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LAS VEGAS | Roger Goodell once had his beer freeze while watching a game in Chicago, so sitting outside at the Super Bowl shouldn't be too much of a burden for the NFL commissioner.
Brady Hoke was talking the way football coaches do, the way university presidents can't. Imagine, if you will, the snickering in academia if Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman, a biochemist by trade, accused her counterparts at Notre Dame of chickening out on a science fair.
It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.
George Foreman's crushing right uppercut connected for the first time in Round 1 and, suddenly, the heavyweight champion of the world was on the canvas. At ringside, the shocking sight sent Howard Cosell into a frenzy.
It's hard to think of the Milwaukee Brewers as a small-market team, not when they're on the hook to Ryan Braun for $141.5 million over the next nine years.
The big news in golf Wednesday was that Tiger Woods finally landed a contract with a major sponsor, something that had to be a major relief to the man once known as the world's greatest golfer. Every little bit helps, especially when you're used to making $100 million a year and there are mo…
No one doubts the street cred of Bernard Hopkins, who made his living mugging people in the streets before he got paid to do it in the ring. Growing up in the projects in Philadelphia certainly toughened him, as did a five-year stint in prison for his crimes.
The end came under bizarre circumstances, in front of fans who didn't have a dime invested in Brett Favre or his remarkable streak. The quarterback who always played simply couldn't play and, just like that, it was over.
LAS VEGAS | The entourage was down to a manageable level, if only because there's just so many people you can fit in a shower room. Floyd Mayweather Jr. left the rest outside, with a massive security-type stationed at the door just to make sure everyone got the message.
Right about now, Michael Vick would probably gladly trade a year or two of football for a chance to rid himself of dogfighting charges. He was never going to play this season anyway, not if Roger Goodell, Arthur Blank and thousands of animal-rights activists have anything to say about it.
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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland | The British Open is usually the most genteel of the major championships, run by stuffed shirts in dark blazers who make it their mission to protect the dignity of the game the same way their green-jacketed counterparts in Augusta try to uphold the teachings of Bobby Jones.
You want it to end well, but somehow it doesn't seem it will. Child sports prodigies are a lot like child actors in that everything they do is not so cute once they start growing up.
OAKMONT, Pa. | It was blue shirt day at the U.S. Open, or so it looked. Tiger Woods set the fashion as usual, but it seemed like half the players got the same memo from Nike on just what to wear.
OAKMONT, Pa. | Phil Mickelson isn't exactly sure what is wrong with his injured left wrist, other than it hurts. That's a slight improvement over last year, when no one was certain what was wrong with his head.
INDIANAPOLIS | The rain came quickly in the gathering darkness, so quickly that the winner got soaked as he took a victory lap and rooster tails spouted from his back wheels. Everyone knew it was coming, because the 91st Indianapolis 500 was always as much a race against the weather as it wa…
INDIANAPOLIS | Around the track, they talk about good times from the past and even better times still ahead. The Indianapolis 500 is being run for the 91st time on Sunday, they remind you, and is as much of an institution now as it was when names like Foyt, Mears and Unser ruled the old brickyard.
LAS VEGAS | At the sports book inside the massive MGM Grand hotel-casino, the squares were trickling in to bet the big fight. As squares usually do, they were going for the dog, who on this day wore a big smile underneath his ball cap.
OPINION | 2016 OLYMPICS
AUGUSTA, Ga. | The faithful came early every day, as they always do, walking quickly with their green folding chairs to stake out the prime spots in Amen Corner. It wasn't always an easy march to make because, for the better part of four days, this Masters was almost as agonizing to watch as…
AUGUSTA, Ga. | The ropes had just come down on the ninth fairway, and the masses were ready to cross and make their way toward Amen Corner. All, that is, except for a fashionably dressed blonde who was in pursuit of her favorite player.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | There were so many memories, so much going through his mind.
ATLANTA | It's hard to escape attention when you're the center of attention.
MIAMI | He did it on a night when the rain fell, the wind swirled and Prince not only sang about rain but was drenched in it. He did it when everyone around him seemed to have trouble holding onto the ball and his team fell into a familiar early hole.
MIAMI | Art Schlichter's career stats are memorable for all the wrong reasons.
MIAMI | LaJuan Moore was smiling Wednesday, and it wasn't just because he was going to the Super Bowl.
MIAMI | The gates had barely opened, and the crowd surrounding Tank Johnson was already eight sweaty journalists deep.
The images are unsettling at best, upsetting at worst. The world, after all, remembers what he once was.
Marty Schottenheimer is already convinced, though he might be a bit biased. His job, after all, pretty much hangs on what LaDainian Tomlinson can do with his legs.
MEDINAH | The beer began flowing early, even as bleary-eyed morning commuters drove past the 10th tee of Medinah Country Club.
Our long national nightmare is over.
SAN FRANCISCO | Barry Bonds still uncoils at the plate like a striking cobra.
SAN FRANCISCO | By now, it's apparent no one really knows quite how to deal with Barry Bonds. Even on a night when history was there to be made, there seemed to be a sense of unease about the whole thing.
SAN FRANCISCO | Barry Bonds is back home, something that should come as a big relief to the surly slugger and the people who run Major League Baseball.
TURIN, Italy | Forgive Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick because they tried to put on a show, tried their best to stick to the party line and pretend it was all overblown, a media concoction.
LAS VEGAS | Pete Rose was working his day job, which on this day meant he was inside a ritzy shopping mall at Caesars Palace, pen in hand.
Baseball players who met last week to discuss union matters at a pricey resort outside of Las Vegas had good reason to be happy. The weather was good, there was a golf course just outside the front door, and there wasn't an autograph seeker in sight.
Morgan Pressel wants to play for money on the LPGA Tour, and is willing to do it the old fashioned way. No guaranteed contracts, no guaranteed spots.
Matt Leinart picked up the phone the other day and gave a shout out to Vince Young.
New York loves a party just as much as any other major city. So it's holding one Wednesday morning at Rockefeller Plaza, when Olympic delegates meeting half a world away decide which city they will grace with the 2012 Summer Games.
If only life did imitate art. Boxing could use some story lines as good as those in theaters these days.
It really shouldn't matter that much, yet somehow it does. There will still be football on Monday night, but now that "Monday Night Football" is moving from network TV to basic cable, everything has changed.
Bud Selig should send Mark McGwire some flowers and a thank you card. Better yet, take him out to dinner.
Joe Mesi could have been more than a contender.
The National Football League wanted to package its tribute to Pat Tillman much the same way it's planning the next halftime show at the Super Bowl. Nice, neat and orderly, with no surprises.
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