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NHL Power Rankings — Week 7

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 18, 2013, 5:20 PM

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A week ago, the Lightning looked like the new power in the East. But after Steven Stamkos broke his leg, all bets are off. The Capitals are back to winning, the Penguins are having trouble scoring, and the Bruins and Leafs are trying to take over the Atlantic lead from Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the West continues to dominate the league. The Pacific Division alone has three teams that have scored more than 70 goals this season, and the Blackhawks have made a move to take over the Central lead from the Avalanche.

What's all that mean? Great storylines, exciting hockey, and a shakeup in the Power Rankings!

Check out this week's NHL Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!

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Racing Phenom Kyle Larson Talks to SI Kids

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 18, 2013, 12:51 PM

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Kyle Larson is a rising star in NASCAR. The 21-year-old completed his first full season in the Nationwide Series this weekend, racking up four second-place finishes, nine top-five finishes, and 17 top-10 finishes — which was good enough to earn Larson the Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year award. He's the first Japanese-American to be named Rookie of the Year, as well as the first member of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Program to win the honor.

Larson has had the attention of the racing world for a few years. He has been compared to racing icons Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, and has been called NASCAR's next great driver. Gordon himself has said he's "blown away" by Larson's talent behind the wheel. "He makes me look like nothing," Gordon said earlier this year. "The kid is really spectacular. I think he's the rawest, most talented race car driver that I know of."

Next season, racing fans will see how good Larson really is. He makes the jump to the Sprint Cup, driving the No. 42 Chevy SS for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. (He's currently a development driver on the team.) And for a sport that has struggled to attract young people, Larson could be the boost NASCAR needs to turn into its next great era.

Sports Illustrated Kids spoke to Larson on November 8, a day after he helped unveil a newly renovated library at Palm Lane Elementary School in Phoenix. He talked about the event, his career in racing, and his excitement for climbing into the No. 42 car next season.
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Seven World Cup Uniform Kits Unveiled

  • Goalazo
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 15, 2013, 6:38 PM

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We're about seven months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the field of competition is still being set. But while national teams continue to battle for a spot in the biggest football tournament in the world, fans are starting to get a look at what their heroes will wear on the pitch.

Earlier this week, adidas unveiled the World Cup uniforms sets for NUMBER countries: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. According to adidas, the uniforms were designed by talking to young people and next-generations players and asked them what it was about their countries that made them proud. Designers incorporated some of the responses (like Russia's Cold War-era cosmonaut program and the art of Mexico) into the kits. But there's more going on in the jerseys than just national pride. They were made using adidas' adizero technology, which gives players a better fit and makes the jerseys the lightest the company has ever made.

Let's take a closer look at the uniforms. (That's Messi and Lavezzi hanging out in their WC kits at the top of this post. The jerseys represent the half-and-half Argentinean flag, which is a symbol of the country's independence.)
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NCAA Football Power Rankings — Week 12

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After Stanford’s win over Oregon last Thursday, the weekend games didn’t offer any surprises. There are some pretty big regular season finale matchups in a few weeks, but the top 10 teams must make sure they win games against lesser opponents to stay high in the rankings.

An upset this weekend could set up some huge late-season changes in the standings.

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Sony PlayStaion 4: The SI Kids Review

  • GearHead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 15, 2013, 1:44 PM

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If you play video games, you've had November 15 circled on your calendar for months. Today is the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 (in North America, at least), and the official start of the next generation in gaming.

In a nutshell, the PS4 is an excellent console. It's well designed, has great graphics and gameplay capabilities, the PS Network is exciting, and the possibilities for remote play using the PS Vita are pretty cool. But there are some issues here that you might want to consider when comparing PS4 with Microsoft's forthcoming XBox One (which will be released next Friday).
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NFL Power Rankings — Week 11

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No matter what else is happening in the NFL right now, all eyes will be on Denver Sunday night when the Broncos welcome the Kansas City Chiefs. Not only will it be a huge divisional matchup, it will be a game between two of the best teams in the league this season. The Chiefs are the only team still undefeated, and the Broncos want to give them their first loss. The Broncos, meanwhile, want to send a message to the rest of the NFL that they're the team the beat, and the Chiefs want to take down the Broncos to show the league they're for real.

Regular season games don't get much bigger than this one, and it's the game everyone will be talking about on Monday. There's a lot at stake — the division lead, bragging rights — and whoever wins will have all the momentum heading into the home stretch of the season.

Tell us where you think your team should be ranked in the comments!

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Harlem Globetrotter Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Shot

  • Hoophead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 14, 2013, 1:47 PM

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Check this out: Today is Guinness World Records Day, and Harlem Globetrotter rookie Thunder Law (what a great name!) just set a new record for longest basketball shot. His jumper — well, more like his chuck — went 109 feet 9 inches! Talk about hitting a basket from downtown!

Thunder's shot broke the previous world record of 104 feet 7 inches, which was set almost three years ago. And you've really got to see it to believe it.
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