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Kentucky's imperfect season shows one-and-dones have lots to learn
Despite recruiting the nation's top freshmen class, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats fell far short of expectations this year. Their under-achieving season proves the importance of cohesion and chemistry - not just talent - in college basketball success.
Good luck throwing the flag on racial slurs, profanity in football
The vernacular of football assaults the ears. And while the NFL should clean it up - especially intimidation, harassment and racial slurs - rules on language will be hard to enforce.
Will instant replay settle baseball's furies?
Baseball is slow to move away from tradition, and its long-awaited instant replay could eliminate some of the game's most exciting spectacles - on-field showdowns between managers and umpires.
Limiting college football's offense creates clear winners and losers
The rules of college football could soon change to limit teams from snapping the ball until 29 seconds or less remain on the play clock. The rule would handicap quick offenses and benefit teams with deep defenses. What does it mean for fans? That depends on what kind of football you like to watch.
Winter Olympics mystify American sports fans
What's a halfpipe and why would somebody want to slide down one? How do judges score figure skating? Unless you live next to a ski resort, the Winter Olympics sure are hard to love.
Will Marcus Smart's hoop dreams rebound from confrontation with fan?
Marcus Smart wasn't having the season he imagined when Oklahoma State visited Lubbock last weekend, and everything really came apart with the sophomore guard shoved a loud-mouthed fan. Serving a three-game suspension is the easy part for Smart. Repairing his reputation will be harder.
Padded caps may be unpopular but pitchers will eventually accept them
Ballplayers will protect their images and livelihoods, but no one doubts the game's perils or the need for protection. Anyone who does should remember what happened to Herb Score.
Schedules may get longer, but basketball season seems shorter
Football is now a memory, leaving basketball fans to watch undistracted the thrills of games such as Syracuse's overtime win against Duke last weekend. But for as great as the college basketball season is, it's far too brief.
Super Bowl spectacle crosses into the absurd
Media Day might sound like a forum for coaches and quarterbacks to field incisive football questions from reporters. In reality, not so much. This is an absurdist event with hulking men surrounded by costumed characters and faux journalists with pressing questions about "Real Housewives."
Dating scene with colleges, recruits can have harsh results
High school athletes may commit to a college before National Signing Day on Feb. 5, but their promises won't carry the force of law, or sometimes even the stamp of integrity. As for the honorable ones, well, they could get burned if a school's offer changes.
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