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  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Early signing changes calculus of college football recruiting

    What high schooler wants to spend a senior year worrying about where they'll go to college? And what college coach wants to endure the headaches of National Signing Day if they can nail down their top prospects in the fall?

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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.

    February 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg 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."

    January 30, 2014 1 Photo