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Column: White-dominated swimming struggles to diversify

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cullen Jones still remembers the first time he really felt hate at a swimming pool. He was a teenager growing up in New York City, competing for the first time at ...

Column: Phelps is gone, but others ready to fill the void

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Not long after rolling into town, Michael Phelps would dutifully pop into the interview room to muse on his outlandish accomplishments in the pool. There was alway...

Column: Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australi...

Column: Dodgers have chance for baseball greatness

It’s always mesmerizing to watch greatness in real time. A young Mike Tyson. An ageless Tom Brady. The Boston Celtics of the 1960s. The New York Yankees of, well, several different e...

Column: The Tokyo Olympics will go on, but in name only

In 1964, less than two decades removed from World War II, Japan used the Summer Olympics to showcase its astonishing recovery from a horrific defeat. It was an undeniable triumph for...

Column: Finau has quite a resume except for glaring omission

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tony Finau has put together quite a resume. With one glaring omission. A consequential victory. “I’ve had a really successful ...

Column: Payback for Elder, but he'll never be paid in full

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lee Elder was 40 years old when he made history as the first Black player to tee it up at the Masters, after so many prime years had already been stolen from him by the scourge of ...

Column: Trans athletes a non-issue but discrimination real

All around the country, states are rushing to approve laws to address a supposed problem that, in reality, doesn’t actually exist. Has there even been a case where a transgender ath...

Column: Sports always provides a conduit to forgiveness

Sorry, Rick Pitino’s return to the NCAA Tournament is not some feel-good tale of redemption, no matter how others might try to portray it. Same goes for all those other coaches and p...

Column: NBA makes the wrong call on All-Star Game

ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA had done a lot of things right during the pandemic. Not this time. For absolutely no justifiable reason other than boosting its bottom line, ...

Column: Arctic city throws hat in ring for Summer Olympics

Erkki Parkkinen had just come in from a lovely February day in Salla. The temperature climbed all the way to minus-10 degrees Celsius — roughly 14 degrees Fahrenheit. After a sluggis...

Column: 2020 is perfect for socially distanced Newby Awards

In these scary times, it's hard to pull off an awards show. Thankfully, the Newbys have always been a state of mind, so it shouldn't be a problem to carry on safely in the midst of a...

Column: A tiny Bible college becomes the Washington Generals

ATLANTA (AP) — Carver College has become college basketball's equivalent of the Washington Generals, barnstorming from city to city, playing games almost every night, enduring one enormous beating aft...

MLB plays hardball _ and deals blow to baseball heartland

Minor league baseball hasn't been able to take the field in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. When it finally returns, it will look a whole lot leaner. ...

Column: Augusta National cuts Incredible Hulk down to size

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It was a very reassuring day at Augusta National. Turns out, the green jacket will not be draped over the biggest, strongest shoulders — not if they belong to a g...