Last month's signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Asian Football Confederation and the Union of European Football Associations, potentially boosts an uphill battle by reformers to strengthen governance in the AFC.
Ray Lewis' swan song postseason starts off with a battle of the wits against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Both players have a tremendous ability to read the opponent's alignments before the snap. Whichever can fool the other most often will give their unit a major advantage.
From the young guns on Thursday to the masters of quarterbacking on Sunday night, from Arrowhead to Lambeau to London -- Week 8 of the NFL season guarantees a few upsets fueled by desperation, injuries or misplaced complacence.
The Chargers have already lost their RB and a major WR, Kansas City is a sleeping tiger for 2012, Oakland still goes as Darren McFadden goes and, despite appearances, it's not all about Peyton Manning in Denver.
It will not matter to the Patriots or the Jets what Tom Brady, Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow does if their offensive lines do not improve. Meanwhile, the Dolphins can't figure out whom to start at quarterback -- again.
The Cleveland Browns have a new owner and a new QB, the Steelers have new faces on the offensive line with old results, the Cincinnati Bengals hope to stave off sophomore slumps and the Ravens are still trying to make it over the hump.
Is Peyton Manning afraid of the unknown? Is he afraid of facing new defensive strategies? Are we supposed to honor him as the greatest quarterback of all-time because he chooses to play against most of the teams he has met before?
At a time that soccer's governing bodies have been involved in some of the worst scandals in their history, soccer officials are concerned that the candidacy Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa could prove to be another embarrassment.