1. Dunkirk Will Prevail In Wide Open Belmont Stakes

    Saturday is the day for the 141st Belmont Stakes and the one-and-one-half mile race shapes up like this: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Peter Pan victor Charitable Man, and the rest of the field...

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  2. An Enigma Named Mr. Hot Stuff

    Perhaps more than any horse in the field of the Belmont Stakes, it's almost impossible to predict what Mr. Hot Stuff is going to do Saturday. He showed absolutely nothing as a juvenile in three races on the West Coast...

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  3. Wattie Holm's Final Out

    The Rev. L.H. Preul, pastor of Grace Methodist Church in Spencer, IA, selected the 99th Psalm to address the mourners who gathered at the Cobb-Warner Funeral Home in Spencer at 1:30 p...

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  4. Top 10 Headhunters in Baseball

    Baseball Digest magazine called Early Wynn the "grimmest pitcher" in baseball. Whether he was not, Wynn perpetuated the perception by telling everyone within earshot that he'd hit his own mother if she stood between him a victory...

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  5. D. Wayne Lukas: Teetering on the Brink of Racing Immortality?

    What do Tigers Woods and D. Wayne Lukas have in common? They're both courting immortality in their respective sports. Woods has amassed 14 majors, four fewer than Jack Nicklaus...

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  6. Why Chocolate Candy Won't Win the Belmont Stakes

    There are bound to be plenty of people who will be sweet on Chocolate Candy's prospects for victory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. This craving could cost bettors a few "empty calories...

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  7. Why "Team Zito" can't Win the Belmont Stakes

    Call it the "Nick Zito Effect". Hall-of-Fame trainer Nick Zito has saddled 20 horses in the Belmont, and 11 of them have finished in the money. In 2004, Birdstone, at odds of 38-1, upset Smarty Jones' bid to sweep the Triple Crown by a length...

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  8. Why Mine That Bird Can Win the Belmont Stakes

    Revisionists are everywhere, especially in the field of thoroughbred racing. They busied themselves moments after the running of this year's Kentucky Derby, deconstructing Mine That Bird's miracle ...

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  9. Why Dunkirk Can Win The Belmont Stakes

    Trainer Todd Pletcher didn't go from rags to riches when his filly by the same name won the 2007 Belmont Stakes. Before, the brilliant daughter of A.P...

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  10. Summer Bird Could Fly Below Radar to Win Belmont Stakes

    Compared to Mine That Bird, Summer Bird is an odd duck. Unraced as a 2-year-old, the Tim Ice-trained colt debuted in January. He finished a fast-closing fourth in a maiden race at Oaklawn Park...

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  11. Why Charitable Man Could Win The Belmont Stakes

    Owner Jess Jackson's decision not to run Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra in next Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown dramatically improves Charitable Man's chances of earning a victory in the Belmont Stakes...

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  12. Is Anthony Swarzak a Gem?

    How good was Anthony Swarzak's MLB debut Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers? It was plenty good. It was better than Johan Santana's first MLB start. It was better than those of Francisco Liriano and Kevin Slowey, too...

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  13. Raul Ibanez Is a Freak

    Noted sabermetrics guru Bill James popularized the concept a while back that a player often peaks at age 27, hits his prime when he's 27-30, and then gradually declines. Nobody told Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies though...

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  14. No. 7 or No. 2, It's All the Same for Joe Mauer

    Success on the baseball diamond has its own timetable. Witness Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's occasional on-again, off-again experiment batting Joe Mauer in the two-hole...

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  15. Mauer, Morneau, Kubel Comprise One of MLB's Top Trios

    Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were quickly dubbed the "M & M Boys" when they reached the big leagues. The moniker isn't new...

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  16. Dark Horses Sometimes Win the U.S. Open, Don't They?

    Tiger Woods may have lost his dominance, but as the defending champion and the winner of 14 majors, he will likely go off as the consensus favorite in next month's U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park (Black Course)...

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  17. MLB Believe It Or Not

    Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was born in 1962, but so were Greg Cadaret, Richard Amaral, Tom Bolton, Joe Orsulak, Robby Thompson, Jim Walewander, Orestes Destrade, Alberto Pardo, Oddibe ...

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  18. Greinke, Willis Help MLB With Need for Hollywood Storylines

    Last year, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers provided MLB with one of its best feel-good storylines in recent history. Hamilton had the world at his feet in 1999...

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  19. Jason Kubel Deserves Some Respect

    It seems that Jason Kubel of the Minnesota Twins is one of those MLB players who is destined to remain under the radar. Under appreciated. Unnoticed. Underrated...

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  20. Minnesota Twins Still Haven't Achieved Lift-Off

    The story for Joe Mauer keeps getting better. The two-time American League batting champ spent this last offseason recuperating from surgery to remove a kidney obstruction...

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  21. So, Tell Me, Is Joe Mauer on Steroids, Too?

    In the brave new world of the steroids era, nobody is above suspicion in organized baseball. Not when five of the top 12 all-time fence busters (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael ...

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  22. Twins' Bullpen: Too Many Weak Links

    Baseball fans, pundits, beat reporters, and major league managers and general managers alike, look to the usual suspects when a team is below the .500 mark at this stage of the season...

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  23. College QBs and Future NFL Drafts

    With the 37th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Matt Barkley. Quarterback. University of Southern California...

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  24. Where Will Brett Favre Be Playing In 2010?

    I'm not going there. Which is to say, I'm not going to waste my time or yours inquiring into the motives that are apparently compelling Brett Favre to return to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings for another go-around on the gridiron...

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  25. For Sage Rosenfels, It's 4th-and-Long for His Career

    The 2009 season will be all about redemption for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels. Rosenfels, despite his perennial status as a backup, has experienced his share of highs and lows as a spot starter during an eight-year NFL career...

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