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TCU head coach Gary Patterson points to fans as he runs off the field after an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 41-20. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Playoff Era, College Football Polls … Do What, Exactly?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

College football polls lived a largely static, uncomplicated life for the better part of eight decades. The Associated Press rankings debuted in 1936 with the intent of concentrating national perception and proclaiming a national champion at season’s end. It fended off the intrusion of the UPI poll and the oddity of the Harris Poll. It struck a comfortable peace with …

These Teams Could Go From Bad to Bowling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling. Here are six teams that missed out on the …

Don’t Forget ...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype. Just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton, who won it as first-time starters. This season even the players considered the front-runners are not …

Local Roundup: Grantham’s Russell Struggles at U.S. Am

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Olympia Fields, Ill. — Grantham’s Evan Russell finished at 6-over-par 76 in the first round of U.S. Amateur Golf Championship on the North Course of the Olympia Fields Country Club on Monday, finishing tied for 220th place out of 312 amateur golfers. Russell started on the back nine, …

Little Big Hitter

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hanover resident Theo Drake, 2, draws an enthusiastic reaction from Dartmouth College football players last Tuesday night after running into a blocking pad at Memorial Field. The Big Green hosted its second Football 101 clinic for kids and …

NLRB Reverses Ruling for Northwestern Athletics Union

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chicago — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect …

Labor Board’s Ruling a Start, but Not a Solution

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board halted the effort to unionize Northwestern’s football team without answering the biggest question of all: Are the players effectively university employees? The five-member board instead tossed out the unionization effort Monday because “it …

Grantham’s Russell Ready for Third U.S. Am

Monday, August 17, 2015

When in Chicago, do as the Chicagoans do. With two companions in tow, Evan Russell hoped to catch the Cubs-White Sox game in the Windy City on Friday night. Circumstances prevented a visit, but the crew adjusted, hitting …

QB Passes Class

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Quarterback Vernon Adams passed the math class he needed to graduate from Eastern Washington and join the Oregon Ducks. Adams took the final test Thursday. After hours of speculation over his status, he posted to Twitter: “Thank God.” He accompanied the post with a photo of himself in …

SEC Moves Forward Alone On Domestic Violence Rule

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hoover, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference has taken the high road when it comes to domestic violence, aiming to keep alleged abusers off their rosters even if it means they land in a rival league. It’s a rare move that could put the SEC, which won seven straight …

The Best Seat on the Water: Etna’s Desaulniers Set to Power UNH Men’s Crew Team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hanover — When David Desaulniers needs to get things going, he will come up with some crazy stuff. “The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen!” he once bellowed in the heat of a race. There were no wolves out …

Wisconsin’s Ryan Retiring After 2015-16 Campaign

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year’s national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old has only …

Virginia Wins First CWS Title

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Omaha, Neb. — Pavin Smith homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Waddell turned in another strong College World Series pitching performance, leading Virginia over Vanderbilt 4-2 on Wednesday night for the school’s first baseball national championship. The Cavaliers (44-24) prevailed in the CWS finals rematch against …