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With Tiger Woods bombing out of the Open Championship this past weekend - finishing 69th at 6 over par, and his drought at a major extending to six years - it's beginning to look...(full article)

Did anyone notice that 10 of the players who participated in the 2014 Pro Bowl have gone on to sign with other teams for the upcoming season? Those 10 prominent players combined to...(full article)

The last two weeks have been watch list season in college football, that dreaded time every offseason when long lists of "candidates" for the sport's awards are announced as suppos...(full article)

College football is entering a new era, as the BCS is going away, being replaced by the four-team College Football Playoff. This means that the old crystal ball is going away, to...(full article)

It's no secret that World Cups and Olympic Games often leave stadiums where no one needs them, and with Brazil 2014 coming to a close, it's hard not to agree with what many Brazi...(full article)

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Top 10 Stats of 2014 NCAA Tournament

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