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Facade Aside, Truth Hurts Riley

The long walk down the corridor for Pat Riley began with a handshake and a hand around the neck of a former player, Byron Scott. Then Riley, out of the …


Erickson’s Leeway Shrinks As More Mud Leaks

For those who recall a scene from “Jurassic Park” in which a Tyrannosaurus rex nips at the backsides of the jeep-bound heroes, you now have a visual metaphor for the …


M’S Fans Have Endured Worse Than No Lefties

Since Sunday was merely the Seattle Mariners’ seventh home game since July 22, perhaps more casual fans would like to be caught up on the happenings with their gritty little …


Kj Shone Brightest Of The Suns

Excerpt from the official box score in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Rockets and Suns - “Kevin JOHNSON G: MIN 48, FG 18, FGA 24, …


New Critics’ Category: Date-Movie

Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock capture the hearts of all ages in “While You Were Sleeping.” Michael P Weinstein photo


A Career One Night Can Break

Gary Moeller, Dennis Erickson and Bobby Cox all wish they could erase one recent night from their lives. Oh, if they only could. But now they never will. Instead each, …


Worst Chokers In Sports History

Cedric Ceballos (23) and the Lakers are a step ahead of Gary Payton (right) and the Sonics heading in to Thursday night’s Game 4. Photo by Associated Press


Something Big It Looks More Likely Springsteen And E Street Band May Be Setting Up For A Reunion Tour

Bruce Springsteen, right, and saxophone player Clarence Clemmons and the rest of the E Street Band teamed up in February to shoot a video for the song “Murder Inc.” Photo …


Forgive, Don’t Forgo, Baseball

A healthy attitude is demonstrated by this fan. Photo by Associated Press


Documented Report New Testament Offers Trustworthy Historical Account Regardless Of Jesus Seminar’s Claims

Editor’s note: The Rev. Charles E. Smith, pastor of Odessa Baptist Church, submitted the following article in response to reports on the work of the Jesus Seminar since the group’s …


Tyson Movie Looks As Lewd As Tyson Himself

Mike Tyson doesn’t lisp in “Tyson,” the tawdry HBO movie that premieres Saturday night at 8. And we all know that Tyson has this shrill puthycat lisp that contrasts with …


Cosell Gave Us Much, Including The Mute Button

Being a lawyer wasn’t bad enough. Howard Cosell would find a profession and a platform from which he could really infuriate the public. In 1954 he abandoned his $30,000-a-year practice …


Minus Milutinovic, U.S. Soccer Targets Future

Janusz Michallik, who might have as much reason as anyone to toss a barb in Bora Milutinovic’s direction, won’t say a bad word about the national team coach who was …


Cell Phones Become Hottest Ticket In Sports

I am continually fascinated by the intensity of the fans at sporting events<. “So what?” you say. Fans are always intense when they are watching their teams perform. I’m not …


Violent Acts Do Not Exclude Sports World

So, where next? That’s the question we ask. It’s the question those responsible for the horror in Oklahoma City want us to ask ourselves, and each other, today, tomorrow and …


Boston Replacements Don’t Get Socked

Jose Canseco had one basic question. “Which ones are they? Can you point them out?”


Dream Over, Joe Faces Bright Future

Montana’s two-year stay in Kansas City didn’t produce a championship, adding insult to the quarterback’s many injuries. Photo by Associated Press


Dancing His Way To Olympics

If you need me, call Arthur Murray. I’m in training. One, two, three, step. One, two, three, step. One, two, three, uh, sorry. I’m sure that will heal. Obviously, I …


It Looks Like What Tyson’s After Is A Good Beating

“Stick with this kid, Fats. He’s a loser.” - Bert Gordon to Minnesota Fats in Walter Tevis’ “The Hustler” after Fast Eddie says it doesn’t matter if Fats won that …


Fehr’s Blacklist Illustrates How He Loves To Hate

Everybody plays the fool sometimes, but it takes a truly gullible chump to be duped 250 days AFTER the rest of the world gets its wake-up call. Hello, my name …


Losers Are Winners In 90’S Movies

The Age of Diminished Expectations has invaded American cinema. Junk-food grillers and servers, factory security guards, coffee shop waitresses, laundry hands and video store clerks - all those kids with …


Baseball’s Ashamed, And That’s A Good Thing

Baseball’s biggest problem - its bad attitude - is solved. The strike did it. The game has sobered up. What an awful price to pay to regain your sanity. The …


‘Fire Sales’ Sign Of Times In Baseball

Here is the state of Major League Baseball today: The New York Yankees acquire superb reliever John Wetteland from the impoverished Montreal Expos for practically nothing. On the same day, …


Let’s Take Another Look At Divorce

Imagine a world without divorce. Or at least one in which it would be more difficult to obtain and would be held in more disdain than it is today.


Norman Plays Good Enough To Not Choke

Out on Augusta National’s front nine, Greg Norman had birdied the 180-yard sixth hole to go nine under par for the Masters, but his name was not yet on the …


In Clutch, Crenshaw Goes By Book

1. Crenshaw sheds a tear in memory of his mentor, Harvey Penick. Photo by Associated Press


Watson Wastes Chances Making The Masters’ Cut Isn’t Enough For Veteran

One measure of how cruel a game golf can be is that the shortest stroke sometimes becomes the most difficult to make. The irony is not wasted on Tom Watson. …


Holmes Hoping He’ll Have Ability To Answer Mccall

He was in the room where he won the heavyweight championship almost 17 years ago, talking about fighting Bobby Czyz in the first defense of his second title. Yeah, he …


The Death Of A Child Gives Us Pause To Understand Life City Is Left Reeling When The Unthinkable Happens

(Unpublished correction:) The name of Brandon Farnworth was misspelled in this story.


Past Champs Look Wooden By Comparison

Jim Harrick’s Bruin took their title the old-fashioned way: They earned it. Photo by Associated Press