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Louisville wins NCAA, beats Michigan 82-76

 

 

The Cardinals of Louisville are the champions of basketball, rallying as only Louisville can to beat Michigan 82-76. Louisville, in the last game as a member of the powerful Big East Conference, captured their third NCAA title, their first since 1986. Rick Pitino wins his second NCAA title as a coach and becomes the first coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools, Kentucky and Louisville. Talk about living a charmed life — his team won the title on the same day he was introduced as one of 12 new members of the Naismith Hall of Fame. His horse won the Santa Anita Derby and will run for the roses in May at the Kentucky Derby. Continue Reading →

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Wild, wild NFL win and lose!

 

Give the NFL credit for being smart. Number one, all they do is win. Revenue-ratings, popularity, continued growth, and they do all this while assaulting the NFL Players Association. The recent flurry of activity in free agency is so deceiving. Like Mike Wallace leaves Pittsburgh and signs with Miami for $60 million, $30 million guaranteed. Continue Reading →

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Ravens vs. 49ers an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl

 

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans braces for Super Bowl XLVII, the first Super Bowl in that city since the horrific storm Hurricane Katrina. This is the 10th time the NFL has brought the world stage of the Super Bowl to New Orleans; the last Super Bowl held here was Super Bowl XXXVI, New England 20—St. Louis 17. Much of New Orleans is not happy with the NFL, because the league came down so hard on their beloved Saints with the now-famous bounty gate scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell should carefully go about his business this week with security watching his back. Continue Reading →

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Now we’ll never know

 

 

GREEN BAY — The NFL’s most successful franchise, the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers, eliminated the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 Saturday before 71,548 fans and a national television audience on NBC at historic Lambeau Field. The Packers now advance to play San Francisco next Saturday in the Divisional round. The incredible 2,097-yard rushing potential MVP season of the great Adrian Peterson, for all intent and purpose, is now a footnote in history. Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers orchestrated the victory by going 23-33 for 274 yards and one touchdown. He used little running back DuJaun Harris, activated from the team’s development squad weeks ago, to keep the Vikings defense off balance. Continue Reading →

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Europe whips U.S. in Ryder Cup

 

We should have known better than to think that the United States team could wrestle the prized Ryder Cup away from the hungry Europeans. There are losses and there are collapses; what happened at Medina Country Club over the weekend, especially on Sunday, was a collapse. The United States team, led by Tiger Woods, the world’s number-two player, failed on American soil. Europe used the spirit and motivation of the late great Seve Ballesteros to rally on Sunday and retain the Cup. European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal was real close to Ballesteros. Continue Reading →

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Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. reaps rewards for giving back

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Monday, August 27, I’m on the road again doing what I do. This time, I’m not covering a game or sporting event. As many of you know, my oldest son Larry, Jr., NFL star with the Arizona Cardinals, has done many good things on and off the field. Two weeks ago, he was named the 2012 NFL Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award winner. Celebrity Fight Night, the annual charity event held by Muhammad Ali, presented Larry, Jr. an award as well. Continue Reading →

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My choice for 2012 MVP: Kevin Durant

 

 

Not only did the NBA lockout shorten the 82-game regular season to just a 66-game sprint. It also has made picking the 2012 NBA Most Valuable Player a virtual toss-up. Usually the team with the top player on the league’s best regular-season team gets the MVP. Last year that was point guard Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls, who played great on the league’s best regular-season team. With just five games left, the Bulls again have the NBA’s best record at 46-14, and Rose has played good again, averaging 22 points a game. Continue Reading →

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Kentucky wins men’s championship 67-59

 

 

It’s been a long time coming, but the Wildcats of Kentucky have quenched their thirst for a title. John Calipari in just his third year wins his first NCAA Championship 67-59 over the Kansas Jayhawks before 70,000 in New Orleans. Man, can Calipari recruit: Previously at Memphis he recruited NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who after leading Memphis to the NCAA Championship game was drafted number one in the NBA by the Chicago Bulls. Kentucky finished 38-2, losing to only Indiana and Vanderbilt during the season as they navigated the NCAA field of 72 teams to stand alone number one. It’s the eighth time that Kentucky has won the NCAA Men’s crown, their first since 1998 when Gophers coach Tubby Smith won it last in the Bluegrass State. Continue Reading →

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Lin’s success makes me a believer—But insensitive coverage reminds us all that bigotry lives

 

 

It’s been incredible watching the rise to prominence of Jeremy Lin, the star guard of the New York Knicks, whose first eight games as a starter has him ahead of three Hall-of-Fame point guards (Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and John Stockton) by comparison in their first eight starts. The New York Knicks have been a non-story for over 10 years in New York. But suddenly, thanks to Lin’s emergence, his story has grabbed the nation and knocked the Super Bowl Champion Giants off the front pages. Lin is the first graduate of Harvard to star in the NBA in 58 years. Lin is Asian American, and what he has done has been nothing short of remarkable. Continue Reading →

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Larry Fitzgerald covers Super Bowl XLVI — his 32nd

 

INDIANAPOLIS — While attending Indiana State University as a football star back in the late ’70s, I never thought in my wildest dreams, while majoring in radio-TV communications and my teachers talked about cable, satellite, TV, Internet, cell-phones, and digital pagers, that a Super Bowl would ever be played in Indiana. Not where the world’s most famous speed race, the Indianapolis 500, is held annually. Not where universities like Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Ball State have grabbed the college basketball spotlight. Indiana is famous more for Gary and the steel mills and things like the Ku Klux Klan and NCAA headquarters. It’s where Timothy McVeigh was put to death and Larry Bird played basketball at Indiana State. Continue Reading →

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