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Two years ago, J.D. Gibbs came within a front bumper of stealing Carl Edwards away from Roush Fenway Racing. Then Ford’s hot young star, Edwards would have bumped Joey Logano out of the No. 20 ride to the tune of a reported $10 million. Turns...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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The first round of the NFL Draft monopolizes coverage in the media and fan’s minds alike. While the first 32 picks are important and generally feature the most elite talents, the best organizations in football are competitive year after year...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
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Running back is a position in transition in the ACC. Miami’s Duke Johnson should contend for All-American honors, but there’s not much in the way of proven, all-conference options outside of the sophomore. Florida State’s James Wilder and...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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Change has seemingly surrounded the Big East for the last couple of years. And the conference is undergoing a massive makeover later this offseason, as it will officially change names to the American Athletic Conference. Houston, Memphis, SMU...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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When Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford) defied baseball’s “color barrier” by signing an African-American player, he understood that he needed a man with the guts to stare down the challenges the decision created....
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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Super Bowl XLVIII is still more than nine months away, but the path to play in MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014 has been laid out for all 32 NFL teams. The 2013 NFL regular season will officially kick off on Thursday, Sept. 5, and that matchup was...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
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1. NASCAR honors victims, heroes of Boston Marathon explosions Just as it did after the large-scale attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, NASCAR will serve in the role of honoring those affected by Monday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon. Beyond...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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The NFL has got it all figured out. The most powerful, popular and lucrative sport in the history of sports has turned its annual schedule release into saliva-inducing, must-see TV for football-starved fans across the country. And for the most...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
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Penn State is banned from postseason play in 2013, but optimism is still running high in Happy Valley. Bill O’Brien wasn’t lured away from Penn State by the NFL, and the second-year coach is clearly proved he ranks among the Big Ten’s best...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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The SEC is one of college football’s top conferences for quarterback play in 2013. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel clearly ranks as the No. 1 quarterback for this season, as the sophomore hopes to repeat as a Heisman Trophy winner, while leading...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe traveled to The White House recently, as part of the recognition for winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship. As it is, it might be the last time Keselowski and Wolfe do much celebrating for a while. NASCAR found...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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Even though coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Oregon’s offense is in good hands with quarterback Marcus Mariota. After earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors last year, Mariota should be the Pac-12’s No. 1 quarterback in 2013 and could be in...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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With the departure of quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, West Virginia is expected to be picked near the bottom of the Big 12 in 2013. As expected under coach Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers should find a way...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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Notre Dame has experienced a sustained stretch of "lean" years since claiming its last national title in 1988, failing to compete on a national level for elite bowls or championships (at least until the 2012 season). That still doesn't take away...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
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The Big Ten is heavy at the top when it comes to quarterbacks this season, as Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and Michigan’s Devin Gardner could all be top-20 passers in 2013. Miller is one of college football’s leading...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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The ACC welcomes two new teams into the fold for 2013, as Syracuse and Pittsburgh join from the Big East. Syracuse went 8-5 last season but has a new coach (Scott Shafer) and suffered some key personnel departures. Quarterback Ryan Nassib must...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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Kansas Speedway was the site for one of the weirdest races of the year in 2012. On a newly paved surface with an unfamiliar tire compound, the race offered drama (Jimmie Johnson crashing), comedy (Danica Patrick attempting to wreck Landon Cassill...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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With no clear No. 1 quarterback returning for 2013, the Big 12 has an intriguing blend of potential and uncertainty surrounding the most important position on the field. Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf ranks as Athlon’s No. 1 quarterback for 2013...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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The pecking order in the Pac-12 North is pretty clear. Oregon and Stanford should be the top two teams in the division, while Washington and Oregon State are likely battling for third place. Washington had a disappointing 2012 season, as the...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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With all of the teams coming and going in the Big East, the conference is clearly one in transition for 2013. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is clearly the No. 1 quarterback in the Big East for 2013 and should be one of college football’s top...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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It’s hard to believe that last year Kyle Busch went a whole season and won just once in NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Trucks. Why? Two months into 2013, he’s on pace to win 28 times across the board, lead...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
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The SEC West is arguably college football’s toughest division. With Alabama expected to be ranked No. 1 in most preseason polls, along with two other potential top-10 teams – LSU and Texas A&M – Ole Miss and Mississippi State will have an...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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The ACC has an interesting mix of quarterbacks for 2013. Proven options like Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, North Carolina’s Bryn Renner, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas should be the conference’s top-three passers for all-conference honors. Miami’s Stephen...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
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Jimmie Johnson’s eighth career win at Martinsville last Sunday highlighted his dominance at that particular track. Johnson has won seven of the last 14 visits to the track and in 23 starts has an average finish of 5.3. While he still has a way to...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
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1. NASCAR finding Texas race sponsor to be questionable fit When Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced the naming rights to Saturday night's race, eyebrows were raised in circles far wider than those just in the NASCAR garage....
Athlon Sports
1 year ago

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