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This Is No Movie: Beane Going For Jugular

As you may or may not know and may or may not care, the “Moneyball’’ movie was filled with convenient Hollywood embellishments. Those A’s won 103 games. They had the league MVP in Miguel Tejada and gifted young rotation

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As Criminal Conduct Czar, Goodell Is Failing

Without a legal background and armed only with an economics degree from Washington & Jefferson College, Roger Goodell is no judge. I might have more faith in Judge Judy or Simon Cowell to rule on the never-ending backlog of

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Browns Brass Clueless About Handling Manziel

Oh, how they love the money they make off Johnny Manziel — the No. 1 sales rank for his No. 2 jersey, the huge crowds that chant his name at training camp, the way he occupies and tickles the

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The Sterling Stall Threatens Clippers’ Future

Not to suggest that the Los Angeles justice system is vulnerable to bribery — never, ever would I have a reason to go there — but let’s say Donald Sterling decided to write a fat check. Or cash in

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Anarchy Will Further Corrupt College Sports

How would you like me to react when the commissioner of the Big 12 conference, Bob Bowlsby, says matter of factly that “cheating pays’’ in college athletics and that minor sports programs might be eliminated because no one in

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Jeter To Trout Is The Dream, But Be Cautious

The urge should be resisted, not only for your sake and my sake but for Mike Trout’s sake. Haven’t two decades of celebrating and falling in love with athletes, only to see them tarnished by scandal, reminded us not

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Life Stuff Behind Him, McIlroy Eyes Pantheon

It’s daunting enough in one’s middle age to deal with lawyers, business deals and shattered romantic relationships. If Rory McIlroy has survived his trials of fire in his 20s, then I’m liking his odds of winning more in the

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Tiger Reduced To Begging For Ryder Cup Berth

It would be easy enough to dump him into a spam bucket, or banish him to cloud storage. If we’re squarely in a 21st-century world now, didn’t Tiger Woods say “Hello, World’’ back in 1996? When he last won

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Why Tiger Can’t Merely Show Up For Majors

It would be easy enough to dump him into a spam bucket, or banish him to cloud storage. If we’re squarely in a 21st-century world now, didn’t Tiger Woods say “Hello, World’’ back in 1996? When he last won

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LeBron’s Homecoming All About Image, Big Business

It is beautifully reassuring, in this era of egomaniacal athletes forgetting their roots and their peeps and even what day it is, that LeBron James is returning to Cleveland. We will call it The Revision, a much smarter approach