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Harper a Star Who Transcends All Sports

Mike Lupica, Sports on Earth

Norman Wanted to Stay in Carolina

Joseph Person, Charlotte Observer

Harper a Blast, Legend in the Making

Richard Justice, mlb.com

MVP Season Not Good Enough for Harper

Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports

Wizards Took a Bad Thing and Made It Worse

Dan Steinberg, Washington Post

Ask yourself a question: When was the last time the biggest sports star we had in this country was the biggest star -- and the best player -- in baseball? It hasn't happened in a l...(full article)

For seven weeks the franchise tag the Panthers had placed on their Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman went unsigned. All the document needed was Norman’s signature to guarantee ...(full article)

This must be what it was like to watch a young Hank Aaron or a young Willie Mays or Frank Robinson. Take your pick. Every so often, a player comes along who makes the game look oh-...(full article)

The best hitter in the world walloped another home run Sunday. To call Bryce Harper anything less at this point would be hedging out of fear that he’s too young or too green or...(full article)

How do you disappoint a fanbase weaned on disappointment? How do you disgust a group of loonies whose past 35 years should have left them immune from disgust? You give them a slive...(full article)

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