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2018 SEC football power rankings

Tier 1: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Auburn. Alabama and Georgia went a combined 2-3 within this tier and 24-0 outside of it. Auburn lost a couple of games to outsiders but went 2-1 against the Crimson Tide and Dawgs. They were the clear class of the SEC last year, and based on returning production and all other factors, they begin 2018 clear from the rest of the field as well. (SB Nation)

4 ACC Teams Land in AP Top 25 Preseason College Football Poll

The first AP Top 25 college football poll of the 2018 season is out. At the top, is defending national champ Alabama. This is the third straight season Alabama has started the season No. 1. Right behind the Tide i: No. 2 Clemson, which received 18 first place votes. Clemson is one of four ACC teams in the AP Poll along with Miami (8), Florida State (19), and Virginia Tech (20). (ACC Sports Journal)

UConn basketball greats expect program to climb back to elite status

Don't tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program. Yes, the Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 the past two seasons. UConn is under investigation by the NCAA, and has accused former coach Kevin Ollie of recruiting violations, prompting his firing in March and sparking a $10 million contract dispute. (Associated Press)

Duke Football: 2018 Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

After slipping to 4-8 in 2016, the Duke Blue Devils rebounded to 7-6 and earned the program's fifth bowl appearance since 2012. David Cutcliffe's team returns one of the ACC's top quarterbacks in Daniel Jones, while linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and cornerback Mark Gilbert are two of the ACC's best defenders. However, that may not be enough for Duke to break the .500 mark. (Athlon Sports)

Watch WWE’s Tribute To Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart From Raw

The wrestling community lost a legend Monday when Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, founding member of The Hart Foundation, former tag team champion, and father to current superstar Natalya, died after a fall at his home. Neidhart was 63. Many from around the WWE and the wrestling community offered up their memories of Neidhart and expressed their grief at his death. (UPROXX)

Miami opens brand new indoor practice facility

Just in time for the beginning of the 2018 college football season, the Miami Hurricanes have a brand new place to practice when the weather is not so friendly outside. On Friday, Miami officially opened the new facility, the Carol Sofer Indoor Practice Facility, for the first official practice to be held indoors at Miami. The players seem to be happy about the new practice facility. (NBC Sports)

Duke basketball dodged top-ranked opponent on Canadian tour

The Carleton University Ravens, a team that defeated Wisconsin in 2014, the Kansas Jayhawks in 2009, and Division 1 programs such as Cincinnati, Ole Miss, and South Dakota State this week alone, were shut down when they tried to play Duke on this trip. Carleton’s head coach, Dave Smart, reached out to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils, but didn’t receive a call in return. (Kentucky Sports Radio)

What John Calipari thinks and what we learned after Kentucky's exhibition games in the Bahamas

Regardless of how you view the level of competition Kentucky faced, there's no denying that this team has few flaws on the surface. It out-rebounded and out-shot each of its opponents, and rarely had to break a nervous sweat late into the game. As a team over the four-game stretch, the Wildcats shot 52.6 percent from the floor and a scorching 41.0 percent from the 3-point line. (CBS Sports)

College Football Preview 2018: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Head coach Paul Johnson is going into his 11th year with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, with four division titles and an ACC championship. But the team is 17-19 with two losing seasons in the last three since taking out Mississippi State in the 2015 Orange Bowl. That’s as many losing campaigns as Johnson had in his previous 18 seasons as a head coach. (College Football News)

NC State shares thousands of documents, back-and-forth on Adidas deal

NC State began the public release this week of thousands of documents the university provided as part of a federal investigation into college basketball. The more than 5,000 documents consist mostly of email messages between university leadership and representatives of Adidas as they negotiate a deal that makes the company NC State's official provider of athletics apparel. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chansky’s Notebook: Show Me First

Duke, Duke, Duke. Here we go again. Duke shot 42 percent and missed 11 of 20 free throws. How my buddy Tom got “great” out of that is like me saying UNC is great after the Tar Heels roll over two Bahamian all-star teams down there this weekend. Duke may indeed turn out great, but I’ll go with what its student newspaper said after missing Final Fours the last two years. “I don’t buy it.” (Chapelboro.com)

Duke’s Krzyzewski offers thoughts on new NCAA rules

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski came to his press conference prepared with a few visual aids — some packets, one of which outlined the new rules, and a black folder containing a photo from the 2005 USA Basketball summit in Chicago that he attended along with representatives from each of the nation’s top governing bodies in the basketball world. (Fayetteville Observer)

Syracuse Football: 2018 Orange Preview and Prediction

The Syracuse Orange appear close to a breakthrough in Dino Babers' third season. Led by a high-powered offense, Syracuse should be in the mix for its first bowl bid since 2013. When healthy, quarterback Eric Dungey is among the best in the ACC. However, Dungey has struggled to stay in the lineup in each of the last three years. (Athlon Sports)

Maryland says football staff made mistakes treating player before his death, apologizes to family

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and the school’s athletic director, Damon Evans, acknowledged Tuesday that team athletic trainers failed to properly diagnose and treat football player Jordan McNair during a workout last spring and apologized to the player’s family for the school’s role in his death. The death of McNair, a 19-year old offensive lineman, has drawn scrutiny to College Park. (Washington Post)

DeCourcy: NCAA's sweeping changes dropped the ball on reforming college basketball

It was entirely fitting that, within the same 24 hours as the NCAA would issue a news release and unleash a cascade of tweets and conduct a 30-minute news conference featuring several members of its senior staff — all to declare a new day in college basketball — would sign a professional contract in Australia, demonstrating how this whole escapade was about 9,000 miles off course. (Sporting News)
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