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The Madness of Caitlin Clark’s Olympic Snub

Sports PhotoObviously, you have heard that Caitlin Clark has been left off the U.S. Women’s hoops team, and obviously, you are still righteously gnashing your teeth over it. SC’s Kevin Beane explains where the WNBA can go from here in this week’s Slant Pattern. Complete Story

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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Sonoma

Sports PhotoKyle Larson took charge late at Sonoma and held off Michael McDowell down the stretch to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Larson’s third win of the year. Chris Buescher finished third and Chase Elliott took fourth. Check out SC’s rankings! Complete Story

Dornoch Wins Tainted Belmont

Sports PhotoDid you enjoy Saturday’s watered-down Belmont Stakes? And unlike in 2020, there was no excuse for it this time around. SC’s Anthony Brancato points out that the race should have been run at a mile and three-eighths — not a mile and a quarter. Complete Story

“A Miracle and a Disaster”

Sports PhotoThat’s how the author of a new, truly in-depth biography of disgraced MLB star Pete Rose sees him, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

2024 NBA Finals Preview: Burning Questions Answered

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster previews the 2024 NBA Finals with by asking four important questions about the series to come. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: World Wide Tech Raceway

Sports PhotoAustin Cindric took advantage of Ryan Blaney’s fuel misfortune to win the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Denny Hamlin finished second, while Brad Keselowski took third. Complete Story

Goodell Renews Push For 18 Games

Sports PhotoRoger Goodell, harping on his favorite subject, the 18-game schedule, is now proposing that the CBA should be torn up and rewritten. SC’s Anthony Brancato analyzes what the NFLPA can be expected to demand in order to make this a reality. Complete Story

The Angel of Doom, Retired

Sports PhotoCalling Ángel Hernández Major League Baseball’s most controversial umpire equaled shooting fish in the proverbial barrel, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

No, Oleksandr Usyk is Not the Champion

Sports PhotoA couple weeks ago, Oleksandr Usyk pulled off a tremendous and almost unheard-of feat in beating a guy so much bigger than him to unify all the heavyweight boxing belts. But does this make him the pound-for-pound champ? SC’s Kevin Beane says no. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Charlotte

Sports PhotoChristopher Bell took the lead on a late restart before weather delayed and ultimately ended the race, giving Bell the win in the Coca-Cola 600, his second win of the year. Brad Keselowski finished second, while William Byron took third. Complete Story

An ESPN Writer Gets Religion…

Sports Photo… on Shohei Ohtani’s long-term two-way viability as a player. Kind of. SC’s Jeff Kallan hates to say he told you so, but… Complete Story

Butker and Kaepernick: Apples and Oranges

Sports PhotoHow many people know exactly what Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker actually said at that “divisive” commencement speech? After reading it word-for-word, SC’s Anthony Brancato concludes that the whole thing is getting blown way out of proportion. Complete Story

NBA Playoffs: Not Swayed By First Impressions

Sports PhotoCan you tell everything you need to know from Game 1 of the NBA Conference Finals series? SC’s Jonathan Lowe doesn’t think so. He gives us a brief synopsis. Complete Story

2024 NFL Schedule: Highlights and Lowlights

Sports PhotoWhen the NFL schedule came out last week, some teams and their fans threw their hats in the sky while other teams and their fans felt like defenestrating themselves, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

Díazaster For the Mets

Sports PhotoHe’s still struggling to find his bearings — and his confidence. But SC’s Jeff Kallman says Saturday’s disastrous ninth was preventable if Mets manager Carlos Mendoza had looked deeper. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Odds and Ends

Sports PhotoIn this week’s edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at goings-on in by far the three most popular sports leagues in America: the NFL, NCAA baseball, and the World Nineball Tour (yes, that’s right). Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Darlington

Sports PhotoBrad Keselowski ended a 110-race winless streak with the victory in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington. Ty Gibbs took the runner-up spot, while Josh Berry finished third. Check out SC’s NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

The NBA Lottery is Not Doing its Job

Sports PhotoA draft is supposed to promote competitive balance. But the NBA draft is not doing that. SC’s Anthony Brancato proposes a way to make it more effective in meeting that goal. Complete Story

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