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Column: Heady times for the NFL's bottom feeders

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — These are giddy times in Atlanta and Houston. The Falcons and the Texans have yet to lose a game and can talk boldly about defying the NFL skeptics, a grou...

Column: The bar where women's sports come to play

Jenny Nguyen and about a dozen of her friends wanted to watch the NCAA women’s basketball championship game, which didn’t seem too much to ask at a sports bar with 32 televisions. “N...

Column: Are Savannah Bananas the cure for baseball's ills?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — More than 90 minutes before the first pitch, it's already clear this isn't just any ol' baseball game. The crowd queued up outside the main gate slowly begins t...

Column: Golf's civil war likely to produce no real winners

Golf is in the early days of a bitter showdown between the established PGA Tour and an upstart series backed by the repressive Saudi regime, which hopes that throwing around billions will help people ...

Column: A wildly entertaining spat between 2 coaching stars

Why did they wait so long to allow college athletes to make a few bucks on the side? Think of all the wildly entertaining shenanigans we've missed out on over the years. ...

Column: Maple Leafs now at 55 years since last championship

As soon as the NHL expanded to more than six teams, and television sets started showing games in color, the Toronto Maple Leafs were in trouble. Once again, the hockey playoffs are m...

Column: Spring football league's time has come ... and gone

Pro football in the springtime. An idea that once had so much promise. Now, no matter how many of these leagues keep popping up, there's little chance of carving ou...

Column: Remembering Jackie Robinson in town where it started

Far off the beaten path, way down in southwest Georgia near the Florida state line, a remarkable life began in the most humble of circumstances. Jackie Robinson was born just outside...

Column: Baseball & Oscars fight losing battle for relevancy

Yes, folks, dinosaurs do still roam the Earth. Come Sunday night, an increasingly irrelevant Hollywood elite — look, kids, Dame Judi Dench got another nomination! — will gather for t...

Column: Griner case again exposes male-female gap in sports

The strange case of Brittney Griner raises all sorts of perplexing questions. Is one of the best women basketball players in the world a political pawn in the standoff between two a...

Column: Shiffrin's disappointment stirs lessons from Biles

BEIJING (AP) — When Mikaela Shiffrin careened off the course, another expected gold medal slipping away before she hardly got started, the announcers from NBC let her have it. “One ...

Column: The epicenter of US speedskating is ... Florida?

BEIJING (AP) — When one looks down the roster of the U.S. speedskating team at the Beijing Olympics, three names immediately jump out. Brittany Bowe. Erin Jackson. ...

Column: Another socially distanced Newby Awards for 2021

We had hoped the Newby Awards could return to a bit of normalcy this year. Ohhh, how we'd love to stroll down the imaginary red carpet, pretend to dole out some statuettes, and make-...

Column: Sports let their guard down, COVID makes a comeback

When you saw the packed stadiums and arenas, when you knew that nearly all athletes had been vaccinated, when there was little mention of positive tests or quarantines, it was so easy to believe the w...

Column: Charley Trippi's amazing life hits the century mark

ATLANTA (AP) — If you think today's hybrid NFL players are something special, check out Charley Trippi. He could do pretty much anything with a football. Run with i...