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The Global Game

Yesterday, the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup, came to a conclusion with the final match being played at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What began with 32 teams from across the globe was settled with Germany defeating Argentina for the Cup. The 2014 edition has been widely praised as one…

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Back In The Race

The last two years have been quite a struggle for players and fans of the Los Angeles Angels. With sometimes ineffective starting pitching, a shaky bullpen, and a string of ongoing injuries to key position players, the Halos were hurting—both physically and metaphorically. After 10 years of division titles and playoff appearances, the last few…

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Staying on Track

This is Memorial Day weekend, and much of the nation’s sporting attention will focus on motorsports, with NASCAR’s big race in Charlotte always a highlight. However, even those who don’t follow auto racing will at least give some attention to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. One of motorsports’ most iconic events, the 500 is…

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Falling Short

Last Friday night, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was, again, dominant as he faced the Boston Red Sox in Arlington, Texas. Darvish struck out 12 while walking only two, and went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-0 Ranger victory. Unfoirtunately for Darvish, it was with 2 outs in the night inning that he lost a…

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The Comeback Trail

2013 was not the best of times for NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. His rough start littered with wrecked cars at Daytona Speedweeks took a dangerous turn for the worse at Fontana when, while dueling in the final laps with Joey Logano, Hamlin went head-first into the interior retaining wall and suffered fractured vertebrae. Though he…

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When We Don’t Measure Up

It happens every year in every sport. The process of player selection and evaluation is a painstaking one, where scouts scout, talent evaluators evaluate, coaches coach, and decisions are made. Sometimes those choices are made in the draft, where, in the NFL for instance, mountains of data are accumulated and analyzed, combined results are put…

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Knowing the Rules

Last week was not exactly the finest hour for several umpires in Major League Baseball. One game’s outcome was wrongly determined because a home run was ruled to not be a home run—even after it was checked on video replay. Even worse, later in the week, one manager was able to effectively convince the umpires…

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Level Ground

And now the field is set for the Big Dance—college basketball’s championship tournament. And, in a sense, all of the teams have one thing in common. They all start the tournament on level ground. There are no more wins or losses. RPIs are out the window. Records are now moot. Everyone has the same thing—the…

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Perfection

21. That is the number of times a major league pitcher has stepped to the mound and, nine innings later, walked off with a perfect game. 21. And, the 21st came this past Saturday when Chicago White Sox right-hander Philip Humber used 96 pitches to deprive the Seattle Mariners of even a single base runner….

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Broken Bones

In my younger days, I played intercollegiate soccer as a goalkeeper. It was more fun than I could ever describe, and the beautiful game still has a very strong place in my heart. But all that fun, excitement, and competitive experience came at a hefty price—one I continue to pay today. Being a goalie means…

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