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Stories by Patrick Daugherty

As the America's Cup turns

Mainstream the mainsails!

Team Oracle in the America’s Cup Challenge — the U.S. entry in the race — has been accused of cheating.

Glamping: Where the rich folk camp

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 ...

Zeke Hindle is not quite a tennis bum. Close, though

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 ...

The sinking of America’s Cup

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.

Left-handed sports

A survey of sports played (and not played) by the left-handed.

San Diego national champions

Not all San Diego competitors are failures! A rundown of teams that have posted winning seasons.

Annual state of the NFL report

Drip. Drip. Drip.

The NFL of today will not exist in 20 years, says a retired player.

Can’t keep the Birdman down

Good times

All about Miami Heat basketball player Chris Andersen’s troubles and good luck.

What’s your favorite professional billiards team?

It ain't easy

The World Professional Billiard League hits stumbling blocks coming out of the gate.

NCAA baseball is a pig

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 ...

Battle of the riches on San Francisco Bay

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.

8 days. 750 miles.

Professional cycling’s uphill climb

Rundown of bicyclists who’ve been caught doping and the Tour of California bike race.

Invasion of pigs!

Wild pigs are coming, and there’s nowhere to hide.

We speak of pom-poms

Copious sis-boom-bahs

Lawrence Herkimer, the “father of cheerleading.”

San Diego Bike Polo Club

Got a bike and a mallet? Saddle up for bike polo.

We run the night

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. ...

Team payrolls on parade

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, ...

West coast college basketball is a bust

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 ...

March madness edition

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 ...

Drones as instant replay solution

"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 ...

Go pros play chess to relax

4000 years and counting

Go, simultaneously the most simple and complex game ever.

National sports news trawl

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 ...

Soccer crime syndicate doesn't pay...well

Europol has press conference to disclose extensive investigation that revealed widespread soccer-match fixing in the FIFA league.

Jorge’s Xolos

Border born

Interview with journalist Jorge Aranguré, raised binationally, in Tijuana and southern San Diego County.

Betting on the Super Bowl has little to do with the game

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 ...

In other news...

Fake-girlfriend edition

They didn’t talk about women while working on the Alaskan pipeline project in the ’70s.

Full GFE

Long-distance call girl

Suzy Favor-Hamilton, one-time track star, now the third-most popular prostitute in Las Vegas.

The history of sports, abridged

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.

Christmas, island style

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 ...

Oprah or O.J., just not Norv

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?

Concussions trump guns in the NFL

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.

Lane Kiffin's new job

Chargers head coach Norv Turner’s history of poor performance.

Waiting for Lightning

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.

NFL Gambling Edition

Wager Nation needs allies

New Jersey moves to legalize betting on football. Will they be stopped?

Guns and Ammo Part 2

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 ...

Guns & Ammo Edition

The columnist attends a California handgun certification course.

The Jouster

Where do you get joust training? Knight school!

Jouster Jeffrey Hedgecock of Ramona is one of three Medieval armourers in the U.S.

The Armourer of Ramona

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. ...

Throwing Frisbee in Alaska

It's freezing, it's dark, it's time for Frisbee golf.

Mounted Martial Arts

An interview with Katie Stearns, mounted martial artist (she does archery while riding a horse).

Big man. Part 2

Part 2 of an interview with 400-lb Idahoan sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting.

Big Man. Part 1

Not just another fat guy in a diaper.

Interview with Kelly Gneiting, the 42-year-old sumo wrestler from Idaho.

NFL Detention Hall

The NFL institutes disciplinary coursework for fans who get ejected from games.

San Diego–Barona Stars

When the Field of Dreams gets cut short, there’s always the San Diego–Barona Stars.

Time Out, My Identity's Been Stolen

A chat with a DeLorean owner.

A break from modern living includes a DeLorean.

Competitive Canaries

What’s going on in your bird room?

Interview with David Benites of the San Diego Canary Club.

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