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The Padres Show Machado the $300 Million

Sports PhotoAnd, says SC’s Jeff Kallman, the Padres made chumps out of other so-called small market teams crying poverty while pocketing yummy dollars before the first Opening Day ump yells, “Play ball!” Complete Story

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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 1

Sports PhotoDenny Hamlin won his second Daytona 500, beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones to the finish. Defending Monster Energy Cup series champion Joey Logano finished fourth. Check out the Week 1 rankings! Complete Story

The MLBPA Wants Baseball Out of the Tank

Sports Photo… and SC’s Jeff Kallman says baseball’s idea of a kind of tanking tax is one of the best the players’ union has ever had. Complete Story

What to Watch For After the NBA All-Star Break

Sports PhotoThe NBA is at the All-Star Break with a clear title favorite in the Warriors and James Harden likely to repeat as MVP. But there are still interesting questions that need to be answered before the end of the regular season, says SC’s Ross Lancaster. Complete Story

Foul Territory: AB C You Later & P’s ‘N Q’s

Sports PhotoIn this Foul Territory, it’s Antonio Brown’s “bye” week, Kyler Murray is on everyone’s short list, and Michael Jordan is not impressed. Also, Kareem Hunt kicks it with the Browns, and Joe Flacco is a Bronco. Complete Story

We Surrender: Let the NL Have the DH

Sports PhotoSC’s baseball historian, Jeff Kallman, ends a lifelong holdout against the designated hitter in the National League — because the occasional thrills of pitchers’ hits isn’t worth the dead lineup spot anymore. Complete Story

Anatomy of a Lifelong Arizona Hotshots Fan

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane has been a fan of the Arizona Hotshots for, well, seems about like forever. In this week’s Slant Pattern, he tells the world what it’s like to be such a fan. Complete Story

March’s Dark Horse? Houston

Sports PhotoThe usual suspects are making noise this year college hoops. But, as SC’s Jean Neuberger points out, it’s the surprising Houston Cougars who could be the ultimate party-crasher in March Madness. Complete Story

The State of the NFL: It’s in Trouble

Sports PhotoOnce upon a time, the NFL and other sports offered a welcome escape from the strife of the world. But now that’s a fairy tale, and one that could have anything but a fairy-tale ending, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

Frank Robinson, RIP: There Go the Judge

Sports PhotoThe Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball’s first black manager played the game hard, but preferred to break barriers quietly, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

The Race to the NHL Playoffs Begins Now

Sports PhotoWith the NHL All-Star Game now in the rearview mirror, it’s now officially time to look at the NHL playoffs. There are a ton of bubble teams that could easily make a run, which means some of the ones that are sitting comfortably need to be alert. Complete Story

Super Bowl LIII Aftermath

Sports PhotoWhere does Super Bowl LIII rank in excitement compared to the other 52? Did Sean Payton watch? What did we learn from the Super Bowl commercials? SC’s Jeffrey Boswell has the answers. Complete Story

The Silent Bowl

Sports PhotoThe biggest day in sports has come and gone, and the Patriots are your Super Bowl champions. Join SC’s Bob Campbell, as he watched the game on his couch all by himself. This is the Silent Bowl. Complete Story

Is This the Year?

Sports PhotoCollege basketball offers traditions of greatness and heartache. But what if those trendy roles can be reversed? SC’s Jonathan Lowe looks into the streaks that might be broken come mid-March. Complete Story

Adam Ottavino’s Ruthian Gaffe

Sports PhotoThe New York Yankees’ new bullpen bull thinks Babe Ruth would look quite different if he played today’s game. SC’s Jeff Kallman says stop snarling and ponder. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Super Bowl LIII

Sports PhotoThe Rams and Pats battle in Atlanta, where questions will be answered, such as “Does Tom Brady eat Ds?” “Is Aqib Talib the next IcyHot spokesman?” “Will Colin Kaepernick take a knee?” Get the answers and more in Jeffrey Boswell’s Super Bowl preview. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Odds and Ends

Sports PhotoIn this Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane takes on the Saints/Rams no-call, and introduces you to the Alliance of American Football and the Traverse City Pit Spitters. Complete Story

The Super Bowl Six-Pack

Sports PhotoWe’re only days away from the biggest event in American sports. Before the game, SC’s Bob Campbell answers all of your burning questions with this year’s edition of the Super Bowl Six-Pack. Check it out. Complete Story

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