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Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Duffy Daugherty retired 47 seasons ago with 109 Michigan State career victories, a school record outlasting eight coaching changes. But the win total long identified with the College Football Hall of Famer is about to fall -- as early as 2019’s third game. Mark Dantonio stands...

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference likes to capitalize on its basketball and basketball tournaments as a time highlight national prominence in the sports. It’s also a subtle method to overlook football’s second-class stature. Not anymore. Throughout the 2019 ACC...

The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

Jerry West, more than any other Los Angeles Lakers player, defined the NBA franchise’s greatness on the court in the 1960s and 1970s and then as an executive in the 1980s and 1990s. Magic Johnson, more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes and Coach Pat Riley,...

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

Not all parents of elite athletes are nuts. We’re reminded of that with comments from Zion Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. Following rapid speculation that Duke’s "Zeus of College Basketball" season will look for a way out of playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA...

Underground Railroad travels sesquicentennial

Underground Railroad travels sesquicentennial

A uniquely American sport celebrates its sesquicentennial this season. College football's growth over the 150 years since Rutgers beat Princeton on Nov. 6, 1869, quickly spread sea to sea and halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.The game learned to adapt to the times,...

Spring ball is over and summer work underway

Spring ball is over and summer work underway

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina football returns some promising young wideouts, but whether one enjoys a breakout season to extend the Pirates’ streak of seven consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard receiver remains to be seen. Even in this pass-happy era that today’s relaxed...

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

Sportswriters are both romantics and cynics. That’s why Inspector Renault, a cynical character in Casablanca, a romantic movie, so often appears in sports stories.The latest example of Inspector Renault declaring he’s “shocked, shocked,” results from Christian Dawkins testifying...

Holgorsen explains Power 5 move to Houston

Holgorsen explains Power 5 move to Houston

Dana Holgorsen’s move to the University of Houston is an attempt to defy two realities in college football.  One is the revolving door at Houston and the other proving a Group of 5 position can be better than one at a Power 5 school. To prove his point, he left West...

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Duke Coach David Cutcliffe said this firmly two days before the NFL draft about Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones as a possible first-round pick: “If he doesn’t go the first day, I’ll go strongly enough out there and say somebody made a big mistake.” Well, the New...