Podcast with recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman: On USC’s finish, Chip Kelly’s recovery, Oregon’s pivot, Pac-12 trends and more

To view the latest Pac-12 podcast on your mobile device click here. More than half the 2018 class was signed and sealed during the December window, but there will be plenty to watch in the Pac-12 on National Signing Day II. For content, I asked Brandon Huffman, a national recruiting editor for 247Sports (formerly Scout), to join the podcast for a discussion of the top storylines as Feb. 7 approaches. We hit on: *** The potential for USC to deliver another sizzling close and end the 2017-18 recruiting cycle as the only Pac-12 team in the top 10 of the 247 composite rankings. (The Trojans are currently No. 11, with… Read More

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Brief Interviews with the Soccer Gods: The god of cynical fouls

I met the god of cynical fouls, Paolo Hercolani, at his museum. He has a museum. Or rather, he calls it a museum, but it’s more of a charnel house, a macabre display of the fractured bones, torn tendons and other disfigured body parts that litter the entire building. Each body part is labeled with the name of the footballer that it once belonged to: EDUARDO DA SILVA: Fractured Tibia and Fibula. – Martin Taylor ALF-INGE HAALAND: Knee Ligaments. – Roy Keane* STUART HOLDEN: Fractured left eye socket. – Group Effort We sat at a table in the back. As I prepared for the interview, Hercolani disappeared down a maze… Read More

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Mets taking Jeurys Familia out of closer role?

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is planning a closer-by-committee approach to his first season. Jeurys Familia’s days as Mets closer look to be over. As the countdown to spring training officially hits, the Mets are getting set to turn the page with a new manager. If Mickey Callaway is able to turn around last year’s disappointment, fresh ideas, a new attitude and better all-around production will be paramount to success in Queens. One of the ways the first-time skipper will try to fix a bullpen that pitched to an NL-worst 4.82 ERA last season: Closer-by-committee. During a conversation with MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, Callaway gushed about the health and offseason program work… Read More

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Cassandra Anderson; Kevin Durant’s Rumored New Girlfriend

The new woman in Kevin Durant’s life is no Instagram model, in fact she’s a manager in Warren Buffet’s billion dollar empire. The Golden State Warriors’ power forward has appeared in multiple posts on Cassandra Anderson’s Snapchat profile in late January 2018. Anderson works as a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway in Pleasanton, California, just outside of the Oakland/San Francisco bay area where Durant has seasonal work. On her Instagram page, Anderson says, “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” She’s a native of Bakersfield, California, and lived for a while in the affluent Brentwood neighborhood of California, according to her Facebook page. Here’s what you need to… Read More

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Olympics draw Korean adoptees as South Korea confronts past

When Megan Olson lands in South Korea for the Winter Olympics next week, she’ll feel something that is both surreal and vivid. An intoxicating sense of belonging. A deep sense of loss. Pride, for the motherland she barely knows after being secretly adopted away. The 33-year-old social worker from Minnesota is joining dozens of fellow South Korean adoptees who are returning to their birth country for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Many endured cultural, racial and national identity issues stemming from an international adoption phenomenon that peaked in the 1980s. Now, the once-in-a-lifetime Olympics experience will satisfy an internal pressure for some adoptees to justify being where they came… Read More

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