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Leigh Montville

All Leigh Montville Stories

Oct. 10, 1994

Smell the Coffee

That's all sports fans can do now that they have no morning box scores to savor

Aug. 12, 1996

SURVIVORS IN THE WATER

The word sounded to an American ear like another cheer that hadbeen stretched out, syllable by syllable. Vu-ko-var. Vu-ko-var. Vu-ko-var.

Dec. 18, 1989

IT'S BACK TO THE BAMBINO

Bring on the Brinks truck, boys—Babe Ruth is a free agent.

May 07, 1990

BOSTON'S WILD WEEKEND

Beantowners were jumpin' for joy for their pro teams.

July 21, 1996

QUICK, PAINFUL EXITS THE GAMES HAD BARELY STARTED, AND DREAMS WERE ALREADY OVER

They were characters in a little dramatic scene that took placein maybe three feet of Olympic space. Sixteen-year-old AlisonFitch of Hamilton, ...

March 18, 1996

MAKING A SPLASH THE OLYMPIC SWIM TRIALS WERE AWASH IN COURAGE, CONTROVERSY AND COMEBACKS

The shoulders were acting up again. That was Kristine Quance'sbiggest worry. She had had rotator-cuff problems, same as somebig league ...

Nov. 11, 1996

I LOVED THIS GAME! SUPERHEROES, SPECIAL EFFECTS, MERCHANDISE GALORE--IS THIS GREAT BASKETBALL OR WHAT?

"Write something about the 100th anniversary of the league,"someone suggests. "What will the NBA look like 50 years fromnow?

Sept. 11, 1995

A BLOW FOR BRITAIN EVER PERSEVERING, FRANK BRUNO FINALLY WON HIS NATION A HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

The worst prediction had come from a writer named Steve Lillis in Sunday Sport, one of the pile of London newspapers that fight for space at ...

March 04, 1991

A Far Less Perilous Endgame

If only wars could be fought on playing fields, not battlefields

Jan. 16, 1995

A Latin Beat

With the return of homegrown stars, winter baseball is hot in Puerto Rico again

Oct. 02, 1989

HEY, TYSON, I'M THE MAN!

For $1.5 mil, you would fight Iron Mike, too, says the scribe.

Oct. 24, 1994

No Experience Necessary

With a straight face, rookie Glenn Robinson asked the Milwaukee Bucks for $100 million

July 08, 1996

'TIS THE SEASON CHRISTMAS WILL COME EARLY FOR SHAQ AND FRIENDS WHEN NBA TEAMS SHOP FOR FREE AGENTS

The dump truck filled with gold arrives at Shaquille O'Neal'sfront door at exactly noon (EDT) on July 9, 1996. The dumptrucks filled with ...

Nov. 20, 1995

HOCKEY RINK RATS THEY'RE CALLED THE PANTHERS, BUT THEY SIT ATOP THE LEAGUE THANKS IN PART TO A RODENT

The rat died against a wall in the Florida Panthers' crowdeddressing room at Miami Arena. The exact spot, maybe four inchesbelow a shelf ...

Dec. 04, 2000

A Winner at the Finish Emil Zatopek had a storied distance-running career, but his life wasn't all glory

Emil Zatopek died last week in Prague of complications from a stroke. Arguably the greatest distance runner in history, the. Czechoslovakian ...

April 19, 1993

Spleen for Green

Norm Green is reviled in Minnesota for his decision to move the North Stars south

Dec. 06, 1993

Hmmm, Let's See Now...

In picking college football's No. 1 team, there are two, even three, sides to every argument

June 22, 1994

THE CUP OF SORROW After winning in 1940, the Rangers burned to break a jinx that brought heartache for 53 years

THE CONSTANT WAS THE NUMBER (1940). The players inside theuniforms of the New York Rangers changed and management changed ...