Tough questions

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Of course, a loss in the Rose Bowl to end the season wouldn’t all of a sudden make 2017 a failure. But, if the season does come to a close amid the palm trees, reflecting upon the year and thinking about how next season looks may become a lot less fun.
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It could happen

To be clear, it’s not really possible to envision a scenario where the Bears win their next two games and make the playoffs at 7-6, save for the dream FBI sting that hits 60 schools. No, Cal’s opportunity is far more petty than that. After this weekend’s pandemonium, Stanford fans are chirping about a surprise chance at a Pac-12 championship and a lottery ticket for a playoff appearance. What better time to snap a seven-game losing streak and play the ultimate spoiler just as the Cardinal faithful are getting their hopes up?
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No going back

November 2016 had all the makings of a great month. The Cubs had started it off with a history-making World Series win, which would have carried me happily through the next 28 days — until it was quickly overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump. For me, that World Series
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Tests to come

What came first? Oregon State’s incompetent defensive line or Cal football’s impressive offensive line? Patrick Laird’s explosion into a true featured running back or a Beavers team that just can’t travel on the road? A resurgent effort from the Bears’ defense or a flustered Oregon State quarterback forced into action
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Got juice?

In the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Joc Pederson lofted a 97-mph fastball toward left field. The sound off the bat was indicative of a moderately deep flyout to left, one which looks like it could have the distance for a split second
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In #SportsToo

“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting.”
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Shut it down

Philadelphia’s reluctance to sit Fultz from the start is the manifestation of a sports culture in which the pressures of hype, success and winning manage to supersede the health of the individuals tasked with obtaining it.
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Play to win

Without that kind of trust, the Bears wouldn’t have been in the position to pull of another highlight win over the Wildcats.
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