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  • A visit with Dick Butkus, who still gives as good as he gets

    A visit with Dick Butkus, who still gives as good as he gets
    Finally found Butkus, cornered him in Malibu after eight months of trying. Remember? Author Geoff Dyer had D.H. Lawrence to pursue; I had Butkus, the Lithuanian American kid from the South Side of Chicago, solid as a coal car, ornery as a hungry mule.
  • There's just no cutting corners for Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard

    There's just no cutting corners for Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard
    You won't find senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard's greatness in any analytic study of NCAA statistics. Thirty players have more interceptions than Dennard's four, and he's not listed among the leaders in pass breakups. Three of his Michigan State...

    Waiting for Dick Butkus

    Waiting for Dick Butkus
    Dick Butkus is ducking me. Won't return my calls, my e-mails. Butkus. The name's Lithuanian, you know — a verb, a proper noun, an act of war. You don't say it, you bark it. Like a big, flatulent truck backfiring up a hill. "But-cuss," the...

    Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Paynter outruns odds against survival

     Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Paynter outruns odds against survival
    Most thoroughbreds leave their barns to go to the races. Paynter got off his deathbed. Were he to somehow win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita — a longshot outcome — it would be a story that deserved all the adjectives that...

    Mark Keys found a calling as a man of letters — 10,000 of them

    Mark Keys found a calling as a man of letters — 10,000 of them
    For Mark Keys, the pen is mightier than the scalpel. Thirty-four surgeries on his back and legs, coupled with a host of other ailments, have left the onetime boat rigger unable to work and largely homebound since 1991. His physical problems have led...