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Tiger Woods came close. Closer than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jayson Day, Jordan Spieth, and the all the other young guns who had become contenders for the title of greatest in the world since Woods had last won a major championship, ten years ago. There was, in fact, only one man ahead of him on the […]

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The Next Generation Closes the Citi Open


Andrey Rublev, who looks rather like a handsome ruthless Soviet commissar preparing the assassination of a Spanish anarchist in Barcelona, c. 1937, as described in a novel by Alan Furst, stares across the net as a hawk would a sparrow. The sparrow in question, however, is Alex de Minaur, the hottest thing in teenage tennis […]

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The Return of the Big Men to a Washington Institution


Andy Murray stayed calm. Despite a spectacular display of talent, Mackenzie McDonald was unable to fluster three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who rallied from a set down to prevail in the wee hours and advance to the second round at Washington’s legendary summer tennis tournament. But you have to give credit to the UCLA […]

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Oakland A’s Struggle to Get Government Handout


Something’s gotta give in Oakland. But this time, it might not be the government. The city hasn’t had a great few years when it comes to sports teams. The Oakland Raiders won’t be called that for much longer, bound for Las Vegas’ glitz… and promise of hundreds of millions in city money. Less painful for […]

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Snowflake Night in Montgomery


It’s always a challenge getting fans out for minor league baseball games, even Major League games not in L.A., Boston, New York, or St. Louis. Looking through what’s available on night-time TV it’s not altogether clear to me why this should be so. That the Grand Old Game regularly loses out to Antiques Road Show or to […]

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Baseball’s Ministry of Truth Strikes Again


Milwaukee Brewers relief Pitcher Josh Hader got a standing ovation when he walked to the mound in Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The ovation was not for anything athletic that Hader had done. If fact, perhaps not for anything at all he had done. It was almost certainly […]

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Almost for Tiger


In the moments after Tiger Woods had played his way into the lead at the British Open and appeared to be the only player on the course in full control of his game, Dan Jenkins tweeted the following: Wondering if there’s room to jump back on the Tiger bandwagon. Asking for a friend. Following Jenkins’ […]

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The Open


It is a tournament that appeals to an old aesthetic and a reactionary conviction that maybe golf shouldn’t be too much fun for either the spectators or the players. That the game isn’t about only towering drives followed by a wedge to the green, a putt for birdie, and winning scores that run to double […]

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The All-Star Snooze


It wasn’t that long ago that I read the score of last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game. But I’ve already forgotten it, so inconsequential the game is to this life-long, 110-proof, aged-in-the-barrel baseball fan. The summer classic has become the summer snooze-fest, and a bit of the off-season in July, featuring four straight days […]

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American Triumph at Wimbledon


American tennis covered itself in Old Glory over the weekend at Wimbledon. The doubles team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock, playing together for the first time, out-lasted and out-shot and out-clutched Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in a five-set beaut at the Championships. It was the second trophy for Nebraskan Jack Sock, who won […]

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