by | May 21, 2019

Rafael Nadal won his ninth Italian Open, commonly called the Rome Masters, on Sunday, with a convincing demolition of Novak Djokovic. Demolition may sound inflationary, with even a whiff of hype, but the fact is that despite conceding the second…

by | May 6, 2019

Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks By Ron Rapoport (Hachette Books, 454 pages, $28) For baseball fans of a certain age, especially those in and around Chicago, there has never been a cheerier…

by | Apr 20, 2019

One didn’t have to be a golf fan to know something of Tiger Woods’s troubles when they became the subject of tabloids more than a decade ago. A man who appeared to have everything, his whole world seemed to come…

by | Apr 16, 2019

It doesn’t get any more American than this. Tiger Woods, the wunderkind of golf who won his first Masters tournament in 1997 when he was 21 years old, has won it again over the weekend — when he is 43….

by | Apr 14, 2019

“There are no second acts in American lives.” The line is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and it is overused and demonstrably false as Tiger Woods proved on Sunday at the Masters. Fitzgerald probably would not appreciate the way his famous line…

by | Mar 21, 2019

It was just luck that I abandoned my office/man-cave about 1:30 Thursday for lunch. I flipped on the tube in the kitchen and dialed in MLB-Network, which was featuring a spring game between the Phillies and the Blue Jays from…

by | Mar 19, 2019

Have you filled out your bracket yet? Better hurry — by 5:40 p.m. Eastern time, when Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View A&M tip off to open the NCAA’s First Four play-in, the 2019 NCAA Tournament will have begun and your…

by | Feb 11, 2019

Knowing of my love of baseball, including the college game, a friend kindly sent me a clip from the Gainesville Sun, a story about a new baseball yard being built on the campus of the University of Florida. The shocking datum in…

by | Feb 7, 2019

Full disclosure: I am a lifelong sports fan/junkie/obsessive. The kind of guy who takes his teams’ losses personally, as if something bad had happened in the family. My daughter is a college athlete, so they actually are a part of…

by | Jan 28, 2019

Naomi Osaka held her nerve, shook the frustration of blowing match points, and beat Petra Kvitova in three sets to win the Australian Open. Both played hard-hitting baseline tennis that stretched their physical and mental stamina. It was exhausting —…

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