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Lots of Questions

With the long marathon season behind them, the best of Major League Baseball’s teams enter the postseason for what is usually the most exciting baseball of the year. The rest of MLB’s squads go home to consider what went wrong and what needs to be fixed for next year to be better. As the playoffs…

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The Testing of Our Faith

In sports, all kinds of tests await you. You can be tested mentally by the challenge of a game that requires significant study (like football); physically by the wear and tear of a long season (like baseball); or emotionally by disappointment in your performance, the performance of teammates, or the attitudes of fans. This emotional…

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Shock and Awe

Last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona was expected to be an exciting, action-filled launch to the 2013 NASCAR season, and it lived up to that expectation—until the final lap. Trying for the win, Regan Smith moved to block Brad Keselowski and set off a chain-reaction that crashed out what was left of the…

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Home Run Derby

Tonight, in America’s heartland, some of Major League Baseball’s top sluggers will gather in a spectacle of oohs and aahs known as the home run derby. This is not about winning the World Series or making the playoffs or even advancing your team in the standings. It is completely about one thing—having fun. These sluggers…

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Character and Trials

With NFL training camps underway, some of the best athletes in the USA are being tested in every area of their lives. When we think of training camps, we usually think (appropriately) of the physical tests athletes will endure. Lifting weights, conditioning exercises, grueling drills, hours and hours in the hot summer sun. All those…

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Hard to Forget

Memorial Day weekend is, by definition, a time for remembering—remembering sacrifice, service, and devotion. For the fans gathered at the Brickyard for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 yesterday, it was not just about remembering. Actually there was something pretty hard to forget. No one watching last year’s 500 would forget the last-lap pass…

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Stepping Up

Sometimes, as an athlete, you are thrust into a trying moment of challenge that comes at you unexpectedly—and you are expected to perform at a high level anyway. Such was the case this past Saturday for Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones. Jones, an Australian international, was the third-string keeper for the Reds one month ago, but…

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The Calm Before the Storm

Today is one of those rarest of days for professional golfers. It’s a day of fun and relaxation before the battle begins tomorrow at The Masters. Today is the Par 3 Tournament at Augusta National, where there is lots of laughter, legends of days gone by teeing it up with today’s stars, and even young…

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Highs and Lows

For Danica Patrick, her first days as a full-time NASCAR driver couldn’t have gone more wildly. On Thursday, she made it to the last lap of her Gatorade Duel before being wrecked in one of the more violent crashes you will ever see. Then, on Friday, Patrick shocked many NASCAR pundits by winning the pole…

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Anybody’s Guess

After a really interesting weekend of FBS college football, the reality is that nothing is settled yet. It is still uncertain who will play in the national championship game, it is uncertain what teams will populate the rest of the coveted BCS bowl games, and it is still uncertain which player will win the Heisman…

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