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Tiger Woods is back!

You can hear the huge sigh of relief from the entire sports world upon hearing the great news that Tiger Woods is returning to play this week at the Quicken Loans National at historic Congressional Country Club just outside Washington, D.C. Tiger, the former world’s-number-one male golfer, has been out of golf since having back surgery on March 31. The golf industry has been going through a major withdrawal in his sudden absence. From TV ratings to sports golf marketing, apparel, and corporate sponsorships, the industry as a whole has lost an estimated $15 billion this year because Woods could not play. The Masters and United States Open, the first two Majors, suffered huge record losses in TV ratings shares. No athlete since Michael Jordan moves the VU meter like Woods. Continue Reading →

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No 3-peat — Spurs win it!

 

 

 

SAN ANTONIO — The incredible four-year run to the NBA Finals by the Miami Heat came to an end Sunday in San Antonio 104-87 in game five. The Spurs are the 2014 champions of basketball after dissecting the Heat in five games. Last year, the same two teams met in the NBA Finals with the Heat prevailing in seven games.  

You might recall in game six of last year’s Finals, with the Spurs leading the Heat three games to two, the Heat rallied from five points down with 28 seconds left to force overtime. Miami not only won in overtime; they captured game seven 92-90. Continue Reading →

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Vikings lean on Peterson in 21-14 win

 

The Vikings ended a two-game losing streak with 21-14 win over Chicago before 64,134 fans at Mall of America Field Sunday while the first winter storm of 2012 was pounding the area with as much as a foot of snow on the Metrodome roof. The great Adrian Peterson continued his remarkable MVP-like season. His march to glory Sunday came with 154 yards, two touchdowns, and a season-high 31 carries. Most of Peterson’s yards, 104, were in the first quarter, helping the Vikings get off to a fast 14-0 start. And getting the partisan big crowd in the game, he ripped off another big 51-yard run. Continue Reading →

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Giants dominate Packers 37-20

 

 

GREEN BAY — Will history be kind to the Green Bay Packers, considering they were defending Super Bowl Champions, 15-1, the number-one seed in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, second-highest-scoring team (560 points) in NFL history and winners of 19 straight games? The cruel reality of the National Football League is that on any given Sunday it’s for real — you can get your nose bloodied in this league. The New York Giants, the last team to qualify as NFC East Champs for the 12-team playoff field, did the punching Sunday. They shocked the football world on a wonderful 31-degree, sun-splashed January day having come to town confident that they could play with the defending champion Packers, and they proved it. Losing that close 38-35 battle at home to the Packers on December 4 in the regular season in some ways sparked the Giants. Continue Reading →

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Abuse cover-ups jeopardize public’s trust

 

 

PHOENIX — So much is going on in sports, and it’s happening so fast, and it’s both good and bad. This column will focus on the bad. Leading the bad is the revolting shock waves upon learning of Penn State and the massive sex abuse scandal of Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for ex-Penn State head coach Joe Paterno’s two National Championship teams. Sandusky faces charges of 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys. Penn State fired Paterno and the university’s president. It is the most disturbing scandal of institutional control in our lifetime, how White educated grown men tried to cover up this scandal by simply turning their heads. Continue Reading →

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