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You know, there are some good things happening in the sports world


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There are some pretty good stories working in the sports world.  Hopefully the second half of the Connecticut Sun’s season will be one of them.  The Sun wrote a great first chapter to the second half of the WNBA season last night with one of the most needed wins in franchise history, a come from behind win over the Indiana Fever at the Mohegan Sun Arena that ended a three game skid and quickly irradicated a lot of the sour taste of the first half of the season.  The Sun overcame an 11 point fourth quarter deficit, demonstrating a lot of the passion coach Ann Donovan has been trying to instill beyond the always passionate Kara Lawson.  What could make this story especially pleasing for Sun fans is that a number of local favorites, Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery, Kaleena Greene and, now, Kelly Faris, could be major contributors.  But that’s a story right out there for us all to see, one in which we can all be up close observers.  There are some other good stories in the works out there, but for those, you have to search in the shadows a bit.  Everything baseball right now is overshadowed by the continuing wait for the next shoe to drop in the Biogenisis scandal.  How many major leaguers will be suspended, for how long, how many minor leaguers, and will Alex Rodriquez give up his standoff with Major League Baseball and accept a shorter suspension to avoid a lifetime ban?  A better story, for baseball purists, the best story in baseball right now, is in the National League Central division where the Pittsburgh Pirates are poised to blow everyone away.  A team that hasn’t sniffed a playoff berth in years has the best record in the majors.  Yankee fans aren’t exactly thrilled that one of the architects is named A.J. Burnett.  The golf world, particularly the networks through who’s eyes we see it, can’t seem to concentrate on anyone but Tiger Woods, who is just two shots off the lead at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.  But Tiger hasn’t won a major championship in over five years and there’s a much better story right now in women’s golf.  Inbee Park is just three shots off the lead after a round of the Women’s British Open and she’s pursuing her fourth straight major championship, which, in women’s golf, would be unprecedented.  Just when the football world couldn’t seem to focus on anything that didn’t have to do with the latest development in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, along came another story the media can’t seem to get enough of.  Eagles wide reciever Riley Cooper was caught on video using a racial slur in a backstage incident at a recent concert and, while he’s being ostracized by his teammates, the man the media turns to for proper perspective is reformed dog abuser Michael Vick.  There are better stories in football.  Has anyone noticed that the kid from the last year of the Big East, Geno Smith, is running circles around Mark Sanchez in the competition for the starting quarterback’s job with the New York Jets and the Manning brothers will be going head up again this season?  There are a lot of good stories in the sports world, sometimes you just have to look into the shadows to find them.  With a comment from the sports world, I’m Scott Gray.

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