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The State of (Men’s) American Soccer

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at how U.S. soccer is doing. These are dark days, with our continental championship garnering no interest, but he sees a path forward in this week’s edition of Slant Pattern. Complete Story

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PGA Tour Preview: The Land of the Alamo

Sports PhotoThe PGA Tour heads to San Antonio this week for the third of five events in the Lone Star State. In the first full-filed event since the Houston Open, there will be plenty of hopefuls looking to take advantage of the absence of the top players in the world. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 8

Sports PhotoKyle Busch took advantage of a late caution to win at Bristol, taking his second consecutive win. Kyle Larson finished second, while Jimmie Johnson took third. Check out SC’s NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

Bad NFL Coaching Fires

Sports PhotoSeven NFL teams changed head coaches at the end of last season. While some of those changes were justified, others were ill-considered. SC’s Brad Oremland calls out three teams whose self-destructive impatience is bound to backfire. Complete Story

Why it’s Time to Give More Loyolas a Shot

Sports PhotoLoyola’s march to the Final Four has SC’s Jean Neuberger making a simple demand: mid-major teams are too often left behind. Time to give them more invites. Complete Story

Is NFL’s Concussion Problem Getting Any Better?

Sports PhotoThe NFL is introducing new rules and regulations to attempt to limit concussions. However, is it going to be enough? Complete Story

Foul Territory: Belts, Jackets, and Handcuffs

Sports PhotoIn this week’s edition of Foul Territory, Aldon Smith hits rock bottom, Patrick Reed celebrates his Masters win practically alone, and Ronda Rousey straps one on. Complete Story

It’s Shohtime

Sports PhotoFrom a shaky spring training, Angels’ import phenom Shohei Ohtani in the regular season has lived up to his billing and beyond … so far, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

PGA Tour Preview: Pine Trees, Railroad Ties, and the Lighthouse

Sports PhotoWhile a number of top players take the week off following the grueling Masters, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson will tee it up at Harbour Town Golf Links with 28 other golfers in the top 50 in the standings. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 7

Sports PhotoKyle Busch won for the first time this year, taking the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race in Texas. Kevin Harvick finished second, while Ryan Blaney came home third. Check out SC’s NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

Conor McGregor Loses His Mind

Sports PhotoFormer UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor attacked a bus last weekend, forcing three fights off the UFC 223 card. SC’s Brad Oremland examines the carnage and why McGregor’s outrageous behavior has gone too far. Complete Story

The Ageless, Mythological Ichiro

Sports PhotoIn his 27th pro season in Major League Baseball, the ageless Ichiro Suzuki is still proving he is a once-in-a-generation athlete. Complete Story

Things That Don’t Make Sense in Sports

Sports PhotoEver look at a certain rule or procedure in a particular sport and can’t figure out why it is done that way? SC’s Anthony Brancato certainly has, and examines some of these “Things That Don’t Make Sense in Sports.” Complete Story

Bu(n)t … the Unwritten Rules!

Sports PhotoThe Twins didn’t like the Orioles’ Chance Sisco bunting away from the over-shift in the ninth. Others thought Andrelton Simmons bunting with the third baseman playing deep in the fifth of a potential no-hitter was cheap. They’re all wrong. Complete Story

2018 Masters Tournament Preview

Sports PhotoThe appeal of this year’s Masters Tournament exceeds any in recent memory, with the return of Tiger Woods and the stellar play of many of the game’s top players. Who can win? Who will win? Are there surprises in store for the weekend? Complete Story

College Football Mailbag

Sports PhotoIt’s mailbag time again for the Slant Pattern, which focuses strictly on college football this time. SC’s Kevin Beane analyzes Will Muschamp, new TV deals, and more. Complete Story

The Masters: It’s Not All About the Field

Sports PhotoThe golf season’s first major is a spring tradition, but not necessarily because of the depth of the field. That hasn’t kept this year’s edition from garnering as much hype as any Masters in recent memory. So, why then, is there so much excitement? Complete Story

Too Much Wacky to Not Be Normal

Sports PhotoIt’s never a straight path to find an NCAA champion. SC’s Jonathan Lowe takes us back through this year’s winding road that went from 64 down to the chosen ones. Complete Story

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