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The Return of the WAC

Sports PhotoThe Western Athletic Conference, left with barely a pulse less than a decade ago, is roaring back with their announced return to football. How is it possible? Let’s explain. Complete Story

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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Darlington

Sports PhotoMartin Truex, Jr. ruled the day at Darlington, sweeping all three stages to take his series-best third win of the year. Kyle Larson finished second, while Kyle Busch took third. Check out SC’s power rankings! Complete Story

Dr. J: The “J” Stands For “Jealous”

Sports PhotoIn the biggest story of envy to hit the NBA since David Thompson’s infamous jealousy of George Irvin, Julius Erving has bared his fangs at LeBron James, saying that LeBron is not among the 10 best players of all-time. SC’s Anthony Brancato is unimpressed. Complete Story

2021 FCS Championship Preview

Sports PhotoFootball in May? It’s a 2021 thing. SC’s Jean Neuberger gives a preview of next Saturday’s title game between 8-1 South Dakota State and 9-0 Sam Houston State. Complete Story

La Maquina, Al Finale?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says that if Albert Pujols’s playing career is really over — after the Angels designated him for assignment with no likely takers — wish him well, because his sad decline in Anaheim wasn’t his fault. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Kansas

Sports PhotoKyle Busch won the Buschy McBusch Race 400 in Kansas for his first win of the season. Kevin Harvick took second, while Brad Keselowski finished third. Denny Hamlin still leads the points as we head to Darlington. Complete Story

No, Roberto Alomar Wasn’t Pete Rosed

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says the Hall of Famer’s ineligibility over sexual misconduct isn’t and shouldn’t be an argument to slip Rose into Cooperstown — and here’s why. Complete Story

2021 NFL Draft: Stallions and Scallions

Sports PhotoSome teams improved themselves by leaps and bounds in the 2021 NFL draft, while others did nothing of the kind. SC’s Anthony Brancato helps sort out which is which. Complete Story

Yes, He Did Pitch a No-Hitter. Wanna Fight?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says credit Madison Bumgarner duly with a no-hitter … and keep the seven-inning doubleheader games. Complete Story

Let’s Go to the Dakotas (And the Rest of the FCS)

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane looks on in wonderment at the meteoric rise of college football in the Dakotas, wonders if they will soon be rivaled by a newcomer in the same part of the country, and asks a question about a castaway conference in the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Talladega

Sports PhotoBrad Keselowski survived to win the hectic Geico 500 at Talladega. William Byron finished second, while points leader Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex, Jr., among others, were involved in accidents. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s power rankings! Complete Story

NFL Teams Partyin’ Like it’s 1981

Sports PhotoThe cancellation of the annual NFL combine due to COVID has left the league’s front offices flying blind when it comes to who they should pick in this weekend’s draft, making this the most risk-laden draft of late, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

The Prelude to the Prelude to the Finale

Sports PhotoWe’re about to see something that hasn’t been done before in the world of the NBA. Are we ready for this change? SC’s Jonathan Lowe tries to figure out whether he’ll enjoy the new play-in tournament. Complete Story

Only One Team Should Wear 42 on Jackie Robinson Day

Sports PhotoBut SC’s Jeff Kallman has an idea for how all other MLB teams can honor the pioneering Hall of Famer that day. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Richmond

Sports PhotoAlex Bowman’s late charge stole the win at Richmond from Denny Hamlin, who dominated all day. Hamlin took second, while Joey Logano finished third. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s power rankings! Complete Story

Should Athletes Shut Up About Politics?

Sports PhotoThe same conservatives who love to tell Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James to “just shut up and play” are silent when right-wing athletes expound their views. SC’s Anthony Brancato calls them out on that silence. Complete Story

How to Fix the NBA’s Three-Point Problem

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster appreciates the three-pointer, but it’s clear that the amount of three-point attempts in the NBA is getting out of hand. He looks at some proposals that might help make the sport less dependent on the long-range shot. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIt’s time for another edition of the Slant Pattern mailbag, where SC’s Kevin Beane looks at the best coaching hires in the college basketball carousel, the most underrated Yankee, the hype around the rebirth of UCLA hoops, and more. Complete Story

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