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  1. Just like his idol, Tigers' Torii Hunter knows he's a role model

    Torii Hunter knows that somewhere, a young African-American boy is watching his every move on and off the baseball field. He knows because hewas that young kid. glued in front of the television watching Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson.

  2. U.S. soccer has bright future, if growing fan base any indication

    The rally failed Tuesday, and the Americans lost 2-1 in extra time. The days for U.S. soccer, however, are brighter after its showing at the World Cup advancing out of the 'Group of Death' and into the Round of 16.

  3. Another victory for U.S. in World Cup would really seal the deal

    If you are the United States soccer team and you care about the growth of the sport in this country, celebrating Wednesday's 1-0 loss is fine. But the goal is to see more of what played out at Campus Martias on Thursday.

  4. Sneaky Anibal Sanchez steps into Tigers' stopper role for now

    Anibal Sanchez stays under the radar and bashes opponents with a sneaky fastball and nice curveball. He even has two change-ups. One is a regular change-up and he has one called the butterfly that actually floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

  5. Tigers' slugger Victor Martinez puts premium on power, patience

    That just seems to be the way thing are going for Victor Martinez. When he's at the plate, something good usually happens.

  6. Even a dozen runs can't make Tigers victory something to cheer about

    Leave it to the Tigers to score a season-high 12 runs and walk out of Comerica Park feeling empty. This slump is not over even though the Tigers held on to beat the Minnesota Twins, 12-9, Saturday at Comerica Park.

  7. Michigan Bucks owner hopes trip helps net minor league soccer team for Detroit

    Michigan Bucks soccer team owner Dan Duggan left Wednesday night for a 12-day, 10-city tour of Brazil, where he plans to watch five World Cup games. This trip is not all pleasure. Meetings are planned with high-profile and influential soccer people. And he hopes to return with news of professional soccer coming to Detroit.

  8. Rookie's debut blast rekindles faith in Tigers' destiny

    That one mighty swing came after losing pitcher Jon Lester tried to slip one too many cutter by Suarez on Saturday night. Instead of fooling the rookie, Suarez popped the ball over the left field fence.

  9. Tony Harrison fights for family and Detroit

    Tony Harrison, the face of Detroit boxing, is taking a break. Not because he's disenchanted with his sport. On the contrary. He loves boxing and hopes to challenge for a world title. But there are bigger battles for Harrison to fight.

  10. Nick Fairley healthy after sleep apnea surgery and determined to stay a Lion

    Fairley took the field Saturday 27 pounds lighter than a few weeks ago, determined to show his team he should be a Lion for life. OK. It wasn't the football field.

Sports writer & Columnist

I was born in Detroit and graduated from Cass Tech and Central Michigan. Before coming to The Detroit News I worked at the Grand Rapids Press and Detroit Free Press. I also co-host an afternoon sports talk radio show on WXYT 1270.

I've seen Detroit from every angle. I walked Woodward with my grandmother when this town thrived and watered down the roof of my house during the 1967 riots. This place is not perfect but it defines me.

I grew up reading Joe Falls and Jerry Green, and they inspired me to write commentary because I wanted to provide a different view of our world here.

This is my town and I invite you to share in my experiences by reading my stories and by daily Web log at detnews.com.

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