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How a College Football Powerhouse Fell Apart

Slate · 8 min

Does college football need USC to be good? It comes up from time to time among people who obsess over this weird sport. But it’s not the right question to ask, at least not exactly.

Lowe: Where Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs go from here

ESPN · 3 min

AN INSIDE JOKE drifted through the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March 2020 -- the last gathering of executives from all 30 NBA teams before the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic: If the NBA canceled the rest of the season, would the San Antonio Spurs' -- then 12th in the Western Confere

21 Questions Ahead of the 2021 NFL Season

The Ringer · 18 min

Can the Buccaneers have another healthy season? Is Urban Meyer really cut out for this? And just how washed is Ben Roethlisberger? Answering those questions and more ahead of the NFL season.

Baseball Games Are Still Too Long—and Getting Longer

The Ringer · 7 min

The four-hour playoff game has become endemic. For a sport trying to draw in younger fans, it’s a problem that requires a solution. Start with a pitch clock. The two championship series games on Tuesday night were scheduled to begin three hours apart.

Shohei Ohtani has expanded what's possible in baseball

ESPN · 23 min

WHEN SHOHEI OHTANI stands on the mound and stares into his catcher for a sign, his mouth is slightly open and his chin is raised just a little, giving off the impression he's every bit as curious as we are to discover what might come next.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 5

The Ringer · 17 min

The Packers and Bengals took field goal kicking back to the Stone Age, the Chargers fell into a game-winning touchdown, and the Chiefs showed major cracks against the Bills Every week this NFL season, we will celebrate the electric plays, investigate the colossal blunders, and explain the inexplicab

A fans guide to abiding the LOL Mets

ESPN · 24 min

IN THE HEARTS and minds of Mets fans, every baseball season ends twice. There's the moment when it's officially over -- mathematical elimination -- and the moment when, in retrospect, we should've known it was. On paper, the 2021 Mets weren't eliminated from postseason contention until Sept.

The State of the G League Ignite, One Year In

The Ringer · 9 min

Last season, the NBA’s development league launched a new team designed around prospects who wanted an alternative to the NCAA route. This year, the league has even bigger goals for the team—and for basketball at large.