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How? Houston Has Hakeem

It’s easier to explain rocket science this morning than how the Houston Rockets will win back-to-back NBA titles. Less messy, too.


Game 1 Was Great Unless You’re Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson chokes, then screams. Photo by Associated Press


Move Takes Fight Right Out Of Tacoma

This gloomy news that the our Rockets are exercising an escape clause in their contract to relocate in British Columbia leaves me with one question: Where will we Tacoma sports …


Want A Good Plodder? Try Timber Country

He’s still a plodder and he’s not that good. I’m no Timber Country fan. But I can’t beat him, not in the Belmont Stakes, so I won’t waste my money …


What Next Behrings, Vaudeville?

Oh, those wacky Behrings. Those side-splitting, tale-telling jokers of jockdom. Those Simpsons of the NFL. What a bunch of crackups.


Wish Grads Luck, Because They’ll Need Lots Of It

Editor’s note: Know someone giving a graduation speech? Clip this article out and give it to them. Just a little friendly advice. Yet another school year has passed, and, alas, …


Dylan’s Message Spans Generations

Last December I had a revealing conversation about Bob Dylan with our daughter Winnie, visiting from college. I had made a point of taping Dylan’s appearance on “MTV Unplugged” to …


Tennis Powers-That-Be Look To Rein In Speedy Men’s Game

On Tuesday, June 20, six days before the start of Wimbledon, the ITF will convene a meeting in London of 40 to 50 major tennis figures to begin discussions on …


Violence For Fun Packs In The Players In Cyberworld The Bloodier The Better When It Comes To Virtual-Reality - Violence Offers A Guaranteed Sale

The field engineer straps the virtual-reality headset to my sunburnt forehead and throws the switch. As if God had just shaken his Etch-A-Sketch, the exhibit hall of VR-World ‘95 in …


Magic ‘Collects’ A Check Before Paying Its Dues

Tomorrow arrived yesterday. Orlando wasn’t supposed to win. NBA history says a franchise has to pay its dues. It has to have the obligatory heartbreaks. It has to lose before …


Forcing Michael Huge Marketing Plan Will Remind Us That We Really Like Michael Jackson’s Music

In 1993, Jackson received three awards at the World Music Awards. Today, Epic Records is spending a record amount in marketing to bring his status back to its ‘93 level. …


Beefed-Up Dolphins Are Talk Of Nfl World

The morning sky begins thickening, black as midnight. Don Shula looks up sharply. Sky gets message, clears up, and a field full of Dolphins goes back to work. After a …


Tilt Head Back And Look Squarely Down Your Nose

This hick-town hoops isn’t so bad. Not that Orlando and Indianapolis aren’t major metropoli in many senses, but they ain’t New York or L.A. or Chicago, big-city-wise or basketballsuccess-wise.


Baseball Cries Foul Over Cards

Baseball cards have always been the stuff of dreams or cash. Collect them. Trade them. Flip them. Buy them. Sell them. The rarest card, a Honus Wagner of nearly a …


Behring Sees Need To Stir Waters

Having descended the stairs at the debutante ball, albeit with a broken strap, garish mascara and droopy nylons, the Mariners have Seattle’s attention. Did you expect the Seahawks to simply …


Latin Stars Find Friendly Home In Seattle With Los Marineros

Tino Martinez is part of the Latin Connection that has propelled the Mariners. Photo by Associated Press


School Is Just As Genuine As ‘The Real World’

Heather Whinnen


Boxing Legalized Barbarism

Holyfield’s face looked like “tomato losing its juice.” Photo by Associated Press


She Caught Country-Tune Infection

“Bye, bye, Bruce. Hello Garth.” His country sound has taken this woman by the heart.


Thrills Of Race Left Little Time To Miss Penske

See, they can too put on a great race here without Team Penske. The 79th Indianapolis 500 Sunday was, in fact, one for the books. It had just about everything …


Corporate Welfare Payments Siphon Billions From Treasury

Most of them hardly qualify as indigent, dependent or otherwise needy, but corporations, including the mightiest, get their share of welfare. They work hard to get it too, employing well-paid …


For The Last Tarango In Paris, Romance Comes Before Tennis

You can check the telephone book. There’s none there. And he’s unlisted. Most likely the last Tarango in Paris. “You wouldn’t think there’d be any others,” Jeff Tarango said after …


Seahawks Ponder L.A. Move

There is a Sleeper in Seattle. While rumors have been running rampant that the Bengals, Browns or Vikings might be eyeing a new home in Los Angeles, it appears Ken …


Baseball Fans Fanatically Staying Away

Business is drying up at souvenir stands as fans continue to stay away from ballparks. Photo by Associated Press


As Indy 500 Cars Go By, Sponsors Scream ‘Go Buy’

The Indy 500. The Super Bowl of automobile racing.


Long Titles Get Shortened, Fast

Hugh Grant stars in the movie being billed as simply “The Englishman.”


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 …


Now, As A Mother Myself, I Keep Hearing My Mom

When baby Jack awoke crying a few nights ago, I ran to his crib, asked him if he’d had a bad dream, and told him not to worry, that I’d …


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 …


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