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
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!
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.
Much like the last time the Houston Texans had the No. 1 overall pick, it seems this year's selection will be a difficult one. Long it has been considered a choice between the top NFL draft talent (Jadeveon Clowney) and a home-state quarterback (Johnny Manziel), but in his latest mock (Insider) Todd McShay has Houston going with another signal caller: UCF's Blake Bortles (Manziel ended up No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns, one after Teddy Bridgewater to the Jacksonville Jaguars). Is this a good pick for the Texans? How will Manziel, a new Nike athlete, fare in the NFL?
In an interview this week with BasketballInsiders.com, rising Indiana Pacers star Paul George said he'd like to get some advice from LeBron James. The four-time MVP's answer Thursday? "I have an open-door policy." So we know the two-time defending NBA Finals MVP is up for it, but are you OK with top players giving each other advice? Or do you subscribe to the "old school" theory that they should be enemies?