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Calm Down About the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team

Sports PhotoThe USMNT has failed to make the knockout stage of the Copa America, but judging by the Twitterverse, they just 40-0 three times to Bhutan. Yes, Berhalter should go, but SC’s Kevin Beane explains why people should relax, point-by-point. Complete Story

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Orlando Cepeda, RIP: “Winter Always Turns to Spring”

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers the first Puerto Rico-born major league player to reach the Hall of Fame, Orlando Cepeda. Complete Story

Jeff Bezos Eyes Seahawks

Sports PhotoDonald Trump had to settle for owning the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. But Jeff Bezos is setting his sights a lot higher: ownership of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Can he pull it off? We will know soon enough, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Chicago Street Race

Sports PhotoAlex Bowman managed the changing weather conditions to perfection and won the Grant Park 165 on the Chicago street course. Tyler Reddick finished second and Ty Gibbs took third. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

Are Sixers Title Contenders With George?

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster discusses the Philadelphia 76ers, their signing of Paul George, the team’s new Big Three, and why he’s skeptical that the Sixers will make a title challenge in the 2024-25 season. Complete Story

In the NFL, It is Now Expansion Time

Sports PhotoCould extending the NFL regular season to 18 games, now pretty much a fait accompli, lead to a 34- or even a 36-team league, and 16 teams making the playoffs? Grow or die, argues SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Nashville

Sports PhotoJoey Logano won a marathon in Nashville, taking the Ally 400 after surviving five overtime restarts. Zane Smith finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick in third. Check out SC’s power rankings! Complete Story

“Let Him Hear You, He’s Listening”

Sports PhotoThere was much to enjoy. but much more to contemplate when the Giants and the Cardinals played in ancient Rickwood Field two days after Willie Mays’s death. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this week’s mailbag, SC’s Kevin Beane (as he often does) laments the short end of the stick G5 teams get in college football, looks at hypothetical football Olympics scenario, and tackles a tennis question. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: New Hampshire

Sports PhotoChristopher Bell outlasted a long rain delay and the field to win the USA Today 301 at New Hampshire, winning for the third time this year. Chase Briscoe finished second, while Josh Berry took third. Check out the latest NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

Panthers Not Ready For Prime Time

Sports PhotoAmerica’s Team will live up to that putative moniker by having seven national TV appearances in 2024, while America’s Worst Team, the Panthers, won’t make any such appearances at all. But sometimes these pseudo-predictions, which is what they amount to, can go horribly wrong. Complete Story

Willie Mays, RIP: Loss, But Gratitude

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman mourns, but appreciates having grown up seeing the Hall of Fame center fielder and baseball’s arguable greatest-ever all-around position player when he was still in his prime. Complete Story

The Transition of the Seasons

Sports PhotoAs one basketball season has closed its doors, what’s a hoops fan to do? See more hoops. SC’s Jonathan Lowe does just that, with a brief tie to the Association. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Iowa

Sports PhotoRyan Blaney held off William Byron down the stretch to win the Iowa Corn 350, Blaney’s first win of the season. Chase Elliott finished fourth, while Christopher Bell took fourth. Check out SC’s rankings! Complete Story

2024 NFL Opening Odds

Sports PhotoDamon Runyon famously said that the race isn’t always to the swift or the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet. SC’s Anthony Brancato looks at the futures odds for the upcoming 2024 NFL season. Complete Story

Father’s Day Thoughts on the Field of Dreams Game

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers a contradictory childhood turned to his own edifying fatherhood, bound by baseball. Complete Story

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

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

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