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  • Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    New-look ACC sees self as conference on the rise

    Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too — sort of — and nobody else is leaving.

  • Florida State's Jameis Winston answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    It's football season, and ACC is riding high for once

    The ACC stumbled through much of the BCS era, but enters the first year of the four-team college football playoff with a secure future among the power-five conferences and boasts a favorite to contend for another title in Florida State.

  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive speaks during SEC media days on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

    Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform - not that they're complaining.

  • Argentina's Lionel Messi jogs during an official training session at Vasco da Gama Stadium a day before the World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    World Cup final: Argentina, Germany set for marquee clash

    As the winning captain, either Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany defender Philipp Lahm will hold aloft the most recognized trophy in sports in front of 74,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium, the world-famous football venue nestled among Rio de Janeiro's hills, high-rises and favelas.

  • Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is surrounded by fans that rushed the field and security as he is escorted off the field following their 45-38 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    SNYDER: Robert Griffin III worth his weight in bronze to Baylor

    I'm neither a Baylor University alum nor a fan of the Baylor Bears. But I know what I'd say to outsiders who oppose Robert Griffin III's upcoming statue outside the school's new stadium: Mind your business.

  • Freakish athleticism runs in Orakpo family

    Six years after Brian Orakpo made college football's top-20 'freak' athlete list, the Redskins' younger brother, Mike, made the cut.

  • 6 of the best soccer movies for families

    A list of six soccer-related movies that families can watch in between World Cup games.

  • Imagine Kobe and Vick on the soccer field

    America's best athletes tend to gravitate to the American staples of football, basketball and baseball, but what if they had turned to soccer instead?

  • Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio dives but can't stop a goal by Argentina's Angel di Maria in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    World Cup: Lionel Messi keys Argentina's winning goal in extra time

    With a penalty shootout looming, Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball off to Angel Di Maria on the right, and the winger sent a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

  • **FILE** Big Ten Commissioner James Delany, left, speaks at a news conference to announce the University of Maryland's decision to move to the Big Ten in College Park, Md., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Seated alongside Delany is Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Maryland celebrates move into Big Ten

    "Today is a great day to be a Terp," said Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. "Over the past 15 months we've been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and [Tuesday] it will be official. We've never felt like we were outsiders and we've always been part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten."

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, FIFA banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months for biting his opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

    World Cup: FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

    FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

  • Illustration on renaming the Redskins the Washington Reagans by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

    TAUBE: Why not the Washington Reagans?

    For the second time in 15 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is attempting to drop the Washington Redskins' trademarks.

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    LOVERRO: Hypocrites will get their way on Redskins' name

    That's the offensive part in the Washington Redskins name debate — the hypocrisy of people perfuming their righteous vanities who couldn't have cared less about the plight of Native Americans before they were told they should be offended by this name, and who will go back to caring even less if and when the name is changed.

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Mark Emmert stands firm against paying NCAA athletes beyond stipends

    Testifying in a landmark antitrust lawsuit filed against his organization, Emmert said Thursday he believes there is a clear difference between the proposal to pay athletes a few thousand more dollars a year and giving them the equivalent of a salary.

  • Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark (21) takes part in a drill on the practice field during mini camp practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 18, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

    Ryan Clark set to fill leadership role on Redskins' defense

    Safety was a problem area for Washington throughout last year's miserable 3-13 campaign. It had to be addressed. And while Clark's age makes him a short-term answer, coaches and teammates say he still brings value at a position of need. On a defense that lost its unquestioned leader, linebacker London Fletcher, to retirement, Clark could help fill that void.

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