to compete at the top levels, winning five PBA Regional titles,...
From unknown to the top: The meteoric rise of Jakob Butturff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:00 am
When I interviewed Jakob Butturff in December at the World Series of Bowling, my aim was to tell the story of a bowler who had risen from virtual unknown to record-setting PBA Champion in 18 months....
PBA Tour TV ratings for World Series on ESPN a mixed bag again proving how little being live matters
Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:00 am
The best thing about GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII for diehard bowling fans was that they could watch the four animal pattern TV finals live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. I first...
In wide-ranging interview, Commissioner Tom Clark answers the questions you wanted asked and offers a couple of 'scoops'
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 8:00 am
Note: This story originally posted on Dec. 10, 2016. Before I came out to GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, I arranged with PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark to sit down for a...
E.J. Tackett gains measure of redemption in emotional victory in PBA World Championship that could mean Player of the Year
Sunday, December 11, 2016 4:00 pm
E.J. Tackett has ended the past two PBA World Championships with tears in his eyes, but that is the only thing the two endings have in common. Tackett was top seed last year and the only...
Newest synthetic lanes fairly resistant to lofting damage, but experts still would ban lofting if they owned a center
Monday, November 28, 2016 8:00 am
It was the shot heard round the bowling world — figuratively, although it likely was literally heard around much of South Point Bowling Plaza considering it landed well past the arrows after...
Cool French Canadian Francois Lavoie truly 'magnifique' in firing perfect game, winning 2016 U.S. Open
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11:00 pm
As Francois Lavoie prepared to throw the final four strikes of the first perfect game in a U.S. Open TV finals, CBS Sports Network analyst and PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman nailed the cool French...
Coach Mike Jasnau not surprised by top seed Marshall Kent’s domination of 2016 U.S. Open
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 11:00 pm
Famed coach Mike Jasnau, who has worked with Marshall Kent for several years, says he is not surprised by the young star’s domination of the 2016 U.S. Open. Playing from the right gutter on...
Update: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark addresses accusations of influencing teams' picks in PBA League draft
Friday, November 4, 2016 11:45 am
This story originally was posted on Nov. 2. The social media firestorm that followed Mike Fagan's statement and my story was intense.  In a message exchange, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark...
Even with confidence gained from becoming one of world’s best, Ryan Ciminelli remains a pessimist
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:00 am
Ryan Ciminelli was born a pessimist and intends to remain one no matter how many PBA Tour titles he wins. And why would he change, since he considers his negative nature a key to the extraordinary...
Pros predict U.S. Open changes won't change domination by top players
Monday, October 10, 2016 10:00 am
The United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America continue to tinker with the U.S. Open, flattening the prize fund, adding an 8-ball limit, and banning ball...