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Taylor: Africa’s World Cup

Exactly a month from today the first game of the 19th Football World Cup Finals will kick off between Mexico and hosts South Africa in Johannesburg.

Even if you are not a big fan of soccer, and I know this probably includes a lot of the American readership of The Daily, there are too many reasons why you should tune in and watch, why you should care…

Taylor: Ties allow for more intrigue

After a scoreless game against Duke in 1953, Navy football coach Eddie Erdelatz said, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” Now, if Jerry Springer has taught me anything, it is that Americans are the experts in the latter, but the former, the noble draw (British for “tie”), is notable in its absence from any of America’s favorite pastimes…

Jaffe: Soccer deserves more credit in the US

It’s the final week of the NBA season and the Western Conference is still not settled. The NHL playoffs are about to start, and a very intriguing Masters just ended. The MLB season is underway, with the Blue Jays leading the most talked-about division in baseball and the Astros doing their best New Jersey Nets impression. A Steeler and a former Steeler are making headlines for being less than responsible off the field, and college basketball’s elite players continue to flee for the money and poor officiating of the NBA…