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Column: Familiar Four prove NCAA tourney is not 'Hoosiers'

For all the talk of college basketball's brave new world, it suddenly looks a lot like the old one. So anyone asking why the same dozen programs are still playing musical chairs at t...

Column: Saint Peter's boils Purdue; Is mighty Carolina next?

Something about Saint Peter's doesn't add up. Put aside for the moment how the Peacocks keep winning games. It’s hard enough getting a handle on what they do well. No. 2 Kentucky cou...

Sweet 16: Coach K says 'It's not the coaching.' But it is

Duke keeps winning games in the NCAA Tournament and Mike Krzyzewski keeps telling anyone who will listen, “It’s not the coaching.” There’s some evidence to suggest he’s right. ...

NCAAs: Coach K's farewell tour extended through next weekend

Mike Krzyzewski's farewell tour was thisclose to over. Duke trailed Michigan State 70-65 with 5:10 left to play Sunday and there was next to nothing he could do about it. ...

NCAAs Day 2: You're going to miss Coach K when he's gone

Mike Krzyzewski won his first NCAA Tournament game as Duke's coach in 1985 and his 98th on Friday night. He was an up-and-comer with a hard-to-spell last name back then, and a conten...

NCAAs Round 1: 'Teddy Buckets' shows what's old is new again

“Old” is a relative term in college basketball, but if the players in this year's NCAA Tournament looked somehow older than usual, relax. It's not your eyesight. It's the new normal. ...

COLUMN: Woods closes out one chapter, will he write another?

Tiger Woods spoke for 15 minutes or so, nearly all of it devoted to his parents and everyone else who nourished his love of the game. Missing was even one mention of any of the mind-bending accomplish...

Column: Golf's $800 million man says PGA Tour is greedy

Phil Mickelson just ripped the PGA Tour for what he called “obnoxious greed.” Now that — pardon the expression — is rich. “I know I will be criticized,” Mickelson s...

Column: Brady's goodbye leaves (almost) everyone smiling

The smart ones get out while people are still lining up to see them play. Tom Brady was even smarter than that. He was so good for so long that it made the toughest decision of his own career easy for...

Column: Baseball harmed itself more than Bonds ever did

Whatever harm Barry Bonds did to baseball pales in comparison to the damage baseball inflicted on itself both at the time and since. So say what you will about the steroids era, at least the games wer...

Column: 'Games must go on' spiel grows weaker by the day

The Olympic Charter runs 112 pages and reads like something Gwyneth Paltrow would have written if she were in charge of the Games instead of Goop. “The goal of Olympism,” the charte...

Column: Djokovic whiffed on 2 shots, 3 if you count booster

After more than a week of lies, hypocrisy, partisan bickering, bureaucratic bumbling and the inevitably idiotic comparison to the crucifixion of Jesus — by his own father, no less — the Novak Djokovic...

Column: Djokovic sinks Australian Open bid before it begins

Novak Djokovic’s abrupt exit from the Australian Open gives new meaning to the term “unforced error.” Just to be clear, Djokovic could have steered clear of the entire mess by getti...

Column: Madden's real gift? 'Always knew right thing to say'

Somehow, he made every game feel fresh. So it barely mattered whether you first ran across John Madden as the growling, grizzly bear-sized coach of the Oakland Raiders, the big, boom...

Column: NHL skips Olympics again, cites COVID-19 uncertainty

First, the U.S. diplomats and a handful of allies said “no.” Now it’s the NHL. Some party this is shaping up to be. It was just bad luck that Beijing landed the Winter Games in what ...