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Sports & Politics Intersect: Nevada police reopen sexual assault case against Ronaldo

“Don't take another woman's life as you did mine!!" - Kathryn Mayorga, in a letter read to Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a 2010 mediation settlement Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault case linked to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in

A superior offseason has the Rams in a stronger position than the Chiefs

Positioned next to one another atop most major pre-Week 5 power polls, the Rams and Chiefs arrived at these destinations differently.Los Angeles moved aggressively this offseason, forming a team most expected to vie for the NFC’s slot in Super Bowl LIII. Ka

What would it mean if Texas is finally back, folks?

Imagine sautéing potatoes in butter, then adding sausage, then packing them around some kind of “loaf” manufactured from semisoft cheese, then deep-frying the whole thing, then serving it in the skins of the very potatoes you just saturated, topped with

College football games of note: Week 6

College football in Week 5 was kind of a mixed bag — some games fizzled out before they even really started, some games never got off the ground and only a handful offered true edge-of-your-seat entertainment.I skipped the Alabama game, dozed during Georgi

Odds to win the World Series

We already had a great preview to playoff baseball with two Game 163 tiebreakers in the National League for the first time in history, followed by two exciting wild card games. There are eight teams left to fight it out for the World Series, with the hope tha

The case for the Celtics to win the championship

Much like in the past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors will begin the 2018-19 NBA season as the heavy favorites to win the championship (-195 on Bovada). While a three-peat seems inevitable, the NBA is still going to make them play out the season…and

Touch 'em all: The 2018 MLB postseason primer

After a regular season that was a tale of two very different stories between the National League and American League, respectively, the pursuit of the pennant officially kicks off now.The American League is one that has been defined by elites more in 2018 tha

10 storylines to follow heading into the MLB postseason

Is Chris Sale healthy?Boston finished the regular season with the most wins in MLB, yet there is one question that is making New Englanders lose speed. Is Boston's ace, Chris Sale, healthy for the playoff? The right-hander has thrown only 17 innings since th

The case for the Lakers to win the championship

Much like the past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors will begin the 2018-19 NBA season as the heavy favorites to win the championship (-195 on Bovada). While a three-peat seems inevitable, the NBA is still going to make them play-out the season… and wh

College football pick-six: James Franklin is not elite, ND may be elite and UK is...something?

A weekly journey through the vast landscape of college football, along with a few brief asides.Cliched storyline of the weekLet’s just get this out of the way and then leave it behind, preferably until the end of time: I have been watching Penn State play f

Earl Thomas’ gesture was a refutation of the NFL's team-first culture

Conventional NFL fandom ties people to organizations. Perhaps saying fans who favor teams first and foremost are “just rooting for laundry” is a little glib, but it does drive at a point that fans often disregard what’s best — or even fair — for th

Heisman hopefuls: Week 5

Heisman candidates solidified their resumes in Week 5, as the stakes in college football only get higher. Quarterbacks put up some gaudy numbers, while a pair of relatively forgotten running backs pushed their teams' and respective Q-ratings over the top.Her

Ryder Cup storylines after day two

Two days down with one to go at the 42nd Ryder Cup.The Americans are certainly up against it, trailing 10-6 heading into Sunday's single matches. A huge task awaits captain Jim Furyk's group as it tries to pull off a minor miracle and prevent a sixth straigh

Sports & Politics Intersect: Eric Reid finds safety with Panthers

"This was a football decision, signing a player who can help us win football games.” - Marty Hurney, Carolina Panthers general managerOn Thursday, the Carolina Panthers signed free agent Eric Reid. The free safety was not re-signed by the San Francisco 49er

Ryder Cup storylines after day one

The first day of the 2018 Ryder Cup is in the books, and the U.S. has some work to do.It was a tale of two rounds at France's Le Golf National on Friday.The Americans roared out of the gate, going 3-1 in the morning fourballs and possibly thinking repeat. How

Has Penn State finally caught up with Ohio State?

A little more than 700 days ago, the balance of power in the eastern half of the Big Ten was readily apparent. Saturday morning, Oct. 22, 2016: Ohio State was ranked second in the country, Michigan was ranked third and virtually everyone else was irrelevant.

College football games of note: Week 5

If you are still feeling a Week 4 college football hangover, don’t worry. You are not alone. The collegiate gridiron itself was a little tipsy with near upsets from teams like Army and Iowa, an insane comeback from the Stanford Cardinal as well as program h

10 NBA training camp position battles to watch

Position battles in the NBA are a little different than those in most other major sports because unless Tom Thibodeau is the coach, both players will get enough minutes over the course of the season to display their talents. At the same time, in a league that

10 NBA teams that could upset the Warriors (maybe)

A lot of basketball fans are ready to write off the 2018-19 season already. The Golden State Warriors are a juggernaut. They have won three of the last four NBA titles, and they just added DeMarcus Cousins. We should just give up and welcome our new basketbal

The 2018 MLB all-rookie team

Whether they are blue-chip prospects or less-touted minor leaguers just trying to make a name for themselves, first-year big leaguers provide intrigue in every MLB season. And this season has been no different. While some of the youngsters on this list are al

10 Ryder Cup matches we'd like to see

There are several reasons to love the Ryder Cup.The passion. The emotion. The fashionable uniforms.Ultimately, however, it winds up being about the pairings and matchups. We get to see some of the world's best golfers go hole-to-hole in fourball, foursomes an

College football pick-six: Bama stays Bama, the top four stays fluid and Rutgers stays bad

A weekly journey through the vast landscape of college football, along with a few brief asides.Cliched storyline of the weekHere’s a little secret for you: The beauty of college football is in its inherent flaws. These are young men perched on the precipic

Dolphins aim to make annual Patriots September scare into something real

If someone were to tell you that three weeks into the season, the AFC East would have one 3-0 team and three others tied at 1-2, a scant few would guess that the unbeaten team would be any other than the New England Patriots.And with good reason. Since Tom Br

Heisman hopefuls: Week 4

Week 4 had plenty of spills and thrills, as Heisman Trophy candidates continued to build their cases to be a finalist for the most sought-after trophy in college football. A couple of newcomers made their way into the national spotlight, while a trio of highl

Sports & Politics Intersect: North and South Korea planning historic joint Olympics bid

“It’s a proposal of hosting the events in Seoul and Pyongyang. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics showed the Olympic values very well. I hope peace in Northeast Asia can continue through sports.” - Do Jong-hwan on the joint proposal between North and Sout

The Oregon-Stanford winner could be the Pac-12's last hope

Before the college football season began, the head of the Pac-12’s eponymous and long-struggling television network made a curious proclamation: It would focus more of its energy on football. It kind of blows my mind that the Pac-12 hadn’t been doing thi

Which of the seven 2-0 NFL teams are for real?

Cincinnati Bengals Given little respect coming into the season, Cincinnati’s suddenly a player in an AFC North that may no longer have a home-field advantage contender like it did in 2017. The Steelers’ turmoil opens the door to a rival wearing its home

College football games of note: Week 4

We are officially one-fifth of the way through the college football season. And while for some of us, it already feels like a lifetime of games we can’t get back, nothing has happened that can't be undone. Week 3 delighted us with fake fair catches, game-wi

NHL superstars on new teams

It happens at the start of every NHL season. You tune into the first hockey tilt in months and are almost instantly thrown for a loop when you remember a few key players are sporting different sweaters.That late-summer lull between the opening of free agency

MLB prospects who will be household names by 2019

In the last handful of seasons, baseball has been blessed with an especially talented group of precocious youngsters. Aaron Judge, Corey Seager, Gary Sanchez and Cody Bellinger made massive impacts upon graduating from prospect status over the past two years

Nine teams that can unseat the Washington Capitals

Never mind that the 2018-19 NHL season hasn't even started yet. There is already speculation as to which team is going to challenge the Washington Capitals for the Stanley Cup. It's been only a couple of months since captain Alex Ovechkin did a keg stand wit

The Texans have their stars back, but are still on the brink of a lost season

Midway through October 2017, the Texans sat at 3-3 going into the bye. They’d already lost All-Pro J.J. Watt for another season. However, the emergence of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was having a breakout rookie year, gave them the hope of a future beyo

10 MLB players we may not see again after this season

1. Jose Reyes, IF, New York MetsSome of the names on this list are guys who at least potentially could secure spring training invitations next February, but Reyes does not fall into that category. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, the 35-year-old has b

The Texans have their stars back, and they’re still on the brink of a lost season

Midway through October 2017, the Texans sat at 3-3 going into the bye. They’d already lost All-Pro J.J. Watt for another season. However, the emergence of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was having a breakout rookie year, gave them the hope of a future beyo

The weirdest moments from the past year in the NHL

The 2018-19 NHL season is upon us, with teams starting training camp this week.It is sure to be an exciting season, as the Washington Capitals look to defend the Stanley Cup, we see what the Vegas Golden Knights have for an encore in Year 2 and we anticipate

The nine schools that could still win the National Championship

Every year, more than 100 FBS college teams take the field, but most of them will never sniff the national championship. Eastern Michigan, for example, is just dreaming of a bowl game, not of making the playoffs. Even bigger teams, like, say, USC, aren’t go

Five MLB players who made the leap in 2018 (and five who didn't)

Each offseason, all 30 MLB clubs try to outline a path for their organizations to be the last ones standing the following October. And while some teams will try to improve via winter trades or big free-agent additions, one thing won't change: The easiest, mos

Heisman hopefuls: Week 3

Week 3 means no more cupcake non-conference matchups. Now we find out who really can stand up to the pressure of high-stakes games where division and conference titles can be won and lost.The new sheriff of Oklahoma's offense is still thriving, but we have fo

Sports & Politics Intersect: US Open leads to international volley over racism

«I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality. For me to say 'thief,' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. I mean, like he's never taken a game from
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