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  • Is pitchers plunking hitters a big problem?

    Don't penalize honesty Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times Intent can be notoriously difficult to determine — unless, that is, a pitcher admits his intent, as Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels did. "Come see our headhunting pitchers" is not the...
  • Who will make NBA conference finals?

    Enter the Clippers Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel You don't follow the bouncing ball any more in the NBA; you follow the bouncing stars. Free-agentpalooza, with the A-listers calling the shots, has produced instant contenders and revived the dead....
  • Did Ohio State get too light a penalty?

    A painful lesson Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel From the start, the Buckeyes tried to sweep all of this under the rug. The NCAA pulled that rug out from under the program Tuesday when it handed down a one-year postseason ban. The penalty is...
  • If Heat don't win title, is Spoelstra fired?

    Too good to let go K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Erik Spoelstra is as linked to Pat Riley as winning. So, yes, even if the Heat go 0-for-2 with the Big Three, Spoelstra will be back as coach. The better question is: Who would Riley get to replace...
  • Will Roger Clemens make Hall of Fame?

    Many character issues Juan C. Rodriguez Sun Sentinel It won't happen soon. Clemens' acquittal probably sways some voters on the fence about his candidacy. It won't put a big enough dent into the broader cross-section of writers who aren't prepared...
  • Was BCS playoff plan the smartest option?

    Best move, absolutely Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune The four-team seeded playoff is absolutely the way to go. I only wish that instead of running through 2025, the deal would last until 3025. Why? Because the first time we get a paper-thin margin...
  • Who was the biggest steal of NBA draft?

    Just a guess: Henson Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel You're asking me? I got Jay Bilas on speed-dial for you. Here's the best-kept secret when NBA writers talk about college players: They have no idea. They can only tell you who their coaches are....
  • Who in AL should get final All-Star spot?

    Give it to Royals' Broxton Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun As much as I like the work of the Rangers' Yu Darvish and the Orioles' Jason Hammel, let's give this one to the home team. I'd put Royals closer Jonathan Broxton on the team with the game being...
  • Who in NL should get final All-Star spot?

    Regional hero: Freese Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun Why not an almost local hero? David Freese isn't from Kansas City, but he plays for the Cardinals and grew up outside of St. Louis, about a four-hour drive to Kansas City. He led the Cardinals to the...
  • At break, who's poised to have best 2nd half?

    Angels hitting their stride Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun The Angels got off to a terrible start, but when you go out in the offseason and sign one of the game's all-time best hitters and add a high-quality starter to a team that's already got a very...
  • Is Federer best tennis player of all time?

    Sustained greatness a plus Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times Roger Federer became the No. 1 tennis player in the world Monday, one of the consequences of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray on Sunday. He's also the best ever. That's...
  • Which player is key to baseball's 2nd half?

    Greinke with O's Nick Fierro Morning Call Zack Greinke, providing the Orioles can pry him away from the Brewers in a trade. They need him more than anyone else to finally get back to the playoffs in baseball's toughest division. Greinke (9-3, 3.32...