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From Hooley to Pharoah: sports highlights of 2015

As we careen toward 2016, this weekend seemed like a good time to revisit some of the stuff that belched forth from my keyboard in 2015, if for no other reason than nostalgia.

Chargers fans see the writing on the wall

Chargers fans see the writing on the wall

In the mood to induce my head to explode on Tuesday, I read up on the shell-game scenarios that could move some combination of the San Diego Chargers/St. Louis Rams/Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles sometime soon.

Audino’s ‘retirement’ as Union football coach fails smell test

SCHENECTADY

Audino’s ‘retirement’ as Union football coach fails smell test

Union College made John Audino go away last week.

Money talks, even in high school athletics

Money talks, even in high school athletics

Money talks, basketball walks.

Magazine's 'snub' gets American Pharoah fans fired up

Magazine's 'snub' gets American Pharoah fans fired up

Some racing fans got all bent out of shape on Monday when Sports Illustrated revealed that Serena Williams was named 2015 Sportsperson of the Year over, among others, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

A big need-it win for Siena

A big need-it win for Siena

It started before the game, with a Siena student holding a photo of a certain overexposed gasbag and the message “UALBANY SUPPORTS TRUMP.”

Don't mistake The Mob at Monmouth with Iowa State mob

Don't mistake The Mob at Monmouth with Iowa State mob

There’s a mob, and then there’s The Mob.

Kobe earned respect, but didn't always get fans' affection

Kobe earned respect, but didn't always get fans' affection

In your professional capacity, would you rather be well-liked or well-respected?
Sure, it’s possible to achieve both, but given the choice, which way would you go?

Coby Karl following in his father's footsteps

WHITE PLAINS

Coby Karl following in his father's footsteps

I had one of those blast-from-the-past moments while working on a Jimmer Fredette column on Wednesday morning.

Jimmer Time means more minor-league minutes

WHITE PLAINS

Jimmer Time means more minor-league minutes

Fifteen seconds. Down one point, 98-97. Jimmer time.

Carolina Panthers dancing toward perfection

Carolina Panthers dancing toward perfection

You know you have a great job when it requires you to look up what in the hell the Hotline Bling dance is.

So close, yet (these Streaks went) so far

SYRACUSE

So close, yet (these Streaks went) so far

Lightning struck twice for two senior football players who wear bolts of electricity on their helmets on Sunday.

Siena's Wright is there every minute

ALBANY

Siena's Wright is there every minute

Jimmy Patsos deadpanned “I gotta give Marquis some more minutes,” and there’s really only one way to do that.

Both sides claim victory in Asmussen ruling

Both sides claim victory in Asmussen ruling

Trainer Steve Asmussen’s lawyer told The Associated Press that his client felt “vindicated” by the New York State Gaming Commission’s ruling on whether he abused racehorses in his care.

Good omens lining up for Saratoga Springs' Tooker

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Good omens lining up for Saratoga Springs' Tooker

The “build” for Aidan Tooker should be complete this weekend and next.

Audino situation has Union under pressure

SCHENECTADY

Audino situation has Union under pressure

How do you solve a problem like Audino?

Beware of the dreaded invincible tag

Beware of the dreaded invincible tag

If there’s one consistent theme in sports, it’s that whenever an athlete or team gets to a point of projecting an air of invincibility, odds are pretty high that the air eventually gets sucked out of that balloon of delusion.

Siena freshman searching for right balance

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Siena freshman searching for right balance

As renovations continue at Siena College, yellow heavy construction vehicles growled and pushed fresh piles of dirt around a plot of land adjacent to the Alumni Recreation Center.
Inside the ARC, it didn’t look or sound much different.

ND-BG grad Torre lives out a dream at the Breeders' Cup

Jimmy Torre’s girlfriend wanted to know why he would spend $79.50 on a tie.
Jimmy wanted to know how in the world she knew that.

Shorter was directly affected by Cold War doping efforts

Shorter was directly affected by Cold War doping efforts

It was real cloak-and-needle stuff.
The nation uses any stealthy means necessary, especially banned performance-enhancing drugs, to get its elite athletes to the top of their sport.

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