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Opinion
1:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

For Baseball Fans, May the Force Be With You

Baseball's 10th player: you, on your couch, willing a win.
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Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:05 pm

Hart Seely is the author of The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed.

Remember that pod on the Death Star, where Darth Vader would go to be alone? Did you ever wonder what he was doing in there?

Well, I have a theory: I think he was watching ballgames.

The new baseball season is here. For me, it means reclaiming the war pod, the living room — or, as I prefer to call it: my personal corporate luxury skybox.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Houston 84, New Orleans 77
11:04 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hornets Lose Season Ender

HOUSTON (AP) — The season has ended for the New Orleans Hornets with an 84-77 loss to the Houston Rockets. Jerome Dyson, Lance Thomas and Darryl Watkins scored 13 points for the Hornets, who finished the season by winning eight of their last 13 games. 

New Orleans Saints
10:57 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Loomis Upset with Eavesdropping Allegations

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says he's angry about allegations that his Superdome booth was wired so he could eavesdrop on opposing coaches radio conversations. Loomis spoke shortly before Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft. The Saints don't currently pick until Friday night's third round. 

Sports
6:06 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats Are NBA's Worst Team Ever

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:24 am

Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players in basketball history, has one more record. It's not likely a record he wanted. He's the owner of the NBA's worst team ever. The Charlotte Bobcats have seven wins and 59 losses.

NFL Draft
4:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

NFL Draft: Quarterbacks Go In First Two Picks

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:24 am

The first round of the 2012 NFL draft was held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall Thursday. The top-two picks are two of the most highly regarded quarterbacks to enter the NFL in quite some time. After those players were selected, teams began furiously trading picks and players in order to secure their presumed slice of future greatness.

London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:08 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

American Whiz Rises Up In The World Of Ping-Pong

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 7:21 pm

The United States has never won an Olympic medal in table tennis. China has long dominated the sport, winning almost every medal since 1992. That's not likely to change at this year's Summer Olympics in London, but a group of young American women may be on their way to competing at the sport's highest levels.

Ariel Hsing, 16, already has the attributes of a fine table tennis player — quick hands, perfect balance and strong lungs. While she plays, she'll often shout "Sa!" — a meaningless word — to help relieve stress, something she's been dealing with a lot lately.

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Sports
3:35 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

'Foul' Behavior At Baseball Game Goes Viral

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, the story of a baseball gone foul. The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers were wrapping up a game in Arlington, Texas last night. And in the 8th inning, Rangers' first baseman Mitch Moreland fielded a foul ball and then tossed it into the stands. Standard operating procedure.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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NFL-Goodell-Saints
10:01 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Saints Players Still on the Hook

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is still doing interviews regarding player punishments that likely will be handed down for the Saints' pay-for-hits bounty system. Goodell says he doesn't expect to issue a decision this week but says he's in the final stages of working on discipline involving the players. 

Hornets-Tax Break
9:49 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tax Break for the Hornets Fails in La. House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has narrowly refused to extend an existing tax break given to the New Orleans Hornets that saves the team $3.7 million a year.

The extension proposed by Metairie Rep. Cameron Henry, a Republican, fell four votes short of passage in a 49-46 vote Wednesday.

The NBA team gets a tax break through the state Quality Jobs Program. Henry proposed continuing that for the length of the Hornets' new lease with the state, which is set to go through 2024.

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