Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
Stories by Patrick Daugherty
Bad timing for turkeys and West Coast NFL fans
Found on Mrs. Lambert’s (Nauvoo-Colusa Middle School) Social Studies web page: “The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build ...
As of Monday, the World Chess Championship is even. There have been two quick draws. Defending his title is five-time world champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, 43. The challenger is Magnus Carlsen, a 22-year-old Norwegian and ...
World-class chess is sexy...and full of weirdness
A friend, who has been a serious chess player, recently emailed me, “I don’t know if you have any interest in covering professional chess, but something pretty epic is happening right now: a Westerner is ...
Patrick Daugherty recalls August 1983 and the pick-up baseball game in Alaska that he played in which he could do no wrong.
A look at the Golden Nugget point spreads for pre-season college football, 117 days after the season got under way.
Another team lets Lane go
USC becomes another employer who has a hard time being satisfied with the coaching savvy of Lane Kiffin.
The Moscow Black Storm has offered Tim Tebow $1 million to play in two games.
Should footballers trust the NFL brain trust with their brains?
Mainstream the mainsails!
Team Oracle in the America’s Cup Challenge — the U.S. entry in the race — has been accused of cheating.
Now to Labor Day is high season for camping. Collect spouse, kids, dogs, pack up SUV, set course for somewhere in Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain, or the sweat lodges of Anywhere, Imperial County. That’s ...
On the tour
Making a living as a professional athlete is for a very few. Making a good living is for a tiny percentage of the very few. Introducing Zeke Hindle (real name), 27, professional tennis player. Zeke ...
Then there were three. Maybe.
Considering the field of competitors for the America’s Cup sailing challenge in the aftermath of a declaration that boats are unsafe because rudders aren’t long enough.
Not all San Diego competitors are failures! A rundown of teams that have posted winning seasons.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
The NFL of today will not exist in 20 years, says a retired player.
All about Miami Heat basketball player Chris Andersen’s troubles and good luck.
It ain't easy
The World Professional Billiard League hits stumbling blocks coming out of the gate.
The latest NCAA Division I baseball rankings have the University of San Diego at number 54 in the nation. Not bad, since there are, depending where you look, 296 or 298 schools in the Division ...
I hear sailors talking
America’s Cup is coming up — only the richest and 175th richest to take part in what will be a race of catamarans.
Professional cycling’s uphill climb
Rundown of bicyclists who’ve been caught doping and the Tour of California bike race.
Lawrence Herkimer, the “father of cheerleading.”
Run. Eat. Sleep? Repeat
There’s a run coming up next week. Post time is Friday, April 19, 5:30 a.m., Huntington Beach State Park, read 25 miles down the coast from Long Beach. The race ends Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ...
Every year USA Today, CBS Sports, pretty much everybody, publishes team payrolls for each major league baseball club. Those figures are all over the map, espn.go says the bottom three 2013 payrolls are: Oakland A’s, ...
Sportswriter fires team
Watching the humiliation. There’s 4:49 left with the score, Florida Gulf Coast 70, San Diego 52. You can see the wheels falling off the Aztecs’ bandwagon from here. SDSU came into the tournament regarded as ...
Everybody loves Cinderella, especially Liberty University
Time for our annual NCAA Tournament preview, wherein the Box picks the most improbable team to receive an invitation and gives you, oh Sporting Box regulars, an inside line. This year’s honoree is Liberty University ...
"I didn’t see this one coming.” That is the subject line found on an email a friend sent me. Said friend teaches journalism at a private college. The link he provided takes me to fastcompany.com ...
4000 years and counting
Go, simultaneously the most simple and complex game ever.
I have a folder on my internet browser’s bookmarks bar labeled “Sports Pages.” Inside are links to the sports section of every NFL and MLB team’s hometown newspaper. Occasionally, I’ll trawl through the tabloid briar ...
Europol has press conference to disclose extensive investigation that revealed widespread soccer-match fixing in the FIFA league.
Interview with journalist Jorge Aranguré, raised binationally, in Tijuana and southern San Diego County.
Odds and evens
This column is for degenerate gamblers, a sporting demographic I’ve neglected lately. You can see why. When an internet gambling site runs a half-page, full-color ad in the sports section of a Super Bowl team’s ...
They didn’t talk about women while working on the Alaskan pipeline project in the ’70s.
Fade In 2
Coaching twins have another chance — read the script.
Long-distance call girl
Suzy Favor-Hamilton, one-time track star, now the third-most popular prostitute in Las Vegas.
End times edition
End-of-the-world sports wrap-up, giving a final tip of the hat to the biggest sports stories Earth has ever known.
A memory of a Christmas spent on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres
At my desktop computer, I have clicked over to YouTube and typed in “Christmas music.” First up is, “Christmas Music Playlist Part Two For Your Christmas Party.” I click again. The party begins with Elvis ...
Now that Chargers coach Norv Turner and manager A.J. Smith will be shown the door at the end of the season, who will be the next coach?
Sympathy for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher; minimal thoughts for his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins after Belcher’s act of murder-suicide.
A little board, a giant wall, a good movie
About Danny Way, the North County resident who jumped the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.
Wager Nation needs allies
New Jersey moves to legalize betting on football. Will they be stopped?
Dude, where’s my gun?
Okay, I completed my Handgun Safety Certification exam and fired 20 rounds out the front end of a Beretta M9 without injury to any living thing. Guiding me all the while was an entity I’ll ...
Where do you get joust training? Knight school!
Jouster Jeffrey Hedgecock of Ramona is one of three Medieval armourers in the U.S.
Jeffrey Hedgecock, 43, of Ramona, makes armour. Think knights, Middle Ages, helmets, sallets, breastplates, gauntlets, faulds, greaves, poleyns, spaundlers, the whole deal, tip to toe. Making Medieval armour puts you in an exceedingly select guild. ...
An interview with Katie Stearns, mounted martial artist (she does archery while riding a horse).