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When teammates fight

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Sports | When a volatile, outspoken relief pitcher calls out a hyper-competitive MVP candidate for not playing hard enough at the end of a disappointing…

Running against yourself

Running against yourself

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Sports | Last week was my daughter’s second cross-country meet of the season and the first I was able to attend. In fact, it was the first one I had ever attended. I…

Leading from behind

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Sports | A couple weekends ago I was in Lincoln, Neb., for a University of Nebraska football game. I’m not a Cornhuskers fan, but I love football, and Memorial…

Maturing well, not aging

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Sports | Adulthood means leaving behind childhood. We get used to that reality pretty quickly. Youth, on the other hand, sticks around for a while. Even as we age we…

Judging second chances

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Sports | When should a coach take a risk on a troubled player? It’s not uncommon to see college coaches accept transfers who left a previous school because of…

Books that go beyond balls and strikes

Books that go beyond balls and strikes

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Sports | “[H]e said more important things about American values than many writers who wrote about serious subjects—so seriously that nobody could read them.”

When sports become a matter of life and death

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Sports | Sports can be a distraction from real life. They offer a reprieve from the pressures of the daily grind. For two or three hours we can enjoy the thrills and…

The atheist Tebow?

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Sports | Arian Foster doesn’t believe in God. And an ESPN The Magazine feature story titled  “The Confession of Arian Foster” is framed as the Houston Texans…

No girls allowed?

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Sports | Usually the only women you see on or around NFL sidelines are cheerleaders, trainers, or sideline reporters. Not so at the Arizona Cardinals training camp…

A Strong presence in Texas

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Sports | Charlie Strong was hired last June to be the head football coach for the University of Texas. He’d had a successful tenure as the coach at Louisville and as…

Searching for ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in media contract disputes

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Television | Bill Simmons is headed to HBO. Bill Simmons, who made his name at ESPN, was a creative mind behind the 30 for 30 documentaries , founded Grantland , and was…

A nation of unappreciative critics

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Culture | One of the saddest things I see online every day is how little we are able to appreciate anything. I noticed it during the NBA Finals when instead of being…

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