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Opinion: Syrian rebels offer viable transition plan
January 7, 2013
To help oust President Bashar al-Assad, a Syrian opposition group has drafted a plan for a transitional justice system that would impose harsh penalties against diehard members of his inner circle but provide amnesty for most of his Alawite supporters.
Heat players make strong statement
March 25, 2012
Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat aren’t the first athletes to use a photo to make a statement.
Missouri’s failure shocking
March 18, 2012
In the bowels of the CenturyLink Center, separated by barely 20 paces and a thin wall of cinder block, the agony and ecstasy of March Madness was unfolding in all its vivid, joyful and cruel excess.
Linsanity, Tebowmania nearing end
March 11, 2012
The thump-thump of helicopter blades announced Peyton Manning’s arrival in Denver, prompting some curious fans to head over to team headquarters to see if they could catch a glimpse of the quarterback cast off by the Colts just a few days before.
James criticism defies logic
March 7, 2012
He made his own burning bed, creating uncommon heat when he Decided to create the uncommon Heat. That’s what LeBron James gets now, that he chose this, which is just the soothing rationalization that allows his loudest critics to excuse all the stupidity in their sliding-scale standards. His regular-season successes? That’s not proof of anything. But his regular-season failures? That’s evidence he is a coward and choker.
Apology from Braun in order
March 4, 2012
One thing that’s always struck me about elite athletes is the great sense of entitlement many of them seem to have.
Fifty years ago, Hershey was magical
March 4, 2012
The smell of chocolate hung like some sweet cloud over Hershey, Pa. For a young kid, the drive into that town was like crossing the bridge into Willy Wonka’s factory.
NASCAR should try Mondays
February 29, 2012
The Daytona 500 wasn’t just delayed. It was a flat-out disaster.
North Dakota nickname controversy hurts school
February 22, 2012
The pained expression on his face betrayed Dave Hakstol’s emotions last week, when the North Dakota hockey coach reluctantly raised the white flag on his support for the Fighting Sioux nickname. Hakstol, fiercely proud of that name during his three years as a player and 12 seasons as a coach in Grand Forks, had concluded the cost of keeping it is simply too high.
TCU trouble not really unexpected
February 19, 2012
While news vans have been driving around TCU’s campus in wake of the Great Drug Scandal of 2012, the vast majority of people around University Drive carry on as if nothing happened.
Illini coach was a bit too honest
February 18, 2012
Fed up with comparisons early in his first season, Illinois coach Bruce Weber showed up for a December 2003 news conference dressed in black to stage a mock funeral to mark the end of the Bill Self era.
Long Beach keeps hope for tourney
February 16, 2012
Syracuse is solid and Kentucky is kinetic, but several scenarios remain unresolved as college basketball marches toward March and the NCAA tournament.
Tiger missed opportunity against Phil
February 15, 2012
In the wake of Sunday’s Tiger-Phil showdown at the Pebble Beach corral, one prevailing image emerges.
LeBron only No. 6 on least-liked list
February 12, 2012
Nineteen months after “The Decision” sent his personal stock plummeting, LeBron James is as desperate as ever to please and still clueless on how to go about it.
Final Four for football worthy idea
February 10, 2012
Nobody needs a Farmers’ Almanac to project Saturday afternoon weather in late December 2014 in any given Midwestern city.

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