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Dave Ungrady

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Miss a Title Game, Learn a Life Lesson

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 1:43 PM

As college basketball's March Madness winds down, high school teams across the country are staging their own post-season dramas, and I was fortunate recently to be a part of championship game activities for Washington, D.C. area basketball.

On March 19 I spoke about my book Born Ready: The...

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Memory of Bias Forms Leslie's Attitude Toward Basketball and Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 11:43 AM

The story of how former Maryland basketball star Len Bias died and the legacy he has left behind has meaning to some current college basketball players. Bias died in June 1986 from cocaine intoxication two days after the Boston Celtics made him the number two pick in the...

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With Bias Death a Backdrop, Terps Track Faces Demise

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 4:02 PM

An early-spring sun soaked University of Maryland men's track and field athletes with rays of inspiration as they walked single file into the stadium at the University of North Carolina. Some two dozen runners, jumpers and throwers strode with proud purpose, hoisting Maryland flags and moving to the...

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Send Len Bias to the Hall of Fame

(7) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 10:31 AM

As the NBA draft takes place this week, we are reminded of a traumatic event tied into the 1986 draft. Brad Daugherty was the top pick taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers that year and he forged a solid NBA career. He was a five time NBA All-Star in the nine...

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Bedbug Sleuths: Why Dogs Best Detect the Pests

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 12:02 PM

A bedbug summit has the potential to drown in esoteric nuances of entomology, physics and chemistry. Speakers at the recent Second National Bed Bug Summit in Washington, DC, made references to high level IPM (integrated pest management), non-chemical interventions and cimex lectularius (bedbug).

When Harold Harlan, a member of...

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Super Fans

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 4:48 PM

Tom Henschel provides some keen observations about how Super Bowl fashion has evolved over the last half-century:

Back in the old days, everyone got dressed up to go to the games. Today, you are wearing jeans and a sweatshirt or whatever. Back in the old days, I'd say 65% of...
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A Stranded Refugee

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 5:58 PM

Fate often disrupts the best-laid travel plans. Natural occurrences such as snowstorms and volcanic eruptions, mechanical breakdowns and even human error have forced flights to be delayed, trains to be rescheduled and cruises to be anchored.

As Mate Tokić and thousands of others have recently discovered, political crises can...

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Good Fortune Finds U.S. In Win

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 12:29 PM

Now that expanded emotions following the 1-0 U.S. win over Algeria on Wednesday have subsided, it's easier to offer an analytical view of just how lucky the Americans were to score the late goal of glory, how consequence contributed to the team's dream finish.

That's right, good fortune followed...

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World Cup Group Therapy: Green Gets a Grip

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM

Goalkeepers are the unwilling flashers of international football. They're the most exposed players on the field, and no more able to hide their flaws than a belly-bulging body on a nude beach.

Goalkeepers have provided a plethora of unpleasant moments during the first week of the South African World...

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Group Therapy: World Cup Coaches Feel Pressure; Express Fear, Guilt

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 6:22 PM

The FIFA World Cup begins Friday in South Africa, and nerves are as frayed as the tail end of a menacing lightning bolt. Coaches, players and fans feel anxious about their team's chances in the grandest sporting event of all.

To calm their anxieties, some coaches recently met with...

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The Unkindest Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Coaches have selected their 23-member squads (the deadline was June 1) for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and now they can focus on final preparations for the tournament that begins on July 11.

Except, perhaps, Mexico's Javier Aguirre.

Aguirre picked midfielder Giovani dos Santos for the team but...

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Sounding a Horn for TAPS

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM

We should hardly be surprised that the number of people participating in marathons and half marathons has contributed to record growth in the activities at a time when the global economy continues to struggle and jobs are still scarce.

Training and competing in those events allows people to establish...

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Bolt Feels the Jamaican Beat at Penn Relays

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 1:28 PM

Philadelphia, Pa. - The character of an event's host venue can greatly enrich its appeal. Winners and losers are often determined at Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters. Centre Court at the All England Club, the host site of Wimbledon since 1877, radiates a...

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NYRR to Make History With Marathon Lottery Broadcast

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 2:04 PM

An historic marathon event will take place on April 7 without requiring runners to lace up their shoes.

The New York Road Runners (NYRR) will be the first organizer of a major marathon to televise the lottery selection for the field in its ING New York City Marathon scheduled...

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February: The Sports Month that Roared with Passion

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 11:25 AM

Quoting the impassioned words in the Sam Cook song Cupid covered by prominent 1980s rock balladeer Graham Parker: "Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go, straight to..." February, 2010, the sports month that roared like a grouchy tiger.

February as a sports month...

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Olympic Gold Would Add to Rich U.S. Bobsled History

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 1:24 PM

The top American bobsled driven by Steve Holcomb enters the four-man Olympic competition on February 26 in an unprecedented position. Before this year, an American four-man sled never entered an Olympic competition as the reigning world champion. And never before has an American claimed the four-man World Cup title with...

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Why Curling Rocks

(17) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 1:06 PM

World champions Linsdey Vonn and Bode Miller (also an Olympic medalist) have reached superstar status among U.S. alpine skiers. USA Bobsledding can boast the world champion Night Train sled driven by Steve Holcomb. The "Flying Tomato" Shaun White, an Olympic champion, headlines the dominant U.S. snowboarding team at the Vancouver...

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