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USA Soccer: An Early Look Ahead to 2018

Russia Brings a Whole New Set of Challenges, But Will the USA Be Better Equipped By Then?
USA Soccer: An Early Look Ahead to 2018

The 2014 World Cup abruptly ended for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Tuesday in Brazil. With a 2-1 OT loss to Belgium in the knockout round, the Americans will return home with the knowledge that one or two more capitalized opportunities could have changed everything. Although many players are understandably disappointed with the outcome, there are many positives to take away from the United States’ unlikely run.

 

39 Things That Never Happened in the NFL Until 2013

A rundown of the historic feats and accomplishments that happened on the gridiron last season
39 Things That Never Happened in the NFL Until 2013

Even though the Denver Broncos lost Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks, they still set the single-season record for points scored (606). This, of course, was fueled in large part by Peyton Manning’s record 5,477 yards passing and 55 touchdowns.

 

Oklahoma Unveils New Alternate Uniforms

These uniforms are pretty sharp.
Oklahoma Unveils New Alternate Uniforms

Oklahoma’s uniforms and helmets haven’t changed much in recent years, but that’s about to change. Somewhat.

On Tuesday, the Sooners unveiled new alternate uniforms, which are a slightly different look at the usual appearance for the program.

The alternate uniforms feature two different helmets (red and white), along with small tweaks to the jersey and pants. Oklahoma’s usual uniforms read “Sooners” across the front of the jersey, but the alternate jersey will feature “Oklahoma” in that space.

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

Who has the toughest football schedule in the Big 12 this year? The easiest?
Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

The importance of scheduling in college football cannot be overstated. Sure, coaching, rosters and even a little bit of luck play bigger roles in determining championships in the NCAA ranks. But scheduling in college football plays as big a role as any of those other factors.

 

Ranking the SEC Offensive Lines for 2014

A.J. Cann leads a solid South Carolina line.
Ranking the SEC Offensive Lines for 2014

The SEC is home to four of Athlon Sports’ national top-five offensive lines for 2014. The top spot belongs to Florida State, but Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina rank among the best offensive lines in the nation.

Which Teams Are Closing On Their First National Championship?

Oregon, South Carolina and more looking to end title futility
Which Teams Are Closing On Their First National Championship?

Since 1996, college football teams have only been adding to national championship trophy cases.

If certain programs ever seem like they have a ceiling, that’s the fact to watch. Florida is the most recent team to win its first national title when the Gators won the 1996 title. Every other national champion since has only been adding to its trophy tally.

That’s not for lack of trying, though. Oregon, Oklahoma State, Missouri and more have been on the verge of picking up their first national titles during the final years of the BCS era.

NASCAR Rookie Report: Kyle Larson dusting 2014 ROTY field

Ranking the seven-driver crop of rookies in the Sprint Cup Series
Ranking the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Rookie of the Year contenders

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers and more.

 

Today, David attempts to isolate each rookie from his team and equipment and properly rank the driving chops of each member of this year’s rookie class.

 

 

The Weirdest Things That Happened in the NFL Last Season

A calendar of the NFL’s oddball occurrences during the 2013 season
The Weirdest Things That Happened in the NFL Last Season

The NFL is like any other sport in that not everything goes according to plan. And while mix ups on play calls, botched handoffs, dropped passes and special teams breakdowns are just part of the game, there are often other things that occur, both on and off the field, that are a little harder to explain.

 

What if America's Greatest Athletes Played Soccer?

Athlon projects our starting line-up with today's greatest US athletes.
What if America's Greatest Athletes Played Soccer?

You want to know why the United States never has a shot at winning the World Cup?

 

It has nothing to do with our love of capitalism or that many believe the sport is boring. It has nothing to do with our country lacking athletic ability or other nations simply being superior humans.

 

The answer is simple. With no disrespect to Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan or Claudio Reyna, the best athletes in the country grow up dunking basketballs, hitting fastballs and tackling running backs.

 

2014 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft

Athlon editors and contributors make their picks in a 20-round, IDP fantasy draft
2014 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft

NFL training camps don't open until later this month, but it's never too early to look ahead to the upcoming season of fantasy football. Twelve Athlon editors and fantasy contributors did just that in early May.

 

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