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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- C.J. Skender was up well before dawn last Thursday, pulling his car into a gas station near campus for a fill-up. Skender, a popular accounting professor at North Carolina, let his mind wander to the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 matchup a

2017-03-28 05:09:25.090

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- C.J. Skender was up well before dawn last Thursday, pulling his car into a gas station near campus for a fill-up. Skender, a popular accounting professor at North Carolina, let his mind wander to the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 matchup a



Clint Bowyer had a reason to flash a wide grin following a third-place run on Sunday. In his 52 previous NASCAR Cup finishes, Bowyer did not crack the top five. So while he knows that winning is the goal, he also knows that he can't get there witho

2017-03-29 06:32:12.420

Clint Bowyer had a reason to flash a wide grin following a third-place run on Sunday. In his 52 previous NASCAR Cup finishes, Bowyer did not crack the top five. So while he knows that winning is the goal, he also knows that he can't get there witho



1. The Masters collapse The word itself has such negative connotations. Collapse. And yet it is used so routinely to describe what has happened in the final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Dealing with it was never going to be easy, and tr

2017-03-29 07:58:25.093

1. The Masters collapse The word itself has such negative connotations. Collapse. And yet it is used so routinely to describe what has happened in the final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Dealing with it was never going to be easy, and tr



After the offseason trade of captain Shea Weber, the face of the franchise, to the Montreal Canadiens and a rocky start to the season, the Nashville Predators have rebounded and will be playoff-bound for the third consecutive year. A p

2017-03-29 06:41:42.347

After the offseason trade of captain Shea Weber, the face of the franchise, to the Montreal Canadiens and a rocky start to the season, the Nashville Predators have rebounded and will be playoff-bound for the third consecutive year. A p



To earn a spot in Mark Schlabach's 2017 Way-Too-Early Top 25, your team needs a load of on-field stars. But each of those teams also has an off-field superstar, the one who awes even his strongest, fastest teammates during workouts. 1. Alaba

2017-03-27 09:25:13.273

To earn a spot in Mark Schlabach's 2017 Way-Too-Early Top 25, your team needs a load of on-field stars. But each of those teams also has an off-field superstar, the one who awes even his strongest, fastest teammates during workouts. 1. Alaba



Every few months since he took over as commissioner, Rob Manfred has floated some idea for making baseball more exciting. The challenge, though, is that there's one thing he can't change: the players' incentives. They want to win. They exist to win.

2017-03-20 13:26:59.840

Every few months since he took over as commissioner, Rob Manfred has floated some idea for making baseball more exciting. The challenge, though, is that there's one thing he can't change: the players' incentives. They want to win. They exist to win.



Why did the Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak end? Rob Vollman: The departure of coach Mike Babcock in 2015 and then Pavel Datsyuk in 2016 left the Red Wings on the brink of playoff elimination, but Detroit's blue line was the straw that ultimatel

2017-03-28 19:44:53.127

Why did the Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak end? Rob Vollman: The departure of coach Mike Babcock in 2015 and then Pavel Datsyuk in 2016 left the Red Wings on the brink of playoff elimination, but Detroit's blue line was the straw that ultimatel



BOSTON -- With the exception of those closest to him, few in the hockey world believed Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand would ever be among the league's elite scorers. But with him being among the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosb

2017-03-28 12:13:21.210

BOSTON -- With the exception of those closest to him, few in the hockey world believed Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand would ever be among the league's elite scorers. But with him being among the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosb



WASHINGTON -- It is a measure of Eric Staal's graciousness that he actually laughs at the joke. It's not a particularly good joke, and perhaps at one point, even as recently as last summer, it might have seemed cruel or just plain stupid. But he

2017-03-28 10:02:22.277

WASHINGTON -- It is a measure of Eric Staal's graciousness that he actually laughs at the joke. It's not a particularly good joke, and perhaps at one point, even as recently as last summer, it might have seemed cruel or just plain stupid. But he



In some ways, China represents all that is appealing to the National Hockey League about staying in the Olympics. In a perfect NHL world, the Winter Olympics would be held in North America every four years and the league would enjoy the ratings bonan

2017-03-28 09:34:31.557

In some ways, China represents all that is appealing to the National Hockey League about staying in the Olympics. In a perfect NHL world, the Winter Olympics would be held in North America every four years and the league would enjoy the ratings bonan



Brothers and sisters, I have seen the path to NASCAR's future. It is brightly lit, and it leads directly back into its past. Brothers and sisters, I have seen the light. I mean, like, a whole lot of light. To be exact, 750 lights atop 19 poles, casti

2017-03-27 20:08:05.227

Brothers and sisters, I have seen the path to NASCAR's future. It is brightly lit, and it leads directly back into its past. Brothers and sisters, I have seen the light. I mean, like, a whole lot of light. To be exact, 750 lights atop 19 poles, casti



BOSTON -- Ever since he tore a ligament in his right knee on Nov. 15, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has been forced to answer questions about his health. The past two seasons have been difficult for the 27-year-old forward, who has

2017-03-28 06:20:19.523

BOSTON -- Ever since he tore a ligament in his right knee on Nov. 15, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has been forced to answer questions about his health. The past two seasons have been difficult for the 27-year-old forward, who has



If the playoffs started today, which team would be the favorite to win the Stanley Cup? Craig Custance: It's the Washington Capitals. Without a doubt. I'm not letting franchise history that has nothing to do with this current group cloud reality. T

2017-03-28 05:50:43.217

If the playoffs started today, which team would be the favorite to win the Stanley Cup? Craig Custance: It's the Washington Capitals. Without a doubt. I'm not letting franchise history that has nothing to do with this current group cloud reality. T



The World Series parade will depart City Hall right on schedule this fall. But don't rearrange your schedule. You won't be there. That's because your team won't be participating in that parade -- no matter who "your team" might be. I can say that wi

2017-03-24 08:13:43.110

The World Series parade will depart City Hall right on schedule this fall. But don't rearrange your schedule. You won't be there. That's because your team won't be participating in that parade -- no matter who "your team" might be. I can say that wi



To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. --Cicero I watched the 2017 Dubai World Cup with my mother. It was her 89th birthday, and I'd promised her a first-class breakfast. She was duly impressed with Arro

2017-03-27 17:40:13.897

To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. --Cicero I watched the 2017 Dubai World Cup with my mother. It was her 89th birthday, and I'd promised her a first-class breakfast. She was duly impressed with Arro



It took six months, but who's counting? The Anaheim Ducks have finally taken over sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division -- though that mantle might change, an a daily basis, with four teams still bunched within a few points and almos

2017-03-27 10:07:32.137

It took six months, but who's counting? The Anaheim Ducks have finally taken over sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division -- though that mantle might change, an a daily basis, with four teams still bunched within a few points and almos