Amazing what NFL can absorb

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Is the Shield impenetrable? Former linebacker Terry Crews called the NFL a cult, and as tempted as I am to apply that description to this inexplicable fascination with the annual draft, I’ll skip that part and move on to what Crews was referring to, as well as the cringe-worthy “apology” that Ray Rice offered on Friday.

Maggs helps fulfill dreams

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Alice Kamunya finally has a firm toehold on her running career.
In large part, that means a pair of shoes without a hole in the toe.

Crank up the hype machine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Back from vacation, part of which was spent in Baltimore, where I was an early scratch as a Pimlico patron on Friday and a late scratch as a Preakness bettor on Saturday.

If at first you don't succeed ...

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Well, how’d that Kentucky Derby pick work out?

Danes can do more than score with Thompsons

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Get off my back. Joe Fletcher, you’re free to stay there. But the monkey … you’re going to have to go. The 60-minute duel between Tewaaraton Trophy finalists Lyle Thompson of UAlbany and Loyola’s Fletcher lived up to its billing, but the monkey the Great Danes got off their back was the belief that they’re just a high-scoring offensive machine that can live with less-than-mediocre defense.

An old friend gets a new identity

Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Stockade-athon finally got too big for its own skin.

Shaq's foot-in-mouth disease

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Roy Pechtel opened our phone conversation by asking if I knew Shaq’s shoe size.
Recognizing a loaded question but playing along, I told Roy I believed it was 17, having once placed my 10 over an actual-size floor silhouette of Shaq’s foot at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
I was way off.

The right horse won race

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Leave it to the horse to always bring us back. After a week of PETA video rehash and grumbling over seats and wager gouging and the cold greed of the corporation that runs Churchill Downs, the right horse won for everybody on Saturday.

Put your money on Starlight

Saturday, May 3, 2014
How ridiculous of a sports roll is Schenectady County on?

Silver brings hammer down

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Adam Silver posterized Donald Sterling on Tuesday.

Clippers' Sterling has to go

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Here we go again. Men behaving badly. I feel like I need a bleach shower just typing the letters “TMZ”, but if the repulsive Donald Sterling is ever to finally be taken down, I guess it’ll take the scuzzy purveyors of celebrity gossip to do it. There’s some comfort in congruity.

Takeout hike has bettors fuming

Saturday, April 26, 2014
This is supposed to be the most anticipated time of the year for racing fans.
Derby Week! Yippee.
So why is everybody so grouchy?

Scoring just not enough

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The temptation is to just sit back and enjoy the show, instead of trying to figure out this team. I’ve never been to one of those Japanese steakhouses, where the chef is tableside and flings machetes or whatever all over the place, but you know the drill

Thankfully, resoundingly, just a race again

Monday, April 21, 2014
BOSTON — A runner was knocked to the pavement not far from the finish line by a force beyond his control.

This city loves its hockey

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday was a night of mixed signals for me.
The last time I watched a pro hockey game at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the home team was the Adirondack Red Wings, as it had been for 20 seasons, until 1999.

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