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Baylor has created one of the most beautiful settings in college football, and in doing so, has elevated a program that had already emerged as one of the best in the country. In the end, it’s that simple.

The Professor: Shake Off The Rust

After eight long months, we have finally gotten our first taste of real, live football in the 2014 season, which means it’s time to overreact. In The Professor, we sort through the noise and assess the impact of the biggest concerns among contenders.

UFC Runs Disastrous, Embarrassing Card, Blames Fighters And The Media

UFC Runs Disastrous, Embarrassing Card, Blames Fighters And The Media

On Thursday, UFC 177 was positioned to be a terrible pay-per-view event, just really bad by any objective standard. At the risk of being accused of doing what promoter Dana White calls "the most disgusting fucking despicable thing," I would have discouraged fans from purchasing it, if asked. It was thin from top to bottom, lacking in even second-tier talent and star power, and clearly a tangible manifestation of how the UFC’s sprawling expansion and oversaturation have stretched it beyond its limits. By Friday evening, things had somehow gotten much, much worse.

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49ers Defensive End Ray McDonald Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence

49ers Defensive End Ray McDonald Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was reportedly arrested at his home this morning on allegations of domestic violence.

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Gabrielle Union Weds Dwyane Wade in Intimate Miami Ceremony

Gabrielle Union Weds Dwyane Wade in Intimate Miami Ceremony

Yesterday, Gabrielle Union wed her fiancé/boyfriend of five years Dwyane Wade in front of family and friends. Prepare yourself for the barrage of headlines about Union’s Union or how Wade Wed.

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5 Landing Spots for Michael Sam

Some NFL fans might be disappointed that Michael Sam was cut by the Rams, but the lineman played well enough to prove he has the talent to stick in the league. Who might be interested in acquiring him? Here are a few options.

CFB Rolling Reaction: Week 1

The first college football Saturday of 2014 is finally upon us, with a full slate of games from Penn State-UCF in the morning through a great collection of prime-time games to Washington-Hawaii late. Follow along for updates throughout the day.

DVR alert: How Michael Jordan, sports’ ultimate trash-talker, couldn’t rattle Ian Poulter in Ryder Cup

Apart from his basketball skills, Michael Jordan will go down as one of the greatest trash talkers in sports history. Yet there was one athlete he couldn’t throw off his game: Ian Poulter.

Mark Rolfing tells the untold story of how Jordan tried to distract Poulter during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah in “Road to the Ryder Cup” Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Poulter, though, got the better of Jordan and the U.S., winning a key match for Europe on Saturday afternoon. The momentum carried over as Europe rallied to retain the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

On his weekly radio show on SiriusXM, Poulter recalled his mind game with Jordan earlier this year:

Poulter:  “ [Jordan] loves his golf, he loves Ryder Cup.  He’s always there.  He’s always been a helping hand to the Americans.  He was right … Continue Reading

Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

It’s back-to-school time and junior high players everywhere are contemplating how best to make their mark on the athletic world. Here’s the thing—running until your sternum glows and your legs bend in unusual places lacks appeal to the youngster. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has a crowd. Gymnastics has awesome equipment and dance has sparkles. Soccer has the opportunity for drama and expressive hair, and hockey always gets the big lockers. And cross country? They get loneliness.

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October Rotation Tips for the Nats

The Nationals’ starting five might be the best in baseball, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have tricky choices to make regarding their postseason rotation. Stephen Strasburg has been wildly inconsistent and Tanner Roark is still too green, so who should the Nats peg as No. 1?