Only in America

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02/1 NFL's nifty set-up ensures play-off competition still hot
09/1  Four hopefuls for Super Bowl will experience déjà vu all over again

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04/1: Stakes are high and memories short in Not For Long game
11/1: Looking at baseball enigma through Rose-tinted specs
17/1: This is the day for genuine gridiron thrills
25/1: Fourteen-year-old talents strike out
01/2: Las Vegas would make ideal setting - if they banned gambling
08/2: Players' strike looming in ice-hockey face-off
15/2: Joe Public eclipsed while celebs grab all-star status
22/2: Colorado confronted by new allegation with sexual basis
29/2: Manager reckons steroid witch-hunt smacks of McCarthyism
07/3: Marge put her faith in hair of the dog
14/3: Ice-hockey brawling no longer thrilling after neck broken
21/3: Polk's determined streak lands special place in NFL folklore
28/3: March Madness virus can slam and dunk you without warning
04/4: Yankees suffer devilish sinking feeling despite heroics of Japan's risen son
11/4: Stanley Cup gets its skates on
18/4: Watch for new vehicle following CART
25/4: Frills and spills on offer as sensuous alternative to NFL
02/5: NFL's draft keeps a nation glued to the TV
09/5: Bolt for Stanley Cup turns into marathon on ice for Tortorella
16/5: Student athletes' betting over the odds
23/5: Basketball's positive discrimination backfires
30/5: Iginla pucks the trend as a black role model for ice hockey
06/6: Can Lakers' giant egos stick together to paste the Pistons?
13/6: Young wordsmith Tidmarsh proves last word in spelling
20/6: Stirring up issues of race and religion in sport
27/6: Baseball tries real world series
04/7: Maverick Cuban pushes million-to-one offer
18/7: Fights and a flying orange squeezes life out of top race
25/7: McGriff looks for magic number
01/8: New Orleans howls as Ricky the running back turns backpacker
08/8: In the name of the father, Roger gets hump and strikes out again
15/8: Contracts are out
22/8: Feminine touches drive alternative Dream Team
29/8: America's Athens angels restore national pride
05/9: Bryant's ravaged image given a life sentence
12/9: Wannabee fight shows series of low blows
19/9: Fans' rights bruised as pitcher takes the chair to ward off taunts
03/10: Expos bid adieu to Montreal after Washington wooing wins through
10/10: Sport for American bad boys means thrill of the chase
24/10: Sorry tale of gridiron gods rings too true
31/10: Kid gloves are off as Cubs inherit mantle of longest-running curse
14/11: Return of The Artest formerly known as an NBA player
28/11: Customer not always right, particularly when he starts a big fight
05/12: Baseball star used bum and tum jabs
12/12: NBA rookies Bobcats win race for a slice of basketball history
19/12: Pass to Bryant's wife by sidelined star misdirected
26/12: Bertuzzi bucks up as judge goes soft


12/1: Only in America
16/2: Hotlanta filled with weird ideas in entertainment, but where did Bill Clinton go?
23/2: Imagine the reaction of Big Apple's boogying Jetes set to Ferguson's disapproving stare
02/3: Celtics struggle to lure $30m Baker
09/3: Perspective diminishes Jeter's revelations
23/3: Dixie Chicks silenced in baseball circles
06/4: Texas twinkling with stars as both sexes indulge in helpings of March Madness
20/4: Meandering Trail Blazers dopes ordered to go straight
27/4: Laughable variations in doping criteria
04/5: Moral majority harries unhappy Larry for consorting with minors
11/5: Jordan a Wizard no longer after managerial skills leave him down and out
18/5: X marks spots where wild and wicked activities inspire rising generation
25/5: Local boy LeBron will be laughing all the way to his bank
01/6: Who the devil cares after New Jersey nets sensational share of success?
08/6: Home-run expert Sosa uncorks scornful response
15/6: Oakland's Robbins reveals odd disorder which led him to wander and leave Bowl empty
29/6: Little League ID deemed essential after base elements caught breaking age rule
06/7: Student feared murder victim as wacky Waco invades nation's psyche again
13/7: Simple Simon comes a cropper as pirate racing sausage takes a tumble
20/7: Puerto Rico picks up benefits from the import Expos industry
27/7: Triple jump triumph proves you can teach your dog new tricks
03/8: Fatal end to hunt for player stresses intensity of on-campus rivalries
10/8: Clarett bids to follow Moses to the promised land of sporting millionaires
17/8: Academy pitches in
24/8: Braves' new world of client joy extends to 21 breeds of hot dog - plus Scooby-Doo
31/8: Soccer still struggling for fair kick at the ba'
07/9: 'Say it ain't so' cry Windy City's squabbling also-rans as World Series glory looms
14/9: Chicago Bulls have got balls to parade party animals as cheerleaders
21/9: It's a penalty after mascot's larking about proves too much for officialdom
28/9: Raiders' Super Seb sustains shocking record of kicking up a storm
5/10: Fervent hopes that damn Yankees will fall back
12/10: Rodeo riders emerge bruised but bullish from extreme venture
19/10: Yankees coach's grudge match with critical boss ends in departure
26/10: Grizzled Brown intends to stir up his Grizzlies
02/11: The Shaq-waves are reverberating around Lakers
09/11: Tennessee event proves sizzling success
16/11: Real globetrotter Deng jumps through hoops to make a name for himself on US courts
28/12: The stars and the strops that make the US great