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Arizona Still Wild Card Favorites Despite Slide

Sports PhotoThe Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both staked their claims as playoff contenders early in the 2017 season. With the senior circuit’s top seeds all but decided, the wild card race has taken on greater significance in the NL race. Complete Story

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Grambling State Taking Care of Business

Sports PhotoIt is another football season and Grambling State University is getting ready to take care of their own business, according to Tigers football coach Broderick Fobbs. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 23

Sports PhotoKyle Larson powered to the lead on the final restart and went on the win the Pure Michigan 400. Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and still leads the Monster Energy Cup standings. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

NFL History: Statistical All-Pro Snubs, QB

Sports PhotoLast season, T.Y. Hilton led the NFL in receiving yards, but received no all-pro votes from the Associated Press. SC’s Brad Oremland examines others who failed to make all-pro, beginning with QBs, including a Hall of Famer snubbed four times. Complete Story

There is Football in Birmingham

Sports PhotoThe University of Alabama-Birmingham has been given a new life on the football field. Bill Clark and his program have endured and now the Blazers are ready to show up and show out, says SC’s Mel Suiter. Complete Story

Only Fools Rush Out

Sports PhotoThe death of colorful former American League umpire Ken Kaiser reminds SC’s Jeff Kallman of the insane mass resignation strategy that torpedoed the original MLB umpires’ union and, with it, Kaiser’s career. Complete Story

Life in the Coaching Cycle

Sports PhotoThe college football coaching world is about to start its life cycle anew. What will SC’s Jonathan Lowe watch for during this “early growth stage” of the 2017 season? Complete Story

The Copper Age of Sports Journalism

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, four and a half years after writing a similar column, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at the the sports-centric writing-focused websites of the day and, for the most part, does not like what he sees. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 22

Sports PhotoMartin Truex, Jr. conserved enough fuel to outlast the field to win the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen. Joe Gibbs Racing placed four cars in the top seven, and Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski tangled. Complete Story

Greatest Light Heavyweights in MMA History

Sports PhotoDuring their recent rematch, UFC announcer Joe Rogan declared Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier “easily the two best light heavyweights of all-time.” SC’s Brad Oremland examines that claim, comparing them to other greats like Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Randy Couture. Complete Story

Everyone is Picking Flowers!

Sports PhotoNew SC contributor Mel Suiter is ready to start the college football season. He is wondering about the University of South Florida and whether new coach Charlie Strong and quarterback Quinton Flowers can lead the Bulls to the Promised Land. Complete Story

The Dodgers Think, “Yu Wonderful Yu”

Sports PhotoThe Dodgers bagged Yu Darvish at the non-waiver trade deadline. Darvish provided immediate gilt-edged insurance for their likely October run when he manhandled the faded Mets Friday, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

The Mets Unplug 2017

Sports PhotoTrading Lucas Duda — their longest-tenured player — to Tampa Bay last week for a stud relief pitching prospect was only the first sign the Mets have eyes on 2018. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 21

Sports PhotoKyle Busch started from the pole at Pocono and won the Overton’s 400. Martin Truex, Jr. finished third and remains the leader in the Monster Energy Cup points standings. Complete Story

Best Pitchers By Decade: 1990s-Present

Sports PhotoWho was the best pitcher of 2005-14? Who threw the most strikeouts of the 1990s? Who gave up the fewest home runs from 1995-2004? SC’s Brad Oremland looks at the best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball over the past 25 years. Complete Story

Where Does Cleveland Go From Here?

Sports PhotoAn already awful offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers was somehow made much worse in late July when news of Kyrie Irving’s trade request became public. SC’s Ross Lancaster looks at Cleveland’s potential trade partners, and why the Cavs’ best plan of action is to patch everything over for one final shot at the Warriors. Complete Story

More Headshaking About Unwritten Rules?

Sports PhotoBaseball’s unwritten rules include rushing to protect a teammate even if he starts an unwarranted brawl. SC’s Jeff Kallman says obeying that rule may cost Giants outfielder/first baseman/postseason hero Michael Morse what’s left of his career. Complete Story

Slant Pattern at the 2017 Jeux De La Francophonie

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane looks at the 2017 Jeux De La Francophonie in the Slant Pattern. What’s that, you ask? Well, read it (okay, I’ll tell you: it’s the Olympics for French-speaking or French-connected countries). Complete Story