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David Steele


David Steele joined the Sun in September 2004 as a sports columnist, after nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before becoming a columnist, he spent 11 years covering the NBA, at the Chronicle, Newsday, the National Sports Daily and the New York Post. Over more than two decades in newspapers, he has covered every major sport and several minor ones, and has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Sports Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the California News Publishers Association.

He also has co-authored two books, including Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography.

A native of Washington, D.C., he graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1985.

Recent Articles

  • Webster is gone, but 'Eraser' lives on

    Thirty years and six months ago, Marvin Webster was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in hook-shot pose, wearing the uniform of the NBA team that had signed him to a then-shocking $3 million contract, next to a question asking whether he could "turn the Knicks around." At the time, it was Morgan...

  • Time to get over trauma of transplants

    Twenty-five years later, the NFL and three of its cities are better off than they were back then. Keep that in mind today as you find it in your hearts to forgive the men whose names are tied to those cities and their nomadic franchises. It's time for Baltimore to stop cursing the very name "Irsay,"...

  • Phelps fish out of water on TV

    A harsh reality emerged from Michael Phelps' interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the first part of which aired Friday morning, with the second part tonight: Phelps doesn't function that well in front of cameras he knows about, either. It was far from a shining moment for the Olympic hero, his interviewer...

  • Phelps should have known better

    In defense of Michael Phelps and his "youthful and inappropriate" behavior and "bad judgment," taken on its own, this is far from the worst slip-up ever by a national hero. This space surely isn't the only one in which the first reaction to the now-infamous photo - eight-time gold medalist from...

  • Anthony exhibit step in right direction

    Anthony exhibit step in right direction

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  • City sits on sideline in NBA competition

    City sits on sideline in NBA competition

    The two news items from early and late Wednesday weren't exactly related, but they were more than coincidental. In the morning: a front-page story in The Sun about how The Relic on Howard Street (aka 1st Mariner Arena) still makes a decent profit. At night: a settlement that allows the NBA's SuperSonics...

  • Ogden top of the line

    Thanks to Ravens great, blockers come out of hiding, at least for a day

  • Jonathan Ogden at top of the line

    Jonathan Ogden at top of the line

    When Brett Favre officially retired that day in March in Green Bay, he drew a big crowd, much as Jonathan Ogden did yesterday in Owings Mills. Just like Favre's announcement, and like Michael Strahan's earlier this week, Ogden's farewell was carried live on national TV (in homes that get the NFL...