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Cold and snow for the Super Bowl, balmy temperatures and palm trees for the Winter Olympics. A college football champion that nobody can question and a golf major guaranteed to go two weeks. There's also the never-ending mess with Alex Rodriguez, and a World Cup that may — or may not — come …
GREEN BAY, Wis. | The Bears have a better insurance policy than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
CHICAGO | It took Brek Shea less than a minute to give the United States a goal. And the Gold Cup title.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. | When Mike Magee left Chicago at 15 to train at U.S. Soccer's academy in Florida, he figured he'd only be away from home for a few years.
CHICAGO | The Phoenix Coyotes are about to be in limbo no more.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | No matter what the leaderboard says, Guan Tianlang leaves the Masters a winner.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang is the youngest golfer ever to compete at the Masters.
ATLANTA | Louisville's ugliest win was its biggest one yet.
ATLANTA | Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four.
ATLANTA | His full-leg cast and crutches aside, Kevin Ware is no different than the rest of his Louisville teammates this week. He's at team meetings. He's going to practice. He's riding the bus. He even put on his jersey to pose for the stock images that will be used during the Final Four t…
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.
LEXINGTON, Ky. | The cast of characters has changed.
LONDON, Ontario | Kaitlyn Weaver hopped up and down, pumped her fist and let out a roar when she and Andrew Poje finished their free dance.
When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she'd make an appearance here and there.
LONDON | Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too.
LONDON | Aliya Mustafina couldn't take her eyes off the scoreboard, staring it with pride and delight.
LONDON | McKayla Maroney didn't need to look at the scoreboard. Neither did Louis Smith.
LONDON | Just 14, Gabby Douglas pleaded with her mother to let her move cross country, certain a new coach could help her get to the Olympics.
LONDON | Their closest rivals were still on the floor competing when the Chinese whipped out five big gold stars and held them up in the shape of their flag.
LONDON | The U.S. women are atop the Olympic gymnastics standings, as expected, with little standing in their way — except themselves.
SAN JOSE, Calif. | Danell Leyva and his family had little besides hope and determination when they arrived from Cuba almost 20 years ago.
SAN JOSE, Calif. | Jordyn Wieber looks ready for London. As for the rest of the U.S. women, they still have some work to do.
Title IX was initially intended to give women more opportunities in higher education, with access to athletics a mere side effect. By opening the gates to gyms, stadiums and playing fields, however, Title IX changed the way women in America see themselves. Here, in their own words, are what …
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Well, that was fun while it lasted.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tiger Woods' latest temper tantrum did not go over well with some fans at the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Phil Mickelson did something he'd always wanted to do in 20 years of playing the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Two double bogeys, five bogeys, never even sniffed a birdie. It was the best 81 of Randal Lewis' life.
NEW ORLEANS | Bragging rights in the Bluegrass State are mighty nice.
ST. LOUIS | It's been nine years since Roy Williams left Kansas, and he knows the Jayhawks and their fans have gotten over him.
ST. LOUIS | The last of the little guys gave North Carolina a massive scare.
Playing rugby is about to become a full-time job.
SOUTH BEND | Ugly, grind-'em-out victories count just the same as a rout.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Ask the Notre Dame coaches what they'll miss most about Michael Floyd, and his stats are the last thing they mention.
SOUTH BEND | Turns out, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar was a little off on his preseason prediction that the Irish would have a 1,000-yard rusher.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. | This is Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's favorite time of the year.
SOUTH BEND | Notre Dame needed less than two minutes to make a week's worth of problems — heck, maybe a season's worth — disappear.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is not so different than all those zealous Irish fans.
SOUTH BEND | Hard to believe, but there was a time George Atkinson III was the one being left in the dust.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Name-calling is the least of Notre Dame's worries these days.
TOKYO | Japan has the advantage — for now.
MEDINAH, Ill. | Ryder Cup captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal liked what they saw at Medinah Country Club, including the shortened No. 15.
CHICAGO | Shawn Johnson was standing in the hotel lobby, waiting for a ride to training, when she felt a familiar rush of excitement and adrenaline.
FRANKFURT, Germany | The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along.
FRANKFURT, Germany | Lauren Cheney was just 11 years old during the 1999 World Cup, watching from the stands and imagining what it would be like to be on that field with Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany | Abby Wambach sure knows how to deliver.
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany | The Americans feel just fine, thank you, not tired a bit. The high they were on after that epic Brazil game? That's so yesterday.
DRESDEN, Germany | The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.
DRESDEN, Germany | Bent at the waist, her back to the goal, Marta buried her face in her hands.
WOLFSBURG, Germany | The Americans can't do things the easy way.
SINSHEIM, Germany | Anyone can sign autographs or pose for photos. The U.S. women found a better way to say "thank you" to the American military members who turned their World Cup match into a home game.
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