Manny Pacquiao falls, questions arise


With a single, thunderous right hand at the end of round six Juan Manuel Marquez sent the legend of Manny Pacquiao crashing face-first to the canvas. With his nose broken and his left leg seemingly injured, Marquez delivered a knockout so definitive referee Kenny Bayless didn’t even bother to count. And with the entire boxing … Continue reading

Jeff Demps sprints to the NFL at the perfect time


The track nerd in me rejoiced when I saw former University of Florida two-sport star Jeff Demps settle into the blocks to run the leadoff leg for the United States’ 4 x 100-metre relay team in the semi finals at the Summer Olympics in London. Most American sports fans probably knew him as a powerfully-built … Continue reading

Here’s the thing about Lolo Jones


First, a disclaimer: If you follow this blog or know me personally you know I’m more than a passive observer of any 100-metre hurdles race at the world class level. I make that fact clear only to make this one clear: my thoughts on this particular topic are mine and mine alone. The opinions expressed … Continue reading

More predictable than an Usain Bolt victory? The NFL question


About an hour before the men’s 100-metre dash final at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games I tried to pre-empt a conversation we all knew would  arise about whichever man triumphed in the most intense (less than) 10 seconds in sport. It’s the same discussion that crops up every four years, as the mainstream sports world … Continue reading

NCAA, Pay-for-play and the search for sympathetic victims


Monday night the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team vanquished the Kansas Jayhawks to win their first national championship in 14 years and tie together several compelling subplots. There’s the one about high-profile coach John Calipari delivering an NCAA crown to long-suffering fans who expect Sweet 16 appearances like the rest of us expect taxes. And … Continue reading

April 27, 2011: An MMA Fighter’s Daily Grind


A ragged group of Muay Thai students shuffles across the floor at Elite Training Centre in Mississauga, throwing one-twos as their instructor shouts commands. The kick-boxers are hobbyists but the guy in the nearby ring is a pro, warming up for his third workout of the day. As the students take on imaginary opponents, 30-year-old Claude (The … Continue reading

Marketing Manny, Marquez and Mayweather


The great thing about covering business in my 9-to-5 is that it allows me to capitalize on the knowledge and contacts I’d accumulated in five years as a sportswriter, and write about sports for what it really is for a lot of us. Big Business. Really big. If you don’t believe me ask Manny Pacquiao, … Continue reading

UFC (smartly) backs down from a showdown with Pacquiao


Looks like the UFC’s debut event with new broadcast partner Fox Sports is no longer going head-to-head- with the Nov. 12 superfight between Manny Pacquiao and the last fighter to come close to defeating him, Juan Manuel Marquez. Instead of lasting deep into the evening, UFC’s live event on Fox will span just one hour, … Continue reading

Pissed over Pryor but we can’t quit the NFL


By now we should all know that the NFL’s ruling on Terrelle Pryor — that the former Ohio State quarterback can enter the supplemental draft but must serve a five-game suspension — makes no sense. To justify the move the NFL explained that by receiving cash and hiring an agent while still on football scholarship … Continue reading

Feb 28, 2011: The False Economy of Speed


Story orignially appeared Feb. 28, 2011 in the Toronto Star MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER The 40-yard dash is the main event of the NFL Draft Combine, and the one test than can make or break the pre-draft process for receivers, cornerbacks and running backs. A fast time can make an unknown player draftable, while a slow … Continue reading

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