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Death of a Legend… Goodbye to Bruno Sammartino


They were lined up out the door on Sunday at the Freyvogel Sons Funeral Home on Centre Avenue in the North Oakland section of Pittsburgh. It’s a picturesque part of the Oakland-Shadyside area, with stately old houses aplenty. South Oakland, by contrast, has always been blue collar, marked by row houses, corner restaurants, bars, and […]

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Trump, Jack Johnson & the Pardon a Century in the Making


Sylvester Stallone, who played a boxer in his most famous role, contacted the president, who in 1988 hosted and helped promote the then-most lucrative boxing match in history, about issuing a pardon to Jack Johnson, alone among this boxing triumvirate in actually dishing out and eating punches in the ring. “Sylvester Stallone called me with […]

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Baseball 2018: Some of Us Still Remember When…


On the first day of April 2018, a spoof flashed around social media. In honor of Easter, all thirty Major League Baseball teams would be wearing jerseys in Easter egg pastel colors. April Fool! The day dawned, and all thirty teams wore their normal uniforms. The culprit, Chris Creamer of, said it was all […]

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Conor McGregor Arrested After Window-Smashing Rampage Injures Fighters


Conor McGregor and a pack of goons on Thursday attacked a bus transporting mixed-martial artists two days away from fighting at UFC 223. The Dubliner hurled a handtruck through one of the vehicle’s windows. Others in his group followed his lead and threw trash cans, barriers, and other objects at the vehicle as it attempted […]

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Winning in Miami


John Isner went deep and gritty to take the Miami Open title yesterday, defeating Alexander Zverev in three close sets after losing his lead in the first-set tiebreak. With Sloan Stephens hoisting the trophy on the women’s side after a no-nonsense two-set win over Jelena Ostapenko, American players put their signatures on what has been […]

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March’s Mild Madness


“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.” That line is usually attributed to Damon Runyon, but he credited Hugh Keogh, a Chicago sportswriter who died in the early 20th century as America was becoming a nation of fans. Chicago is the […]

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Build Your Own Damn Ball-Yard! 


The Florida branch of Americans for Prosperity has gotten into the controversy over the new ball yard that the Tampa Bay Rays want built for them in Tampa so that they can desert St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field, and the remainder of the ball-yard lease team officials signed (without a gun to their heads) when they […]

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Desert Racquets


You can’t ask for much better than Del Potro vs. Federer, two of contemporary tennis’s best known faces, in the men’s final, and Osaka vs Kasatkina in the ladies’. The desert tennis paradise of Indian Wells owned by Oracle’s Larry Ellison hosts one of the mighty Masters 1000 tournaments, 128-name draw, two weeks, and the […]

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Tiger, Tiger


It had been a long time. So it had to be satisfying — and better than that — for Tiger Woods on Sunday. He had a shot. Drop a couple of putts and he would have won the tournament. Impossible to imagine what he must have been feeling. Making the turn and only one or […]

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NFL Vegas Parking Remains a Gamble


The Oakland (and soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders say they’re closer to ending their game of parking lot roulette by identifying enough spots to satisfy a requirement that is a condition of building the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium on a lot near the city’s famed Strip. Critics say the continued headache of parking […]

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