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Australian Open Review and Preview

Sports PhotoIf you missed what has happened the first week and a half of the Australian Open, SC’s Kevin Beane is here to fill you in and predict the winner of the men’s and women’s tournaments. He also introduces us to the few surprises left down under. Complete Story

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Liveblogging an Evening of Tennis

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes us around the men and women’s tennis circuits with liveblogging of events in Sydney and Auckland. He tries in vain to watch some Australian Open qualifying, as well. Seem him dissect a Romanian master, two American servebots, and a Puerto Rican upstart in this edition of the Slant Pattern! Complete Story

ESPN Writer Drops Truth Bombs About Peyton Manning

Sports PhotoESPN’s Ian O’Connor wrote a thinkpiece about Peyton Manning that, while not exactly wrong about the big points, contains so many non-points dressed up as mic-droppers that SC’s Kevin Beane had to give it a point-by-point treatment this week. Complete Story

Deconstructing Darren Rovell’s Tweets

Sports PhotoIt’s a holiday cornucopia at the Slant Pattern this week, as SC’s Kevin Beane comments on a number of stories, all courtesy of Darren Rovell’s Twitter feed. Find out what Pete Rose has been doing with his time, why the Bucks are cool, and more. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane takes on the mailbag of higher profile sportswriters. Particularly, he looks at the greatest men’s tennis seasons of all-time, the precarious position of Jurgen Klinsmann, and the college football playoff. 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

Thoughts on the College Football Playoff Rankings

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes issue with the initial College Football Playoff rankings, in particular their affinity for Touchdown Jesus and their lack of affinity for undefeated teams. He makes his own rankings in this week’s edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Young Guns Poised to Save U.S. Tennis

Sports PhotoIt’s been a long, long stretch of non-dominance for U.S. tennis on the men’s side. But help seems to be on the way, as Americans are completely destroying the juniors circuit. Here’s a look at a few. Complete Story

A Comprehensive, Unaffiliated View of U.S. Poker Sites

Sports PhotoIt’s hard to get accurate information if you’re a U.S. poker player who wants to know where to play online. Luckily, SC’s Kevin Beane is here to save the day with a review of all of them — and he’s not affiliated with any, so you’ll get none of the misdirection you’ll find with other “directories.” Complete Story

Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

Sports PhotoYogi Berra passed away Tuesday night on the 69th anniversary of his major league debut. His legacy will be his goofy quotes, but SC's Kevin Beane says he was quite a bit more than that, and quite a character. Complete Story

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