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For Wazzu coach, no jab, no job

You’re never going to convince guys like ex-Washington State coach Nick Rolovich to get the shot. It’s a waste of breath. The best scientists and all the evidence in the world couldn’t. Losing a $3 million-a-year job didn’t. Even public pleas from the likes of Alabama’s Nick Saban, ...

A Lion tragedy remembered: 50 years ago, Detroit player died during NFL game

It was 50 years ago when something took place on an NFL field that had never happened before and has not happened since. A somber overcast hung over Detroit on that Sunday in October, perhaps an omen for the tragedy about to unfold. Altoona’s Ed Flanagan, the Lions’ all-pro center, ...

A memorable trip to Boston

Last Sunday night, as I was standing in a downpour inside the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, watching Tom Brady make his epic return, one of my friends texted me, “Are you going to Fenway on Tuesday?” An hour before, a wild series of games on the final day of the baseball ...

Have no fear: Underdog is here

The words ‘Draft’ and ‘Kings’ conjure up thoughts of cold, brisk winds and Old World royalty. Combined, one could draw a conclusion that the phrase may have rotisserie league connotations. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Similar to other popular online wagering ...

Williams was a Saint Francis anchor

With the recent passing of Sandy Williams in Atlanta, Georgia, Saint Francis University lost one of its most prolific basketball stars. Although numbers never illustrate the complete picture of an athlete’s contributions, Williams’ leap right off the page. Williams is one of only a ...

All that’s left for college football playoffs … negotiations

The road to a new format for deciding major college football’s national champion took a detour Wednesday when the CFP management committee — 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director — was unable to come to a consensus on the proposed 12-team format. Instead of ...