Stories by Jim Litke

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Cubs' star hittiers have gone cold

Chicago's Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell, who totaled 204 RBI in the regular season, are a combined 2 for 45 through six games in the postseason.
By Jim Litke

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Reed's fire sets tone for Americans' win

CHASKA, Minn. - Former Augusta State star Patrick Reed proved that grit on the greens and smarts off the tee can close that gap faster than all the task force planning in the world.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Palmer won't make it to Oakmont

OAKMONT, Pa. - Arnold Palmer made it to the Masters Tournament in April and watched Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit honorary tee shots. That won't be the case for the U.S. Open at Oakmont.
By Jim Litke

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

Day wins BMW Championship on cruise control, moves to No. 1

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Jason Day won the BMW Championship on cruise control Sunday with a mostly stress-free final round of 2-under 69 that vaulted him into the top spot in the world ranking.
By Jim Litke

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Day ties PGA Tour 36-hole scoring record

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Jason Day matched the PGA Tour recordfor a 36-hole score with 18-unde-par forr a five-shot lead at the BMW Championship,
By Jim Litke

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Cubs pitcher's rise to stardom was measured

CHICAGO - The story of how Jake Arrieta transformed himself from one of baseball's most thoughtful pitchers into one of the hottest is the opposite of an overnight sensation.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Litke: NFL won't appreciate movie

We already know what Roger Goodell will find under his tree on Christmas Day. It’s a movie scheduled for release that morning based on a true story and bluntly titled Concussion.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cubs boss mulls whether to be aggressive at trade deadline

CHICAGO - Don't bother asking whether this is the year. Theo Epstein's answer to the question that's haunted Chicago Cubs fans for a century-and-counting hasn't changed. I
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
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