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JIM LITKE: Hawks beating Bruins at their own game

CHICAGO | A dozen slices of wheat bread and two plates of quartered oranges sat untouched on a table in the middle of the Boston locker room, fortifications for an overtime period that never came.

June 23, 2013 9:00 pm
Column: Streak is history, the question remains

Column: Streak is history, the question remains

CHICAGO | Losing game after game is nerve-racking, sure, but after a point, so is winning.

March 28, 2013 7:45 pm
Column: NFL's 'nice little story' gets even better

Column: NFL's 'nice little story' gets even better

The Colts were a nice little story six weeks ago.

December 23, 2012 6:51 pm
Column: Knight not living in past, will auction it

Column: Knight not living in past, will auction it

Here are a few things you won't find among the many items Bob Knight is putting on the auction block over the next two months in New York:

October 16, 2012 9:08 am
Column: NFL deserves penalty for arrogance

Column: NFL deserves penalty for arrogance

Sometimes you put a foot down wrong and don't find out for a week or two that you actually dislocated a hip. That's how it's going to be if the NFL sticks with its plan to start the regular season with replacement referees — from mild annoyance to major pain to humongous regret. And all beca…

August 30, 2012 7:42 pm

COMMENTARY: 40 years of pain worth a minute of silence

LONDON | A minute of silence carved out of a three-hour opening ceremony is not too much to ask. It works out to little more than five seconds for each victim. Besides, the widows and families of the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Games have been waiting f…

July 26, 2012 5:00 pm

Identify the best, or embarrass them? Both

SAN FRANCISCO | The real star of this U.S. Open won't swing a golf club even once this week. Most fans couldn't pick him out of a lineup. No matter how aggravating The Olympic Club plays, he barely has enough hair left to pull any out.

June 16, 2012 9:00 pm

JIM LITKE COLUMN: Players call NCAA's bluff, demanding share of growing riches be spent on education

The number of people who buy the NCAA's argument that amateurism is the backbone of college sports is dwindling by the day.

October 26, 2011 6:30 pm

JIM LITKE: Owners should leave fashion to Tim Gunn

As a general rule, sports team owners should leave the fashion tips to Tim Gunn.

August 25, 2011 7:40 pm

The "other" Manning QB searches for his voice

Asked where he ranked among NBA greats, Moses Malone didn't have to think long.

August 18, 2011 7:00 pm

JIM LITKE: Bud has a long memory, but forgets quick, too

Bud Selig prides himself on being a student of history. In two judgments last week, though, baseball's long-serving steward reminded us he can be a fan of selective memory, too, so long as it suits his purpose.

April 25, 2011 10:00 pm

JIM LITKE: NCAA justice not denied, but delayed another story

Bruce Pearl is hardly the first coach to cheat and-or lie to NCAA investigators, just one of the very few whose transgressions already cost him a job and could wind up costing him a career.

March 23, 2011 10:00 pm

An inferiority complex 101 years in the making for Cubs

CHICAGO | For those who say 101 years is plenty of time to get over an inferiority complex, meet the fans of the 2009 Cubs.

April 05, 2009 12:00 am

Could Cubs, Sox meet in the World Series?

CHICAGO | The last time they met on baseball's grandest stage, it was preceded by earthquakes registering at least 7.8 on the Richter scale in San Francisco, Ecuador and Chile. There were major riots in Atlanta, Paris and Stockholm. Mount Vesuvius erupted and a 200-foot wide stream of lava f…

August 30, 2008 12:00 am

Manning makes it a family affair

GLENDALE, Ariz. | Move over, Peyton. Make room in the Manning family trophy case, Archie.

February 04, 2008 12:00 am

Bad reception the least of Sampson's phone problems at IU

COLLEGE BASKETBALL COMMENTARY

October 18, 2007 12:00 am

Only Tiger can cool Tiger off

TULSA, Okla. | The man never runs out of surprises.

August 11, 2007 12:00 am

When even chess is drug-testing, golf can't afford to hold out

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland | Golf doesn't have a drug problem.

July 20, 2007 12:00 am

Maybe pro wrestling has lost control of the script

Hucksters make their living ahead of the curve, or at the very least, by selling that illusion.

June 29, 2007 12:00 am

A coronation for certain -- but will it be for King James?

Four days later, people are still debating where LeBron James' 25 straight points to end Game 5 ranks on the NBA's list of all-time best finishes. The only point worth adding is this: Whoever has James' ear between now and Thursday can serve the King best by reminding him that better be just…

June 05, 2007 12:00 am

One eye good enough for brave Derby horse

COMMENTARY

May 05, 2007 12:00 am

Baseball's Hatfield-McCoy feud has long way to run

After decades of study, scientists revealed nearly three weeks ago that a disease may help explain the long-running feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. Had those same researchers asked, Red Sox fans could have suggested something much simpler.

April 24, 2007 12:00 am

Where does Florida belong on the all-time list?

ATLANTA | Most kids think the world began when they started watching TV.

April 02, 2007 12:00 am

Maybe this time, Self won't be denied

Talented teams are a given with Bill Self.

March 20, 2007 12:00 am

Will baseball be very, very good to Sosa again?

Sammy Sosa didn't come out of hiding and amble into baseball for the money. He's got plenty.

March 09, 2007 12:00 am

Split personality: Grossman shows flashes of Bart Starr -- and Bart Simpson

CHICAGO | After almost 500 throws during the regular season, half that many in practice each and every week, and three dozen more against the Seahawks late Sunday afternoon Bears quarterback Rex Grossman finally let one fly that kept a city from tossing him into the lake.

January 15, 2007 12:00 am

The real damage has already been done

Overspending isn't the point of the baseball meetings, it just seems that way.

December 09, 2006 12:00 am

Picking up the pieces

COLLEGE FOOTBALL | COMMENTARY

August 21, 2006 12:00 am

Young Fitzgerald has huge task ahead for NU

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

August 19, 2006 12:00 am

New NFL boss more of the same old, same old

NORTHBROOK, Ill. | The handoff couldn't have been much smoother.

August 14, 2006 12:00 am

From here on, it can only get harder for Tiger

MAMARONECK, N.Y. | Failure is never a welcome teacher, just a necessary one. And the lesson it taught Tiger Woods on a steamy Friday at the U.S. Open is going to take some time to learn.

June 17, 2006 12:00 am

The All-Performance-Enhancing team just got much bigger

Picking baseball's All-Performance-Enhancing team just got a whole lot easier. Because now, just about everybody who dropped in or out of the game in the last decade is in play.

June 10, 2006 12:00 am

Barbaro lives the luxe life before his date with destiny

The horse has it made.

May 20, 2006 12:00 am

Golfers struggle in a no-fun Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tony Soprano should be half as feared as Masters chairman Hootie Johnson is.

April 08, 2006 12:00 am

One souvenir Peyton Manning could do without

PRO FOOTBALL | COMMENTARY

December 19, 2005 12:00 am

Riley pats own back, hires himself

Inside

December 14, 2005 12:00 am

Nice, nice baby? Not the NHL

Settling in for what should be the best game of the new NHL season.

November 24, 2005 12:00 am

BCS pulse barely beating

This is why you've got to love the newly reconstituted BCS:

August 26, 2005 12:00 am

Steroid scandals should hardly surprise

Enough with the "shocked" already.

August 04, 2005 12:00 am

All the rage not so good for youth sports

COMMENTARY

August 02, 2005 12:00 am

Wait lifted in Washington

WASHINGTON | Love makes the world go 'round, but it still takes cash to make the turnstiles spin.

April 15, 2005 12:00 am

Caddies lack enough hands in rain

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Not enough hands.

April 08, 2005 12:00 am

These Illini have few rules -- and no conscience

ST. LOUIS | Anytime.

April 03, 2005 12:00 am

Long-range shot about to get longer

ST. LOUIS | Add college basketball coaches to the long line of guys who can't stand prosperity.

April 01, 2005 12:00 am

Fans bring boos for Pearl

ROSEMONT | Bruce Pearl knows it's just as easy to scorn the accuser as the accused, a lesson he learned the hard way Thursday night.

March 25, 2005 12:00 am

Lubbock's Knight in shining armor

There's no mistaking the new Bob Knight.

March 23, 2005 12:00 am

3 out of 4 ain't bad for Brady, bunch

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Tom Brady was far from flawless.

February 07, 2005 12:00 am

Sharp-dressed men? Not these coaches

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | And now for the show within the show.

February 06, 2005 12:00 am

For Bulls, it pays to be patient

Keep in mind that coach Scott Skiles gets paid a lot to make sure the glass always looks half-full. Anybody else who says they saw the Chicago Bulls in the playoff hunt midway through this season is either lying or had better have a doctor's note explaining they've been in a coma.

January 31, 2005 12:00 am
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