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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- Viktor Petrenko remembered the little girl who was alone, the one that would sleep inside a skating rink, that would practice at all hours, refining jumps and spins, finally growing into an Olympic champion.He was once Ukraine's greatest skating champion. She was an orphan, Oksana Baiul. She never knew her father. Her mother was dead. So were her grandparents."She has had a difficult life," said Petrenko, the 1992 Olympic men's skating gold medalist. "And now, it's like she has gotten back what she has lost.
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By RAY FRAGER | December 9, 2005
At this point, Sunday's debate between Ravens coach Brian Billick and Comcast SportsNet's Sage Steele should be ancient history, right? The two apparently have moved on - Steele conducted a Monday interview with him without incident - so just like NFL teams leave the previous weekend's game behind before kicking off again, the contentious encounter can enter the realm of water under the bridge or over the dam or in your basement. Except for some doofus like me bringing it up. To briefly recap, Billick took issue with comments Steele had made on radio last week about being tired of hearing the coach talking about quarterback Kyle Boller's character rather than his execution.
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By Phil Jackman | April 8, 1994
The TV Repairman:Maybe it tells us something about golf coverage on TV, those 15-minute Masters wrap-up shows last night and tonight (11:35-11:50) ranking among the 10 highest-rated golf shows each year. Are the masses suggesting that three-, four- and five-hour shows weekend afternoons are just too much time to spend watching? Especially when networks have been known to go away from so many tournaments due to time constraints.CBS theorizes that the format of the late-night shows of reviewing the best shots of the day and talking to some of the leaders and signing off is the reason for the popularity.
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By MILTON KENT | October 4, 1994
OK, so, without a collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners, no one really knows what the baseball free-agent rules are, but that won't matter since the Orioles' most valuable free agent isn't bound by a CBA anyway.Mark McLemore and Mike Devereaux may draw the biggest headlines, but the Orioles' negotiations with announcer Jon Miller will be of no small importance either.Miller, widely regarded as one of baseball's best play-by-play men, is up for grabs, as his one-year pact with the Orioles expired with the end of his 12th season with the club.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | April 4, 1995
News . . . but Mostly Views:Two more "sports," surfing and ballroom dancing, are looking ultimately to make it into the Olympic Games as medal events, being granted provisional recognition, and I say loudly and clearly: GOOD. The more the merrier.The Games, be they the Summer or Winter variety, simply aren't crowded enough at this point with just 34 medal sports on the menu. And besides, anyone who has been subjected to synchronized swimming or gymnastics, knows it's time for a little "Saturday Night Fever" and "Endless Summer."
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By RANDY HARVEY and RANDY HARVEY,SUN REPORTER | February 24, 2006
TURIN, Italy -- The judges for the Winter Olympics women's figure skating competition got it right. What fun is that? Of course, there was hardly any way they could have gotten it wrong after yesterday's long program. Not even the French judge would have dared try to fix this one. Skaters have complained that the ice at the Palavela is soft, but that was a good thing in this case. Considering how many of them fell on it, someone could have been seriously injured. The winner: the only one standing.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | November 4, 1994
The TV Repairman:A decade ago, when the Breeders' Cup sprang out of the fertile mind of someone, two guys named Tom, Hammond and Durkin, host and race caller, respectively, for NBC's coverage, gasped in unison, "We're on for four hours, how are we going to fill that much time?"The network went in with lots of features, which, according to Hammond, "we never got to. Right off we thought, hey, we don't have enough time." So the 11th edition tomorrow will be four hours, 30 minutes in length, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
Michael Weiss is talking on the phone as he zooms along Interstate 95 in his Dodge Viper with its 450-horsepower engine.The goateed figure skater, who became the U.S. champion in February and the bronze-medal winner at the world championships last month, has just been asked what moment in his life has been most special.There is a slight pause."A lot of people would think it would be something that happened on the ice," said Weiss, 22. "But, for me, it's something that happened after I was finished skating."
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By Phil Jackman | February 25, 1994
The TV Repairman:Even on the nights it can't train its cameras on the skaters, CBS has done an exceptional job sustaining the interest in the competition with a series of previews that come close to matching the real thing.For instance, last night's report on the injuries suffered by world champion Oksana Baiul and Tanja Szewczenko in a collision during practice carried all the urgency of a Super Bowl quarterback hurting his arm the week of the big game.Then the net brought in the first team, Charles Kuralt, to tell the story of what 1960 champion Carol Heiss calls "the five sisters," the U.S. women who have captured gold medals since 1956.
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By Russell Baker | December 7, 1993
WHENEVER I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, then I account it high time to consult People magazine as soon as I can, for I recognize the symptoms all too clearly. Elitism has cast its pall upon me.The mail confirms it. "Elitist!" growls the displeased reader, proud of being that celebrity-besotted corporate human, The Common Person, which is composed of The Common Man and The Common Woman.
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