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Rich Rodriguez ousted at University of Arizona

Showing the folks in Tucson a 3-9 record in 2016. Losing to Arizona State and to Purdue in a bowl game to finish 2017 with a 7-6 record. Going 7-6 in 2015. Not what any enterprising football coach at the University of Arizona should do to endear himself to the alumni, athletic administrators ...

Super Region One ratings don’t change

It's the final week of the NCAA Division II Super Region One football season.When this week's salvos have been heard, seven teams will be selected by the NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis, to participate in the Super Region One playoffs.The administrators in Indianapolis rank the region's ...

‘Fall Classic’ has more drama, attention in the past

LOS ANGELES - In long ago fall seasons the World Series staged its rituals during daylight hours. Children could watch the games before being called off to slumberland. The competition from pro football, pro basketball and ice hockey wasn't as keen.Baseball was center stage.There were only 16 ...

Breeders Cup races go to oceanside at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. - On a quiet afternoon, just before the thoroughbreds take center stage at the Del Mar Race Course, you can hear the small ocean waves landing on the beach. Del Mar's finish line is only about a half-mile from the ice-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. It's near San Diego and its ...

Last-place O’s need to address failures

BALTIMORE - Last place.Let's hear the baseless excuses. Let's hear the pleas to purchase season tickets.For once, let's hear the ways the now-forlorn Baltimore Orioles are going to become viable again.Losers of 19 of their last 23 games, the Orioles had virtually no reliable bodies on their ...

Former Ram makes Eagles’ practice squad

PHILADELPHIA - When record-setting receiver Billy Brown went undrafted by any NFL team, he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Shepherd wide receiver had shattered many of the school records for passes caught, yardage for a single season and career ...

Pennant fever or let’s just play some football

Major League baseball strains to keep people interested in its product. A six-month long season, games slower than an Internal Revenue Service refund, an approaching football season that whets appetites on both the college and professional level and too few players on any team with more than ...

Northern Dancer’s effect on racing is legendary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - He was almost tiny, like a section of chocolate from a tempting Hershey Bar. A rich brown in color and diminutive, Northern Dancer set the moneyed-world of thoroughbred racing on its ear from 1963 until his death in 1990.Even though he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness ...

Unbeaten before that sad day

The morning of the match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure broke with high, scattered clouds and the humidity was too easy to feel.It was July 6, 1975. Unbeaten filly, Ruffian, was to race at Belmont Park. The girl against the boy. All the advertising - the hyperbole - the ...

Kelso: Named Horse of the Year five times

If the grand Kelso hadn't have displayed such a nasty disposition as a yearling and even just before he began a legendary race career, he wouldn't have set the many records he did.As an unruly and even dangerous youngster, Kelso puzzled his trainers and owner. When he continued on for months as ...