Say what? Alex Rodriguez apparently believes the latest PED scandal linking him to a Miami-area clinic is a conspiracy designed to end his career. Says a source: "He thinks something could be going on larger than anyone might think," and that possibly the Yankees or even the MLB could be behind it.
By the time you read this, you'll probably already know to which school top recruit Robert Nkemdiche has committed. But check out Ben Glicksman's overview of the top Signing Day questions to get up to speed on everyone else.
Star American skier Lindsey Vonn was injured in a crash during a Super-G event in Austria, but David Leon Moore at USA Today says the 2014 Olympics could still be in Vonn's future.
In other news... The New Yorker sides with New Jersey against the federal ban on sports betting... St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter could be finished, permanently, owing to injuries... and Johnny Football grabs an early lead on the 2013 Heisman Trophy, at 3/1 odds.
The Houston Rockets tied an NBA record by knocking down 23 three-pointers during a big 140-109 win over the Golden State Warriors:
Lindsey Vonn's crash and injury in Austria.
Kobe Bryant's big dunk against the Brooklyn Nets.
And no. 2 Florida's big loss to Arkansas.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Drew Magary at Deadspin explains why Ray Lewis deserves your scorn. (1-2)
2. Do you believe Peterson's or Lewis's comebacks? Bill Simmons at Grantland doesn't. (2-2)
3. Steve Politi at The Star-Ledger talks the Harbaughs, and how John schools Jim, on and off the field. (NA-1)