Why College Football Playoff needs a Champions League model

While the UEFA Champions League has expanded over the years to its current format, its core ethos up until the mid-1990s was simple: The champion of each European country played its way into a prestigious club competition after winning domestic leagues of varying strength. With its 2021–22 final coming up Saturday, the original “one champion, … Read more

Deshaun Watson cases: The Browns must say what they know

At Deshaun Watson’s introductory press conference in March, he said — four times — that he has “never disrespected” a woman. On Tuesday, two of the 22 women who have filed civil suits against Watson for sexual misconduct during massage appointments, detailed, on camera in a segment with HBO, moments during those sessions when Watson … Read more

Celtics’ Grant Williams: The Art of Being a Role Player

Grant Williams entered the playoffs as an intelligent, versatile defender who attempted and made more threes in his third year than in his first two combined. He was all-around solid enough, as a 23-year-old seventh man on a serious title contender. Fast forward to today, and Williams is integral, averaging eight more minutes in the … Read more

BBC apologizes after “Manchester United are rubbish” appears on scroll

1. We all know soccer is serious business in England, so it’s not totally surprising that an innocent mistake would turn into a red code for Britain’s top broadcaster. It also doesn’t make this entire saga less absurd. During coverage of the French Open earlier today, the BBC’s news crawl at the bottom of the … Read more

Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban top latest and greatest college football rivalries

Now that Jimbo Fisher has used a live microphone as a proxy for a therapist’s couch to unload every ounce of resentment and hostility he has felt toward Nick Saban, there is a new rivalry hierarchy in college football: Texas A&M vs. Alabama is first, and everything else lines up thereafter. In a sport fueled … Read more

Spurs Beat Arsenal to Top Four Spot, May Create Gap in EPL

Tottenham and Arsenal both finished the season with a flourish, scoring five goals apiece in wins over Norwich City and Everton, but what really mattered were the two games before that. When the pressure was on, Arsenal went to Spurs and lost and then compounded that defeat by losing at Newcastle, while Spurs, who was … Read more