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Truly larger than life

Heller: Statues of Howard, Gibson, Johnson unveiled at Nats Park. Published April 9, 2009

Dick Heller: Public is on hook for Marlins' home

As a former Miami resident and lifelong baseball fan, I'm delighted that the area's politicians have finally approved construction of a stadium for the Marlins, thus assuring major league baseball will remain and likely prosper in South Florida. Published March 31, 2009

The Way It Was/Dick Heller: Wooden's magic lives on at UCLA

UCLA had defeated Louisville 75-74 in a double-overtime semifinal of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and the Bruins were whooping it up appropriately in their locker room when coach John Wooden strode in and held up his hand. Instantly, the room went deathly still. Published March 29, 2009

73-0 win for ages

McAfee's death completes time's devastation of Bears team. Published March 24, 2009

Dick Heller: At home, advantage Maryland

Before top-seeded Maryland took the court Sunday at Comcast Center for its first-round game against No. 16 Dartmouth in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, a wise guy at courtside remarked of the Terrapins, "They'll be up by 20 points with seven minutes left in the half." Published March 23, 2009

HELLER: Winning is cure-all for Nats

The Nationals have announced a series of monthly health initiatives this season designed to improve the quality of life in the metropolitan area. That's all well and good, but they could accomplish the same thing from a strictly baseball standpoint simply by winning more games. Published March 14, 2009

HELLER: The Babe's monster deal

The game's greatest slugger reached for the sheaf of papers and scribbled his name on the bottom line - "George Herman Ruth." Published March 8, 2009

Dick Heller: Nothing to Screech about

The snakebit Nationals hatched their new-look Screech mascot Monday at the downtown ESPN Zone and - surprise, surprise! - he (she?... it?) turned out not to be Jim Bowden. Published March 3, 2009

THE WAY IT WAS: A poignant exit for Mantle

On the evening of Feb. 28, 1969, a telephone rang in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hotel room occupied by Ralph Houk, manager of the New York Yankees. The caller, speaking in a familiar Oklahoma drawl, did not need to identify himself. Published March 1, 2009

Dick Heller: These gritty Terrapins deserve an invitation

A friend approached Gary Williams as the witching hour neared Wednesday night at Comcast Center and pumped his hand, which is something you usually don't do with losing coaches after a game. Then the man asked a simple question: "NCAA?" Published February 27, 2009

HELLER: Tobacco Road to perdition

For decades now, the North Carolina-Duke rivalry in men's basketball has been one of the most intense in sports. Yankees vs. Red Sox in baseball, Redskins vs. Cowboys in football and Army vs. Navy in everything are just as heated. But none of these adversaries is located eight miles from the other, as are the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Published February 22, 2009

HELLER: Welcome diversion for fading Hoyas

Georgetown paid a 25th-anniversary tribute to its 1984 NCAA men's basketball champions Saturday at Verizon Center, and you have to admire the timing. Published February 22, 2009

THE WAY IT WAS/DICK HELLER: Torres pounded foes and keys alike

It's rare - almost unprecedented, in fact - to find a boxer who can produce punchy prose as well as punches. Possibly the only such multitalented individual was Jose "Chegui" Torres, the former Olympic medalist and professional light heavyweight champion who died of a heart attack at 72 last month in his native Puerto Rico. Published February 15, 2009

More than just Jackie

The Way It Was: NFL's pioneers deserve attention, too. Published February 9, 2009

Dick Heller: Youthful squad an enigma

Georgetown stunk up the joint Saturday at Verizon Center, blowing a 12-point second-half lead against a so-so Cincinnati team. Published February 8, 2009

DICK HELLER: Boxing leaves body, mind down for count

Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson staged a memorable series of heavyweight title fights that ended with one or the other being knocked kicking. Published February 5, 2009

Bidding adieu to Updike

The Way It Was: Famed author commemorated Williams' last homer. Published February 2, 2009