| Apr 11, 2015
| 2:24 PM
As much as I love the Masters, I don't really believe golf is a sport.
My two favorite athletic events I have covered are the Masters and the Kentucky Derby, but I don't really think horse racing is a sport either.
The gang at Merriam-Webster are...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 11:09 AM
The two men sat on stools at the tavern, eyes on the television set above the bar. The Cubs were playing the St Louis Cardinals. It was last Sunday night, opening day of a new Major League Baseball season, and a few minutes before the game began one of...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 12:30 PM
A dog flu epidemic has sickened over 1,000 dogs and has been responsible for the death of at least five dogs in the Chicago area since mid-March, according to Dr. Donna Alexander, administrator for the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control....
| Apr 6, 2015
| 7:54 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — Besieged by questions about superior talent, sustained excellence and great rivalries, Geno Auriemma had a few questions of his own Monday.
"Anybody know who Steve Cauthen is?" Auriemma said. "Who did he ride?"
Affirmed, came the...
| Apr 4, 2015
| 1:10 PM
I herewith present a Baltimore Bucket List — that is, an inventory of things in Baltimore you think you have done, but actually have never done, or have not done for a long time, and if you do not do these things soon, you or these things might no...
| Apr 4, 2015
| 7:52 PM
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby was more a belaboring of the obvious than a horse race.
It confirmed that Dortmund was a really good 3-year-old, good enough to be one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.
It confirmed that Bob Baffert is a really good...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:25 PM
Illinois' population is more than double that of Missouri's, yet the Show-Me State sells 30 percent more cigarette packs annually than its more populous neighbor.
The reason: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation. As Chicago's tax has...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 7:24 AM
Bob Baffert finds himself in a situation these days that could give a guy white hair.
Oops. Never mind.
The famous thoroughbred horse trainer not only has the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby, he has the top two favorites. It is a rare...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 9:30 PM
Always something to learn about you good people when we hold our "Name a Kentucky Derby race horse" competition. For example, the approximately 250 entrants (and more than 500 names) produced evidence of who your are thinking about now — and who you...
| Mar 7, 2015
| 8:38 PM
Racing fans came to Santa Anita on Saturday expecting the best.
It was, after all, the 75th anniversary of Seabiscuit's immortalized victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. It also was a day with three graded stakes races serving as lead-ins to the...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 4:20 PM
If the Illinois Legislature is ever going to pass a casino expansion bill, the odds are good this is going to be the year.
Both the state and Chicago are facing major financial problems that will be worsened if the Illinois Supreme Court rules, as...