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Andrew Wild

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Wild Stat of the Week: Rebuilding 'The Pyramid', Re-Visiting 'The Book of Basketball'

Andrew Wild | December 26, 2014 | Sports
The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons should be considered the bible for basketball fans everywhere, and its crown jewel is The Pyramid, Simmons's idea for a new basketball Hall of Fame and his ranking of the 96 best players in basketball history.
James Marshall Crotty

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Kobe-Less Lakers Stun Warriors, But Bryant Still Elephant In Locker Room

James Marshall Crotty | December 24, 2014 | Sports
After the Los Angeles Lakers shocked the Golden State Warriors - at 23-4, the NBA's top team -- 115-105 last night at the Staples Center, Lakers Coach Byron Scott was hit with a flurry of questions around a theme: if the Lakers...
Katherine Starr

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The Real Truth About Collegiate Athletic Scholarships

Katherine Starr | December 24, 2014 | College
One has to ask, if the system is really fair if it doesn't acknowledge or understand abusive coaching styles and how that affects an athletes' performance? We need to also realize that all people are not created equal and some thrive in environments where others are harmed and scarred for life.
David Berri

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The University of Michigan Will Win With Men's Basketball, Even If the Team Loses

David Berri | December 25, 2014 | Sports
The University of Michigan doesn't have any real problems with respect to its basketball program. Yes, losing seems bad. But because the pay of players is restricted by NCAA rules, Michigan is a winner even when the team loses.
Theo Delaney

Tottenham Improve While Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United Stutter

Theo Delaney | December 23, 2014 | UK Sport
An away win at high flying Swansea, an emphatic cup quarter final victory over Newcastle and, finally, the defeat of a lowly premier league team at home after the debacles against Stoke, West Brom and Palace have meant that Christmas has arrived slightly ahead of schedule for Tottenham fans.
Andrei Markovits

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The Discourse of Compassion Shaping Some of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

Andrei Markovits | December 23, 2014 | Sports
All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.
Daron Roberts

We Need More Character Reform Among Our Athletes

Daron Roberts | December 23, 2014 | Sports
The avalanche of stories related to the misdeeds of athletes tend to focus on one actor: the player.
Yogi Roth

Reflections on the Year in Sports

Yogi Roth | December 23, 2014 | Gay Voices
From the Seattle Seahawks dominating the Super Bowl to the Sochi Olympics dominating the headlines to Michael Sam coming out as the first openly gay NFL player, it was a year full of inspiration before the snow had even melted.
Dan Karpuc

Odell Beckham Jr. Giving Giants Fans Something to Cheer For

Dan Karpuc | December 24, 2014 | Sports
While the Giants are, of course, out of contention for a playoff berth, it will be very exciting to see what kind of tricks are up Beckham's sleeve, especially amid reports that he recently dined with LeBron James and received some encouragement and advice on how to become truly great.
John Ewing

Game-Changing Plays from Week 16 in the NFL

John Ewing | December 23, 2014 | Sports
Atlanta handed New Orleans its fifth straight home loss with a 30-14 win in the Big Easy, which it has been for opposing road teams of late. The Falcons set up a winner takes all showdown with the Panthers next week and eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Mitchell Gilbert

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Why McLaren Should Have Opted for Youth Over Jenson Button

Mitchell Gilbert | December 22, 2014 | UK Sport
Time will tell if Jenson can take it to Alonso, the best driver ever in the modern era in my opinion. I think Jenson might find himself having a tough year, being constantly beat by someone who is much better than him.
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

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Has Our Sports Culture Gone Overboard?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | December 22, 2014 | Sports
For humans to flourish, we must grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Through a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities, the avenues for self-growth and societal contribution seem endless. Why then does a sports entertainment culture that seems mindless dominate so much of the average American's time and commitment?
Ken Reed

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WAAC and PAAC Are At The Root of Youth and High School Sports Problems

Ken Reed | December 22, 2014 | Sports
Our overarching challenge as people who care about sports and the young people involved in them is to confront and overcome the win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities that are resulting in a variety of insidious abuses in our little leagues and high schools.
Marvin Blugh

The Winning Streak Ends, Manchester United Week 17 Recap

Marvin Blugh | December 22, 2014 | Sports
Manchester dominated possession in the first half of the match, but were not clinical in the attacking third to take advantage of their advantage in possession.
Malaika Bobino

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Kings End Skid Against Struggling Lakers

Malaika Bobino | December 22, 2014 | Sports
Despite being down the Kings rallied back to end their five-game losing skid when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101. Sacramento began the game on a 15-7 run, and collectively they displayed good ball movement and played great defense.
Eric Ehrmann

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Soccer Santa Plays Scrooge In Brazil

Eric Ehrmann | December 23, 2014 | Sports
Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.
Malaika Bobino

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49ers Stunned In OT Loss To Chargers

Malaika Bobino | December 21, 2014 | Sports
hings just keep getting worse for the Forty-Niners. After blowing a huge lead the San Diego Chargers fought back and tied the game to force an overtime and came away with the 38-35 victory over San Francisco. Nick Novak's 40-yard field goal sealed their win in OT.
Eddie Izzard

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Volunteers: The Unsung Heroes of Grassroots Sport

Eddie Izzard | December 19, 2014 | UK Entertainment
Volunteers are the backbone of sport in the UK, without them sport just wouldn't be possible.... Volunteering helps boost communities, people who volunteer in sport feel closer to their communities, they feel they can trust their communities and that they have an impact on what that community is like. I've seen it first hand, people from different backgrounds, ages and areas coming together for a cause they feel strongly about.
Malaika Bobino

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Cousins Returns in Loss to Bucks

Malaika Bobino | December 19, 2014 | Sports
DeMarcus Cousins returned to the lineup after missing ten games with viral meningitis. With seconds left on the clock Cousins made a three-point shot at the buzzer and missed. The Kings lost 108-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks who used small ball to outwit a team of bigs.
Richard Crepeau

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Sport and Society for Arete -- Bowling

Richard Crepeau | December 19, 2014 | Sports
Each year more and more teams join the "select many" that are so honored because each year sees more and more bowl games blotting the landscape. It is nearly impossible for anyone to turn down an invitation to one of these events because the "prestige" (translate TV time) emanating from even the most obscure bowl, is too marvelous to reject.
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