NCAA athletes going pro in something other than reading

The North Carolina academic scandal is getting enough traction that we may be able to replace “North Carolina” with “national.” CNN has done its own investigation, finding plenty of issues with football and basketball players ...

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Quick retort to the English hand-wringing over Jermain Defoe

Just a few random facts: – The USA advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals with a lot of MLS players. Landon Donovan and Brian McBride scored two goals each. – The USA drew Italy 1-1 in the 2006 World … Continue reading →...

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NWSL expansion, MLS precedent and devious tactics

Want some irony? The person at the epicenter of the biggest controversy in MLS expansion draft history is now the managing director of the Houston Dash, which will stock its roster in the first NWSL expansion draft Friday. Brian Ching … Contin...

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2014 medal projections: Hockey

Once upon a time, the Olympics were the only time the world’s best athletes faced each other in many sports. That’s not true in most sports these days, but it applies to men’s hockey. The men’s World Championship takes place &...

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2014 medal projections: Curling

Suppose basketball, globally, had a bunch of teams in the USA and a few elsewhere. Then for Olympic basketball, each country selected one team from within its country. Maybe the USA sends the Miami Heat, Spain sends Barcelona, etc.┬áThat’s curl...

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2014 medal projections: Short-track speedskating

Updated Jan. 21 with Wang Meng injury Short-track is a little less about times and more about who makes the last pass and remains upright. World Championships actually compile “overall” results that reward consistency. No such luck in the...

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2014 medal projections: Speedskating

Updated Jan. 21 Some sports run World Cup events right up until the Olympics. Not speedskating. Four World Cup events wrapped up by early December, then two more after Sochi. That’s why these projections have 2013-14 World Cup data rather &hell...

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2014 medal projections: Skeleton

Updated Jan. 14 and Feb. 4 Yes, it’s the sliding sport in which athletes do what American football players should not — lead with their heads. The men’s World Cup circuit has had a distinct elite group. Only six men’s …...

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