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Grandstands feel a little empty at NASCAR races
Two decades after NASCAR started running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the crowds have thinned considerably. It's probably no reflection on the sport's massive following, which stretches from coast to coast, but it surely doesn't NASCAR's image help when the cameras pan across all of those empty seats.
Sideshows involving Rice and Dungy stain NFL's image
Pro football training camps should be all about, well, football. But the talk around the NFL is about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Tony Dungy's indelicate remarks about Michael Sam and Jim Irsay's largesse. What kind of league is Roger Goodell running?
Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat
The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.
Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods
Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.
Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season
Little news is truly made at the Southeastern Conference's media days, where players and coaches predict, insinuate and deflect in advance of this fall's college football season.
James bears the weight of Cleveland's championship dreams
Can LeBron James change Cleveland sports history? Overcoming this city's tortured curse could prove impossible - even for the world's best basketball player.
U.S. loss on World Cup pitch was a win back home
Exuberant fans - even those who couldn't tell you what offsides means - cheered on the U.S. men's national team during the World Cup in Brazil. Are those fans excited enough to keep watching soccer now that the United States has been eliminated?
Follow closely as a dozen colleges do the conference shuffle
Regional affiliations that once defined college athletic conferences are a thing of the past, replaced by the powerful attraction of large markets and big-money television deals. The good news for fans is that the competition has never been better.
Spurrier livens up the offseason by needling Nick Saban
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, known for using the press to poke the competition, recently questioned whether his colleague in Tuscaloosa, Ala., spends too much time in the office.
Honor Gwynn by remembering where he went wrong
Baseball All-Star Tony Gwynn was felled by a disease he blamed on smokeless tobacco. May the Padre be remembered for his personality and batting average - and also for the cautionary tale he left for younger players.
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