Favorite child

In my junior year of high school, I wrote a scathing essay criticizing the preferential treatment received by athletes in the college application process. I was frustrated that the swimmers and lacrosse players were being recruited by schools that I wanted to attend. In my mind, I deserved it more
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What makes a team?

Why do we love sports? Why do we love sports teams? Or more importantly, as another column in The Daily Californian pointed out a few weeks ago, can we love the team in the same manner if the owners’ actions are contrary to our value system? The answer to this
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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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More to be done

Sports with Sophie

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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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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The value of a medal

This story will be running on the 15th of August, which happens to be my country’s Independence Day. Actually, when I was writing this story, Dipa Karmakar was participating in the women’s vault finals, the first Indian gymnast to do so. At the stroke of midnight in my country, this
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In the gorilla house

This year, deep in the heart of Ohio, we lost a national hero. I’m not talking about Johnny Manziel. I’m talking about a creature way more important. A gentle beast that was taken from us far too soon. An angel that would have surely ascended into heaven if it were
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The new generation

I had to re-read the essay question multiple times. The first time, I didn’t fully process what the words said. The second time I had no idea what stance I would take. By the time I had read it a third time, I had wasted five of the precious 35
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Fly safe, sweet angel

Quick story about Skip Bayless: I was watching his old segment, “1st & Ten,” when they hosted All-NBA center Dwight Howard. Dwight looked ripped, as usual (and was just coming off a disappointing season, as usual). They shot the you-know-what for a bit, until the gigantic man finally declared: “I
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