Marcus Mariota returning to Oregon
Good news descended on Eugene, Ore., like refreshing Pacific Northwest rain Tuesday: Star quarterback Marcus Mariota will return to the Oregon Ducks in 2014. This comes despite the redshirt sophomore's status as a top-five NFL draft prospect, according to both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Clearly the Ducks, who disappointed in 2013, will be flying with this announcement. But is this a good move for the quarterback?
According to a report by ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan is headed to the Detroit Tigers, taking his 341 career saves to the Motor City. That number ties him for 10th on Major League Baseball's all-time list, behind some iconic closers -- and a few sneaky savers who finished off games for several teams during long careers.
Can you name the top 10 and ties? We've already given you one name ...
When ashes -- possibly human -- were discovered Monday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn associate professor Scott McElroy said that sort of thing happens "a lot more than you think." This raises two points: First, someone in the crowd must have been confident that the Tigers were going to beat Alabama, giving fans the chance to rush the field. Second: Just how often is "more than you think"? Either way, when we think about the possibility of being united for all eternity with a stadium and the team that plays there, we're torn between "romantic sentiment worth pursuing" and "very bad idea."
Would you want your favorite team's home to be your eternal home, too?
Win one before it's too late
Some sports fans have been rewarded for their patience with a championship. Others are still waiting for that elusive moment.
The Heisman drama is going right down to the wire. Unfortunately, most of the action is happening in closed offices instead of on a football field. While Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston still dominates the expert voting in our Heisman Watch, word comes out of Tallahassee that the state attorney's office hopes to decide by the end of the week or early next week whether to charge Winston in an ongoing sexual assualt investigation. The deadline for Heisman votes is Monday. We'll ask for your rankings again at the deadline, but where does your allegiance lie right now? Below are all the players who received multiple top-five votes from our experts. Simply click the images to cast your ballot.
2013 Heisman Watch
QB, Fresno State
QB, Northern Illinois
QB, Texas A&M
QB, Ohio State
RB, Boston College
QB, Florida State
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NFL Week 14 Pick 'Em
The Saints look to get back on track at home against the Panthers in a possible NFC playoff preview. The 49ers will try to stop the streaking Seahawks in an NFC West rivalry matchup in San Francisco. The Cowboys and Bears will duel in Chicago in a game that could have massive playoff implications. Which teams will win in Week 14? Cast your votes now!
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