Stories by Jim Litke

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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

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Bradley's Ryder Cup debut gets better

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson punished Englishmen Lee Westwood and Luke Donald 7 and 6, tying the record for the biggest margin of victory in an alternate-shot match.
By Jim Litke

Bubba, Poulter get crowd involved

After Bubba Watson hit his opening tee shot surrounded by a cheering crowd Friday, opponent Ian Poulter decided to do the same thing Saturday.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Moment of silence won't happen

LONDON - A minute of silence out of a three-hour opening ceremony is not too much to ask. It's five seconds for each victim. The widows and families have been waiting for 40 years.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So much for the AL's edge

One league has more money to throw around, better hitters, better pitchers, better teams and a nearly decade-long streak of dominance in interleague play.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebration short for Derby winner

Winning the Kentucky Derby might be the shortest championship celebration in all of sports. The winning trainer, jockey and horse can't go to Disneyland, at least not right away.
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

There's a good reason why Bengals' attendance lags behind

The Cincinnati Bengals haven't been anywhere near the vanguard of the NFL for two decades now, a stretch that began not coincidentally when club founder Paul Brown died and his son Mike took over.
By Jim Litke

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Tebow magic hard to explain

Tim Tebow is playing the most important position on the field less like a quarterback than an irresistible force of nature.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Litke: End the All-Star game

Absent from the endless discussions about how to improve baseball's All-Star game was the one that would solve all the problems immediately. End it.  
By Jim Litke

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Americans should rally behind U.S. squad

If Americans don't fall in love with soccer after this, well, maybe they never will. Yes, the epic win by the U.S. women over Brazil featured nearly everything they hate about the game.
By Jim Litke

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Selig lets instincts take over

Bud Selig prides himself on being a student of history. In two judgments last week, though, baseball's long-serving steward reminded us he can be a fan of selective memory, too, so long as it ...
By Jim Litke

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lockout would leave NFL fans with extra free time

In the run-up to Thursday's negotiating deadline, we suggested you could attach a "greedy" tag to either franchise in the labor dispute and not be wrong. But it's time to take sides.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Armstrong retires with 'no regrets'

Almost a month after finishing 65th in his last competitive race in Australia, Lance Armstrong made clear he's leaving professional cycling behind for good.
By Jim Litke

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Litke: Dignity left in armored truck

The only way the Heisman Trophy still means anything after this weekend is if the football cradled in the statue's left arm is replaced by a bag overflowing with cash.
By Jim Litke

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baffert adds to racing legacy

It's not like Bob Baffert isn't already doing everything he can to save horse racing. But that didn't stop the trainer with the shock of white hair and the most recognizable mug in the sport from ...
By Jim Litke
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