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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: Multiple sports stars...

    Tracy McGrady is an imposing image on the pitcher’s mound. At 6-foot-8 and a fastball clocked in the 90s, the young baseball players he faces in an independent minor league might be forgiven if they stand back in the box and watch a pitch or two before getter the courage to take a swing.

  • COLUMN: Is it just me or is the...

    Peculiar, the times we live in.
    The sports landscape is a screwball swirl of craziness, and the NBA is still going with a draft still a month away.
    Observations ...
    • NFL Draft. A month ago Johnny Manziel warned the Texans they’d be sorry if they didn’t draft him. A week ago ex-Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, (three national title rings in his pocket), and projected to be picked 16 to 35th, heard his name called at 164. Why the free fall? McCarron was said to be “too cocky.”

  • Bears losing streak reaches 6...

     

    Spencer County’s Jacob Cole makes contact with a pitch during a recent home game. The Bears have now lost six games in a row, but their last three decisions have been one-run affairs. Last Wednesday, the Bears dropped a tough 5-4 loss at Shelby County. On Friday, they traveled to Elizabethtown and fell 9-8 to John Hardin. The boys were to be back in action on Monday at home against Washington County, on Tuesday at home against Nelson and on Thursday at Seneca. They’ll have a Saturday home game against Doss at noon.

  • Lady Bears get big 13-3 win

     

    Spencer County’s McKenna Lyons delivers a pitch for The Lady Bears, who split two games last week. They scored a big 13-3 win over Louisville Fairdale on Tuesday, but then fell 8-2 to Oldham County on Wednesday. The girls, 7-12 on the season, were slated to be back in action on Tuesday at North Bullitt and will be at Western Hills on Wednesday. They’ll be home for a game with Henry County on Thursday.

  • COLUMN: Memories abound at the...

    Saturday marked my first trip to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day in 15 years. My last trip was during law school, when I drove down with a group of friends from northwest Indiana and paid for cheap access to the infield and the revelry that goes on there.

  • COLUMN: HD: Heroes? We must...

    “Unhappy is the land that is in need of heroes,” Bertolt Brecht
    Sport in America today requires we search a little harder, be more selective, for genuine heroes. Considered the mountains of money and cynical judgements of Donald Sterling in Los Angeles and the parade of self-righteous howling critics, who could blame the fan on the street from throwing up his/her hands in disgust. Yet, heroes can be found every day, most every place.
    This week, a handful of qualifiers.

  • Tennis team returns serve
  • COLUMN: Turn the page, but first...

    Recalibrate the mind – critical mass free throws become critical finish exacta, furlong times, the jockey and mile-and-a-quarter.
    Names on our mind’s marquee change too. Julius, Cauley-Stein, Russ and Luke give way to horse owner imaginations – Vicar’s In Trouble, Chitu, We Miss Artie and Uncle Sigh.
    The most exquisite element in sports that draws us back as calendar rolls over, that changes too. What if and If only.

  • COLUMN: Team means acceptance of...

    One of the redeeming qualities of sports is the concept of team. A team helps individuals put aside other differences for a common goal. Perhaps that is most noticeable when you see players from different ethnic backgrounds sharing the same uniform.

  • Bears finish another rough week