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The delusions of Brexit

England, Great Britain, the United Kingdom, whatever:

Norway without the fjords.

Switzerland without the Alps and the chocolate.

And, let’s be brutally honest, on its way to being Venezuela without the warm climate and the pitching prospects.

The U.K. has said p.u. to the E. U. and the results have been disastrous:

More than $2 trillion down the drain worldwide.

More than $830 billion lost in the United States.

A British economy shrunk from the fifth largest to the sixth. ...

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Brexit offers no exit for world woes

A few days ago, the most pressing question in the United Kingdom may have been would Andy Murray – recently reunited with coach Ivan Lendl – mount a successful campaign at Wimbledon next week to stop Novak Djokovic’s bid for the calendar Grand Slam.

“It’s the eye of the tiger. It’s the thrill of the fight, risin’ up to the challenge of our rival,” you know.

That was, as I said, a few days ago. And then came Brexit – the British exit from the European Union. ...

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Going his way: Sandy Koufax and the other ‘Last Innocents’

When I was a child, I raced home one day from school to turn on the TV to see a 20-year-old pitcher who would soon become a favorite, Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles, outduel Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. It wasn’t even close. Dodger centerfielder Willie Davis lost two fly balls in the October sun and the Dodgers, defending Series’ champ, went down 6-0, losing the series in four straight.

It was the last game Koufax ever pitched for afterward he announced his retirement from baseball, having battled traumatic arthritis along with the drugs that kept it at bay for a number of years. He was just 30 years old. ...

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