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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 36

Sports PhotoKyle Busch won at Homestead to capture the Sprint Cup championship, besting Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Martin Truex, Jr. for the honor. It is Busch’s first Cup championship, says SC’s Jeffrey Boswell. Complete Story

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2015 NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoSometimes we get weeks like this: a terrific Sunday night game was overshadowed by injuries and bad officiating in the other games. SC’s Brad Oremland on those topics, plus Todd Gurley, and players remaining in the game after concussions. Complete Story

The Pains of Complacency

Sports PhotoLSU’s Les Miles has averaged 10 wins a game, but is on the chopping block. SC’s Jean Neuberger discusses why being consistently good, but not great, is a death knoll in the new playoff world of FBS. Complete Story

Paradise Jam Preview

Sports PhotoThere’s a zillion college basketball tournaments this time of year, so let’s zero in on one of the lesser-known (but still nationally televised with multiple high major teams) ones and break it down, preview it, and maybe even outsmart the bookies. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 11

Sports PhotoThe Vikings host the Packers with the NFC North title on the line, while Tony Romo returns to the lineup for Dallas. Jay Cutler and the Bears host the Broncos, and the Bills challenge the Patriots in Foxboro. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 35

Sports PhotoDale Earnhardt, Jr. won the rain-shortened race at Phoenix, while Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex, Jr. advanced to join Jeff Gordon in the Chase For the Cup finale at Homestead. Check out SC’s next-to-final NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

2015 NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoHow bad was Peyton Manning? How good is Adrian Peterson? How average are the Raiders? SC’s Brad Oremland answers these questions, plus: Houston’s formula for success, Cam Newton’s celebrations, and teammates with 100-yard receiving games. Complete Story

In Defense of Larger Conferences

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster has never loved the mega-conferences that currently exist in college football. However, by looking at the Big 12 potentially getting left out of the playoff once again, he looks at why those 12- and 14-team league are the best for getting their champions into the playoff. Complete Story

HOF Ballot: The Holdovers

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman wraps his series on the baseball writers’ Hall of Fame ballot, including his thought as to why at least one of the holdovers has a good chance of making it into the Hall of Fame this time. Complete Story

HOF Ballot: The Rest of the Newcomers

Sports PhotoPicking the HOF worthies from among the newcomers is both a challenge and a lot of fun, at least until you run into the ones you knew were good, even great, but not HOF great. Only Billy Wagner among the rest of the ballot newcomers belongs in the Hall. Complete Story