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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:56pm

The Florida swing is here. Masters qualifying gets real now.


With only five weeks left before the top-50 deadline and just six PGA Tour events to scare up a qualifying victory, the intensity ratchets up a notch for those on the outside looking in.


A couple of bygone Augusta veterans are among

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:43pm

Two years ago after winning at Pebble Beach, Brandt Snedeker was No. 4 in the world and a couple of months from carrying the 54-hole lead into the final round of the Masters Tournament. This week with another win at Pebble Beach, the Vanderbilt grad is just happy to be in the Masters.



By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 2:00pm

If there has ever been a greater collective loss in the history of sports, please don’t remind me of it. It’s hard to imagine worse.


In a span of 10 days, the world lost four Hall of Famers – three of them golfers and one a basketball coach.

By Scott Michaux
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 9:42am

Reposted from Greensboro News & Record, March 13, 1997


Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp are forever bound by Kansas, college basketball and the numbing volume of their coaching accomplishments.


Rupp measures six Final Fours and four national championships in 41 seasons at the Kentucky helm.

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 9:49am

It was a dogfight down the stretch in Malaysia, but both the winner and loser might have secured Masters berths with the 1-2 finish.


A birdie by India's Anirban Lahiri and a bogey by Austra's Bernd Wiesberger on the 17th hole flipped the match and gave Lahiri his maiden European Tour victory by

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:20am

Charlie Sifford was already deep into his 70’s when I first started talking to him – far removed from the bile and hatred that defined his career. Yet every conversation with him followed a pattern of suspicion, gradual acceptance then guarded cooperation.


The racism that dogged the first black

By Scott Michaux
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 8:01am

Forget Augusta's "Aussie Curse" -- the one that plagued Australian stars from Jim Ferrier to Greg Norman until Adam Scott broke it with a green jacket in 2013.


How about the Austrian Curse? No Austrian golfer has ever even competed in the Masters, much less had a chance to win it.

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 12:17pm

A self-reflective case study in why a playoff is the best thing that's ever happened to college football.


Before getting started on this unsightly trip down the paper trail, let’s begin by stating emphatically and without reservation that Ohio State is undeniably a worthy national champion.

By Scott Michaux
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 11:06pm

With Kapalua winner Patrick Reed already invited and South African Open champ Andy Sullivan jumping only from 149th to 83rd in the world rankings, nobody booked a direct ticket to Augusta last week.


With 12 weeks still left until the season’s first major championship, there remain 90 players

By Scott Michaux
Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 12:14pm

Just wrapping up a few loose ends. For the record, my worst season yet. Jameis Winston flop bad. 


CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Ohio State vs. Oregon: Repeat matchup of inaugural NCAA basketball finale. What are the odds? WEBFOOTS 46, Buckeyes 33.



Winners: Clemson, Georgia, Oregon, TCU,

By Scott Michaux
Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 12:33am

The bowl season has never really generated much interest or intrigue. Half the teams always seem too disinterested or out of form after a few weeks taking exams, eating holiday treats and acting like tourists in exotic locales like Shreveport, Louisiana, or Boise, Idaho.


About the only

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 1:18pm

It could’ve been worse. It could’ve been the BCS.


The inaugural four-team college football playoff is set, and it has all the teams from Big conferences that don’t know how to count arguing about the fuzzy math that brought us to this point.


Turns out Ohio State of the 14-team Big Ten crashed

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 5:59pm

Here’s a Cliff Notes version of a CFP conundrum that I expanded on in my Friday column.


The latest edition of the selection committee’s playoff ranking that set the table for this week’s championship action was the most cringe-inducing of the ongoing series since mid-October.



By Scott Michaux
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:55am

It would have been called Black Saturday - the darkest day in SEC history.


The world's most dominant football conference was already 0-4 against the ACC (granted, it was four downtrodden SEC East teams against the four best teams in the ACC, but still), Mississippi State had flamed out of the

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:18am

The SEC East is a curious beast to say the least – setting itself up for another championship fall.


For perhaps the fourth consecutive season, the East may be won by a team walking a tight rope of tiebreaker demise into Atlanta.


In 2011 it was Georgia, losing its SEC opener to South Carolina

By Scott Michaux