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Q&A With 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson

NASCAR's most exciting young driver sits down with Athlon Sports to discuss his breakthrough season and more
Kyle Larson Q&A

Kyle Larson won the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, wheeling his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS to a higher top-10 finish rate (47.2 percent) than what Richard Petty (42.9) and Jeff Gordon (36.7) did during their freshman seasons in the sport’s most grueling division.

Kyle Larson 2015 Season Driver Preview

Last year's Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year has his sights set on making the Chase in 2015
Kyle Larson 2015 Season Driver Preview

A year ago, there were a lot of questions about Kyle Larson’s readiness and ability. Was he too young, at age 21, to drive in Sprint Cup? Did his track record — he was winless in the Nationwide Series — warrant a promotion? Was owner Chip Ganassi being too aggressive bumping veteran Juan Pablo Montoya, especially considering that his top prospect didn’t even sit in a stock car until 2012?

 

College Football's Top 15 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2015

Gus Malzahn hit the JUCO ranks for help next season.
College Football's Top 15 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2015

Incoming freshmen usually steal the spotlight on college football’s signing day, but there’s no shortage of intrigue and potential surrounding the junior college recruits that may have inked signed in December.

 

Ranking the Big 12's Football-Basketball Coaching Tandems

Lon Kruger and Bob Stoops at Oklahoma Have Edge over Baylor's Duo
Ranking the Big 12's Football-Basketball Coaching Tandems

The Big 12 academic year has been an experiment in contrasts in recent years.

 

In football, new powers have taken over with Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State claiming championships since 2011.

 

Yet in basketball, the old guard — the only true blue blood in the league — continues to rule as Kansas appears headed to its 11th consecutive Big 12 title.

 

It makes sense, then, that of the top football-basketball coaching tandems on our list, one comes from a traditional power and the other comes from a new-age contender.

New Oak Trees Planted at Auburn's Toomer's Corner

The oak trees have returned to Toomer's Corner.
New Oak Trees Planted at Auburn's Toomer's Corner

Toomer’s Corner at Auburn looks more familiar these days. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in 2010, leaving the memorable location looking quite different after the trees were removed in 2013.

 

However, Toomer’s Corner is on its way back after two new oak trees were planted over the weekend.

 

Check out some photos from the tree planting and the revival of Toomer’s Corner: 

 

 

Internet Fooled By Fake Fat Jameis Winston Photo

No, he does not have that kind of gut
Internet Fooled By Fake Fat Jameis Winston Photo

Separating facts from fiction during the run-up to the NFL Draft is tough enough.

 

Now, we’ve got to contend with bad Photoshops, or at least optical illusions.

 

Someone posted a photo of a tubby-looking Jameis Winston on Twitter on Saturday. Folks with a good eye drew attention to Winston’s shadow not matching up with his gut plus that absurdly skinny waist.

 

The image didn’t stand up to close scrutiny, but it was just enough to fool the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.

 

 

Baseball's All-Time Valentine's Day Lineup

Opening Day is more than a month away, but this team is tailor-made for Feb. 14
Baseball’s All-Time Valentine’s Day Lineup

With MLB training camps set to open in Florida and Arizona, no doubt there are a few WAGs missing their sweethearts today. In honor of the Day of Love, we present the all-time Valentine’s Day lineup including Flowers, a Rose, Candy, a Cookie, a Jewel and an appearance by Cupid himself.

 

Starters

 

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Tyler Flowers

For Friday The 13th: The 13 Most Superstitious People in Sports

On a bad luck day, these athletes try to find good luck
For Friday The 13th: The 13 Most Superstitious People in Sports

Sometimes athletes have to make their own luck. Or at least that’s what these guys think they’re doing.

 

On this Friday the 13th — a day when we’re all on the lookout for black cats in our paths or broken mirrors — let’s celebrate the athletes who think a bit, um, differently.

 

We thought that it was appropriate to find the 13 most superstitious people in sports, with their seriously strange quirks, habits and talismans, and present them here:

 

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