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  1. LeBron James, meanness and hunger

    Tim Keown

    Athletes can be fiercely competitive but still not possess the type of single-minded, one-note focus that creates hatred among opponents and mere dislike among teammates. Recent comments about Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard have a resonance with LeBron James' play in the NBA Finals.

    Story | Conversation | June 13, 2013
  2. NBA playoffs - The game Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls can't win

    Tim Keown

    Derrick Rose's story is the antithesis of American sports mythology. The star player is supposed to return early from injury. Rose isn't playing through the pain, and that's beyond our realm of understanding.

    Story | Conversation | May 06, 2013
  3. Giants pitcher Barry Zito on his career turnaround and amazing se...

    Tim Keown

    In ESPN The Magazine, Giants pitcher Barry Zito talks to Tim Keown about the changes in his personal life and baseball life that led to his amazing turnaround and World Series dominance.

    Story | Conversation | December 01, 2012
  4. Barry Zito starting Game 1 of World Series is biggest postseason ...

    Tim Keown

    Barry Zito starting Game 1 of the World Series in AT&T Park is far more of an upset than the Giants winning three straight in Cincinnati in the NLDS, or winning three straight from the Cardinals in the NLCS.

    Story | Conversation | October 24, 2012
  5. Closers overrated, as 2012 postseason proves

    Tim Keown

    Don't get fooled by the heavy-metal music and the eccentric personalities; the closer job -- getting the last three outs of a game in which your team has a one- to three-run lead -- is just not that big of a deal.

    Story | Conversation | October 16, 2012
  6. Josh Hamilton's Most Important October Yet

    Tim Keown

    This time, the playoffs (and his penitence) will determine his future in Texas.

    Eticket | Conversation | October 02, 2012
  7. Los Angeles Angels power hitter Mark Trumbo is key to postseason ...

    Tim Keown

    In ESPN The Magazine, Tim Keown writes that Mark Trumbo is the Los Angeles Angels' real hope for playoff contention.

    Story | Conversation | August 20, 2012
  8. Baseball pitch counts and shifting wisdom on the best training fo...

    Tim Keown

    The emphasis on pitch counts and innings limits obscures a central fact: Pitchers are overpitched and undertrained.

    Story | Conversation | June 05, 2012
  9. Physical play lessens NBA playoffs excitement

    Tim Keown

    It's probably not too crazy to assume that wearing a guy around like a backpack, the way Blake Griffin wore Zach Randolph, wasn't what the forefathers had in mind when they hung the first peach basket.

    Story | Conversation | May 15, 2012
  10. For BCS reform, conferences shouldn't matter

    Tim Keown

    Don't go halfway. Don't cower in private meeting and come out with an appeasement policy that protects the automatic-qualifier status of conferences. Don't present some hybrid bowl/nonplayoff format.

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2012
  11. NBA playoffs exciting with upsets possible; long live the NBA

    Tim Keown

    There will be an upset. Maybe two. It just feels like something special is going to happen in these NBA playoffs, or even something crazy, like the Spurs losing in the first round.

    Story | Conversation | April 19, 2011
  12. NFL Playoffs: Jay Cutler's absence in the second half of the NFC ...

    Tim Keown

    What they didn't know about Jay Cutler's injury hurt him on Sunday. Those tweets from his NFL peers were exactly the sort of reactionary "reporting" that athletes complain about all the time.

    Story | Conversation | January 25, 2011
  13. MLB Playoffs 2010: Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants and R...

    Tim Keown

    One way to look at the Game 1 mound matchup in the NLCS: old-school (that'd be Roy Halladay) versus new-school (that'd be Tim Lincecum).

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2010
  14. MLB Playoffs 2010: Neither the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta ...

    Tim Keown

    Smoke, mirrors and a never-give-up attitude brought Bobby Cox's Braves and Tim Lincecum's Giants into the National League playoffs. Think the Phillies are scared? (Neither do we.)

    Story | Conversation | October 08, 2010
  15. MLB playoff moments we'd like to see

    Tim Keown

    Bruce Bochy provided an unexpected image of joy, circling the stadium with his players after the Giants clinched the NL West on Sunday. Here's hoping for three more weeks filled with those kind of moments.

    Story | Conversation | October 05, 2010
  16. LeBron James, John Calipari, William Wesley more interesting than...

    Tim Keown

    LeBron James' free-agency saga has been more interesting, dramatic than NBA playoffs so far.

    Story | Conversation | May 18, 2010