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This is a Crackdown?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman is skeptical about the coming MLB assault on special sauces for pitching grips, saying there’s a word for 10 days off with pay — vacation. Complete Story

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The Continuing Reach of Astrogate

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman reviews Andy Martino’s new book Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing. Is it worth picking up? Complete Story

Proposed 12-Team FBS Playoff Has its Flaws

Sports PhotoIf the FBS is going to triple the size of its playoff field, it must commensurately increase the incentive that accrues to the top teams. SC’s Anthony Brancato explains why that proposed plan falls short. Complete Story

The Clinical Greatness of Kevin Durant

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster focuses on Kevin Durant and wonders if we’re perhaps not giving him enough credit because he makes the game look so easy and is always on a team with at least one other star. Complete Story

Strange Brew? Or, Whitey’s Great-Grandchildren?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says it’s yet another generation, yet another spitball scandal — this time with very sophisticated syrups that may descend from a certain Yankee HOFer. Complete Story

The State of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team

Sports PhotoThe U.S. Men scored a huge and important victory over their rivals Mexico on Sunday. But not everything is champagne and caviar for the Yanks. SC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at some obstacles they face in this week’s edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Sonoma

Sports PhotoKyle Larson aced the competition again, this time winning on Sonoma’s road course. It was Larson’s second consecutive commanding win, and gave Hendrick Motorsports it fourth straight win. Complete Story

Tinkering With the Transfer Portal

Sports PhotoThe transfer portal is in full swing, but is that a total positive? SC’s Jean Neuberger explains why some changes are needed to keep the portal from going out of control. Complete Story

Is Basketball in the Wrong Olympics?

Sports PhotoOne of the events at the upcoming Summer Olympics is actually a winter sport, basketball! How can that be? SC’s Anthony Brancato is as stumped as anyone else. Complete Story

Mike Marshall, RIP: A Prophet Scorned

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman salutes the first reliever to win a Cy Young Award, whose advanced thinking has crept into baseball slowly — even if the game won’t dare use his name. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Charlotte

Sports PhotoKyle Larson controlled the race from start to finish in Charlotte, easily winning the Coca-Cola 600. Hendrick Motorsports placed all four cars in the top five, while Kyle Busch broke up the sweep with a third. Complete Story

Pete Rose’s Hall of Fame Scenarios

Sports PhotoPete Rose may yet get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But to borrow a phrase from another sport, he does not control his own destiny for doing so. SC’s Anthony Brancato breaks down the permutations. Complete Story

Rockiegate vs. Astrogate? Try Our Gang vs. James Gang

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says that, if a former Milwaukee Brewers reserve is right about the Rockies’ way of trying sign-stealing in 2018, it makes them the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot a Massage Gun Straight. Complete Story

Slant Pattern’s Top Five Boxing Podcasts

Sports PhotoLike podcasts? Want to know boxing more? SC’s Kevin Beane has you covered as he lists the five best boxing podcasts he has come across in this edition of Slant Pattern. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Circuit of the Americas

Sports PhotoChase Elliott won the rain-shortened Texas Grand Prix at wet and wild Circuit of the Americas. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson took second, while Penske’s Joey Logano finished third. Start your engines, and check out the rankings! Complete Story

Artificial Turf Facing Extinction in MLB

Sports PhotoArtificial turf has been pushed to the brink of becoming a thing of the past in Major League Baseball, as most newly-built baseball stadiums have playing surfaces consisting of natural grass. SC’s Anthony Brancato says “Bye, Felicia!” Complete Story

Regret-Table Setting the NBA Playoffs

Sports PhotoHave you ever regretted a decision you made? Those decisions don’t just extend to ordinary folks. NBA franchises make regrettable choices, too. SC’s Jonathan Lowe looks at some of those choices effecting this year’s postseason. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Dover

Sports PhotoAlex Bowman led a Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3-4 sweep in the Drydene 400 at Dover, with teammates Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and William Byron following Bowman’s lead. The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to the Circuit of the America’s road course. Complete Story

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