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My 2008 story on San Diego sports legend and DB Cooper

My 2008 story on San Diego sports legend and DB Cooper

Watching the recent History Channel documentary on D.B. Cooper reminded me of a story I wrote in 2008 about the passing of San Diego sports legend Joe Alston. In his other career, 30 years with the FBI, he had pursued Cooper and Patty Hearst.On Thanksgiving eve in 1971, a man...

Hall of Famer Lincoln Kennedy issues statement on college football

Hall of Famer Lincoln Kennedy issues statement on college football

NEW YORK – Lincoln Kennedy offered a presidential address about the state of college football midway through the 1992 season for a “Sports Illustrated” story. He was than a Washington offensive tackle, an elite player worth quoting.His college stardom eventually earned immortal...

Robinson influenced his neighborhood

Robinson influenced his neighborhood

Note: Spring training is underway and that means plenty of players are enjoying fat contracts as a result of Curt Flood’s challenge to Major League Baseball’s Reserve clause. It’s long been noted in the media how players didn’t support Flood and how few attended his funeral....

Arizona celebrates while San Diego watches from afar

Arizona celebrates while San Diego watches from afar

As the Super Bowl plays out today in a domed stadium named for an on-line university in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., I'm reminded of words offered by Glendale's mayor eight years ago. She expressed her before-and-after opinions of building the stadium that now houses...

Words Lynch needs to hear once offered to Allen and Davis

Words Lynch needs to hear once offered to Allen and Davis

From the third to last graph: "I've told Marcus, Terrell and Akili Smith, 'I will never ask you for anything because it's got to be something you want to do,' " said Lincoln principal Wendell Bass said. "But I tell them what they do owe us is to be a gentleman and to be...

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

We saw the best of Bob Knight Tuesday night in San Diego. We saw why his players and those who know him are so loyal to him despite his many controversies.You won't see a more logical or quick-witted man than Knight if you’re fortunate to be in his presence other than a moment of...

KOC at attention for Army broadcast debut on CBS

KOC at attention for Army broadcast debut on CBS

Kevin O’Connell spent a sunny San Diego Labor Day indoors studying video for his debut as the CBS television analyst for Army football when the Black Knights meet Buffalo at noon Saturday at Michie Stadium. O’Connell is only two years removed from the NFL and one season from his...

Powerful force brings down Sterling

Powerful force brings down Sterling

Bravo, V. Stiviano — or whatever your real name is — for bringing down Donald T. Sterling, the soon-to-be-former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.She did to Sterling what he has done throughout his adult life — screw people.Many men — NBA officials, lawyers and sportswriters...