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One might think that at age 70 Tom McMillen can look back at a life well lived and be happy. But he’s not happy and may never be happy.

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Ask a former softball or baseball player, of any age, what position they played back in the day and you’ll almost always get a quick, definitive answer. Shortstop. Catcher. First base. Occasionally, but…

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In most quadrennial years that align with America’s midterm elections, the whole world would still be buzzing over the recently completed World Cup soccer championships.

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When one writes a column a few days in advance of publication, it’s usually pretty safe to assume there will not be any huge upheavals between the time of submission and the moment it reaches the public. 

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One of the many cool things about high-school sports is that things don’t always go according to the script. In a quote often attributed to early legendary sportswriter Damon Runyon (but that actually c…

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He knew when it happened that that was that. It was one of those injuries that, technically, aren’t terribly serious and won’t require surgery or even seeing a doctor, but they also make it very clear t…

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There was a time, not that long ago, when Arizona’s high school State track meets (plural) were must-see events. They would hold three different meets across the Valley (and sometimes in Tucson). The sc…

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A few years back, I was in Eagar, Arizona, which is technically a suburb or Springerville (if you can think in terms that tiny). I was coaching a high-school track team and we had made the nasty four-ho…

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With the arrival of the month of May comes two of our favorite things—Orange Dream eegee’s and State Tournament play in the various high-school spring sports. For reasons that no one has ever explained,…

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It’s all a numbers game now for Danielle Tuakalau. It’s been about 10 weeks since she had the reconstructive surgery to repair her torn ACL and meniscus. But an unknown number of months stretch out befo…

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Like Diogenes walking through the streets of ancient Greece, lantern in hand, searching for an honest man, I have spent time this spring season searching for a beach volleyball player who prefers the ou…

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Samaya Durazo feels as though she’s about to get blown away—not by her opponent across the tennis net from her, but by the winds that are howling from west to east in advance of an approaching storm. Wh…

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The great announcer Vin Scully once told a story about these two guys. One guy asked the other what he thought was the most incredible invention of all time. The second guy thought about it for a while …