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NASCAR in Bristol: Will aggression spike at the half-mile bullring?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR's new qualifying tweak, increased aggression, and Kasey Kahne's and Tony Stewart's opposite run of results in Bristol highlight Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" as the Sprint Cup Series heads to East Tennessee for the Food City 500.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Kasey Kahne’s and Tony Stewart’s opposite run of results at Bristol, the effect NASCAR’s revamped title format will have on the amount of in-race aggression at the bullring and an overdue qualifying tweak are just a few of the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 500-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

If College Basketball Coaches Were Godfather Characters

If your favorite coach was a character in The Godfather, who would he be?
College Basketball Coaches As Godfather Characters

The Madness is upon us. March is here and the NCAA tournament is less than a week away from tipping off. And with the Oscar’s recently concluding, I thought I would have a little bit of fun at some basketball coach’s expense.

Top 10 Big 12 Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Big 12 defensive backs of the BCS Era.
Top 10 Big 12 Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

College Basketball's Not Coach of the Year for every major conference

Rough seasons will send these coaches back to the drawing board
College Basketball's Not Coach of the Year for every major conference

Three weeks ago, Athlon Sports profiled the the top contenders for coach of the year in every league. This is not that story.

For every yin there’s a yang, and these are what we’re going to call the Not Coach of the Year for every major conference.

Athlon Sports' 2013-14 College Basketball Tall-America Team

From diminutive point guards to mammoth centers, who are America's best players by height?
Athlon Sports' 2013-14 College Basketball Tall-America Team

College basketball, especially this time of year, is all about mismatches.

In general, that means a power forward with quickness or a big guy who can step out to take a 3.

With 351 teams in college basketball, the sample size leads to size mismatches between a 5-foot-8 guard and a 7-6 center. And we’re not kidding. This is a matchup that actually happened.

10 Great NASCAR Moments at Bristol Motor Speedway

15 of Today's Best and Worst NASCAR Nicknames

Texas A&M and UCLA Schedule Two-Game Series

The Aggies will play the Bruins in 2016 and 2017.
Texas A&M-UCLA Agree to Two-Game Series

College football’s new playoff format has encouraged better scheduling among BCS teams, and Texas A&M and UCLA continued that trend with an announcement of a two-game series.

The Aggies and Bruins will play in 2016 at Kyle Field and 2017 at the Rose Bowl.

Assuming both teams continue on their recent trajectory, this should be one of the top non-conference games during those two seasons.

However, let’s also hope this leads to more Pac-12-SEC matchups – especially in the bowl season.

Top 10 SEC Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best SEC quarterbacks of the BCS Era.
Top 10 SEC Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.

Weekly Tipoff: Can Kansas contend for a title with an injured Joel Embiid?

Bill Self prepares for a stretch in the postseason with one of their star freshmen
Weekly Tipoff: Can Kansas win a title with an injured Joel Embiid?

One of the nation’s best freshmen with a bright future and national title contending team received season-altering news this week when center Joel Embiid sustained a stress fracture in his back.

At first, Embiid was held out of the last two games of the regular season as a precautionary measure, but the news worsened when it was announced he’d be held out of the Big 12 Tournament and the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

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