Stories by Jim Litke

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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

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010

Benson not the Saint NFL has made him to be

The man who almost made the Saints go marching out of New Orleans is a hero in his hometown now.
By Jim Litke

Monday, Dec. 28, 2009

Meyer changes his mind; what about his intensity?

It took a lot of pain to teach Urban Meyer a simple lesson: He needed to slow down.
By Jim Litke

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Big Apple ready for fierce rival's return

NEW YORK --- A city seethes in anticipation.
By Jim Litke

Friday, July 3, 2009

NASCAR has power in fight

When NASCAR people talked about the need for speed, methamphetamines weren't part of the conversation.
By Jim Litke

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Weather, putter lead to Woods ' frustration

FARMINGDALE, New York --- He didn't need to hear any more.
By Jim Litke

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Pearl the obese dog gradually losing weight

After six months in the care of DNA rescue and through a careful rehabilitation program, Pearl has lost 15.7 pounds, down from the 76.5 she weighed when she was found as a stray on Kensington ...
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