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On April 1, 2000, Wisconsin and Michigan State faced off at the Final Four in Indianapolis. The game was slow, grinding and physical. At halftime, the Spartans led, 19-17. Sitting ...(full article)

We still love it - but golf was a whole lot better in the 1970s. Here's why. ...(full article)

This morning, FIFA officially recommended that the 2022 World Cup, originally slated to be held in Qatar's 120 degree summer heat, be moved to the winter. It's a very big deal: for...(full article)

The NFL Combine continues to fascinate, despite its being such a poor predictor of NFL success. This list, and historical evidence, bears this out: you'd be hard pressed to fit t...(full article)

Every time the Daytona 500 rolls around, Danica Patrick again becomes one of the top stories. "Will she finally break through and win?" is one of the inevitable questions asked. Th...(full article)

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Top 10 Sports Villains 2015

Sports lend themselves to about a zillion metaphors, and good vs. evil is one of our favorites. Believing that certain teams or people are inherently good or evil helps us engage...

How Hip, Young Owners Are Changing NBA

n the last five years, as franchise values continue to rise, an aging generation of NBA team owners have cashed in. In their place, a new class of younger, innovative businessmen h...

Dallas Has a Cap Problem

The 2014 NFL season may be over, but with the scouting combine less than two weeks away, and free agency and the draft coming up soon after, it's as true as it is every year -- pro...

How NFL Collects Its Massive Fines

With the Patriots’ stunning Super Bowl win over the Seahawks on Sunday, an NFL season rife with controversy comes to a close. From domestic violence, to drug and alcohol abuse, t...

Top 10 Recruiting Classes of Modern Era

First, what defines the modern era? For us, the cutoff is 1978, when Division I split into I-A and I-AA, known now as FBS and FCS. That means classes like Alabama '76, Oklahoma '...

5 Who Could Boost Stock on Signing Day

We're less than 48 hours away from national signing day, and while several programs are sitting in great places, others have the opportunity to sit even better by Wednesday. Accord...

$30K Will Buy You a Crotch Grab

In the National Football League, $30,000 will buy you a crotch grab, a poncho-and-sombrero performance, or two goal post dunks. That odd price list may be news to you, but it proba...

49 Things to Know About Super Bowl

After a week of wall-to-wall Deflategate coverage, the NFL hopes to return the focus to the action on the field and the teams involved in the Super Bowl. There have been 298 games ...

Top 10 Titles Stripped for Rules Violations

We're all aware of this time-honored sports adage: "Rules are made to be broken." No, wait, technically the bromide is "Records are made to be broken." But in an era of unending ...

Next Player in 3,000 Club May Be A-Rod

On Sept. 28, Derek Jeter picked up his 3,465th and final hit as his 20-year career drew to a close. His departure leaves the Major Leagues without an active member of the exclusive...

Top 10 Pro Football Dynasties

What makes a dynasty? First, you have to win the Super Bowl or league championship - or, in the case of the Green Bay Packers, both. So unfortunately, as much as we'd love to inc...

Top 10 Biggest Sports Media Personalities

Their voices, their faces, their catchphrases - sometimes their sense of style, a select few broadcasters and media personalities leave these traits embedded in the public's cons...

NHL's Hart Trophy a Wide-Open Race

With no runaway scoring leader and parity atop the  NHL standings at an all-time high, fans should expect a tight race for the Hart Memorial Trophy in the second half of the s...

Why Boston Is Terrible Choice for Olympics

On Thursday the United States Olympic Committee announced that it had selected Boston as the American city that will make a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The USOC picked Bo...

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2014

The year 2014 was a turbulent one in the annals of sports. Social issues got in the way of the fun and games at nearly every level. From domestic abuse to wide-spread corruption,...

The Year's Best and Worst in Sports Media

We continue our year-end extravaganza at Awful Announcing with this recap of everything in the sports media world in our Best & Worst of 2014. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks...

5 Reasons Alabama Will Win It All Again

Alabama enters the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 overall seed and the odds-on favorite to win the 2014-15 national championship. The Crimson Tide have won two out of the la...

Celebrating the Worst of College Football

Last week, we toasted the best of college football’s regular season. Today, we’re supplying the yang to that yin: the very worst of the year. Worst Underachiever, Team:...

Yankees and Dodgers Will Be Busy

One of the greatest events in the baseball industry is the annual Winter Meetings. Where else can you talk to the best and brightest baseball minds all in one place at the same tim...

Potential Landing Spots for Rice

The protracted appeals process for the NFL, Ray Rice and the NFLPA has concluded. Barbara Jones, the former U.S. district judge presiding over the arbitration, ruled Friday that th...

10 Big Names on Trading Block

Trades are more fun than free-agent signings. There. I said it. And I know most of you agree. After all, it's one thing to put a dollar value on an athlete, and it is quite another...

Top 10 Least Thankful People in Sports

Injuries, losses, these are the normal miseries we expect as sports fans. Scandal, corruption, stupidity - well, we probably now expect these all too. While some of us will sit d...

Imagining Peterson to Cowboys

So the hammer has finally fallen on Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, suspending at least for the rest of the year without pay. So we can finally move on, correct?  ...

Gators Should Return to Roots

The Georgia game proved to be only a brief respite. After blowing a 17-10 lead late to lose to South Carolina on Saturday, Florida decided to move on from Will Muschamp, in a long-...

Maybe Now Gators Will Call On Stoops

It's a bottom line business. Will Muschamp knows it, and Sunday he experienced the fallout from it.   Florida's firing of Muschamp after nearly four uneven seasons could start a c...

NFL's Most Overrated Defenders

We'll begin on a positive note, before going negative: Detroit has arguably the best defense in the NFL, Cleveland is coming off a dominant performance over Cincinnati and Arizona ...

Top 10 Sports War Veterans

Tuesday is Veterans Day, a time we celebrate and recognize those who have fallen in the service of our military. Throughout the United States' relatively young history, the nati...

Top 10 Michigan Coaching Candidates

Dave Brandon resigned as the Michigan's athletic director on Oct. 31, after being besieged by students, alumni and fans over his handling of the football program over the past fe...

Top 10 NBA Franchise Saviors

One of the greatest things about the NBA is that a team can go 17-65, get the top pick in the draft and three years later make its first of five consecutive playoff appearances, ...

Mapping - Literally - History of the NBA

Here's a good reminder of just how different the United States looked just 65 years ago: the population centers were primarily found on the Eastern seaboard, in the Great Lakes reg...

Top 10 Storylines of 2014-15 NBA Season

It's hard to imagine this isn't one of the most interesting NBA seasons in recent memory. With LeBron James going back to Cleveland, the return of Derrick Rose, a crop of great you...

Who Will Be World Series MVP?

We think of "World Series MVP" as one of the most sterling accomplishments you can earn in sports, reserved for the greatest players coming through in the most stressful, historic ...

Birdman, Kershaw Among Scruffiest of Them All

We've long celebrated LeBron, Victor Cruz, and all the other athletes who can dress as sharply as they play. And then there are these men: heroically unshaven hippies and heshers a...

Top 10 Broadcasting Calls of All Time

The baseball postseason once again is hitting a fever pitch, with dramatic rallies and late inning home runs deciding tension-filled games. While football has taken over as Ameri...

Top 10 Football Coaches on Hot Seat

Football's firing season didn't even wait until October to get started. Charlie Weis on Sunday became the first coach to get the pink slip in 2014 after his Kansas team was blanke...

Top 10 2014 MLB Awards Candidates

Miguel Cabrera is hardly having a down year, but a slight dip in numbers is more than enough to guarantee that the Tigers star won't pull off a historic MVP three-peat. Cabrera's...

13 Reasons U.S. Will Win Back Ryder Cup

Team USA has the talent - and talons - to reclaim the Ryder Cup. Here's why the Yanks will prevail, starting with Reason No. 1, Captain Tom Watson....

Who Best to Get Tiger Back on Track?

Who should be Tiger Woods' next swing coach? We asked our Anonymous Pro for the inside scoop on the best candidates for the job.   Any number of teachers could get Tiger Woods...

Top 10 Hail Marys in History

On Wednesday, it will have been exactly 20 years since Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook stunned Michigan Stadium with a Hail Mary win for Colorado over Michigan. In November, ...

September Celebration or Swoon?

This is the week we'll say goodbye -- for real, this time -- to Derek Jeter. This is the week those MVP and Cy Young arguments will reach their crescendo. And maybe this will be a ...

Weis Must Win Because There's a Waiting List

There is buzz that this week's game against Central Michigan might be make or break for Kansas' Charlie Weis.   Going in, Weis is 5-21 at KU –- 2-21 against FBS competition in t...

Top 10 MLB Regular-Season Collapses

After beating the Toronto Blue Jays to win their fifth in a row on Aug. 19, the Milwaukee Brewers held a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central and seemingly headed to the postseason ...

10 Who Could Replace Goodell

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is in a fight to keep his job after widespread criticism of the way he handled the Ray Rice scandal. The National Organization f...

NFL's Most Prolific Pairs

Whether you listen to Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers or the White Stripes and the Black Keys, duos rock. The NFL has many of them working in perfect passing harmony, t...

Top 10 Most Surprising Title Matchups

An epic comeback akin to what Roger Federer pulled off against Gael Monfils this past Thursday is often the catalyst for continued success, but things went south for Federer as h...

50 Highest-Earning U.S. Athletes

For the first time since SI.com began publishing the Fortunate 50 in 2004, Tiger Woods is not No. 1. He's not even No. 2. That honor goes once again to Phil Mickelson. The new No. ...

10 Best Never to Win a Grand Slam

As the best tennis players in the world hit the slick green (for now, anyway) grass at the All England Club in Wimbledon, it feels like the right time to pose the timeless questi...

10 Unknowns Now Rising Stars

With the 2011 season nearing the end of its first quarter, several stories have taken shape: The Bills and Lions at 3-0, playoff teams from a season ago struggling and, one that'...