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Oakland's Play for the A'snew

Unlike San Jose, Oakland's redevelopment agency can finance land acquisition and infrastructure upgrades needed for a new ballpark -- and Major League Baseball knows it.
East Bay Express  |  Robert Gammon  |  12-09-2010  |  Sports

How Race Shapes Our Response to Bad-Boy Atheletesnew

The transgressions of Dallas Mavericks player Josh Howard didn't compare those of the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton. So why were we more willing to forgive the outfielder?
Dallas Observer  |  Richie Whitt  |  08-24-2009  |  Sports

Texas Rangers' GM Jon Daniels Has Matured into One of Baseball's Best Brainsnew

More than anyone, Daniels deserves the credit for a remarkable Rangers season that's ahead of its time. Yes, 2010 is the season Texas earmarked for seriously competing for a title in the American League West, but in 2009 the Rangers are baseball's premature exaltation.
Dallas Observer  |  Richie Whitt  |  08-10-2009  |  Sports

ESPN's Odd Double Standard On Sexnew

Sports-media behemoth ESPN rightfully balked when one of its broadcast stars, Erin Andrews, was victimized by a pervert with a video camera, and moved quickly to suppress the footage. But did it apply a double standard when it refused to cover the sexual-assault case of NFL star Ben Roethlisberger?
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  07-29-2009  |  Media

Sportswriters Can't Decide Whether Steroids is a Black Mark or a Gray Areanew

Baseball scribes would rather moralize about performance-enhancing drugs than make hard decisions about whether their use should keep players out of the Hall of Fame.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  07-27-2009  |  Sports

St. Louis Puts Lipstick on the Pig to Clean House for MLB All-Star Gamenew

St. Louis has undergone a substantial facelift in the hope of impressing visitors to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. And, like a pretty-but-pimple-faced girl primping for prom night, the makeup is being applied in layers.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  07-10-2009  |  Sports

The Texas Rangers Give Their Fans Something to Cheer Aboutnew

Even with Josh Hamilton on the disabled list, the Rangers have given their fans hope, entering June with the second-best record in baseball.
Dallas Observer  |  Richie Whitt  |  06-08-2009  |  Sports

Busting Balls: 20 Ways To Improve Sportsnew

We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame.
Boston Phoenix  |  Lance Gould  |  01-09-2009  |  Sports

I Don't Care About the Philliesnew

I am avidly not interested, so please, everyone, stop expecting me to give a shit just because I live in the local ZIP code.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Caralyn Green  |  10-27-2008  |  Sports

The Chicago Cubs' True Accomplishmentnew

We're missing the point on the Cubs' latest, most spectacular crash and burn. Does anyone understand how difficult it is for a team to go 100 years without winning a championship?
Chicago Reader  |  Mike Conklin  |  10-14-2008  |  Sports

The Collapse of the Nationals Marketnew

When are Nats tickets like bad mortgages? When you can't unload them, even for free.
Washington City Paper  |  Staff  |  10-02-2008  |  Sports

Can Cole Hamels Save the Phillies?new

It's a cliche, but with great power comes great responsibility. As Hamels -- mild-mannered, injury-prone, 24 and playing for a contract on a veteran team -- emerges as the Phillies' clear ace, the time for him to assume that responsibility has come.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  E. James Beale  |  08-26-2008  |  Sports

The Phillies' So Taguchi has Lost His Waynew

But the slumping outfielder remains determined to find it.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  G.W. Miller III  |  07-14-2008  |  Sports

Brian Barton Chooses Baseball Over Aerospace Engineering ... For Nownew

Baseball ain't rocket science. But if it were, that wouldn't stop rookie St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Brian Barton. He's pretty good at both.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  06-27-2008  |  Sports

Could Cubs Catcher Geovany Soto be the Key to a World Championship?new

Manager Lou Piniella, trying to end the Cubs' century-long title drought, is relying on a rookie catcher who happens to be a key reason why, for the first time since 1908, the Cubs entered June of a season with the best record in baseball.
Chicago Reader  |  Ted Cox  |  06-24-2008  |  Sports

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