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Globe Columnists
Wednesday, September 26




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By STEPHEN BRUNT, ALLAN MAKI AND TOM MALONEY
Monday, February 13, 2012 – Page S10
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-- Stephen BruntCommentator, Rogers SportsnetTrent Frayne - ''Bill'' - was a sharp, elegant, witty writer and a sharp, elegant, witty human being. He was part of Canada's greatest generation of sports columnists, with Scott Young and Milt Dunnell and Jim Coleman, but even in that august company, his unique voice stood out. He had a remarkable subtlety, even when he was hammering home a point, or letting you know who the bad guy was. Rare are writers so light on their feet.  FULL STORY arrow
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The unthinkable becomes thinkable space
The once-lowly Bills rallying to beat the powerful Patriots and top-gun Brady? Believe it. Buffalo is on a roll
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, September 26, 2011 – Page S1
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThere's something happening here.What it is ... well, for anyone who is a long-time follower of the Buffalo football franchise, who remembers its greatest days and has watched its long, dreary walk through the wilderness over the past decade plus, perhaps an unexpected poetic moment sums it up best.  FULL STORY arrow
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No excuse for Serena space
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – Page S2
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comWhat a shame that she's given the worst of us comfort.There's no excusing Serena Williams's meltdown in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open on Sunday, just as there was no excusing her eerily similar outburst on the same stage two years ago.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sense of community helped to heal New York agony space
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, September 10, 2011 – Page S3
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NEW YORK -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comManhattan is crazy alive right now, the streets and sidewalks no place for the claustrophobe, the unmistakable jingle-jangle of commerce playing above the familiar din.It is Fashion Week, and it is the final week of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and the tourist trade is extraordinarily brisk, confused packs of visitors from all corners of the earth leaving their overpriced hotel rooms and following dutifully behind barking, umbrella-carrying guides, streaming out of museums, staring up and around all agog, having their pictures taken in front of famous places imprinted in the global memory.  FULL STORY arrow
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Upstart Tiger-Cats stand up to Alouettes, suggesting a power-balance shift in the East
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – Page S1
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HAMILTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comPerhaps it's still a little early to be talking about a changing of the guard.This CFL season is only half over, funny, aberrant things sometimes happen on Labour Day weekend, and the consistency with which the Montreal Alouettes have gone about their business over the past decade has been something to behold.  FULL STORY arrow
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On the field, Als-Ticats is a classic Labour Day game
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, September 5, 2011 – Page S1
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HAMILTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comSo maybe it's not quite classic, but Labour Day it is.For years upon years they have played a football game here, on a holiday that reflects this city's proud working heritage, which for generations of local kids also represented the last blessed bit of freedom before the return to academic captivity.  FULL STORY arrow
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FINEST SECOND BASEMAN OF HIS GENERATION space
ROBERTO ALOMAR / 12-TIME ALL-STAR / 10-TIME GOLD GLOVE WINNER / 'HALF-CANADIAN'
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, July 23, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comRoberto Alomar reaches for his phone, punches a button, and passes it over without comment. Playing is a message that he has carefully saved - and it is not the call from the Baseball Hall of Fame last January, telling him about his appointment in Cooperstown.  FULL STORY arrow
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Once-revered coach steps down after Canada's disastrous showing on soccer world stage
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, July 23, 2011 – Page S4
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThey certainly believed.To a woman, the members of Canada's national soccer team arrived at the women's World Cup in Germany imbued with a kind of evangelistic zeal when it came to their head coach, Carolina Morace.  FULL STORY arrow
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Picking up the pieces of a shattered dream space
After one final loss in a disastrous tournament, Canadian women now have to get ready for 2012 Olympic qualifying and then another World Cup, on home turf. Coach Morace wants to stay but big fixes are needed to keep pace with the rest of the world
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – Page S1
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DRESDEN, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is a maddening thing to be Canadian, and to care, really care, about soccer.Not the matches played in faraway places by glamorous professional teams, but the game on the national level, the sides that are sent out wearing the red Maple Leaf, which for reasons never quite as simple as bad form, or lack of talent, or lack of desire, or lack of coaching sophistication, all but inevitably fail to bring home the bacon.  FULL STORY arrow
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Morace method suffers a setback space
Wisdom of continuing down path carved by Italian coach has to be questioned after World Cup flop
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, July 4, 2011 – Page S7
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DRESDEN, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comWhat a downer.Sunday, a cold rain lashed Dresden, and that seemed the appropriate meteorological mirror for the mood of Canada's national women's soccer team, as it prepared for its third and final match at the Women's World Cup this yer.  FULL STORY arrow
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With so much at stake, and having sacrificed so much to prepare for this tournament, the Canadian women feel 'gutted' after being crushed by France and failing to advance past the group stage
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, July 1, 2011 – Page S1
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BOCHUM, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThere is no happy way to frame it, no positive spin, no qualifier.What happened here Thursday, a 4-0 loss to France that effectively ended any hopes of Canada's national team advancing in the women's World Cup, was an unmitigated disaster, one that has the potential to resonate for years to come, crucial years that include the 2012 Olympics and Canada's playing host to the women's World Cup in 2015.  FULL STORY arrow
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Whither Sinclair? space
Questions surround Canadian star's availability for must-win game against France
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Thursday, June 30, 2011 – Page S5
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BOCHUM, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comPerhaps by now you have tired of Christine Sinclair's nose.But this is the women's World Cup, what takes place Thursday in Bochum is a pivotal match for Canada's team, and the shattered schnoz involved belongs to a player her head coach, Carolina Morace, suggested Wednesday may be the very best in the world.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – Page S4
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BOCHUM, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comCanada's dilemma now is rather clear.On Thursday in this quiet and pretty former coal-mining town, the Canadians play France in the Women's World Cup, and there almost certainly their fate will be decided.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sinclair the rugged space
Broken nose won't keep Canadian star down
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – Page S1
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BOCHUM, GERMANY -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThe next time some wise guy opines about what it means to play like a girl, or play like a woman - yes, you Mike Milbury - he might want to take a gander at Christine Sinclair's mug on June 27, 2011.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, June 27, 2011 – Page S1
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BERLIN -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comSo there is your Canadian moment.For those skeptical about the game in general, and those fans of men's soccer who can't quite wrap their heads around watching the women, comes a pretty definitive counterargument: a display of toughness drawn straight from the national hockey mythology, followed by a piece of skill worthy of any elite male player.  FULL STORY arrow
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Germany boasts the best women's team in the world right now, but the plucky Canadians have arrived here quietly confident
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Saturday, June 25, 2011 – Page S1
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BERLIN -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comNo, it is not the same.Five years ago, the soccer tribes gathered here for the World Cup final, a memorable night at the Olympiastadion when Zinedine Zidane lost his cool, Italy triumphed over France, and there was no question as to the city or the country or the planet's focus.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Page A2
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-- Could so much change in 124 seconds? It felt that way the night Joe Louis beat Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, a black American standing over the Nazis' superman, with the planet teetering on the brink. The first time they fought two years earlier the result had been different, and racists cheered on both sides of the Atlantic. But in the rematch for the heavyweight title, there would be no question: Max only landed two punches before his corner threw in the towel, and he screamed when Joe hit him in the ribs. No African-American had been so universally celebrated. Louis was no longer the ''jungle savage'' but a patriotic icon, and the propaganda machine kicked into high gear. ''We'll win because we're on God's side,'' the Brown Bomber said, anticipating the great battle soon to come.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, June 18, 2011 – Page S6
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ELMA, N.Y. -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThe scene is a familiar one just about anywhere in North America - Saturday afternoon at the soccer field, where the children play and the parents watch and the parking lot is filled with minivans and SUVs. That's the picture on a sunny spring day in the leafy green suburbs just outside Buffalo, complete except for a few ringers who have joined the pitch-side crowd.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, June 10, 2011 – Page S2
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is one big happy family now.On Thursday, the Canadian Soccer Association reached agreement with the coach of the women's national team, Carolina Morace, extending her commitment through the 2012 Olympics, with a real possibility that she will still be around when Canada plays host to the Women's World Cup in 2015. (Morace is also the coach of Canada under-20 women's side.) ''Now we are on the same page,'' Morace said.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rebuilding a career in Steeltown space
Once highly touted U.S. college quarterback Mustain at bottom of Tiger-Cats depth chart looking up
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Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Page S2
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HAMILTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comMitch Mustain looks at his new surroundings and says that, yes, it seems at least a little familiar.''It is somewhat similar to when I went to SC,'' he says, that being the University of Southern California, where Mustain had a star-crossed stint as a quarterback in one of the most glamorous programs in American college sport, and this being the verdant campus of McMaster University, where the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are currently holding training camp.  FULL STORY arrow
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A calculated romance space
Though he gained a love of the sport from his father, David Thomson insists the Winnipeg move is a measured business decision
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, June 6, 2011 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comDavid Thomson tells a sentimental story about watching hockey with his old man, a near-universal for his generation, even among those whose dads were not the second Lord Thomson of Fleet.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, June 3, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comOver the past week, FIFA, which controls world soccer, descended fully into farce.Accusations of corruption flew back and forth, alleged crooks pointed fingers at other alleged crooks, photographs of brown envelopes stuffed with cash were circulated, all of it culminating in a presidential election with all the transparency and democratic legitimacy of voting day in North Korea.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – Page A1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comWelcome home. It has been a while.No, these are not the ex-Winnipeg Jets whose expected repatriation will be made official on Tuesday, though they may well reclaim the name. Instead it is another unloved National Hockey League franchise that will be moving north to Manitoba for next season, to be welcomed almost unanimously.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Monday, May 30, 2011 – Page S7
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LONDON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThere is, or at least there used to be, a kid's toy called spirograph that, with a pen and a series of interlocking circles, allowed for the creation of wildly intricate patterns of intersecting straight lines.  FULL STORY arrow
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Led by Lionel Messi, Barcelona, the champion of Spain, faces Manchester United, the champion of England. The game is part sideshow, but it's also a match that, on paper, on reputation and on legacy, is a dream match for the ages
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – Page S1
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LONDON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comTo get to the main stage of the Champions League final this week has required a walk through the sideshow. At least it was entertaining.First, Ryan Giggs was named - on the floor of Parliament, no less - as an extramarital philanderer, putting to the test Britain's strict privacy and libel laws, and putting to the sword the squeaky clean reputation of Manchester United's veteran midfielder, whose dalliance with a reality television star was suddenly fair game.  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, May 20, 2011 – Page A1
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-- The National Hockey League is coming back to Winnipeg.Multiple sources have confirmed that an agreement has been struck between True North Sports and Entertainment and Atlanta Spirit LLC that would see the Atlanta Thrashers sold to the Winnipeg group and transferred to the Manitoba capital.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadian running back Lumsden calls it quits after six injury-riddled seasons
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – Page S4
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comFrom the first time a kickoff sailed into his hands and Jesse Lumsden turned up field, it was obvious that here was something special.That was at McMaster University in Hamilton, and that was then a tall, slender kid fresh out of high school with crazy straight-line speed and tremendous instincts for the game.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thrashers' tenuous situation, rumours of done deal with Winnipeg rile NHL commissioner
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Page S4
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comYou can always tell when the commissioner of the NHL has his back against the wall. He immediately starts looking for messengers to shoot.Faced with a media scrum in advance of Thursday's Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, Gary Bettman was naturally asked about the Atlanta Thrashers' situation - that being the league's most obvious inferno now that those wise folks in Glendale, Ariz., have bought themselves another year of hockey for a mere $25-million (U.S.).  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Thursday, May 12, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comHere is the great, unintended consequence of the invention of social media: It has opened a window on the world as it really is.Certainly there is a performance aspect to it, like a cocktail party conversation. But the ability now to instantly opine on anything in front of a vast, virtual audience seems to inspire unvarnished, unedited thought. Pump it out fast, off the top of your head, and humanity is revealed as the intelligent and witty and thoughtful and vain and dumb and mean-spirited crazy quilt that it is. (Would that Marshall McLuhan was still around to explain it all.)  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comWe have just passed the two-year anniversary of Jerry Moyes taking his Phoenix Coyotes into bankruptcy, having decided it was his only way out.(The team's former owner was right, by the way.)  FULL STORY arrow
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, May 6, 2011 – Page S5
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is hardly an exact science.When the NFL divides up the eligible college talent through its annual draft, the level of scrutiny has become ridiculously thorough.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Page S8
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-- Stephen Brunt remembers Sir Henry Cooper, who died on Sunday.Henry Cooper had a story he liked to tell in explaining his fighting ancestry.He did so this time sitting in the clubhouse of a golf course in the leafy green lands just outside London, a place so posh, so expensive, that it had only a handful of incredibly wealthy members. One of the perks of belonging was the chance to spend time with a living legend of British sport.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, May 2, 2011 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comDana White likes to imagine that some day, nearly everyone will be inside his tent, that the sport he and his partners have built and branded and turned into one of the more remarkable entertainment phenomena of the early 21st century will cross all lines, erase all borders and sit right square in the middle of the mainstream.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 – Page F1
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-- The sense of loss is not simply generational, though that's certainly part of it. It is not mere nostalgia, a remembrance of flickering images watched with long-lost fathers on Friday-night television, or the profound impact of a sporting hero who so transcended the savage game in which he made - and then remade - his name.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, April 28, 2011 – Page S5
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt should come as no surprise Dana White knows how to make an entrance.The president, minority owner and public face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is not one to tread lightly, to slip into a room unnoticed, to keep his thoughts to himself, to hold it down to a whisper. He is by nature brash, occasionally profane, and you certainly always know when he's around.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – Page S1
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MONTREAL -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIn the book that records the great rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, this will be but a tiny chapter.A strange one, though, and an eventful one, and a messy one played out by two not particularly inspiring incarnations of those ancient clubs, especially considering that this is the Stanley Cup playoffs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vancouver may be reaching a state of panic, but Montreal is reaching a state of acceptance
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – Page S1
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MONTREAL -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comAll of that, the hopes and dreams and twists and turns that span from autumn to the first days of spring, now on one night in April could be over in a flash.  FULL STORY arrow
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It is inevitable that Winnipeg gets the team space
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Saturday, April 16, 2011 – Page S5
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Friday, April 15, 2011 – Page S5
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comA couple of weeks ago came the final straw.Carlos Delgado was working out, trying to fight back from yet another operation, trying to buy a little more time in a baseball career during which he had been one of the game's premier power hitters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, April 14, 2011 – Page S1
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – Page S4
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comAlmost four years ago, David Beckham sat down in a private box at the Home Depot Center, home turf of the Los Angeles Galaxy, for a short, face-to-face chat. He was unshaven, artfully unkempt (no photos, please), he had his sore ankle propped up on a chair and was chowing down on a submarine sandwich.  FULL STORY arrow
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The case of the poorly researched research space
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Saturday, April 9, 2011 – Page S5
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is in part a case of broken telephone, of naivete and understandable fears and making information fit into a larger agenda, even when it doesn't.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – Page S4
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By STEPHEN BRUNT
Friday, April 1, 2011 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comNostalgia can be a comfort, and nostalgia can be a crutch, and for the Toronto Blue Jays since the end of their glory days, at times it has been both.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, March 31, 2011 – Page S5
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comLet's not pretend. It is tough sledding.Leon Spinks wasn't the most verbally gifted of athletes even when he was young, fresh out of St. Louis's infamous Pruitt-Igoe projects, fresh out of the United States Marine Corps, winning an Olympic gold medal in Montreal in 1976.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hockey not in crisis, nor should it be space
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIn 1909, 26 American football players died of injuries suffered in games.Twenty-six. Dead. Over the course of a season, that's about two a week.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Page A2
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-- He claimed only a round or two of 15, and only because Muhammad Ali let him. But George Chuvalo stood in the light of the brightest sports star on Earth and took not a single step backward. They said it would be a farce. Chuvalo was a last-minute substitute, and Ali was in Toronto only because he'd been made a political exile. The bout at Maple Leaf Gardens was no classic, but a tough-guy legend grew. Ali dancing, taunting, beautiful and savage, at the very height of his powers, determined to be the first to drop the man with the granite chin. Chuvalo, the working-class immigrant's son - his mom plucked chickens to make ends meet - graceless by comparison, but all fighting heart. Whatever the scorecards read, another truth emerged: There are many different ways to win.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Page S1
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – Page S2
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – Page S5
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Friday, March 11, 2011 – Page A1
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – Page S3
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comHard to imagine that was really worth the airfare from New York to Phoenix.Tuesday night, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, accompanied by his right-hand man, Bill Daly, completed what must have been a long and tiring day, addressing the press at the Jobing.com Arena in advance of the Phoenix Coyotes game against the Vancouver Canucks.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt was Joe Frazier's night.Funny how that seems lost in the shuffle, 40 years removed from the Fight of the Century, a sporting event that moved the larger, global culture in a way that nothing could in the fragmented world we now inhabit. So great is the aura that has grown around Muhammad Ali, so powerful is his story, that the man who played the ''other'' is often reduced to bit player, just another obstacle overcome on that long and winding road.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, March 7, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThe National Hockey League must understand now that it no longer has a dog in this fight.City of Glendale, Ariz., v. Goldwater Institute? Doesn't really matter. They will be battling that one out, to the enrichment of many a lawyer, long after big-league hockey has disappeared from the Valley of the Sun.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 4, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comPerhaps ''fun'' is the wrong word.At an ideologically driven outfit like the Goldwater Institute, they probably don't see it that way. They probably believe they are doing God's work, or at least old Senator Barry's, battling against the evils of big government and wasted tax dollars.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, March 3, 2011 – Page S3
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comEntering a ninth decade on planet Earth can apparently bring a new sense of perspective, and tolerance, and peace.Bob Arum will turn 80 this year. So will his long-time nemesis, the shock-haired Don King. They were briefly in the spotlight this week, working together as they have on rare occasions, banging the drum for a fight between Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 that, like the sport of professional boxing itself in the 21st century, will cause hardly a ripple in the mass culture.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comWith ample justification, the Canadian Soccer Association has been vilified time and time again by those who love the game most.But this gift, this opportunity, even the hated bureaucrats can't possibly screw up.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, February 28, 2011 – Page S3
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comGather ''round the hearth, folks. Keep the kids home from school. Put a turkey in the oven. Because this, and not Family Day - or whatever it is called in its various regional permutations - is Canada's great made-up mid-winter respite, an excuse to daydream, to goof off, to invest a little less time and attention in the tasks at hand, because at any moment until the clock strikes the fateful hour, something might happen.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 26, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt was Sidney Crosby's magical year.But now the question is whether it will be remembered for how it began, or how it ended.The greatest hockey players, Canadians like to believe, emerge out of the fabric of this country with the predictability of dalai lamas.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – Page S1
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Friday, February 18, 2011 – Page S3
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Thursday, February 17, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comOn April 30, mixed martial arts will produce the largest sports crowd and largest gate in the history of Toronto's Rogers Centre, 55,000 customers dropping $11-million.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – Page A2
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Monday, February 14, 2011 – Page S7
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comDownhill skiing is not by definition a team sport.The racer stands alone in the start gate, waiting for the signal to push off and head straight for the bottom of the mountain as fast as is humanly possible. It's up to him or her to hit the right line, to understand when to take risks and when to back off, to achieve that perfect balance of aggression and relaxation.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, February 11, 2011 – Page E2
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comCanadians have long loved the Olympics.To definitively demonstrate the depths of that passion would require far more sophisticated statistical analysis than you're going to find here. But anecdotally, given the sky high television ratings, given the relatively few medals won before the watershed of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last year, given the fact that many of the sports have little or no following in this country outside of the Games, one could argue that in the TV era, Canadians must to be counted among the biggest Olympic fans on earth.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 – Page S4
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comJohn Furlong is an honourable man.And an honourable man must be haunted by this, must look at his own damning words in that e-mail - ''An athlete gets badly injured or worse, I think the case could be made that we were warned and did nothing'' - and think back to the moment the terrible call came on the day he had so long awaited, knowing exactly where the buck stopped.  FULL STORY arrow
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Green Bay withstands Pittsburgh surge to capture its 14th NFL championship, and its fourth during the Super Bowl era
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Monday, February 7, 2011 – Page S1
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ARLINGTON, TEX. -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt was over.Bad Ben Roethlisberger had shown up early for Super Bowl XLV, and that has nothing to do with college bars in Georgia. The hulking quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers can do so many things on a football field, but he also makes mistakes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 5, 2011 – Page S1
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DALLAS -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comOn one side of their helmets, the Pittsburgh football team wears a logo drawn not from the game, but from industry. It means steel, which once defined that city, and the link between civic identity and work and sport goes back to the very first professional games.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, February 4, 2011 – Page S1
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DALLAS -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comDeMaurice Smith is a smart fellow who wears nice suits, speaks in complex, complete sentences, and always finishes with a smile.Jeffrey Pash is just as bright, a guy whose resume includes a stint with the National Hockey League, who somewhere along the way became a fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, February 3, 2011 – Page S1
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DALLAS -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThere is no bigger, brighter stage than this in American sport, and though it is a team game, one player always stands alone.Super Bowl quarterbacks have not all been superstars, and even those who have won the game are not necessarily counted among the National Football League's all-time greats. (Stand up, Trent Dilfer.)  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, January 24, 2011 – Page S1
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CHICAGO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt was not pretty or efficient or awe-inspiring.But two weeks from now, when the Green Bay Packers take the field in Arlington, Tex., for the fifth Super Bowl appearance in the history of that ancient, small-town franchise, the esthetic failings of Sunday afternoon will be long forgotten.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, January 22, 2011 – Page S2
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comGeorge (Papa Bear) Halas. Vince Lombardi. Frozen tundra.The beauty for a professional sports business of operating its own propaganda engine is it can imprint images and words and the sound of a great, iconic voice into the minds of the faithful, creating its own mythology.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – Page S1
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – Page A2
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-- Boston was an unlikely place to break any colour bar. The Red Sox were the last baseball team to integrate, and the city's reputation as a place hostile to athletes of African heritage lingered for decades. But it was there that Willie O'Ree became the first black player in the National Hockey League. He wasn't Jackie Robinson - a talent for the ages. Just a minor-league journeyman from Fredericton, all but blind in one eye, who played two games for the Bruins in 1958, 43 more in 1961, and never again in the bigs. Still, like Robinson he was alone, heard racist taunts and represented those who never got the chance. It would be nearly 13 years after his last NHL game before another black man passed through the door that O'Ree eased open.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, January 17, 2011 – Page S1
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-- He is Ryan rex for at least another week, the loudmouth king of NFL head coaches, and to him one ought to doff one's cap.Last Monday, Rex Ryan grabbed the headlines by calling out his great rival Bill Belichick, and Sunday night his New York Jets backed him up, beating the heavily favoured New England Patriots 28-21 at Gillette Stadium, winning the battle of wits, the battle of emotions, and the physical battle on the field.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, January 15, 2011 – Page S11
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is safe to say Vince Lombardi never had a year like this.Starring in a raucous reality television series during training camp in which f-bombs became punctuation, filling reporters' notebooks every week with outrageous quotes, calling out Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in the first round of the NFL playoffs, calling out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick a week later and playing narrator and cinematographer for foot-fetish videos of his wife (which would be their own private business but for the fact they were posted on the Internet for the enjoyment of tootsie-lovers everywhere).  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, January 13, 2011 – Page S3
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIn this country's centennial year, a slim volume was published by two very fine writers, Trent Frayne and Peter Gzowski, spinning the greatest sports stories of Canada's first century. Here's betting it can still be found tucked away on many a bookshelf.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – Page S1
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HAMILTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comSo the long and winding road leads right back here, to a gritty working-class neighbourhood, to a place where the best game-day parking spots are found on somebody's front lawn, to a beloved-but-dumpy old building that's on its last legs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, January 10, 2011 – Page S4
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PHILADELPHIA -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThey will not want this game film to entertain the steady stream of supplicants who file through the Green Bay Packers' Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, January 8, 2011 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comEight years ago this month, Michael Vick arrived at Lambeau Field, led his team to an unprecedented triumph, and seemed to have changed the face of American professional football.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt was the family business.Roberto Alomar, the best position player in Canada's major-league history - and Wednesday, barring something completely outrageous, a newly elected member of the Baseball Hall of Fame - really knew nothing else growing up.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, January 1, 2011 – Page S12
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThey were all eventful, the years past, chock full of the most memorable this and the worst that. There is always a best movie, there is always a biggest news story, there is always a stand-out game, which as time passes most often fade in memory, because on the big tote board it's all relative.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, December 27, 2010 – Page A2
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-- Perhaps he wasn't doing it for love. Perhaps he was only doing it to get paid. But still it was a special night when Mario Lemieux returned to the fresh-out-of-bankruptcy Pittsburgh Penguins. The descent of a beautiful game into clutch-and-grab had driven him away in 1997. Now, 31/2 years later, they took down his banner at the Igloo, unretired number 66, and Lemieux played that first night against the Maple Leafs as though he had never left. There would be no more Stanley Cups and no more trophies - aside from Olympic and World Cup gold. But his big prize was the rebirth of hockey in Pittsburgh. The NHL's first player/owner got his money back and then some, thanks in large part to a kid named Crosby.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, December 27, 2010 – Page S1
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comBack on Oct. 6, Bill Belichick decided to cut his losses.There was no arguing the value of Randy Moss to the New England Patriots. From the moment the wide receiver arrived to team up with quarterback Tom Brady in 2007, they had become one of the great passing combinations in the National Football League, at their best making long bombs seem a simple matter of pitch-and-catch.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, December 23, 2010 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThe Hamilton Tiger-Cats could have been playing in a brand new stadium, paid for mostly out of the public purse, but in a location they didn't like, in a neighbourhood in which they claimed they could never turn a profit.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, December 20, 2010 – Page S6
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QUEBEC -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThey were spitting mad, frothing mad, and it wasn't hard to understand why.Bernard Hopkins, his promoter Richard Schaefer and the larger entourage that surrounded him, stranger in a strange, snowy land, believing absolutely that they had been denied the chance to make history, believing as so many others before in the fight game that they wuz robbed by a hometown decision.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 18, 2010 – Page S2
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Friday, December 17, 2010 – Page S9
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QUEBEC -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is a moment not soon forgotten.In the arena of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where so many big fights of the modern era have taken place, George Foreman's quixotic quest to regain the heavyweight championship of the world seemed to be drawing to a close.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt persists, like the cowboy story, an archetype that refuses to die. Boxing as a sport may be all but irrelevant right now, but boxing as a narrative vehicle remains very much alive.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, December 9, 2010 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comThe question, because of the speaker, ought to resonate for anyone who follows sport.''What is tough?'' John Kirwan asks. ''Tough is not sliding across the hockey rink and bashing someone, and then ripping off your helmet and punching. That's not tough. We grow up in society as men who think toughness is: ''Don't mess with me, I'm tough.' That's not tough. Anyone can do that. Courage is actually sharing your feelings, understanding your vulnerabilities, and making sure that you get people around that care. That's courage. That's reaching out.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comFinally, it has happened. The barbarians are at the gates - or at least at the retractable roof.You know it will be framed thusly in some quarters when the Ultimate Fighting Championship arrives at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 30, and plays in front of what should be the largest live audience in UFC history, symbolically storming one of the sport's last barriers to growth in North America.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt is an honour usually bestowed on those happily resident in rocking chairs, looking back on their careers in past tense. But Pat Gillick, who is very good at very many things related to baseball, has never been very good at that.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, December 2, 2010 – Page S1
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TORONTO -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIt makes too much sense.Negotiations may not be complete for Rogers Communications to purchase the majority share of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment controlled by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and perhaps there's a chance they never will be.  FULL STORY arrow
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Montreal's big players: Cobourne runs for two TDs, and Richardson is chosen MVP. And Calvillo? He gets it done, doesn't he? Montreal as a dynasty: Second win in a row and third Cup win in eight appearances since 2000 ranks this team among CFL's best The Riders: Sea of green helps, and Saskatchewan defensive lineman Shologan is top Canadian, but, alas, close doesn't count
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Monday, November 29, 2010 – Page S1
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-- sbrunt@globeandmail.comConsistent excellence in sport isn't always sexy, and not every team that wins and wins a lot seems to deserve the designation of dynasty.It's a style thing sometimes, and sometimes it's probably not fair.  FULL STORY arrow
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SAM ETCHEVERRY, BERNIE FALONEY, DOUG FLUTIE, RON LANCASTER, ANGELO MOSCA, WARREN MOON, JACKIE PARKER, KENNY PLOEN, GEORGE REED, DICK SHATTO
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Saturday, November 27, 2010 – Page S1
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EDMONTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comIn a way, it is all summed up in Ben Cahoon.The great Montreal Alouettes receiver, who may be playing his last game Sunday in the Grey Cup, was born in Utah to Canadian parents, then spent part of his childhood in southern Alberta and, briefly, in Montreal.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, November 26, 2010 – Page S1
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EDMONTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comSo far, the Mark Cohon era has been a bit of a bore, which for the Canadian Football League is good news.It has been a long time since the game, forever cursed with interesting times, has experienced such a period of tranquillity. Aside from the revelation of David Braley's discrete investment in the Toronto Argonauts - and eventually his becoming officially the owner of 25 per cent of the league's franchises - there has been precious little backroom intrigue, with the trials, tribulations and controversies taking place almost exclusively on the field.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Page S1
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EDMONTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comSaskatchewan's Ken Miller and Montreal's Marc Trestman spare the hype in kickoff press conference to keep the focus squarely on the Grey Cup. They stick to the topic, with protocol and decorum.Of course, there is always that annual question about sex before the big game ...  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – Page S1
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EDMONTON -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comHere they come again, the people in green.Grey Cup is different when the Saskatchewan Roughriders are involved. Different because they are the most passionately followed sports franchise in this country, different because they can inspire mass migration.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 – Page A2
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Monday, November 22, 2010 – Page R1
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MONTREAL -- sbrunt@globeandmail.comYes, you have read this story before.Here they come again, the undisputed CFL team of the oughts, headed for their eighth Grey Cup appearance in the past 11 seasons, a remarkable run by any measure.  FULL STORY arrow
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