1. Dodgers a Big Letdown This Winter

    Eight weeks have passed since the World Series. The winter meetings have come and gone. The Yankees did what they said they would, committing $243 million to two pitchers...

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  2. On the Mark: New York Giants in Real Trouble Without Plaxico Burress

    The most depressing stat of the week? Easy. That would pertain to the New York Giants, who are now 0-2 without Plaxico Burress...

    Mark Kriegel Written by Mark Kriegel about 6 years ago 179 reads 1 comments

  3. Yankees the Only High Rollers in Vegas

    If you're like me, which is to say suddenly middle-aged, you have grown up with the idea that sports are exempt from the normal economic calculus. Wall Street might have had its ups and downs...

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  4. On the Mark: BCS Still Didn't Get Everything Right

    Oklahoma's presence in the championship game proves more than the value of running up the score. The pairing with Florida is right and just and potentially thrilling, pitting the two best teams ...

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  5. Trainer Roach Seeks Revenge Against De La Hoya

    Manny Pacquiao has nothing bad to say about Oscar De La Hoya. This comes as no surprise, since Pacquiao is an aspiring politician who plans yet another run for congress in his native Philippines...

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  6. Oscar De La Hoya is the Champ of Cross Promotion

    LAS VEGAS - He's asking $54.95 to see him fight Manny Pacquiao on pay per view. Still, Oscar De La Hoya feels your pain. "We know it's a tough economy," he said...

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  7. On the Mark: Plaxico's a Joke, Guns Aren't

    I don't really miss the newspaper business. I don't miss New York too much, either. But every once in a while, there's a story that makes me wistful for what I want to believe were good old days...

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  8. On the Mark: McNabb Partly at Fault for His Situation

    Donovan McNabb celebrates his 33rd birthday Tuesday, curiously unloved for a quarterback of his stature. As if to mark the occasion, coach Andy Reid gave him back his starting job...

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  9. Kerry Collins' Comeback Is One for the Ages

    At this point in the season, there has been entirely too much discussion regarding the toughness of the Titans schedule, and not nearly enough about the toughness of their quarterback...

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  10. On the Mark: Condom Thieves and Interior Design

    When informed that an NFL football game could end in a tie, Donovan McNabb wondered aloud what would happen in the Super Bowl. Easy. He'd be stoned to death upon his return to Philadelphia...

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  11. Madden Can Be Agent for Change in NFL Union

    Where's Madden? Sounds like a new game. If only it were that amusing. Five days have passed since a federal jury in San Francisco determined that the NFL Players Association should pay retired members an astounding $28...

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  12. Forget Jets-Pats, It's Bill Vs. Brett

    It is the NFL's conspicuous good fortune to have the Jets and the Patriots playing this Thursday night on the league's very own network. It's more than a battle for first place in the AFC East...

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  13. JoePa's Not Going Anywhere, Just Ask His Son

    I ask Jay Paterno, the Penn State quarterbacks coach who campaigned for Barack Obama, whether his support put the President-elect over the top in Pennsylvania. "No," he says. "But being 9-0 didn't hurt...

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  14. Stars Not Shining for Cowboys (and Other Thoughts)

    Biggest disappointment of the season? The choice shouldn't be this easy, not with the perennially underachieving San Diego Chargers already at 3-5. But the Dallas Cowboys get my vote, a clear-cut winner in the loser category...

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  15. Phillies' Championship Is Vindicating for Some

    For the record: The last pitch of 2008 was a slider thrown to Eric Hinske. "I saw him swing over the top of the ball," Brad Lidge, the Phillies' closer, would recall. "Then I guess I kind of dropped down...

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  16. Could Rain Delay Indefinitely Delay Phillies' Title?

    PHILADELPHIA - Human nature being what it is, the Phillies were counting the outs. They were down to 12. With a one-run lead going into the sixth, and the postseason's undisputed best ...

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  17. This Time, Selig Got It Right

    Bud Selig did the right thing. As unaccustomed as I am to writing those words, it's a fact. "Tonight's game has been suspended," he told reporters shortly before midnight, ET. "It will be resumed when I believe that weather conditions are appropriate...

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  18. Howard's Awakening Has Phils on Verge of Title

    So now, after a quarter-century without a championship, Philadelphia is poised to rejoice. There will never be a better chance. A town that fancies itself a luckless hardscabble metropolis suddenly looks like a lock...

    Mark Kriegel Written by Mark Kriegel about 6 years ago 139 reads 1 comments

  19. Ruiz Emerges As Phils' Hero in Game 3 Win

    Carlos Ruiz stands about 5-foot-8, max. He's built like a fire hydrant and answers to the nickname "Chooch." He can catch. "Always been a good defensive catcher," said his manager, Charlie Manuel...

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  20. Philly Fans Will Be Singing the Blues

    Sarah Palin, billed as "America's best known hockey mom," was roundly booed upon her introduction at the Wachovia Center, where she recently dropped the ceremonial first puck for the Philadelphia Flyers...

    Mark Kriegel Written by Mark Kriegel about 6 years ago 190 reads 1 comments

  21. From the Very Start, Rollins Finishes off Dodgers

    On the night before a big game, Jimmy Rollins typically finds himself afflicted with a mild form of insomnia...

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  22. Matt Stairs Emerges as Phillies' Unsung Hero in Game Four

    Chances are, even the most devout seamheads among you wouldn't know Matt Stairs if you bumped into him. Even in uniform—even in the post-game interview room after the Phillies went up ...

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  23. Pats-Chargers a Bore, Like Much of NFL

    With fourth and goal at the one-yard line, Matt Cassel dropped back to pass. "It's a progression read," he would recall. "We went through it, and I didn't see anybody open...

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  24. Rays Debunking the Myth of Postseason Experience

    The Division Series between the Angels and the Red Sox ended, appropriately enough, with Jason Bay, who had toiled in obscurity as a member of the Pirates, scoring on a base hit by Jed Lowrie, a rookie who'd been called up after only 40 games in Triple-A.

    Mark Kriegel Written by Mark Kriegel about 6 years ago 177 reads 0 comments

  25. Vlad's gaffe was latest of Halos' playoff woes

    ANAHEIM, Ca. - When the press finally gained access to the Angels' clubhouse, Vladimir Guerrero was sitting in a lounge chair, his knees encased in ice, a timer on the small table in front of him...

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