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Texas’ Brown on hot seat

Nothing outward indicates that Nick Saban is interested in leaving Alabama. Reports linking his name to Texas seem to indicate bad news for another coach, however.

Quick-strike Eagles draw bettors’ quick overreaction

Not only does Chip Kelly speak as quickly as an auctioneer, the Philadelphia Eagles coach instructs his offense to play at high speed. Kelly probably eats breakfast and reads the newspaper in less than a minute.


Matt, Kelly and Tony are back with another round of picks and tips for this weekend’s biggest games.

Arizona State no cupcake, but Wisconsin a tasty underdog today

A snake-bitten team last season, Wisconsin lost six one-possession games, including three in overtime. But 14 starters returned for new coach Gary Andersen, and the results have been better.


Week 2 of the Friday Football Showdown pits Steve Fezzik against Cris Zeniuk and Frank Perez.

Mayweather-Alvarez fight tops big gambling weekend

Too frequently, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes center stage, fans overpay to see something resembling a dance competition and a pillow fight.

Top trainer’s phone app great way to follow horse racing

When Ken McPeek won his first horse race as a trainer, I was there. McPeek had invited me and a mutual friend to River Downs because his horse Final Destroyer had a big shot.

Tide should roll, but tough to lay 8

It’s the biggest game of the college football season — at least until a bigger one comes along later in the season. But the hyped rematch between Alabama and Johnny Football dominated talk during the offseason, and the showdown finally arrives Saturday.

Frustrating outcomes big part of NFL allure

When it goes bad, it tends to get worse before it gets better. Eli Manning’s first pass was a screen thrown directly to a defensive lineman and intercepted. That’s how the season started for the New York Giants.