Phil Mickelson makes it to weekend in Phoenix Open

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson made it to the weekend in the Phoenix Open, a week after withdrawing at Torrey Pines because of back pain. The defending champion shot a 4-under 67 in his afternoon round Friday at cool and breezy TPC...

Super Bowl turns into `Draft Day’ before big game

AP Photo/Paul Sancya NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn’t the raucous NFL draft, but it was Hollywood’s next best thing when Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and director Ivan Reitman gathered Friday just down a hotel hallway from the Super Bowl’s media...

The U.S. hypocrisy over Russia’s anti-gay laws

Ian Ayres and William Eskridge are law professors at Yale University. Controversy over a Russian law that prohibits advocacy of homosexuality threatens to overshadow athletic competition at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Thoughtful world leaders, including President Obama, have...

Will: A progressive battle in upstate New York

“There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.” — Washington Irving Rep. Chris Gibson has tested Irving’s...

Break the link between terrorism funding and poaching

Johan Bergenas is deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that studies peace and security challenges around the world. Monica Medina is a former special assistant to U.S. defense secretaries Leon...

Parker: The hard knocks of pro football

President Obama’s imaginary son is back in town, and this time he can’t play football. Dad says so. And Mom probably would, too. On this point, we three could smoke a peace pipe. The president’s remarks come from the continuing gift of his interview with New...

Taking the fight to end human trafficking to the federal, state and local levels

Amy Klobuchar is a Democratic senator from Minnesota and authored the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act. Cindy McCain is co-chair of the Arizona governor’s task force on human trafficking. Joy Friedman was 15 years old when she was first sold for sex. A pimp found...

Ignatius: In the West Bank, pride has become bitterness

HALHUL, West Bank Hoping to understand the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in human terms, I paid a visit last week to a Palestinian farmer named Hammadeh Kashkeesh, whom I first met 32 years ago. The encounter reminded me of the pain at the heart of this dispute and of...

Sharapova and Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semis

PARIS (AP) — Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France. Although Sharapova dropped her serve once, the four-time Grand Slam...

A forehand into the net

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