Not So Shocking
As should be no surprise, Wichita State won the Missouri Valley tournament. Now it will enter the NCAA tourney undefeated. Should the Shockers get the No. 1 overall seed? How will they fare? Vote! »Scott Kane/USA TODAY Sports
While the San Antonio Spurs are soaring, three of the league's foremost contenders are sputtering. This isn't to say they're doomed, but the Indiana Pacers (four straight losses), Miami Heat (three) and Oklahoma City Thunder (two, Sunday's coming against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers) haven't looked so formidable in recent days. Which team's stretch is most worrying? How will each fare come playoff time?
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one lap away from extending his dream start to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Then he ran out of gas. Enter Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champion who missed out on the Chase last season, but who seems to have roared back this time around. With his win at Las Vegas, Keselowski now trails Junior by one point in the standings and -- because of the new win-and-you're-basically-in rule -- can start making plans for the Chase once again. Is he a serious title contender? What is Earnhardt's outlook? Cast your votes below!
The NBA's sleeved jerseys have a ways to go before being accepted by the league's most famous player. LeBron James partially blamed the new jerseys for his awful 6-of-18 shooting night in the Heat's 111-87 loss to the Spurs.
"Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm," said James. "I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing."
It's not the first time LeBron has had a bad game while wearing sleeves: he was 0-for-4 from 3-point range against the Lakers on Christmas and 0-for-7 from the same range during the All-Star Game. We're pretty sure he'd be able to adjust if they were a full-time thing, but for now, LeBron seems to be a different player when his shoulders are covered.
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A poll released by ESPN has indicated that MLS has gained significant popularity among fans 12 to 17 years old -- so much so that it's actually about as popular as MLB among said fans. The quality of play has dramatically increased in MLS over the past 18 years, and it's become capable of attracting big names seeking one final team before their retirements. It's got to be a worrying trend for MLB -- any league that starts losing young fans is looking at smaller crowds and emptier stadiums a few years down the line.