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College Football Preview 2014: What Does the Playoff Really Mean? 0

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  • August 27, 2014, 1:37 PM

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If you're a little confused about the changes that are happening to college football's bowl season, you're not alone. Buzz Beamer has heard that the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which has crowned the NCAA's national champion since the 1998 season, is gone forever and that there will now be a playoff among college football's top teams to determine the national champion. But his head is spinning. Maybe you share his confusion? Let's help Buzz figure out what will actually be happening when the 2014 regular season is over.
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College Football Preview 2014: The Top Ten 0

  • Posted by: Caitlyn Stroh, Scott Chiusano
  • August 27, 2014, 1:37 PM

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Repeat or unseat? FSU is loaded again, but this year they'll have to win an extra game to take the title. And there are plenty of worthy challengers gunning for the champs.
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College Football Preview 2014: Big Play Makers 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • August 27, 2014, 1:37 PM

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A game can turn on a single moment, and these three explosive stars can be momentum changers for their teams on the road to the national title.
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College Football Preview 2014: Heisman Contender Marcus Mariota Has Oregon Thinking National Title 0

  • Posted by: Dan Greene
  • August 27, 2014, 1:37 PM

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When Marcus Mariota began playing football as an elementary schooler in Honolulu, Hawaii, his father emphasized two points: If Marcus was going to play, he should make sure to have fun. And if they were going to have a catch, his son better know how to throw the ball back. At the time, Marcus was a receiver, so if he wanted to work on his skills at that position he also had to know how to throw the ball. Then, in his second year of Pop Warner, his team's quarterback moved up to the next age level. Suddenly Marcus's catches with his father became more significant. "Once the coaches learned I could throw a little bit, they said, 'Okay, you'll play quarterback,' " Mariota says. "I just kind of jumped in there."
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Roger Federer and Wilson Debut New Rackets 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 25, 2014, 4:30 PM

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The US Open begins today, and if watching the best tennis players in the world compete against one another makes you want to hit the court Wilson has some new gear you might want to check out. At the end of June, the equipment company unveiled its latest Pro Staff rackets, a line it developed with all-time great Roger Federer.

This racket represents the most extensive collaboration between an elite player of Roger’s caliber and Wilson,” says Mike Dowse, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. President. “The result is a groundbreaking racket that will benefit tennis players worldwide.”
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Fantasy Football 2014: MMQB Fantasy Check: August 20 0

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  • August 25, 2014, 1:38 PM

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Top fantasy tips from The MMQB training camp tour this week: Avoid quarterbacks, tight end values, and a huge season coming for one Seahawk. The MMQB’s Peter King takes a break from the tour to bring you this fantasy check.
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What It Takes to Be a US Open Ballperson 0

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • August 25, 2014, 12:40 PM

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Last month, more than 400 other people ages 14 and up stood in line at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens, New York. They were waiting to be called to the courts for the 2014 US Open ball person tryouts.

For tennis lovers everywhere, it’s a coveted position, the equivalent of a batboy or girl in baseball.

“I have one kid who’s been waiting for three or four years to turn 14 so that they can try out, and this is the first year they’re going to. They can’t wait,” US Open Ballperson director Tina Taps says.

While the job may seem glamorous, there isn’t quite as much time in the spotlight as you might think. Sure, ballpersons often stand on the same court as the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic. The only catch is that no one else is supposed to know you’re there.

Ballpeople are asked to remain nearly invisible, keeping their footsteps quiet and their actions unnoticed. That was one of the many things I learned when I went through a version of the ballperson tryout myself.
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