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January 1, 2014

Ode to sports: Lance to LeBron, Rodman to A-Rod


Runs fourth in the Preakness — Oxbow’s on top.

Sergio’s crack about Tiger is low.

He jokes of fried chicken then must eat crow.

For Tony Kanaan, it finally clicks.

Indy is his and he kisses the bricks.

Nadal rules Paris, a monarch on clay,

Like Louis XIV, back in the day.

Phil’s runner-up at the Open once more —

Six times and counting for those keeping score.

LeBron soars again, the Spurs taken down.

It’s June and it’s time to re-Heat this crown.

Likewise, the Blackhawks go all the way up,

Getting familiar with hoisting the cup.

Football camps open, a shadow looms large:

Aaron Hernandez and a murder charge.

Then a burden lifts and the deed is done:

A Brit, Andy Murray, wins Wimbledon.

Rivera trots in from the bullpen gates,

With All-Stars saluting one of the greats.

Next, a tale to delight every cynic:

A Florida anti-aging clinic

Is accused of dispensing PEDs,

And Major League Baseball puts on the squeeze.

It bans 13 players — very big news —

Among them Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz.

A-Rod’s indignant with righteous fury

And sues everyone but cousin Yuri.

How’s this for a ban? Manziel’s docked a half.

The price, so it seems, for an autograph.

The Olympics near and the Russians try

To make sure the rainbow flag doesn’t fly.

Pro football’s lawsuit over head trauma

Ends in settlement not courtroom drama.

At a New York court, though, tension heightens:

Nadal v. Novak, clash of the titans,

While a major force sweeps this arena —

Seventeen Grand Slam crowns for Serena.

On the bay, it’s Oracle. Well done, mate.

A mighty comeback at the Golden Gate.

The Pirates light up the National League

While all baseball’s ablaze with Yasiel Puig

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