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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 8

Sports PhotoJimmie Johnson took charge late to win the Food City 500 at Bristol, scoring his 82nd career win. Kyle Larson finished sixth and continues to lead the Monster Energy Cup points standings. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

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A Decade Later: Grading the 2007 NFL Draft

Sports PhotoWith the 2017 NFL Draft approaching, let’s put expectations in context with a glance in the rearview, as SC’s Brad Oremland identifies the most and least successful teams in the 2007 draft that began with JaMarcus Russell ahead of Calvin Johnson. Complete Story

Machado, Pedroia, and Respect Won and Lost

Sports PhotoRed Sox pitcher Matt Barnes got a four-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado’s head Sunday — two nights after Machado slid hard but clean into Dustin Pedroia, who took no offense. SC’s Jeff Kallman says Barnes got off light and the Orioles’ restraint should be emulated. Complete Story

Cleveland, There’s No Defending This

Sports PhotoThe Cleveland Cavaliers continue their march to a repeat, but can they truly call this a “defense” of their championship? SC’s Jonathan Lowe shows why a lack of “D” could make for some history. Complete Story

Now the Giants Are Truly Bummed

Sports PhotoThe thing is, with Madison Bumgarner gone for six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury from a dirt bike crash, what will they miss more … his arm, or his bat? Complete Story

The Curious Case of Memphis

Sports PhotoWhen you think of a program that has so many ingredients, and yet is struggling mightily, one name comes to mind. SC’s Jean Neuberger takes a glimpse at the surprising recent troubles at Memphis. Complete Story

The Virginia Tech Quarterback Battle

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane brings the news of a quarterback controversy brewing in Blacksburg. Will it be odds-on favorite Josh Jackson? Feast-or-famine A.J. Bush? True freshman Hendon Hooker? Find out in this week’s edition of Slant Pattern! Complete Story

Tony Romo vs. Troy Aikman

Sports PhotoFollowing Tony Romo’s retirement from playing QB, SC’s Brad Oremland puts his career in perspective by comparing Romo to another famous Cowboys QB, Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Who had the better career, and is Romo a HOFer? Complete Story

Awards and All-NBA Teams For 2016-17

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster gives his NBA awards for the 2016-17 season, including why he thinks Russell Westbrook is the the MVP and why it’s time for a fourth team All-NBA. Complete Story

Best Quarterbacks in Franchise History: AFC

Sports PhotoFollowing up a recent article on the greatest statistical QBs of the Modern Era, SC’s Brad Oremland examines the best QBs in the history of every AFC franchise, including Tom Brady, John Elway, and Dan Marino. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 7

Sports PhotoJimmie Johnson passed Joey Logano late to win at Texas, snapping his season winless streak. Kyle Larson took second and maintained his position atop the Monster Energy Cup standings. Complete Story

Flag Night Banner Night For Cubs

Sports PhotoA rain delay to open the World Series flag festivities, then Anthony Rizzo — who snared the Series-winning out in November  driving in the game-winning run. Says SC’s Jeff Kallman … it figures. Complete Story

Tony Romo Retires and Moves to CBS

Sports PhotoSC’s Brad Oremland breaks down Tony Romo’s sudden retirement — and his new job in the booth for CBS — including a comparative analysis of the big question: is Tony Romo a Hall of Famer? Complete Story

They Know Nussing … Nussing!

Sports PhotoOf course there was nothing devious happening when a wild pitch got stuck to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s chest protector, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 6

Sports PhotoBrad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch and pulled away to win the STP 500 at Martinsville. Busch hung on for second while Chase Elliott finished third. Check out SC’s Week 6 NASCAR rankings! Complete Story

Don’t Blame the Refs For Calling Fouls

Sports PhotoThe refs of the Gonzaga/North Carolina championship game took a lot of heat for the amount of fouls they called. But they aren’t to blame, the players are, and that’s a good thing. SC’s Kevin Beane explains in this edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

The Head of the Class

Sports PhotoThere was history to be made for either of the finalists in Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball championship. But to the victor goes the spoils. What did North Carolina achieve with their win in Phoenix? Complete Story

Opening Day: For Giants, Cy Ruth vs. Two Blown Saves

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman imagines the dialogue between Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (who hit the NL’s first two homers of 2017) and manager Bruce Bochy during the Giants’ Opening Day loss to Arizona. Complete Story