Sophie Goethals_online

Owners and donors

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I was scrolling through the MLB section of “Sporting News,” pleased with the multitude of headlines that praised the Chicago Cubs for their performance on the road to the playoffs so far, when a less attractive article regarding my home team caught my eye. The headline read “Joe Ricketts plans
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SophieGeothals

The buried affliction

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It’s the summer of 1970 in San Diego. The Pirates are playing the Padres, and Dock Ellis is on the mound to pitch for Pittsburgh. That day, he leads his team to defeat San Diego 2-0 in a no-hitter. Years later, he admits to being on acid during the game.
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Kaepernick’s drowned out protest

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Since the start of 2016, 16 NFL players have been arrested for a myriad of charges, ranging from DUI to assault. Of these, few, if any, have received widespread public attention and outcry. Instances of DUI, domestic abuse, assault and illegal marijuana possession, perhaps because of their relative prevalence in
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Orlando Cepeda and me

When I was 18, a Hall of Fame first baseman ate French fries off my plate. Orlando Cepeda and I were seated at a long, dark table where I was by far the least important of all the fine diners at the restaurant. How I got the seat next to
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SophieGeothals

More to be done

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Of the 233 countries and dependent territories in the world, only 56 of them have populations greater than 21.3 million. Regardless of their population, though, what all 233 of these countries and dependent territories have in common is a place — a stretch of land to call their own. By
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Austin Issacsohn_Online

The Joey Bosa experience

I’m in no position to defend the financial transgressions of the San Diego Chargers. I’ve written extensively about the management’s apathy toward both the fan base and the history of their franchise but never about how that apathy affects the on-field product. So, when I saw they were again mistreating
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SophieGeothals

LochteGate

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The New York Times described them as “drunken antics.” The phrase, when read alone, conjures up images of tipsy teenagers running around and pulling pranks — perhaps TPing or ding-dong ditching a house. What doesn’t come to mind when one reads such a lighthearted phrase is grown men vandalizing a
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Chris Trill2_Online

Godspeed, Papelbon

On Sept. 14, 2014, All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon took the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils were up 4-1 over the Miami Marlins, and Papelbon — who owned a 2.10 ERA up to that point in the 2014 season — was expected to deliver. He didn’t close out the
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TaylorChoe_Online_ZainabAli

Like Mike

I was 7 years old, sitting on cheetah print chairs and giggling with my family the first time I heard the name Michael Phelps. Little did I know at the time that he was destined to become the greatest Olympian of all time. Nothing gets me more spirited than the
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