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Cubs' World Series title voted top AP sports story of 2016

Cubs' World Series title voted top AP sports story of 2016

CHICAGO (AP) — Everything changed for the Chicago Cubs on a rainy November night. A century-plus worth of heartache washed away by a wave of pure joy.
There were hugs, cheers and tears — and bottles and bottles of booze, sprayed everywhere from Cleveland to the shadow of Wrigley Field.
Lovable losers, no more. The ... (full story)


Off season cycling

In two December columns I discussed the concept of periodization, breaking down a sports season into distinct periods of concentration, and how within a one-year Macrocycle the off-season period is integral to the overall success of upcoming seasons.
So with that in mind, over the next three columns I’m going to offer you ... (full story)


Column: Handing out the Newbys for best and worst in sports

Column: Handing out the Newbys for best and worst in sports

We'll skip the nominees and go straight to the awards.
Maybe honoring the best and worst in sports over the past year — and the offbeat, especially — will lead to a lucrative tie-in to a blockbuster movie.
I am one with the Newbys. The Newbys are with me.
We'll await your check, Disney.
Now, bring on the winn ... (full story)


As he turns 32, LeBron James savors 'magical' ride in 2016

As he turns 32, LeBron James savors 'magical' ride in 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — Not everyone wants 2016, month after month of messy moments and mayhem, to end.
For LeBron James, it was a charmed year.
"A magical run," he said. "I felt like Aladdin on my flying magic carpet."
On top of the world.
James soared in his second season back in Cleveland, his homec ... (full story)


Ex-high school football star in Euless now police officer

Ex-high school football star in Euless now police officer

EULESS, Texas (AP) — Officer Eric Fieilo's patrol shifts usually begin and end in the area where he grew up.
The Dallas Morning News reports the run-down complex where he shared a two-bedroom apartment with his parents and four siblings. The pistachio green house where Fieilo and his friends often hung out after school. And ... (full story)