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Alexander Proves No Script Is Worse Than Lame Script

Some people should not ad lib. Nuclear engineers. Pharmacists. Jason Alexander. A star of stage, screen and television, Alexander is a terrific actor. He’s a wonderful singer. He dances beautifully. …

Ripken To The Rescue Baseball Needs Cal After Painful Year

Cal Ripken Jr. epitomizes everthing that’s right with baseball. Can he save it? Photo by Associated Press

Under The Tent Thirteenth Season Of Festival At Sandpoint Forces Organizers To Look Hard At Its Future

The Festival at Sandpoint finished its 1995 season recently. Perhaps T-shirts with “I Survived ‘95” might make appropriate gifts for the festival’s staff and management. Triskaidecaphobia - an irrational fear …

Showboating Rule Had No Prayer Of Being Perfect

NCAA member schools have received their instructions. The directives not only arrived on campus in written form, but also on videocassette. So even if a student-athlete is as thick as …

Spare Us From Poor Forms Of Evangelism

My neighbor believes I’m headed for hell, and I find this disconcerting. It’s not that I’m newly concerned about my prospects for eternal doom; those remain about the same as …

Between The Lines, Aleaga Speaks Up

Washington linebacker Ink Aleaga bright and polite, but reserved. Photo by Associated Press

Down And Out At The U.S. Open: Tarango Fizzles Without A Fight

Jeff Tarango has no one to blame but himself for first-round loss. Photo by Associated Press

Odds Are Magazine Has Inside Story

News and views … but mostly views: The magazine Inside Sports obviously took the name seriously in its October issue (already?). It goes inside a prison in Indiana and has …

Choosing Carefully Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Must Make Sure The Real Music Legends Are Inducted And The Marginal Artists Stay Out

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting its final touches prior to this weekend’s opening ceremonies. Photo by Associated Press

Is Under The Skirt Going Over The Top? Calvin Klein Ads Push Limits

Calvin Klein

Old Situation Gets New Look

Julia Roberts plays the scorned wife opposite Dennis Quaid in “Something to Talk About.” AP photo

Mantle Praise Not Against Mays

The way Carl M. Cannon of the Baltimore Sun’s Washington bureau sees it, a grave injustice was dealt the American public because Willie Mays received scant mention in the eulogies, …

Media Mergers Raise Questions About Quality

A business deal is not a work of art. A business deal did not produce the Mona Lisa or “War and Peace,” “Citizen Kane” or “The Honeymooners.” But the emphasis …

Televised Shame The Hype And The Cynicism Have Turned The Sport Of Boxing Into A Sorry Spectacle

Mike Tyson punches a ducking Peter McNeeley in the first round of their fight Saturday night. Photo by Associated Press

Mcneeley Doomed From Start

Let’s face it, the fight was only going to last another 10 seconds anyway. Peter McNeeley only knows how to fight one way and he was going to bullrush Mike …

Mariners Wild Pick From A.L.

The idea behind adding a wild-card berth was, as you can guess, additional revenue. Another round of playoffs, another round of playoff money, and there would be reason for fans …

Don’t Put Tyson On Level With Boxing Greats

He has played the softest schedule in heavyweight history. The best fighter he has been in with, Michael Spinks, was a blown-up light heavyweight who went into the ring in …

Pay-Per-View Verdict In

“The People’s Court” is now in session. Rusty, the evidence, please … The guilty parties: Showtime Event Television and KingVision Pay Per View, in cahoots with the nation’s cable TV …

Times Kinder To Mantle The Player

Much as he wishes otherwise, new Seattle Mariner left fielder Vince Coleman is destined to be linked forever in baseball history with the nasty episode at a parking lot in …

Welcome To Mike Tyson, Inc.

Mike Tyson has become a pronoun. This is the residue of serving three years in the slammer for rape. Not everyone becomes a pronoun. Tyson is the “He” in “He’s …

Raiders’ Return Revives One Writer’s Nightmares

Maybe it was the bridal shop photo. Or the official contract signing photo. Something made the Raiders nightmares return. That ghastly pirate with the eye patch and sabers. The landscape …

49ers’ Young Uses Head At All Times

The 49ers rise up to ‘94 standards behind a helmetless Steve Young on Sunday night. Photo by Associated Press

Mantle Was What Legends Are All About

A Yankees fan shows his appreciation of Mickey Mantle Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Associated Press

Hometown Not What It Used To Be For Bubka

Sergei Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulting star

Riviera Among Cadillacs Of Courses

The players don’t expect much. Just chiffon fairways, and greens that are neither fast, slow nor bumpy. Just a roomy courtesy car with a driver who knows the short cuts. …

Commissioner Must Overcome Costly Turnover

NBA boss David Stern: “We are resigned to the fact there won’t be a season.” Photo by Associated Press

Take A Bow, Cal, Then Take Seat With Lou

Cal Ripken, left, should take a seat after tying Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-games-played record. Photo by Associated Press

Miami Has Reason To Worry

The University of Miami has no fortune tellers or palm readers employed in the athletic department. No one is consulting the Psychic Channel either. But a powerful omen indicating Miami’s …

Disney Will Avoid Turning Abc Into A Mickey Mouse Network

All right, so you’re sitting around home punching your remote, wondering just what any of this Disney-ABC stuff has to do with you. Is the mouse-ification of the leading network …

World Of Sports Shows It Forgives And Forgets

Mike Tyson makes his comeback official with a public workout in Las Vegas. Darryl Strawberry patiently makes his way back toward the bright lights of New York. Fellow substance abuser …