NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Florida Gators guard KeVaughn Allen (5) during the second half of the NCAA mens basketball between the Duke Blue Devils and the Florida Gators on December 06, 2016, during the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

College Basketball Stock Watch, Week 9: Florida ascending, Duke stumbles

Following another enticing week of college basketball, who could have guessed that the handshake line would spark some intrigue? In the waning seconds of Texas Tech’s thrilling 66-65 victory against No. 25 Kansas State, Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber was visibly upset due to a no-call on guard Barry Brown’s attempted layup. Subsequently, the referees handed […]

Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones (12) victorious after scoring touchdown vs Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Jones's 70-yard TD catch tied the game in the final minute of regulation. Denver, CO 1/12/2013 CREDIT: John Biever (Photo by John Biever /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Top 5 NFL Divisional Round playoff games of the past 10 years

Will this weekend’s NFL Divisional Round playoff games offer anything as exciting as these memorable contests from the past decade? Seahawks-Falcons. Texans-Patriots. Steelers-Chiefs. Packers-Cowboys. Besides undergoing a heart attack while watching Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler toss a football, the NFL Divisional Round playoff games should provide plenty of intrigue. In fact, each matchup is a rematch […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins reacts during the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Pauley Pavilion on December 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

UCLA Bruins reaching unforeseen offensive heights, will be formidable come March

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Aaron Afflalo, Darren Collison and Luc Mbah a Moute. This cast of present-day NBA faces, among others, helped lead UCLA men’s basketball to a torrent of prosperity a decade ago. Despite failing to hoist a national championship trophy from 2006 to 2008, the Bruins still earned three consecutive trips to the Final Four. […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Head coach Chris Holtmann of the Butler Bulldogs reacts in the second half of the game against the Villanova Wildcats at Hinkle Fieldhouse on January 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated the No. 1 ranked Wildcats 66-58. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

College Basketball Stock Watch, Week 8: Butler shows its bite, Virginia stumbles

Hullababoo. Otherwise known as disorder or commotion. That oddly formed phrase has recently defined the college basketball scene, as seven top 25-ranked teams have lost since Saturday. However, one matchup failed to provide a similar level of madness, partially due to a blown call by the zebras on the sidelines. Tied at 88 apiece with under six […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Behind Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers poised for a Super Bowl run

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off their third consecutive trip to the postseason on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the organization holds a much higher standard of excellence than just one playoff victory over the previous two campaigns. Since the first Super Bowl was played in the 1966-67 season, the Steelers own the most […]

North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) and Justin Jackson (44) leave the court after a 75-63 loss against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at McCamish Pavillion in Atlanta. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

Recent upsets show parity is alive in college basketball, different than last year

With several top players staying in school and holding off on their professional careers, top college basketball powers are facing unexpected challenges early in the season. As a 17.5-point underdog, no one gave Georgia Tech (9-4) a chance to upset then-ranked No. 9/10 North Carolina on Saturday. However, behind possibly the most inexperienced team in college basketball, […]

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook reacts after play against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. The Thunder won, 106-94. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

New Year’s Resolutions for every potential NBA playoff team

With a new year soon to begin, what should potential NBA playoff teams resolve to accomplish in 2017? Just over two months into the NBA season, a mixture of expected contenders and prodigious playmakers have arisen. In the East, the Cavaliers and Raptors sit one game apart from each other while the succeeding nine teams […]

NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 10:  2016 Heisman Trophy winner University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (4) holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the 81st Annual Heisman Trophy press conference on December 10, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.   (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Top 5 plays from Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy-winning season

When an emotional Lamar Jackson slowly walked onto the PlayStation Theater stage in Manhattan, he embraced the moment more than his accomplishment. The 19-year-old sophomore had just entrenched himself as the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy, yet he still desired to meet each of the past winners who attended the event. One of them was […]

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 10: Matt Farrell #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drives to the basket as Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats defends during the second half of a college basketball game at Prudential Center on December 10, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. Villanova defeated Notre Dame 74-66. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

No. 1 Villanova survives scare from No. 23 Notre Dame

Amid the Wildcats’ run to a national title last season, head coach Jay Wright’s unit boasted tremendous defensive spurts. Once again, No. 1 Villanova (10-0) reached back for the same intensity in a 74-66 comeback win over No. 23 Notre Dame (9-1), erasing an 11-point first half deficit. With 13:17 left in the contest, the […]

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White Sox begin much-needed rebuild with Chris Sale trade

After years of bad signings and trades, the Chicago White Sox may be moving in the right direction by trading Chris Sale. At 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, Chris Sale’s unorthodox pitching motion typically drew curiosity and awe from spectators. But that unusual throwing motion made a huge impact for the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 10:  James Franklin and Marcus Allen #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 10, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Why Penn State deserved a ticket to the College Football Playoff

Did the College Football Playoff selection committee change its previous standards by leaving Penn State out of the four-team bracket? When the College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee was instituted for the 2014-15 campaign, it set out to develop uniformity within its choices, unlike the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). In particular, college football fanatics were up in […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Houston Texans should fear future with quarterback Brock Osweiler

Entering the previous offseason, the Houston Texans were in a major predicament. Would they continue to string along a group of mediocre quarterbacks or plunge into a major financial risk? On March 10, the highly-regarded backup Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract, including $37 million in guarantees in the first two seasons with the franchise. Last […]

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01:  Derrius Guice #5 hugs head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers after a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

LSU’s Ed Orgeron deserves support from fans, not hate

Prior to Friday evening, the probability of Ed Orgeron retaining the head coaching job at Louisiana State appeared just as likely as Charlie discovering a golden ticket for the Chocolate Factory. Tom Herman, now the Texas Longhorns’ head coach and ex-Houston Cougars’ lead dog, was reportedly in talks with LSU before its game against Texas A&M and expected […]

College Football: Ohio State Chris Wells (28) in action, rushing for touchdown vs Michigan. Columbus, OH 11/18/2006 CREDIT: John Biever (Photo by John Biever /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Top 5 Michigan-Ohio State games during past 30 years of rivalry

Separated by about 165 miles, there’s one common feeling for folks who reside in either Columbus, Ohio or Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each fan base embraces a loathing sensation in their hearts for the college football program located in the other city. Since 1897, the two schools have combined for countless enticing matchups, often with Big […]