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NFL housing plan: Owners get the keys, fans get the bills

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:11:06 EDT

Municipalities help fund stadiums for NFL teams, only to see owners threaten to cancel the seasons that would be played there.

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For the lucky 32, the NFL is a league of their own

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 01:48:00 EST

Owning an NFL franchise is such good business, the only thing to do is make it better.

Judging quarterbacks is anything but a snap

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:16:02 EST

Cam Newton is a pretty, shiny thing. But there is no molecular test that can examine his insides and predict whether he will pay off as a first-round NFL draft pick. After all of the cone drills, straight-line sprints, interviews, and intelligence evaluations he underwent at the scouting combine,...

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No matter what happens in NFL labor negotiations, the players pay the price

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:32:00 EST

COLUMN: In this latest round of NFL labor negotiations, no matter how well the players' union bargains, most players will end up broke - and broken in body.

NFL owners want guarantees no other business provides

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:09:00 EST

No other investment ensures rich returns, so why do otherwise sensible businessmen expect such when they buy NFL franchises?

After a bloated Super Bowl in Dallas, it's time to rein in big game

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:06:02 EST

It's a rough morning-after for the NFL. The Dallas Super Bowl was a bender, but now that the confetti has fallen, it looks like litter. The hangover has hit, a splitting headache and a sour stomach from the $19 margaritas and the $12 wine and the $10 beers and the rest of the fiscal insanity. Is ...

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The Tiger Woods swing: Under construction, but at what cost?

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:15:00 EST

There were 52 players in their 20s on the golf course with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines last week, and they all had easier swings than he did. The Natural didn't look so natural anymore, compared to all those loose, sweet-swinging kids. He looked awkward. He looked confused. He looked like the gam...

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2011 AFC championship: Steelers' play spoke louder than the Jets ever did

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:47:00 EST

All season the Jets had been the most noisome team in the league. But it's pretty hard to talk when you're getting blasted off the ball and knocked tumbling backwards on to your butt.

2011 NFL playoffs: The Patriots can't shut the Jets up and can't shut them down

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:53:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. Somebody else is going to have to shut these crazy fools up, because the New England Patriots couldn't do it. The New York Jets will continue their uncontrolled lip-flapping and unbridled gloating for at least another week, or until somebody makes them stop. You want to beat them?...

BCS title game crowns a champion of a fraudulent system

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:36:00 EST

What a dubious honor for Oregon and Auburn to meet in that game that ought to be known as the BS Bowl. The Tigers are champions of what, exactly? Of an illegitimate system in which nearly the half the top-level college football teams in the country were excluded before the first kickoff ever wen...

On eve of BCS championship, a call for the NCAA to reform college football

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 18:06:00 EST

The NCAA's attitude toward college football is like the scene in "Apollo 13," when astronaut Jim Lovell's wife Marilyn takes in the damage after the moon-shot party. "I can't deal with cleaning up," she says. "Let's sell the house."

2011 NFL playoffs: Rex Ryan's Jets and Peyton Manning's Colts are a study in contrasts

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:01:00 EST

Jets Coach Rex Ryan and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning are the dominant personalities of their teams. One guy is a loudmouth, the other tight-lipped. So far close-mouthed has beaten big-mouthed almost every time heading into this weekend's wild-card matchup.

NCAA needs to stop bending the rules before the system breaks

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:08:02 EST

All the NCAA is good for lately is rationalizing. It's certainly not good for promoting rules, or common sense. Prominent football players at large schools are being let off the hook, and not because they're innocent. So why? Perhaps the truth behind the NCAA's lack of enforcement is that the peo...

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Redskins vs. Cowboys: Shanahans lose a game, but win Donovan McNabb-Rex Grossman argument

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:27:00 EST

ARLINGTON, TEX. It wasn't a ballgame so much as a referendum on who was right. All week there were undercurrents of resentment and blame among the Washington Redskins over the benching of Donovan McNabb . Was he the problem, or was the problem Coach Mike Shanahan and his junior partner Kyle ? The...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna shows true grit

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:01:03 EST

Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna is a true professional.

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If Donovan McNabb was the problem, there is only one way to find out

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:12:00 EST

If Coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are to make informed decisions about the organization's future, they must determine whether Donovan McNabb has been hurting the offense.

The Washington Redskins have sunk below their depth

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:46:02 EST

The Redskins' bumbling is the natural extension of a decade of haplessness in the front office which has led to an organization that is chronically understaffed and overstressed.

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The Redskins couldn't make Albert Haynesworth care

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:37:01 EST

Get this straight: there is no "managing" Albert Haynesworth. There is no way to make this guy perform. No amount of coaxing, or cute psychological ploys, can make him play hard for the Redskins. No concession can soothe his swollen ego, and no scheme will make him happy. Redskins Coach Mike Shan...

When it comes to dollars, the NCAA makes no sense

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:32:00 EST

Auburn quarterback violated eligibility requirements but will remain eligible; what's unclear about that?

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TCU and Gary Patterson are proving the doubters wrong

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:56:02 EST

Though some continue to slight TCU, Horned Frogs Coach Gary Patterson doesn't mind. It's made him who he is.

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With Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins have sensible reasons to be optimistic

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Nobody is pretending that the Redskins are better than they really are, least of all Mike Shanahan, and that's the most reassuring thing about the new regime as it prepares to open camp.

2010 British Open: Louis Oosthuizen is making golf fans learn his name by taking charge at St. Andrews

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Louis Oosthuizen may not be a household name, but he has a four-stroke lead entering the final round at St. Andrews and just may have the game to win the British Open.

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British Open 2010: Wind at St. Andrews wreaks havoc on leader board

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND Royal and Ancient officials had charming expressions for what the wind did to the British Open . When it started to gale they said it was "freshening," from the "westerly" direction. When it threatened to blow balls off the greens, they called it "oscillating." Such courtly...

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British Open 2010: John Daly fashions his own peace at St. Andrews

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND You get the feeling that what's in John Daly's head looks like his pants: a lot of swirls, a lot of clashing hues. But it's just possible that the most extreme thing about Daly these days is his clothing. His huge gut is gone, and he claims to be sober. Excess means settlin...

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Remembering the mother of golf, in the cradle of the game

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mary, Queen of Scots, escaped personal and political tensions by making visits to the Old Course.

Will Tiger Woods find redemption in birthplace of golf?

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND There's no better place than St. Andrews -- surrounded by ruined cathedrals and tumbled-down castles and monuments to burnt martyrs, the stony debris of epic pride -- to regain a sense of humility. The Old Course demands awe, and provides historical context. What's clear aga...

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Does it matter who wins? To true fans, more than anything

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's no accident that fans feel better after their teams win; it might be chemistry.

For U.S. soccer, it's time to set sights higher

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Americans seems satisfied with World Cup performances that would never do in other sports.

For John Wall, NBA draft night is a perfect balance of past, future

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With his selection by Washington as the top overall pick in the NBA draft, John Wall puts behind him a difficult past and heads into an uncertain but promising future.

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U.S. soccer victory unleashes the happiest fans, bar none

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Looking for the happiest soccer fans in America, bar none? Check out the watering holes where they soaked in the U.S. World Cup triumph over Algeria.

A compromise needs to be reached in the Albert Haynesworth saga

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Redskins were crazy to hire Albert Haynesworth at an exorbitant price and wrong to give him the impression that he could dictate the defense he played in. But they did, and now they have to deal with it.

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Swing coach probably can't fix Tiger Woods's problems

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What can a swing guru, or lack of one, do for a great player? With all eyes on Tiger Woods as U.S. Open week kicks off, the world may be about to find out.

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John Wooden's legend eclipses his competitive fire

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Remembered since his death last week as a grandfatherly figure, John Wooden was not so charming if you didn't do things his way.

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On television, highlights of women's sports are running low

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With participation skyrocketing and live TV audiences steadily growing, why are women's sports virtually absent from highlight shows?

For Stephen Strasburg, control is rarely an issue

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

On and off the mound, Nationals pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg remains in command.

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NFL players face unhealthy system when it comes to treating injuries

Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Medical care in the NFL is not a simple issue. Anyone who says otherwise should read up on O.J. McDuffie's case.

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Not everything's clear when it comes to HGH, PRP

Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Anthony Galea trial will force us to ask ourselves a difficult question: What's the difference between doping and therapy?

George Huguely, Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Taylor: Male athletes encouraged to do the wrong thing

Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

George Huguely is said to have been a vicious drunk who menaced Yeardley Love , yet there has been no indication that any of his teammates said anything to police. Ben Roethlisberger seems to be a serial insulter of women , whose behavior is shielded by the off-duty cops he employs. And if the...

For Tiger Woods, it's a (big) rush to redemption as the Masters nears

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The public has been sold a new, contrite Tiger Woods who has achieved emotional honesty through personal crisis. But beneath the expressions of penitence, there is the unmistakable whiff of expedience.

Against Ohio University in NCAA tournament, Georgetown couldn't harness the madness

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. At their best, the Georgetown Hoyas are the antithesis of madness. When a game is all frenetic action and emotion, they are methodical and precise. But at their worst, that deliberateness becomes a liability, and coolness turns to lethargy. The Hoyas were at their worst against O...

Despite Big East tournament win, Georgetown remains a mystery

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Georgetown is a team of baffling lapses and strange vanishings. If they don't find a way to be more fully present, they're liable to disappear from the Big East tournament in the next round.

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IOC failing in its responsibility to the Olympics

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

As the Vancouver Games come to a close, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will call them a success. But it's the IOC that requires real assessment.

Tiger Woods's controlled apology leaves little room for sincerity

Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Tiger Woods's apology seemed so well rehearsed it felt insincere. In essence, it was a fake news conference to apologize for being fake.

Tebow's Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The groups that want CBS to pull Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad are the ones that are truly offensive.

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New Orleans Saints' Garrett Hartley calls on 'inner voice' to deliver kick in the clutch

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Saints kicker Garrett Hartley doesn't look like a football hero, but he played one on Sunday.

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Where floodwaters once stood, a tide of emotion rises in New Orleans

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

NEW ORLEANS It was a contact drunk. You didn't have to swallow a drop for this NFC championship game to make you feel totally inebriated, like you'd been swilling the cheap well whiskey of Bourbon Street all night. When the action finally ceased, after nearly four hours, the wrenching swings and...

New York Jets are among the playoff leaders in superstitious traits

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Athletes as a group, including several NFL playoff participants, seem exceptionally prone to believe in their power to affect chance, judging by their obsession with ritualistic superstition.

Under Coach Rex Ryan, the New York Jets are tough, and confident

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

With strong foundations on the interior lines, Coach Rex Ryan's New York Jets are growing increasingly confident heading into this weekend's playoff game in San Diego.

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USC's Lane Kiffin is the face of modern college football, for better or worse

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Lane Kiffin's career is a "Child's Play" movie. He's thrown the babysitter out of the window, blown up the house with gas from the stove, and beaten the adults bloody with a baseball bat, yet he's still grinning like a Chucky doll and enticing people to play his deadly games. He's on his tow-headed,...

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Who is Gilbert Arenas? Even he doesn't seem to know

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Seemingly unsure of who he wants to be, Arenas has done enough to have the matter decided for him.

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Control issues key to Shanahan's success with Redskins

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Washington Redskins have made a coaching change. Now there needs to be a culture change.

Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach deserves another look, and another chance

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach has lost his job and his reputation because he didn't treat the subject of concussions with the appropriate cringing political correctness, or the son of an influential TV star with enough soft deference. You can hear the sound of a railroading in Lubbock, and it's not...

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Tiger Woods should take this opportunity to grow up

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Tiger Woods's behavior reveals an immaturity that has been fostered by those who have profited off his image.

Bruce Allen's first task with Redskins: Repair the fissures of Vinny Cerrato's making

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The failure of Vinny Cerrato's tenure has more to do with in-fighting than it does with draft picks.

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The BCS isn't following the letter of the law

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

In any other business, if six major manufacturers got together and acted in concert with their distributors to ensure that, even if their product is lousy and market demand is low, they are guaranteed a vast majority of profits, what would you call that? Unlawful, that's what. Yet that's exactly how

Woods's statement leaves plenty of questions unanswered

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Tiger Woods's statement in wake of his auto accident leaves plenty of questions unanswered.

Redskins brass need to learn what matters most

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Redskins management can learn what matters most by observing the fine play of some of the team's reserves.

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TCU the best choice for college football's BCS

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

A good rankings system is supposed to identify the most "deserving" team, and this year, in college football, that team is TCU.

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Sally Jenkins: In the end, Redskins were still game

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

ATLANTA The Redskins gave us a glimpse of just how ugly this season could get if the coaches and players want to go there. With anarchy just around the corner, it would have been so easy for a quitter's mentality to set in, for the Redskins to retreat into self-pity and personal self-preservation.

Enemies within at Redskins Park between team, management

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Forget their NFL rivals, the Redskins apparently have enough opponents inside their own building, where it seems everyone is choosing up sides.

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Erratic decisions prove that Redskins need a strong general manager making better ones

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

With erratic decision-making coming from the top, the Redskins need a change, starting with he top.

Pain at an Extraordinary Threshold, on and off the Field

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Unless you're a protozoa, you've felt pain. If you're anything like me, your way of dealing with it is a cheerful skipping and dodging avoidance. Athletes, however, meet it head on and play through it at peril of being judged worthless or overpaid. What is our stake as an audience in watching them...

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Toxicity Seeps Downward Through Redskins

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Many of the Redskins' internal problems appear to be the result of toxic management.

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For a Troubled Organization, Blame Resides at the Top

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

For a troubled organization such as the Redskins, accountability needs to start at the top -- with the owner.

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn Remains Resolute Despite Pressures

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn remains determined amid the internal and external challenges facing his team.

Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas Get Off on the Right Foot for Wizards

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It was just a first impression, but Flip Saunders gave a good one, reassuring enough that the potentially explosive question of can-he-control-his-hothead-

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For Serena Wiliams, the Pique of a Fine Career

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If Serena Williams is genuinely contrite, she won't fight further disciplinary action from tennis authorities, even a six-figure fine or a suspension. The integrity of the sport demands a heavier penalty, and her acceptance of that fact would show that the code of conduct means something to her.

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When It Comes to Albert Haynesworth's Impact, the Ones Left at a Loss Are the Redskins

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Albert Haynesworth were just another guy, you'd say he did fine in his debut in a Washington uniform, even had a couple of big moments. But Haynesworth is not another guy -- he is a hundred million dollars and 350 pounds of bulk, and he had a lot of other moments when yo...

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Sally Jenkins: Only Team Thrown for a Loss by Albert Haynesworth's Performance Is the Redskins

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If Albert Haynesworth were just another guy, you'd say he did fine in his debut as Washington Redskin, even had a couple of big moments. But Haynesworth is not another guy, he's a hundred million dollars and 350 pounds of bulk, and he had a lot of other moments when you hardly noticed him.

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In Returning to ESPN, Erin Andrews Must Rely on Poise That Has Served Her Well

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

ESPN's Erin Andrews appears less preoccupied about her return to work than everyone else does.

Sally Jenkins on the Little League World Series: They Grow Up So Fast

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Little League World Series shines a spotlight on young players and sometimes it gets a little bright.

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In Final Round at Hazeltine, Tiger Woods Doesn't Answer the Bell

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CHASKA, Minn. It had to happen some time -- and it only took 12 years. That's how long Woods beat the math, stomped all over the law of averages in golf. Now that he's finally lost a trophy despite leading in the final round of a major championship, his competitors will have a little more hope, b...

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Out in Front, Tiger Woods Steers a Conservative Course at Hazeltine

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CHASKA, Minn. Ordinarily, when Tiger Woods has the lead in a major championship, he doesn't let it get cut in half. Four strokes reduced to two, that small bit of slippage was what passed for hope at the PGA Championship. It said a lot about what Woods has done to golf that his pursuers were...

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Alvaro Quiros's Playfulness Doesn't Hide His Talent

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Alvaro Quiros is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. He also is one of the most playful.

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Padraig Harrington, the Long-Awaited Challenger to Tiger Woods

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CHASKA, Minn. The way it usually goes, when Tiger Woods shoots a low number in a major, everyone turns to mush. But at least one guy is prepared to go after Woods in this PGA Championship, and it's the same guy who took him on just last week. Somehow, Padraig Harrington has gotten the idea he and...

Sally Jenkins: Major Attitude Is Necessary to Claim Major Championship

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It takes more than shot-making ability to win a major championship in golf. Often times it's about the attitude players bring when they're on the course.

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Michael Vick Had a Gift, but Whether He Still Has It Is the Question Facing NFL Teams

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Does Michael Vick still possess what it was that made him special? That's what NFL teams are trying to figure out.

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When Coach Jim Zorn Talks, the Washington Redskins Listen

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Based on the early reports from training camp, Redskins Coach Jim Zorn has this much going for him: The players listen to him.

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Lance Armstrong Adds Intrigue to a Compelling Tour de France

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

By staying in contention, Lance Armstrong has added a juicy psychological edge to this year's Tour de France, much to the chagrin of teammate and 2007 Tour winner Alberto Contador.

Don't Expect Heights to Scare Lance Armstrong

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Looking at his history, the next thing Lance Armstrong is likely to do is take the lead in the Tour de France.

A Host of Problems for Tiger Woods on No. 11 at Congressional

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

One of the sincere pleasures of having Tiger Woods host the National at Congressional is that we get to watch a titan grapple with a classic course. Woods and Congressional are a meeting of equals; observing him fight his way around this masterpiece of a layout is like watching a couple of...

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Weather Cedes Spotlight to Stars at U.S. Open After Three Days

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. The sound of low rumblings drifted across Bethpage. Spectators checked the sky and then the leader board, wondering whether they heard thunderstorms, or the crowd roars for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. This time, it was the humans making the noise.

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On This Father's Day, Dad Is All A-Twitter

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. When I picked up the silver fox known as my father at the airport, he had very little luggage, which was odd. A celebrated golf writer, he was en route to the U.S. Open for his landmark 200th major championship, yet he didn't appear to have any writing implements with him, steam...

The Mud Is Giving Tiger Woods Fits at the U.S. Open

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. Look, nobody likes the mud at Bethpage. It encrusts the cuffs of players' pants, and makes their shoes smell like dog. But Tiger Woods seems to have more of a problem with mud than the rest of them, a fixation you might even say. It's not just on his pants. It's in his head.

Phil Mickelson Feels the Love From U.S. Open Gallery at Bethpage

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Phil Mickelson's deep affinity with New York fans will give him one of the great home-field advantages when he tees off in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

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Belmont Park Spoils Yet Another Try At Triple Crown

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

ELMONT, N.Y. Belmont Park is a huge, vacant lot of a racecourse and it just doesn't pay to make predictions about what will happen over its empty mile-and-a-half length, when you can't even see who's leading on the far side of the track. Big dreams get buried in the sand and the distance, and so do...

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Freshman Ineligibility Could Cure a Lot of College Sports' Ills

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Many of college sports' myriad problems could be solved with one simple rule change: Make freshmen ineligible.

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Rafael Nadal Is an Inimitable Force of One

Wed, 27 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's odd to call someone elegant when they're so dirty, but that's what Rafael Nadal is at the French Open. He's dirty-elegant. And he might just be the best athlete in the world.

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Rachel Alexandra Is Worthy of Cheers -- and a Run in the Belmont

Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Rachel Alexandra's performance was worth rooting for, and a run in the Belmont could be one for the ages.

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Shrake 'Did Everything He Wanted to, and Nothing He Didn't'

Mon, 11 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The last thing the great sportswriter and author Bud Shrake ever said to me was, "Remember to look left." It's not often you get memorable parting words from someone you loved, even if he was only talking about stepping off a curb.

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Given Ballplayers' Track Records on Steroids, There's Little Reason to Believe Manny Ramirez

Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's possible Manny Ramirez is an unwitting victim of circumstance, but time and again, ballplayers have falsely protested their innocence, until they've got no credibility left.

Rangers Have Gone From Winning to Whining

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

After failing to finish off the Washington Capitals with their play on the ice, the New York Rangers are attempting to whine their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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Sally Jenkins: The Best Way to Handle Sean Avery? Ignore Him.

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

On the ice, Sean Avery is best at getting players out of their comfort zone. Off the ice, his pretentious persona accomplishes about the same thing. The best thing Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin can do is ignore him.

Sally Jenkins: U-Conn.'s Championship Culminates a Four-Yeaer Mission

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

While the Huskies' title was a relatively drama-less affair, it hardly ruined the enjoyment of watching them as Connecticut did not allow malaise to set in through a 39 game season.

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Sally Jenkins on Oklahoma Sooner Courtney Paris's Promise

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Oklahoma's Courtney Paris wagered something extra, more than most athletes ever do, she placed a stack of responsibility on herself.

Oklahoma's Sherri Coale Brings a Literary Bent to the Final Four

Sun, 05 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Oklahoma Coach Sherri Coale is a former high school English teacher and makes her Sooners write essays following each game.

Lance Armstrong Never One to Be Halted by Pain

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Lying in a ditch in Spain, Lance Armstrong tried to decide whether to touch his crumpled shoulder, or not. "I knew it hurt like hell, and whenever you have a big pain like that, your mind says you better go feel it and make sure nothing is sticking out," he said. "And at same time I was afraid to...

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The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: The Sport's Better Half

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To follow women's basketball at this time of year feels like driving against one-way traffic. But it's worth it.

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Tiger Woods Is More Intriguing as He Ages, Adjusts

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Tiger Woods is 33, coming off knee surgery and re-adjusting to the PGA Tour after an eight-month layoff. Woods has reached the age when Jack Nicklaus won less frequently, but no less dramatically, and watching Woods do the same would be quite intriguing.

Sally Jenkins: For Redskins, a Question of Layoffs vs. Payoffs

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

As long as the Washington Redskins go by the motto "why pay less?" it will be difficult to defend them. Spreadsheets to them apparently mean table linens. Obviously, my own bookkeeping is not to be trusted, because just a few weeks ago, I assumed the team was distressed. Otherwise, why would it have...