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Washington Nationals in first place despite struggles of their star outfielder
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Fri, 20 December 2013

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Skiing is a mystery to me. This probably has something to do with where I grew up, Cleveland, where snow was meant to be shoveled and scraped off your car and complained about. One year, the Olympic cross-country skier Bill Koch came to our whole school to show everyone how to cross-country ski in a park down the street.

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Wed, 18 December 2013
It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…
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Mon, 16 December 2013
The NFL just celebrated the highest-scoring day in league history, on the heels of setting the mark last week. What's with the massive increase in points?
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Fri, 13 December 2013
Mike Brown has the reputation of being tough to work with, but he and Marvin Lewis have found strong success.
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Wed, 11 December 2013
You may have heard … it looks like the New York Yankees will retire Joe Torre’s number. That is absolutely the right thing to do — heck Billy Martin’s number is retired — and it brings us just a little big closer to one of the cooler number things in sports: Very soon the first…
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Tue, 10 December 2013
There were two eye-opening bits of news here in this story about Mark Prior retiring. 1. I honestly thought he retired five years ago. 2. Mark Prior is still only 33 years old. The second of those bits is even more shocking than the first. He is STILL only 33? If Mark Prior had stayed…
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Mon, 9 December 2013
First the good news: Three managers, all deserving and perhaps even overqualified, were elected into the Hall of Fame on Monday. If you are going to have managers in the Baseball Hall of Fame — and you are — then Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are all obviously deserving Hall of Famers.…
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Fri, 6 December 2013

One of the major reasons Carolina's won eight in a row is because Cam Newton has learned how to, and the best time to, become Super Cam.

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Fri, 6 December 2013

Robben Island was and is a bleak place. It's history is gruesome. But Nelson Mandela brought hope through it all, Joe Posnanski writes.

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Wed, 4 December 2013
These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…
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Sun, 1 December 2013

Nick Saban thinks through everything, which is why his illogical decision to kick the FG that lost Alabama the game vs. Auburn is so shocking.

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Fri, 29 November 2013
What makes NASCAR's dynamic duo of Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus so great? It's a combination of uncompromising standards, unparalleled brilliance and a relationship forged over milk and cookies.
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Mon, 25 November 2013

One would be hard-pressed to write the ending for Sunday night's game against the Broncos and Patriots. In its own way, that's what makes it the perfect ending.

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Fri, 22 November 2013
When Peyton Manning and Tom Brady meet for the 14th time, it will renew one of the great rivalries in sports.
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Thu, 21 November 2013
Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

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