Stories by Jim Litke

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Litke: NCAA, Emmert continue to dig hole

Feckless, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, inept - if you needed just one episode to illustrate everything wrong about Mark Emmert's tenure as NCAA boss, he just handed it over, tied up with a bow.
By Jim Litke

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

DEA agents raid NFL medical staffs after games

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams ...
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Woodland wins long drive contest

Gary Woodland, one of the tour's biggest hitters. won the PGA Championship's long drive contest with a blow of 330 yards.
By Jim Litke

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ex-NFL players say painkillers were easy to get up to 2012

NEW YORK - Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any - safeguards as recently as 2012. 
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tiger injuries a troubling pattern

With all his injuries, maybe Tiger Woods just wasn't built to go the distance.
By Jim Litke

Friday, March 21, 2014

Why Warren Buffett's rich and you're not

According to one estimate, at least 95 percent of the 100 million or so brackets filled out all across America were busted by the time the NCAA tournament was barely 12 hours old.
By Jim Litke

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

This year's Super Bowl kickers seldom miss

NFL kickers had their best season ever by several important measures, and the two on call Sunday for the Super Bowl - Seattle's Steven Hauschka and Denver's Matt Prater - finished ranked Nos. 1 and 2.
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Litke: Effective, 'illicit' science doomed A-Rod

It was an extremely effective - to the tune of $12,000 per month effective - but 'illicit' science that eventually doomed Alex Rodriguez.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Penn State stuck in purgatory

If you want to see for yourself what the NCAA's version of purgatory looks like, then by all means, come visit Happy Valley in the middle of another bowl season from which Penn State's football ...
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Twenty years ago, Notre Dame vs. Florida State lived up to its billing

College football has never been bigger: the number of fans, teams, dollars rolling in, bowl games; take your pick. But two decades later, it's still open to debate whether the game ever had a ...
By Jim Litke

Friday, July 19, 2013

British Open leader keeps life on light side

GULLANE, Scotland - A win here by Miguel Angel Jimenez could set golf back by 20 years.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Garcia-Woods incident in the past

GULLANE, Scotland - Jokes about Sergio Garcia and fried chicken, very popular with some fans at June's U.S. Open, didn't make the trip to the British Open.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Garcia had more trouble with his game than hecklers

ARDMORE, Pa. - There was at least one wiseguy waiting on more than a few of the holes. Despite that, Sergio Garcia's charm offensive was mostly well received by the galleries during the opening ...
By Jim Litke

Friday, May 17, 2013

Litke: Orb trainer gets his shot at glory

Everybody else had their shot. Why not Shug McGaughey?
By Jim Litke

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Litke: Safety issues could doom NFL

The idea that the NFL might be doomed because of safety concerns aren't as far-fetched as you might think.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Armstrong provides few details during interview

He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. He was light on the details and didn’t name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009.
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Armstrong's remarks surprised Winfrey

"Emotional" doesn't come close to describing Lance Armstrong's conversation with Oprah Winfrey - an interview that included his confession about using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour ...
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Hall voters won't care about PED usage one day

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will get into the Hall of Fame someday, and without using the side entrance, either.
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Column: Saban restless in a way rest of us are not

Alabama's Crimson Tide slipped on the BCS crown for the third time in the last four years Monday night, crushing Notre Dame 42-14 and almost as impressively, forcing a wide grin from its sometimes ...
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Some brave coaches cross the line

Athletes and coaches have always had the platform, and now a few of the braver souls have shown them how to use it in a responsible way for something more important than selling tickets. Here's ...
By Jim Litke
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