December 2006 — Coolest Moment of the Year


28 December 2006 – Toronto Star Mother’s Day in Miami and I’m at Tropical Park Stadium, following Romario, the legendary Brazilian striker. He’s here playing with a minor league soccer club in a quest to finish his career with 1,000 goals. I notice the home team has laid out a buffet for the media. Then I … Continue reading

September 2006: Damon Allen — Measure of a Man


Argos QB, 22 years in the CFL, is about to pass Warren Moon’s yardage, by Morgan Campbell. 02 September 2006 – Toronto Star For three years, a scout from the Detroit Tigers hung around the Cal. State Fullerton campus, hoping to catch Damon Allen’s attention. But the baseball club’s pursuit of Allen, a star quarterback and … Continue reading

October 2006 — Miracle Man on the Mend


In the aftermath of the shooting at Dueuesne University, Toronto’s Sam Ashaolu faces an uncertain future, but he’s facing it with family love and support, writes Morgan Campbell. 14 October 2006 – Toronto Star PITTSBURGH – On a recent trip home to Toronto, John Ashaolu downloaded 36 Jay-Z tracks to his iPod. He knew how much … Continue reading

August 2006: The Kid Fights for the Title


Steve Molitor, a.k.a. The Canadian Kid, fights Friday in Johannesburg for the IBF super bantamweight title. The 26-year-old Sarnia native carries the deferred dreams of his trainer, promoter and brother, who’s in prison for murder. 27 August 2006 – Toronto Star Morgan Campbell When the buzzer sounds, super bantamweight contender Steve Molitor moves a few steps … Continue reading

July 2006: The World According to Ricky


30 July 2006 – Toronto Star By Morgan Campbell On a scorching Sunday afternoon Ricky Williams walks barefoot across the players’ parking lot at the Toronto Argonauts‘ practice facility in Mississauga. The former NFL all-pro strolls past a silver Mercedes-Benz coupe and a couple of monster SUVs, their massive silver rims gleaming, before arriving at his … Continue reading

May 2006: When a Superstar Hangs on too Long


21 May 2006 – Toronto Star By Morgan Campbell Just before dusk on Mother’s Day, Romario struts on to the pitch at Miami’s Tropical Park Stadium, confident and condescending. When you’ve won a World Cup, you don’t sweat the Atlanta Silverbacks. Back home, the Brazilian striker plays in a 150,000-seat stadium, but his new team, Miami … Continue reading

April 2006: Reaching Out to the Unreachable


29 April 2006 – Toronto Star By Morgan Campbell SIMCOE, ONT. – Rayshawn’s flashing those fast hands again, poking the ball from his buddy Kareem at the top of the key, then exploding toward the other hoop. Before he came to the Sprucedale Youth Centre, the only thing quicker than Rayshawn’s hands was his temper. Anyone … Continue reading

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