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Golf, Zika, Entitlement, McIlroy, and Olympics

Sports PhotoA lot of golfers are skipping the Olympics because, basically, they are yellow-bellies, but Rory McIlroy takes it one step further and gives a middle finger to the game that made him rich. SC’s Kevin Beane explains. Complete Story

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Liveblogging the UEFA Champions League

Sports PhotoRemember a few weeks ago when Real Madrid beat their neighbors to win a thrilling Champions League final? Well, the next edition is here with the lowest of the low who can still call themselves “champions” in action. SC’s Kevin Beane reports. Complete Story

Obscure Sports: Canoeing and Kayaking

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane thinks he has found the purest sport there is — no glamour, no coverage, and it doesn’t even look fun! But it features some great athletes whose discipline is like no other in sports. Complete Story

Copa America Centario Preview (Part Two)

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane completes his Copa America Centenario preview, with the side of the field that contains the first- and third-ranked teams in the world (Argentina and Chile), along with the team that might be better than both of them (Mexico). Complete Story

Copa America Centario Preview (Part One)

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at Group A and Group B of the upcoming Copa America Centario. From the looks of it, Brazil has a very easy road ahead; for the U.S., much tougher. Complete Story

Debunking the Myths of Jordan Spieth

Sports PhotoIs it possible there’s not enough hype around Jordan Spieth? Yes, it’s possible, especially since people are making way too much out of his Masters “choke.” SC’s Kevin Beane examines the myths of Spieth in this edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern mailbag, SC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at the football programs at Notre Dame and Iowa State, sounds a warning bell against balanced schedules in baseball, and rants against the Masters and Augusta National. Complete Story

Prepare to Meet Thon Maker

Sports PhotoThon Maker is a basketball prodigy who has declared for the NBA draft in spite of presently being enrolled in prep school, and that means the NBA has a decision on its hands. Should prep school count as high school? Should Maker be allowed to enroll? Complete Story

Challengers to the Big Five of Men’s Tennis

Sports PhotoOnce again, no one is challenging the best of the best in men’s tennis, but the tier below that is pretty welcomingly volatile. In this week’s Slant Pattern, we look at the next six players below the top five now. Complete Story

Another Obscure Sport to Love

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane is again on the hunt for a new sport, and he found a great one in candlepin bowling. For this edition of the Slant Pattern, he has a chat with Kyle Bruce, ambassador extraordinaire of the sport and lead announcer of the series. Complete Story

More Slant Pattern Commentary

02.25.16 2016 Week 1 College Football Preview By Kevin Beane
02.10.16 A Requiem For Cam Newton By Kevin Beane
01.27.16 Australian Open Review and Preview By Kevin Beane
01.13.16 Liveblogging an Evening of Tennis By Kevin Beane
12.30.15 ESPN Writer Drops Truth Bombs About Peyton Manning By Kevin Beane
12.16.15 Deconstructing Darren Rovell’s Tweets By Kevin Beane
12.03.15 Slant Pattern Mailbag By Kevin Beane
11.20.15 Paradise Jam Preview By Kevin Beane
11.05.15 Thoughts on the College Football Playoff Rankings By Kevin Beane
10.23.15 Young Guns Poised to Save U.S. Tennis By Kevin Beane
10.15.15 A Comprehensive, Unaffiliated View of U.S. Poker Sites By Kevin Beane
09.24.15 Yogi Berra, 1925-2015 By Kevin Beane
09.10.15 ESPN's Hype Machine is Going Too Far By Kevin Beane

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