| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:18 PM
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Just ask Santa Anita barkeep Frank Panza, a link to the days when horse racing was about the only game in town, before the Dodgers came along, then the Lakers, then the edge-of-nowhere casinos the youngsters seem to...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:57 PM
One day after losing one of the NFL's best offensive coordinators in Gary Kubiak, the Ravens replaced him with another top one, Marc Trestman, former head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Is Trestman another Kubiak? Maybe not — few are. But there aren'...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 9:04 PM
Aaron Gordon doesn't consider himself a consolation prize, even if Magic fans and the rest of the basketball world might.
It's not fair to Aaron, of course, that he's considered as the fourth horse in a three-horse race.
The Magic wound up with Gordon...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:10 PM
It would be understandable were John Velazquez less than giddy about his trip from New York for this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
He is a Hall of Fame jockey. About a year ago, he passed Pat Day in career winnings, topping Day's $297-...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 9:25 PM
Gary Stevens isn't a jockey. He's a miracle man. If somebody names a horse Lourdes, Stevens has to be the rider.
One day, he will be racing behind a wall of horses and, instead of maneuvering around, he will just wave his hand and they will part like...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 6:59 PM
The scenarios for success in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, a $5-million race at Santa Anita that will create legacies and define history, are as complicated as a Rubik's Cube.
Fourteen horses will start. Thirteen will lose. Millions will be wagered....
| Oct 24, 2014
| 2:58 PM
I was hesitant to write about recent developments at the Sun-Times — the biggest story in my little world last week — until seemingly hundreds of readers insisted I do so.
"Who's gonna tell me what to think about all that craziness?" they...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
In a Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday that was more pinball machine than horse race, at least six significant things happened.
•Bayern won, giving his owner, Kaleem Shah, 60% of the richest thoroughbred purse of the year, $5...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 1:31 PM
On weekends, the Chicago History Museum is not stuffed to bursting with newcomers to the city, but it ought to be. One of the highest best uses of the information-rich institution at the south end of Lincoln Park is its ability to ground people in the...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 1:06 PM
We've looked at what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley did to shape the voting landscape beyond last week's election. The third man on the ballot, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti, also played a role that will far outlast his...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:48 AM
One of the final films in the long and passionate career of moviemaker Jerry Blumenthal was 2010's "Prisoner of Her Past." It has aired more than 500 times on television stations in more than 140 markets, has toured the world and continues to play in...