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Syndicated Sports Columns

NFL needs to tweak FG rules
February 8, 2012
The falling confetti provided the perfect mascara. The coronation of Eli Manning as the game’s “money” quarterback du jour diverted attention from what should’ve been one of the NFL’s great embarrassments
Pats, Giants embraced their changes
February 4, 2012
They’re the same teams, with the same coaches and quarterbacks, and they’ll wear the same uniform colors they did four years ago.
Paterno flawed, but a good man
January 28, 2012
Saints and angels don’t wear tennis shoes or prepare game plans or throw punches or hit baseballs over a fence.
Judicial engagement has positive result
December 29, 2011
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is famously liberal and frequently reversed. Recently, however, a unanimous three-judge panel of this court did something right when it held that bone marrow donors can be compensated. In effect, it revised a law, the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984, because of a medical technique developed since then.
Don’t be surprised if La Russa joins White Sox
July 29, 2011
Turning up the heat. It’s usually not what you want to do in the middle of a Midwest summer. But that’s exactly what the Cardinals have done.
College poobahs always last to know — honest
July 29, 2011
Details of a widening scandal have been oozing out of North Carolina’s football program like toothpaste from the tube for a solid year.
U.S. women interesting to men, too
July 17, 2011
They got me. One afternoon, on a sunny Sunday when a trip to the ballpark would be more routine, I will actually flip on the TV and watch, live from Germany … women’s soccer.
If U.S. women’s team wins, so will soccer
July 13, 2011
It is not a slight to either the history of American soccer or the other great female champions of this country to say that this morning, the U.S. women’s team will attempt to boldly go where no women have gone before.
Team owners don’t need salary caps
July 6, 2011
The gullible happily bought into the nonsense that salary caps were created for the fans.
Twins’ Mauer should help at first base
June 27, 2011
A hirsute man in Miller Park turned his shirtless back to the TV cameras. Someone had shaved the word “Mauer” and the number “7” into his back hair. Maybe it was Joe. He seems to have time on his hands.
UCF coach O’Leary’s legacy on line
June 25, 2011
University of Central Florida football coach George O’Leary finally testified in the wrongful-death case involving one of his former players, Ereck Plancher.
Observations from NBA draft
June 25, 2011
1. CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving G 6-1 3⁄4 Fr. Duke — Other teams focused on 2016 when he’s a free agent. Just kidding.
Reality of trip to Dodger Stadium is surreal
June 22, 2011
“Two dollars and fifty-five cents!” The price was giddily shouted by my son as he scanned the computer, and I quickly scolded him for joking.
It’s time for baseball to realign
June 21, 2011
The highlight of the TV weekend was watching the Cubs and Yankees at Wrigley Field, partying like it was 1938.
Baseball must stop draft nepotism
June 10, 2011
Ozzie Guillen was the White Sox shortstop in 1993 when the team mocked the Major League Baseball draft in historical fashion in using its 43rd-round choice on then-general manager Ron Schueler’s daughter, Carey, the first woman ever selected.

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