July 22, 2014

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Commentary: Cook has perfect recipe for Spartans upset

Connor Cook wasn’t expected to be Michigan State’s starting quarterback this year. Even when he was given the job early, he wasn’t comfortable to hold it. Yet once he found his rhythm, the Spartans marched to that beat. This was a defensive team. That was the identity. At some point, though, that wasn’t going to Read More…

Polls: GOP losing ground with public

The standoff over the government shutdown continues to damage the public’s opinion of congressional Republicans, two new surveys indicate, a finding likely to deepen concern among GOP leaders about the impact the stalemate is having on their party. A third newly released survey shows that overall approval of Congress has fallen to nearly a record Read More…

Obama to House, on government shutdown: Just vote

After a taking the weekend off, President Barack Obama resumed his public pounding of House Republicans on Monday even as a top aide laid out a possible avenue for defusing the fiscal fight that has frozen parts of the government and threatens a federal default. Speaking during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Read More…

Pope: Church should not obsess about gays, abortion

The Catholic Church must not obsess about gay marriage, abortion and contraception and should not restrict its message to reprimanding people for their sins, Pope Francis said in an unprecedented interview Thursday. Since his election six months ago, the Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio has made constant references to God’s mercy, while shying away from stern Read More…

NASCAR: All is smooth for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch is having a rebound year after a disastrous 2012. (AP PHOTO)

HAMPTON, Ga. — The lasting image of Kyle Busch from a year ago is a solitary man in his motor home, trying to put out the fire inside. A bad call from his crew chief Dave Rogers crushed Busch’s shot at making the 2012 Chase for the Championship in the last qualifying race at Richmond. Read More…

Tribe: Stolen bases have helped out offense

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Indians added Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn to the roster last winter, fans figured the season would feature a festival of base stealing. That’s because two of the more prolific base stealers in baseball were joining a team that already included talented runners Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and even Asdrubal Read More…

Kent State wins $1.2 million suit against ex-coach

Geno Ford

AKRON — A Portage County judge has awarded Kent State $1.2 million because its former men’s basketball coach breached his contract. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow had granted KSU’s request for summary judgment against Geno Ford. “When coaches and high-profile employees leave public universities in Read More…

ACLU takes fight to states to legalize gay marriage

The ACLU on Tuesday announced a trio of lawsuits that will test the constitutionality of state laws barring same-sex marriage. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania and North Carolina with another to come in Virginia, are part of a carefully crafted effort to capitalize on the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling striking down the federal Read More…

Tribe: Bourn returns after birth of daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Bourn is back from Houston, where he was on hand to witness the birth of his daughter, Blair. “She’s ready to take over the world,” said the proud father on Wednesday. “She’s going to be a superstar.” Bourn didn’t necessarily mean in the world of sports. “Whatever she wants to Read More…

NBA: James is king of endorsements, too

LeBron James

A second consecutive NBA championship and Finals MVP should bring a tangible payoff to LeBron James. A prominent sports marketing expert expects the Heat star to cash in an additional $5-7 million in annual commercial endorsements. Considering James already leads all NBA players with $42 million a year in off-court earnings, such an increase doesn’t Read More…