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U.S. loss on World Cup pitch was a win back home
Exuberant fans - even those who couldn't tell you what offsides means - cheered on the U.S. men's national team during the World Cup in Brazil. Are those fans excited enough to keep watching soccer now that the United States has been eliminated?
Follow closely as a dozen colleges do the conference shuffle
Regional affiliations that once defined college athletic conferences are a thing of the past, replaced by the powerful attraction of large markets and big-money television deals. The good news for fans is that the competition has never been better.
Spurrier livens up the offseason by needling Nick Saban
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, known for using the press to poke the competition, recently questioned whether his colleague in Tuscaloosa, Ala., spends too much time in the office.
Honor Gwynn by remembering where he went wrong
Baseball All-Star Tony Gwynn was felled by a disease he blamed on smokeless tobacco. May the Padre be remembered for his personality and batting average - and also for the cautionary tale he left for younger players.
Baseball should reinstate Pete Rose
There's no question that Pete Rose's credentials as a player qualify him for baseball's Hall of Fame. Now, 25 years after he was banished for gambling on games, Charlie Hustle should be allowed back in baseball, presumably to take his place in Cooperstown.
NCAA could become casualty of paid athletes
The NCAA is arguing a losing case in a California courtroom. Television and marketing deals heap money on athletic conferences, colleges and coaches while those who actually play the games get scholarships that don't even cover their full cost of attendance. Here's the hard question: What would fairness look like?
College World Series finally onto baseball-like scores
College baseball deadened its aluminum bats three years ago, deflating the game's offense and dialing back runaway scores. Fans who watch this year's College World Series may actually catch a shutout, or even a pitchers' duel.
Cowboy's galloping tirade helps nobody
Steve Coburn's angry outburst after his horse finished fourth at last weekend's Belmont Stakes was the colorful, albeit unproductive, consolation prize to seeing an historic coronation.
Heisman winner's legacy wasn't about football
Nile Kinnick helped turn around the Iowa Hawkeyes in 1939, figuring in 16 of the team's 19 touchdowns that season and winning athletic and academic accolades. But, on the eve of World War II, t Kinnick had a far more important contribution to make.
College powerhouses force change upon NCAA
The powers in college athletics want more freedom from the NCAA to decide things like whether to give their players stipends. If the big-time conferences don't get their way, they might just leave.
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