New College Football Playoff rankings are here. 2018 isn’t the most dramatic college football season at the top. Plenty of oddball teams are succeeding in the middle, and the New Year’s Six race has sufficient drama, but the Playoff race itself likely only has gentle twists still to go … unless the Big One strikes. … Continue reading New Playoff rankings: The biggest controversies on the table
The awards are being announced throughout the week. The Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners were announced this weekend, and if you missed them you can’t be blamed. For some reason, the BBWAA announced that award on a Sunday night (opposite football) more than a week before the rest of this year’s MLB awards will be … Continue reading 2018 MLB Awards: Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and more announced
The transition tag would give Pittsburgh a chance to recoup some value after losing Bell. Le’Veon Bell doesn’t want to be a Steeler unless he can glean a market-resetting long-term contract. Pittsburgh has made it clear it won’t meet his demands. And saddling him with the franchise tag for a third-straight season wouldn’t just be … Continue reading There’s a way to create even more Steelers vs. Le’Veon Bell drama in 2019
Field conditions for the NFL’s Week 11 game at Estadio Azteco were bad. REALLY bad. The NFL’s never been one to let hazardous field conditions interfere with its unstoppable corporate machine. How would you explain Dan Snyder’s Maryland mud pit or the carpet literally coming up in Houston? So you know things must be bad … Continue reading Why did the NFL move the Chiefs vs. Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles?
The Durant-Green argument spilled into the Warriors’ locker room after the game, but it goes deeper than their failed last-second possession. The Golden State Warriors went into overtime of their Monday night matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the worst way possible: with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green arguing so intensely, they had to … Continue reading Is the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green shouting match a big deal?
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali is set to be ruled out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up in the 0-0 draw with Orlando Pirates last Saturday. Jali had been returning to top form for Sundowns in recent times and was unfortunate to suffer the injury blow against the Sea … Continue reading Jali out for three to four weeks say Sundowns
Iran’s OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, center. AP Photo/Anis Belghoul The Trump administration has formally imposed new sanctions on Iran aimed at hindering Iran’s oil exports – a move that had been in the works for six months. The U.S. government has also made a second, more surprising, announcement: It’s granting eight countries waivers that … Continue reading Trump’s new Iranian oil sanctions may inflict pain at home without serving strategic objectives
Surgeonfish on a reef in the Maldives. Uxbona/Wikimedia, CC BY All animals, whether they live on land or in the water, require oxygen to breathe. But today the world’s oceans are losing oxygen, due to a combination of rising temperatures and changing ocean currents. Both factors are driven by human-induced climate change. This process has … Continue reading Volcanic eruptions once caused mass extinctions in the oceans – could climate change do the same?
Plastic floats on and near the surface of the ocean. NOAA As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve an enormous environmental problem. But in so doing, it brings attention to a number … Continue reading The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean
Space debris in Earth orbit creates a dangerous obstacle course for satellites and astronauts. Dotted Yeti / Shutterstock.com As an international relations scholar who studies space law and policy, I have come to realize what most people do not fully appreciate: Dealing with space debris is as much a national security issue as it is … Continue reading Why space debris cleanup might be a national security threat