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NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 13

Sports PhotoBrett Favre pitches a tent in Green Bay, while the Rams’ “Puny Express” rush attack faces the Patriots. David Carr “pinky swears,” the Steelers host the Giants, and Cam Newton talks “whistleblowers.” Complete Story

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Tragedy in Brazilian Soccer

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes a sobering look at the plane crash that took out an elite Brazilian soccer team Monday night, and what that means for the team and the city it represented in this week’s Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Ralph Branca, RIP: Dignity in Infamous Defeat

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman pays tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher, victim of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World pennant-winning home run, who died last Wednesday morning and never the home run taint him, even when he learned the fabled Giants’ comeback and win may have been tainted. Complete Story

2016 NFL Week 12 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoWeek 12 featured three games on Thursday, a wild finish on Sunday night, and an upset on MNF. SC’s Brad Oremland ranks a new team on top, plus: Tyreek Hill, strategic errors by New England, and where Gary Kubiak really messed up. Complete Story

A Tale of the Highest Value

Sports PhotoAn NBA MVP line on the resume is something many players dream of. That’s definitely the case for two former teammates turned competitors. SC’s Jonathan Lowe discusses how it has come to be and why one could realize that dream. Complete Story

A Strong Silly Season, No Doubt

Sports PhotoBefore the College Football Playoff is announced, the coaching carousel is beginning to turn. SC’s Jean Neuberger takes a look at how the “silly season” is forming its first chapter in Austin. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 12 (Pt. 2)

Sports PhotoThe Giants channel Lawrence Taylor against the Browns, while the Texans hope to “spot” some good officiating. The Denver defense puts points on the board, and the Patriots and Jets re-live Spygate. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Thanksgiving

Sports PhotoThe Lions host the Vikes in a battle for the NFC North lead, while Thanksgiving brings talk of “starters” and “leftovers” in Dallas. Also, Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers look to light up the scoreboard in Indianapolis. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 36

Sports PhotoJimmie Johnson won at Homestead to capture his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship. Carl Edwards led with 15 laps to go, but wrecked while attempting to block Joey Logano’s pass attempt. Edwards finished 34, while Logano took fourth. Complete Story

2016 NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoWeek 11 was distinguished by missed extra points and long returns. SC’s Brad Oremland ranks all 32 teams, plus: questionable coaching decisions, Monday night officiating, and HOF semifinalists. Complete Story

Time For Angels to Trade MVP Trout?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman believes a) MVP voters didn’t hold his terrible team against Mike Trout, and b) the Los Angeles Angels are too much of a mess to avoid dealing baseball’s best all-around player. Complete Story

Slant Pattern’s College Football Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this edition of Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at college football mailbags of other sports columnists. He sees at least another year for Kevin Sumlin and Brian Kelly, respect for the Pac-12, and vulnerable teams in the Big 10 East. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 11

Sports PhotoIt’s Week 11 in the NFL, and SC’s Jeffrey Boswell has your preview. The Panthers challenge the Saints, while the Dallas offensive line looks to unload the box against the Ravens. Bruce Arians boasts of a big Johnson, and Jared Goff starts in L.A. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 35

Sports PhotoJoey Logano benefitted from a late spin that collected Matt Kenseth to win the Can-Am 500 and advance to the final round of the Chase. Kyle Busch claimed the final spot, and will be one of four vying for the title. Complete Story

2016 NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoFollowing a Sunday filled with close games and exciting finishes, Monday night provided a 1-point game with a fourth-quarter lead change. SC’s Brad Oremland analyzes the league and marvels at the most interesting coaching move in years. Complete Story

A Hoops Season to Be Excited For

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster previews the new college basketball season as one that could have a little of everything, from established star players and traditional powerhouse programs to elite freshmen and mid-majors with a chance to make huge noise in March. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 10

Sports PhotoCam Newton introduces his new cologne, “Eau My Head,” while the Saints host the Broncos. The Steelers host the Cowboys, and the Seahawks face the “pressure” in Foxboro against the Patriots. It’s Week 10! Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 34

Sports PhotoCarl Edwards took the win in the AAA Texas 500 to lock up a spot in the Chase For the Cup championship round at Homestead. Six drivers will vie for the remaining two spots as the series heads to Phoenix. Complete Story