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New book an informative, entertaining introduction to sabermetrics

Tradition is a hell of a thing. It's hard to overstate just how difficult it can be to overcome the inertia of 'this is how we've always done it.'

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I was back onstage this pastFridaynight as part of the Portland Comedy Festival after the considerable layoff of almost ten months. To be honest, I was nervous for that set like I haven't been for any other that I can remember. Sure, there were always the ones that would give me an extra buzz, headlining a particular club for the first time, opening for someone really big for the first time, or working with someone whose work you admire.Fridaywas a different kind of buzz altogether, it was the 'if you stink out the joint, people will think you're done' thing. And I wanted no part of that, thank you.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:22

UFC sold for $4 billion

LOS ANGELES The UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:17

NBA's Duncan retires after 19 seasons

Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:40

Red Sox Report Card - June 2016

What goes up must come down.

That's the unfortunate reality faced by the Boston Red Sox, whose white-hot month of May essentially ensured that June was going to be a letdown to some degree. The team just couldn't be expected to maintain that level of production for a full season.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:37

The Sports Edge - A Baseball Future

Baseball: 2056

As we get ready for the 2056 Intercontinental All-Star Game, it seems appropriate to look back to see just how far we've come in transforming the once-moribund game of baseball into the wildly popular global pastime of today.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:41

Chip Shots - (06/29/2016)

Women and golf - The time is now

In doing some internet research for this column, the first things to come up were articles about International Women's Golf Day, which was held June 7. Apparently, over 400 golf courses and golf retail locations in 25 countries hosted female golfers for special gatherings to celebrate the occasion. I didn't see anything about it locally, but it indicates a subtle shift in focus, and I think that's a good (and necessary) thing for the game.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:33

The Sports Edge (06/29/2016)

Draft disappointments
The NBA Draft was supposed to be a lot of things, both for the league at large and for the Boston Celtics.
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:49

Sports as a microcosm of society at age 9

Several weeks ago, I shared some memories of summers in the days before youth sports exploded into a nearly mandatory way of life and I had a great response from people who remembered, as the great sports fan Barbra Streisand sang, 'the way we were.'

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:39

The Great White North gridiron

Some thoughts on the 2016 CFL season

It's the middle of June, and for NFL fans, that means an extended empty stretch with only the occasional OTA and trade rumor to tide us over, followed by a month of meaningless preseason games before real game action actually arrives.

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