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Last month the NFL announced new media deals with CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN/ABC and Amazon that will net the league $113 billion over 11 years, or $321 million a year per team.

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After this week of watching the Masters Invitational with the focus on Georgia and our country witnessing the proliferation of “cancel culture,” resulting in the politicization of businesses and sports, I want to share with you some history and interesting tidbits regarding the first golf major of the year.

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It’s not easy to deal inwardly when the ball and your racquet become out of sync, or your opponent isn’t cooperating with what you’re trying tactically against them.

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For anyone who wondered why the NCAA refers to its annual basketball tournament as “March Madness,” they now have an answer.

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This week’s column deals with the upcoming Masters Invitational. It is not a PGA Tour event but is a true invitational, hosted by the members of Augusta National. It is unique and Augusta National is a hallowed place that is revered by all — golfers and non-golfers.

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The NBA called this season's trade deadline the busiest in the last 35 years, with 46 players from 23 teams involved in 16 different deals.

By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press March 26, 2021
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What a name, Lake Pleasant! Must be a pleasant place to be, so let’s take a hike there and see what’s up. Most people come here to boat, rather than hike. However, the range of hiking options has expanded in the past couple of years.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist March 25, 2021
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I have gathered some quotes from some famous and some infamous persons. I trust you will enjoy these quotes, maybe identify with some, get a chuckle or two and learn that we have a lot in common with many others that share our quest in playing this fabulous game.

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There is no definition for what makes someone the Most Valuable Player in the NBA.

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer March 23, 2021
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University of Kansas football coach Les Miles lost his job last week for repeated sexual misconduct during his time at Louisiana State University. UK Athletic Director Jeff Long, who hired Miles, was ushered out the door two days later.

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We hear about all the today’s top players, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and such, and it’s called for because they are the current players who are making news in the tennis world; but once upon a time there was this kid from Rockhampton, Australia who was catching the eye of top coaches in the bigger cities like Brisbane.

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Recently I was at a tournament watching a variety of tournament players gearing up for battle and you could see who was really getting ready to bring it and who were not in the same arena of mental and physical warfare.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most college athletic programs find themselves with declining revenues and increasing expenses. The efforts to address the financial squeeze, which includes the elimination of sports, has led to cries for faculty and students to be included in athletic department decisions.

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Having satisfied our desire to cool off by hiking in the snow, it’s time to side with Keith and warm up and dry off by hiking in the Sonoran Desert, namely on a section of the Black Canyon Trail.

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The red shirt for Collin Morikawa to wear on Sunday at the Workday Championship never arrived in time.

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer March 2, 2021
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This is a great time to focus on your aim and alignment. Most mishits result from improper aim or alignment. Let’s be clear on a few things.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 27, 2021
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I asked Keith, “Been hiking recently?” He said, “No.” I asked, “Why not?” He responded, “I don’t want to get my feet wet.”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist February 26, 2021
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As the entire sports world knows, the GOAT, aka Tom Brady, became the only player in history to win seven Super Bowl rings when his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7. The win sparked a discussion about whether Tampa Bay can claim the moniker of Titletown USA.

When you reach a certain age (almost 66 for me), there’s a tendency to look back and reminisce about how you got where you are.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist February 20, 2021
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Happy Valentine’s Day! A nice dinner, roses, candy, perfume, jewelry — all are to show your love for another. This is a day where many do their best to be the most romantic person to the person they love...

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 13, 2021
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What’s in a name? The Rock of Gibraltar evokes an impressive image of a mighty monolithic monument. ...

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist February 13, 2021
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Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer February 8, 2021
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Capologists rule the world, at least the world of professional sports.

What motivates and pushes a person to become the best in the field they have chosen as an instructor and teacher in the world of tennis?

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist February 4, 2021
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Bill Cowher would love nothing more than to see the Pittsburgh Steelers return to the Super Bowl.

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer February 3, 2021

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